RAD RACE x AURORA Tour D’Iceland 2015 – Stage 6

RAD RACE x AURORA Tour D’Iceland 2015 – Stage 6 – Moorudal-Egilstadir
95,2k – 886m altitude // The STRAVA track is HERE

Our last stage started with a freezing night with some ice on our tents. Benny and Eti were suffering seriously within the last few nights since it got colder and colder and for some reason they only brought a summer sleeping bag. Well, if we can recommend one thing than that: bring some warm stuff. They had to learn that the very hard way. Rarely before we got to know another place that was named exactly how it feels like to be there: like ice. Even in the deepest summertime we were freezing on our bikes. In the nights and in the cold evenings.

Our home for the last 8 days. Heimplanet.

Our home for the last 8 days. Heimplanet.

The moment we stepped out of our Heimplanet tents the sun was shining out of the bluest sky and it warmed us and although we were all tyred after almost 500k in our legs we were all thrilled to ride the last stage.

So one last time we sat in the greenest grass, had a great coffee and some icelandish donouts from the campsite owner and prepared for the last 95k. Unfortunately again the track lead us immediately into a pretty heavy climb and even better: into a crazy gravel road that made it even harder to ride up that hill. When we came to Iceland we expected a lot of meters of altitude but to be honest it was harder than we thought it would be. The climbs are most of the time not steeper than 10% but they are so long and the wind does the rest to kill you while fighting your way up.

Pic by Etienne Heinrich & Benny Zurek

Pic by Etienne Heinrich & Benny Zurek

Later on the track lead us again to some stunning icelandish sight seeing with neverending waterfalls and abandoned streets and so much cool stuff to see. It was all great and only the  wind was our toughest enemy on this stage. It was blowing so bad in our faces for the first 70k or so that two of us decided to quit and went into the crew bus. So it was only five of us finishing the last stage what was kind of sad since especially the last 15k of this track had all the downhill rides and the wind in our backs returned to kiss us good bye.

Pic by Etienne Heinrich & Benny Zurek

Pic by Etienne Heinrich & Benny Zurek

Ali – the good soul in our crew - who made us pasta almost every single night – ain’t the hardcore rider but some teamwork and a lotta heart from himself brought him through the 95k. He was super proud to have made it and we’re too. Well done mate!

The end of the Tour D’Iceland was not too spectacular, the track ended in the small city of Egilstadir in a parking lot in front of a campsite. I think we were all still in the mode of just riding again the next day. But unfortunately we won’t. I think I can speak for the majority of the group when I say: we’d love to cycle further and completely all around Iceland on its famous route 1.

But that was it. We made it and we’re so happy to have experienced Iceland.
564k in total in 6 stages with 5.825m of altitude. 8 riders, 3 friends behind some lenses.

Pic by Etienne Heinrich & Benny Zurek

Pic by Etienne Heinrich & Benny Zurek

Thank you so much to Bombtrack for lending us 8 awesome bikes. WE LOVED them and they gave us so much comfort on all these gravel roads.
Thank you so much to Vredestein and your Black Panther tyres and your awesome tubes. Not one single flat on 6 stages, 564k and millions of tiny sharp stones. Unreal.
Thank you to Gore Bike Wear for your perfect apparel. Rain, wind, sun, our asses... All well protected and we’re over happy that we are allowed to keep all that stuff.
Thank you to Mymüsli for your awesome breakfast.
Thank you to Heimplanet for being our home for 8 days.
Thank you to Clif Bar, Clif Shot Bloks and Clif Gels for giving us some carbs when we needed it the most.
Thank you to Vitaminwater for giving us the well deserved refreshment and some nice drinks when we chilled on our campsites.
Thank you to Evoc for lending us eight bike bags so we were actually able to bring the Bombtrack crossers to Iceland.
Thank you to Oakley for protecting our eyes from the wind and sun.

Today there’s only our way back to Reykjavik to make and then we’ll fly back to wherever we came from. Thanks so much for following our tour diary. We’ll be back in October for the Tour D’Espana. Just in case you’re interested in riding with us hit us up and write us an Email. We’re collecting all Emails and will get back to you in 2016 with some more RAD TRAVELS...

This was the first of 2 farewell rides for Sebastian Gondek. We miss you man.

The kids all ride.