RAD RACE x AURORA Tour D’Iceland 2015 – Stage 5

RAD RACE x AURORA Tour D’Iceland 2015 – Stage 5
Myvatn-Moorudal // 87,9k – 731m altitude // The STRAVA track is HERE

Pic by Benjamin Zurek

Pic by Benjamin Zurek

While I am typin’ this we are all lying in our Heimplanet tents. It’s 1 am in the morning and of course it just does not want to get dark. Well it’s not bright daylight. It’s something in between. Something unreal. We must be in a Game Of Thrones or Lord Of the Rings episode again. You cannot imagine how beautiful it is here. We’re camping in the greenest grass and are listening to a small river that is right next to our 4 tents. We look at an orange moon and the sun is hiding on the other side behind a mountain. There’s volcanic craters and a huge mountain covered with ice on the horizon. Oh well, and then we went cycling today...

Pic by Etienne Heinrich

Pic by Etienne Heinrich

Leaving our campsite in Myvatn this morning wasn’t too tough after a great Mymüsli breakfast since we were looking at a huge volcanic crater which we wanted to cycle so bad. So we went 10k in the opposite direction to our original track route and ended up riding on the edge of this thing. It took us a while to get up and down and we lost a lot of power but whatever – you don’t get that chance quite often. The biggest problem though was that our short cut from there to our track wasn’t such a good idea. We ended up on a sand track that took us forerever to cross.

Right after we burned so many more power on that crazy track there was a pretty decent climb waiting for us. But again Iceland was too good to us because after the summit we really saw something we all haven’t seen before. A huge field where yellow sulfur smoke was just blowing out of countless holes straight from the middle of the earth. Some people might read this and think we’re just stupid white trash kids from the city. Well, we are. We don’t see epic shit like that in Hamburg or Frankfurt. So we kinda just stood there and watched (and of course cycled through the smoke many many times - is that even healthy?!?)

Pic by Etienne Heinrich.

Pic by Etienne Heinrich.

We took the chance and took a lot of photos and film snippets for our tour documentary (we hope to have this ready in a couple of weeks after we’re back home) and then finally hit the road since there was still 80k to ride on this stage.

Some of us are lucky enough to have seen places in Australia, New Zealand or Hawaii and we can only tell you: you really don’t have to travel that far and fly all around the globe. Just hop in a plane – take your bike – and 3 hours later you gonna experience some stunning nature. It’s just unbelievable how fast the scenery changes from red to green to black to whatever colour you can imagine. The best thing about today’s stage though was one more time: the weather. The sun was shining the whole day and although the wind was blowing in our faces pretty bad we rode with some awesome teamwork to finish this stage. Our stages on this tour are only between 80 and 120 but still it always seems you're riding 300k or so. The wind is just unpredictable and although it is summertime in Iceland one ridden kilometer feels like 10. Hard to describe...

Pic by Etienne Heinrich

Pic by Etienne Heinrich

For some of us today surely was one of the best rides we ever took on our bikes. The last 20k surely add to this feeling. We switched to race mode and the camera guys Lars, Benny and Eti were shooting from out of the open van while we were riding between 45km/h of average speed. We formed smaller and bigger groups, we were screaming and motivating each other to go faster and faster and were just riding the hell out of Iceland and it’s abandoned streets.

For the last few k's we had THE perfect wind in our backs and we all arrived in our unreal campsite while the sun was still shining.

Now back to the start of this report... Remember? There’s ice on our Bombtrack bikes and on our Evoc bags. It’s slightly above zero and we can see a lot of ice around us. After a few days you kinda forgot that it is actually summertime. Why the hell are we freezing again in the end of July? Oh yeah, we’re riding Iceland and we cannot be more grateful for how awesome this island is.

The kids all ride.