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Cycling in Oberstdorf, Germany
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I’m likely going to be accompanying my son to Oberstdorf in the first week of May where he will be participating in a figure skating event. I am thinking of bringing my road bike. Just wondering if anyone in the forum has any familiarity with this area. Is there good road cycling there? Is it easy for a visitor to get around ? (I’m from Canada and have no knowledge of German language, or of the area) Is the weather conducive in May? I would be grateful for any advice.
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Re: Cycling in Oberstdorf, Germany [AndyCaleb] [ In reply to ]
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Hi there in CA, I did googlefu with the german words Oberstdorf Radsport (cycling sport) and Rennrad (road bike) and found a LBS that rents trekking and mountain bikes there .. http://www.heckmair.de ..

Oberstdorf is in the most beautiful regions we have here in Germany and in Mai there is a chance for beautiful weather, too. 15° to 20° Celsius are possible but in the mountains it can stay cold ..

edit: it's a holiday area and they'll make it very easy to get around with road & mountain bikes ..

___/\___/\___/\___ the surfboard of the Kurpfalz is the road bike .. oSo >> Older, and ..
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Re: Cycling in Oberstdorf, Germany [sausskross] [ In reply to ]
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Check out the immenstadt Allgau halfdistance race that bike course is ace and not that far from obertsdorf. That will give you a good route

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Re: Cycling in Oberstdorf, Germany [AndyCaleb] [ In reply to ]
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AndyCaleb wrote:
I’m likely going to be accompanying my son to Oberstdorf in the first week of May where he will be participating in a figure skating event. I am thinking of bringing my road bike. Just wondering if anyone in the forum has any familiarity with this area. Is there good road cycling there? Is it easy for a visitor to get around ? (I’m from Canada and have no knowledge of German language, or of the area) Is the weather conducive in May? I would be grateful for any advice.


Having been down there in spring the weather can be variable (mid 30's at night and frequent showers/rain with highs around 60) as it is still early spring at that time.
But being from Canada that must feel like summer :-)

It is a resort town, but it will be off-season for tourism, so many amenities may not be fully available or on a reduced schedule (shuttles, trams, cable-cars, etc.).

In general there are many bike-friendly. low traffic roads (at off-commute hours). Almost none of them have "bike lanes" but many have bike-paths / hard-pack trails running alongside. And of course there are fire roads and MTB trails galore.
If you have a Gravel Bike, this is an area where it would shine.

Train connections are there, and you can get to/from Munich in about 2-3hrs.
But if you want to go climbing or hiking and see some famous landmarks of the Alps, I would recommend a car, as otherwise your range may be somewhat limited (see above).
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Re: Cycling in Oberstdorf, Germany [AndyCaleb] [ In reply to ]
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I live about 80Km from Oberstdorf. Windschatten described it perfectly.

PM me if i can help you with specific informations.
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Re: Cycling in Oberstdorf, Germany [windschatten] [ In reply to ]
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windschatten wrote:
Train connections are there, and you can get to/from Munich in about 2-3hrs.
But if you want to go climbing or hiking and see some famous landmarks of the Alps, I would recommend a car, as otherwise your range may be somewhat limited (see above).

If you rent a car, you're a three hours drive away from the Umbrailpass and Stelvio... I don't know if the summit is snowfree at that time...
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Re: Cycling in Oberstdorf, Germany [wilbert] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks all, for taking the time to provide such helpful responses. If all Germans are as helpful as you guys, then I won’t have any trouble! I think I will get in contact with that bike shop before I go and make sure they are open and see if they have gravel bikes to rent at that time. I’ll plan to bring rainwear and look for routes on flat roads where it’s warmer. The trip to the stelvio sounds tempting, I hadn’t thought of that! However, I suspect it will still be covered in snow, as it usually is during the Giro. Then I got to thinking perhaps instead of a three hour car ride I could take a three hour plane ride to Mallorca! Sadly, I don’t think that’s do-able, due to obligations, but one can dream...
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Re: Cycling in Oberstdorf, Germany [AndyCaleb] [ In reply to ]
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AndyCaleb wrote:
Thanks all, for taking the time to provide such helpful responses. If all Germans are as helpful as you guys, then I won’t have any trouble! I think I will get in contact with that bike shop before I go and make sure they are open and see if they have gravel bikes to rent at that time. I’ll plan to bring rainwear and look for routes on flat roads where it’s warmer. The trip to the stelvio sounds tempting, I hadn’t thought of that! However, I suspect it will still be covered in snow, as it usually is during the Giro. Then I got to thinking perhaps instead of a three hour car ride I could take a three hour plane ride to Mallorca! Sadly, I don’t think that’s do-able, due to obligations, but one can dream...

Well... ;-)

If you end up going to Mallorca, the climb to Lluc and the climb to cap Formentor our great rides!. I've been told that Sa Calobra is also a great ride!
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