Torbjorn Zetterlund

Mon 01 2014

Cycletrippin – Long ride from Aalestrup to Tonder

by bernt & torsten

Today’s ride was a long one over 230 km, I started in the morning in Aalestrup where I had stayed at the Hotel Simested Kro. I had a great sleep, woke up early had my breakfast – that is what I like staying in small hotels or B&B – you always have a breakfast option. Some hotels and B&B charge extra for breakfast, I try to book the places which include breakfast as part of their cost of a room. A good healthy breakfast gives you a good start to the day and the foundation for a long ride.

One thing to say about Hotel Simested Kro – it had a very 1970 look to interior design, wall to wall carpets in bright colours, brick walls, fake wood panels all things of the 1970s, and the top it off, during dinner last night they put music on the speakers and all 1970s songs. I kind of enjoyed it.

I started the day in Aalestrup which is the home of the Danish Cycle Museum – unfortunately, the museum was not open on a Monday so I could not visit. I took off at 8:00, the sun was out it changed when I came to Viborg when it got cloudy and stayed so the rest of the day. No rain the whole day, such a good feeling.

Viborg is one of the oldest cities in Denmark, with Viking settlements dating back to the late 8th century. From Viborg I took the Alhedebanen – it is an old railroad track that has been converted into a cycling, hiking and riding route between Viborg and Herning. It goes over the flat treeless Alhede, that is how it got its name. It was the highlight of the day, I was far away from any cars, buses and trucks, me with nature and a few runners, cyclists. They should do this more convert old abandoned railroads.

I got to Herning by lunchtime, got some time to look around, Herning is the centre of Danish cycling. The GP Herning is a professional bicycle race held annually in Herning. The 2012 Giro d’Italia started in Herning.

From Herning I rode to Grindsted through small villages on backroads, from Grindsted I headed to Skærbæk, in Skærbæk I had two choices I could ride to Tonder near the German border or to Rømø which is an island, which lies in the Wadden Sea about 6.5 kilometres from the mainland. From Rømø there is a ferry service, the German island of Sylt, less than 4 kilometres south of Rømø. The choice came down to hotel availability, found a room in Abild just outside Tonder.

I arrived at my final destination for the day at 20:00, 12 hours bike ride from the start of the day. Here is the route I took.

Some pictures from the day.