Scope Backyard Breakaway: Join us on an outstanding road bike adventure

We invite you and your friends to join us at the end of September in Eindhoven for the first edition of the Scope Backyard Breakaway. Riding together as a team of 4 to 6 riders you’ll have the chance to explore our test and training area, win some cool prizes and just simply have a great time with like-minded people.

SCOPE BACKYARD BREAKAWAY

JOIN US ON AN OUTSTANDING ROAD BIKE ADVENTURE

We invite you and your friends to join us on the 29th September in Eindhoven for the first edition of the Scope Backyard Breakaway. Riding together as a team of 4 to 6 riders you’ll have the chance to explore our test and training area, win some cool prizes and just simply have a great time with like-minded people. 

Ride Together

Riding bikes is fun. And to be able to share the fun with your friends makes for a memorable time.

The Scope Backyard Breakaway offers you the chance to explore some of the nicest roads North Brabant has to offer, both on tarmac and gravel. You’ll be able to ride all roads on your roadbike.

We start the ride from the Cyklist Wielercafe, one of the most popular meeting points for local cyclists. During the ride, you will be able to grab a coffee and refreshments. A coffee truck will be waiting for you near the abbey in Hamont Achtel.

We want you to enjoy the ride with your friends and to be able to chat up with each other. However, to spice things up, we will set up two segments along the way. Those segments will be timed and the fastest teams will be awards the “kings of the heath“ and the “kings of the rolling hills”.

Discoveries. Team Spirit. Fun.

The Scope Backyard Breakaway is designed as an event for teams of 4 to 6 friends. And while we are not timing the whole event, we will offer you the chance to give it a crack on two designated segments.

To take part in the event we ask you and your friends to sign up below.  Should you want to join the event but don’t have a team to ride with, then we’ll find a solution and add you to a team.   

On the day of the event you’ll receive your individual start number outside the Cyklist Wielercafe at our Scope caravan and a final brief before you can head out to tackle the Scope Backyard Breakaway.

The course will have a length of around 120 kilometers. Including the coffee stop you will have 5 hours for the ride. In due course you will be able to find course details on our Strava account. The only thing you have to do is to join us and become a Scope Koploper.  [Link]

Once back at the Cyklist Wielercafe you will be able to follow our award ceremony, watch the finale of the UCI Road World Championships and grab food, drinks and coffee from a special menu and at a special rate. And, of course, you will also get the chance to share the experiences from your day out at the inaugural Scope Backyard Breakaway.    

Join us for a great day in Eindhoven. No Excuse.

Join The Fun

 

Kings Of The Rolling Hills

This segment will be found in the Belgian part of Brabant. We will publish it on Strava in a few weeks time, so you get the chance to prepare yourself for the day of the event.

The Scope Backyard Breakaway is designed as a team event, which means that we want you and your friends to tackle this segment together.

After the ride we will award the team that has the fastest rider on the day of the event. The time must be visible on the Strava segment leaderboard.

Kings Of The Heath

The area south of Eindhoven offers a great variety of gravel roads. And one of these will be the segment for this competition.

After the release of the “kings of the rolling hills“ segment, we will also publish this one on Strava: for you to recon it.

Again, the time of the fastest team rider will count for each team, so make sure you have the right tactics come the 29th September.

The best team will be awarded after the ride.

Cyklist Wielercafe

The Cyklist Wielercafe is located in the heart of Eindhoven and the perfect place to start and finish the ride.

There are sufficient parking options outside the Cyklist. However, you can also leave your car at the nearby Q-Park Heuvel, Ten Hagestraat 6A, 5611 EG Eindhoven.

Drinks & Food

You and your friends will be able to purchase food and drinks at a special rate after the ride. The Cyklist will prepare a specific menu for all participants of the Scope Backyard Breakaway.

Partners

The Scope Backyard Breakaway will be arranged by Scope, with the help of some great partners.

Il Magistrale will provide the coffee at the Cyklist and for the JGuillem coffee truck which you will be able to find near the abbey in Hamont-Achtel.

Together we will make sure that you will enjoy the Scope Backyard Breakaway.

 

Photography: Yorit Kluitman

SCOPE BACKYARD BREAKAWAY

JOIN US ON AN OUTSTANDING ROAD BIKE ADVENTURE

We invite you and your friends to join us on the 29th September in Eindhoven for the first edition of the Scope Backyard Breakaway. Riding together as a team of 4 to 6 riders you’ll have the chance to explore our test and training area, win some cool prizes and just simply have a great time with like-minded people. 

Ride Together

Riding bikes is fun. And to be able to share the fun with your friends makes for a memorable time.

The Scope Backyard Breakaway offers you the chance to explore some of the nicest roads North Brabant has to offer, both on tarmac and gravel. You’ll be able to ride all roads on your roadbike.

We start the ride from the Cyklist Wielercafe, one of the most popular meeting points for local cyclists. During the ride, you will be able to grab a coffee and refreshments. A coffee truck will be waiting for you near the abbey in Hamont Achtel.

We want you to enjoy the ride with your friends and to be able to chat up with each other. However, to spice things up, we will set up two segments along the way. Those segments will be timed and the fastest teams will be awards the “kings of the heath“ and the “kings of the rolling hills”.

Discoveries. Team Spirit. Fun.

The Scope Backyard Breakaway is designed as an event for teams of 4 to 6 friends. And while we are not timing the whole event, we will offer you the chance to give it a crack on two designated segments.

To take part in the event we ask you and your friends to sign up below.  Should you want to join the event but don’t have a team to ride with, then we’ll find a solution and add you to a team.   

On the day of the event you’ll receive your individual start number outside the Cyklist Wielercafe at our Scope caravan and a final brief before you can head out to tackle the Scope Backyard Breakaway.

The course will have a length of around 120 kilometers. Including the coffee stop you will have 5 hours for the ride. In due course you will be able to find course details on our Strava account. The only thing you have to do is to join us and become a Scope Koploper.  [Link]

Once back at the Cyklist Wielercafe you will be able to follow our award ceremony, watch the finale of the UCI Road World Championships and grab food, drinks and coffee from a special menu and at a special rate. And, of course, you will also get the chance to share the experiences from your day out at the inaugural Scope Backyard Breakaway.    

Join us for a great day in Eindhoven. No Excuse.

Join The Fun

 

Kings Of The Rolling Hills

This segment will be found in the Belgian part of Brabant. We will publish it on Strava in a few weeks time, so you get the chance to prepare yourself for the day of the event.

The Scope Backyard Breakaway is designed as a team event, which means that we want you and your friends to tackle this segment together.

After the ride we will award the team that has the fastest rider on the day of the event. The time must be visible on the Strava segment leaderboard.

 

Kings Of The Heath

The area south of Eindhoven offers a great variety of gravel roads. And one of these will be the segment for this competition.

After the release of the “kings of the rolling hills“ segment, we will also publish this one on Strava: for you to recon it.

Again, the time of the fastest team rider will count for each team, so make sure you have the right tactics come the 29th September.

The best team will be awarded after the ride.

 

Cyklist Wielercafe

The Cyklist Wielercafe is located in the heart of Eindhoven and the perfect place to start and finish the ride.

There are sufficient parking options outside the Cyklist. However, you can also leave your car at the nearby Q-Park Heuvel, Ten Hagestraat 6A, 5611 EG Eindhoven.

Drinks & Food

You and your friends will be able to purchase food and drinks at a special rate after the ride. The Cyklist will prepare a specific menu for all participants of the Scope Backyard Breakaway.

Partners

The Scope Backyard Breakaway will be arranged by Scope, with the help of some great partners.

Il Magistrale will provide the coffee at the Cyklist and for the JGuillem coffee truck which you will be able to find near the abbey in Hamont-Achtel.

Together we will make sure that you will enjoy the Scope Backyard Breakaway.

 

Photography: Yorit Kluitman

SCOPE BACKYARD BREAKAWAY

JOIN US ON AN OUTSTANDING ROAD BIKE ADVENTURE

We invite you and your friends to join us on the 29th September in Eindhoven for the first edition of the Scope Backyard Breakaway. Riding together as a team of 4 to 6 riders you’ll have the chance to explore our test and training area, win some cool prizes and just simply have a great time with like-minded people. 

Ride Together

Riding bikes is fun. And to be able to share the fun with your friends makes for a memorable time.

The Scope Backyard Breakaway offers you the chance to explore some of the nicest roads North Brabant has to offer, both on tarmac and gravel. You’ll be able to ride all roads on your roadbike.

We start the ride from the Cyklist Wielercafe, one of the most popular meeting points for local cyclists. During the ride, you will be able to grab a coffee and refreshments. A coffee truck will be waiting for you near the abbey in Hamont Achtel.

We want you to enjoy the ride with your friends and to be able to chat up with each other. However, to spice things up, we will set up two segments along the way. Those segments will be timed and the fastest teams will be awards the “kings of the heath“ and the “kings of the rolling hills”.

Discoveries. Team Spirit. Fun.

The Scope Backyard Breakaway is designed as an event for teams of 4 to 6 friends. And while we are not timing the whole event, we will offer you the chance to give it a crack on two designated segments.

To take part in the event we ask you and your friends to sign up below.  Should you want to join the event but don’t have a team to ride with, then we’ll find a solution and add you to a team.   

On the day of the event you’ll receive your individual start number outside the Cyklist Wielercafe at our Scope caravan and a final brief before you can head out to tackle the Scope Backyard Breakaway.

The course will have a length of around 120 kilometers. Including the coffee stop you will have 5 hours for the ride. In due course you will be able to find course details on our Strava account. The only thing you have to do is to join us and become a Scope Koploper.  [Link]

Once back at the Cyklist Wielercafe you will be able to follow our award ceremony, watch the finale of the UCI Road World Championships and grab food, drinks and coffee from a special menu and at a special rate. And, of course, you will also get the chance to share the experiences from your day out at the inaugural Scope Backyard Breakaway.    

Join us for a great day in Eindhoven. No Excuse.

Join The Fun

 

Kings Of The Rolling Hills

This segment will be found in the Belgian part of Brabant. We will publish it on Strava in a few weeks time, so you get the chance to prepare yourself for the day of the event.

The Scope Backyard Breakaway is designed as a team event, which means that we want you and your friends to tackle this segment together.

After the ride we will award the team that has the fastest rider on the day of the event. The time must be visible on the Strava segment leaderboard.

Kings Of The Heath

The area south of Eindhoven offers a great variety of gravel roads. And one of these will be the segment for this competition.

After the release of the “kings of the rolling hills“ segment, we will also publish this one on Strava: for you to recon it.

Again, the time of the fastest team rider will count for each team, so make sure you have the right tactics come the 29th September.

The best team will be awarded after the ride.

Cyklist Wielercafe

The Cyklist Wielercafe is located in the heart of Eindhoven and the perfect place to start and finish the ride.

There are sufficient parking options outside the Cyklist. However, you can also leave your car at the nearby Q-Park Heuvel, Ten Hagestraat 6A, 5611 EG Eindhoven.

Drinks & Food

You and your friends will be able to purchase food and drinks at a special rate after the ride. The Cyklist will prepare a specific menu for all participants of the Scope Backyard Breakaway.

Partners

The Scope Backyard Breakaway will be arranged by Scope, with the help of some great partners.

Il Magistrale will provide the coffee at the Cyklist and for the JGuillem coffee truck which you will be able to find near the abbey in Hamont-Achtel.

Together we will make sure that you will enjoy the Scope Backyard Breakaway. 

 

Photography: Yorit Kluitman

Ride Berlin

The lap around the Great Wannsee covers roughly 60 kilometers of narrow roads, roads that don’t see much traffic on Saturday mornings and that make for a perfect backyard breakaway.

RIDE BERLIN

ESCAPING THE RUSH

Berlin. The German capital is a city with many facets. It’s a city with a colorful history, one in which culture, art, and metropolitan behavior go hand in hand. Berlin is a city that hardly rests. However, it’s possible to escape the rush. And that is exactly what Rick Schubert and Danny Liebisch did on a crisp day in February.

Spending a major part of the year chasing the professional mountain bike circus around the globe, Rick enjoys the diversity of his home town. As a professional photographer, he’s used to look at Berlin from a different angle. The months on the road help him to read the city in his own way.

Prior to the rush of his 2019 season, Rick wanted to capture Berlin in a special way. He was looking for a rather unusual canvas. And he found it along the Havel and Great Wannsee. Together with one of his mates, Danny Liebisch, he headed out to capture the sceneries of a cold ride along the shores.

The Great Wannsee is a bight of the Havel river, located in the south-west of Berlin. From Moabit, where both Rick and Danny live, they headed towards the Grunewald. Reaching the Heerstrasse, one of the city’s arterial roads, the scenery couldn’t have been much more different than what was awaiting them just a little while later.

It’s been an early Saturday morning and the birches were dressed in their best weekend attire. The Grunewald was rather quite and reflected the watery surface of the Havel. It’s been what they were looking for. Danny’s breath cut through the moments, setting the rhythm for Rick’s shutter.

The lap around the Great Wannsee covers roughly 60 kilometers of narrow roads, roads that don’t see much traffic on Saturday mornings and that make for a perfect backyard breakaway. Especially in February. They’re the perfect setting for an escape from the day-by-day hectic life that make Berlin the place it is. A restless city with place to rest. A city of unexpected facets.

Featured Product: Scope R5d

Photography: Rick Schubert

 

RIDE BERLIN

ESCAPING THE RUSH

Berlin. The German capital is a city with many facets. It’s a city with a colorful history, one in which culture, art, and metropolitan behavior go hand in hand. Berlin is a city that hardly rests. However, it’s possible to escape the rush. And that is exactly what Rick Schubert and Danny Liebisch did on a crisp day in February.

Spending a major part of the year chasing the professional mountain bike circus around the globe, Rick enjoys the diversity of his home town. As a professional photographer, he’s used to look at Berlin from a different angle. The months on the road help him to read the city in his own way.

Prior to the rush of his 2019 season, Rick wanted to capture Berlin in a special way. He was looking for a rather unusual canvas. And he found it along the Havel and Great Wannsee. Together with one of his mates, Danny Liebisch, he headed out to capture the sceneries of a cold ride along the shores.

The Great Wannsee is a bight of the Havel river, located in the south-west of Berlin. From Moabit, where both Rick and Danny live, they headed towards the Grunewald. Reaching the Heerstrasse, one of the city’s arterial roads, the scenery couldn’t have been much more different than what was awaiting them just a little while later.

It’s been an early Saturday morning and the birches were dressed in their best weekend attire. The Grunewald was rather quite and reflected the watery surface of the Havel. It’s been what they were looking for. Danny’s breath cut through the moments, setting the rhythm for Rick’s shutter.

The lap around the Great Wannsee covers roughly 60 kilometers of narrow roads, roads that don’t see much traffic on Saturday mornings and that make for a perfect backyard breakaway. Especially in February. They’re the perfect setting for an escape from the day-by-day hectic life that make Berlin the place it is. A restless city with place to rest. A city of unexpected facets.

Featured Product: Scope R5d

Photography: Rick Schubert

RIDE BERLIN

ESCAPING THE RUSH

Berlin. The German capital is a city with many facets. It’s a city with a colorful history, one in which culture, art, and metropolitan behavior go hand in hand. Berlin is a city that hardly rests. However, it’s possible to escape the rush. And that is exactly what Rick Schubert and Danny Liebisch did on a crisp day in February.

Spending a major part of the year chasing the professional mountain bike circus around the globe, Rick enjoys the diversity of his home town. As a professional photographer, he’s used to look at Berlin from a different angle. The months on the road help him to read the city in his own way.

Prior to the rush of his 2019 season, Rick wanted to capture Berlin in a special way. He was looking for a rather unusual canvas. And he found it along the Havel and Great Wannsee. Together with one of his mates, Danny Liebisch, he headed out to capture the sceneries of a cold ride along the shores.

The Great Wannsee is a bight of the Havel river, located in the south-west of Berlin. From Moabit, where both Rick and Danny live, they headed towards the Grunewald. Reaching the Heerstrasse, one of the city’s arterial roads, the scenery couldn’t have been much more different than what was awaiting them just a little while later.

It’s been an early Saturday morning and the birches were dressed in their best weekend attire. The Grunewald was rather quite and reflected the watery surface of the Havel. It’s been what they were looking for. Danny’s breath cut through the moments, setting the rhythm for Rick’s shutter.

The lap around the Great Wannsee covers roughly 60 kilometers of narrow roads, roads that don’t see much traffic on Saturday mornings and that make for a perfect backyard breakaway. Especially in February. They’re the perfect setting for an escape from the day-by-day hectic life that make Berlin the place it is. A restless city with place to rest. A city of unexpected facets.

Featured Product: Scope R5d

Photography: Rick Schubert

The Wind goes fresh over the Limfjord’s Waters

Scandinavian winters can be grim. Cold and wet. But they can also be aesthetic, beautiful. They can be tender and crisp at the same time. This is the story of a winter ride in the backyard of our bearing partner CeramicSpeed.

THE WIND GOES FRESH OVER THE LIMFJORD’S WATERS

A WINTER RIDE IN THE NORTH-WESTERN CORNER OF DENMARK

Scandinavian winters can be grim. Cold and wet. But they can also be aesthetic, beautiful. They can be tender and crisp at the same time.

When Erik Bertelsen wrote the words for Povl Hamburger’s composition Blæsten går frisk over Limfjordens vande – which roughly translates as The Wind goes fresh over the Limfjord’s Waters – he had the people of Northern Jutland, the iconic fjord and its surrounding slender hills in mind. Originally written in the late 1930’s, the composition quickly became something like the areas answer to the Danish national anthem.

Not necessarily connected to any season, the composition somehow served as a prelude to a recent winter ride along the Limfjord, mainly the shores of the Venø bay, and the heath around Flyndersø.

Our bearing partner CeramicSpeed has its headquarter in Holstebro, Denmark. Together we went for a ride in their backyard. The plan was to head north, all the way to Kås, before following the direction of the wind. The temperature was hovering around zero as we clipped in. The wind was mild, but the air strikingly hard.

Reaching Handbjerg, the fjord presented itself with the pale beauty of an early January morning. It started snowing. At this time of the year, the area is a quiet reminiscence of nature.

The Limfjord has been regarded as a fjord ever since the Middle Ages. By then its only opening to the sea was in the east. However, in 1825 the North Sea broke through from the west, giving the fjord its modern shape. Since that year its shallow waters separate the North Jutlandic Island from the Jutland Peninsula.

Deer crossed our way as we reached Ejsingholm. Rolling along the eastern shores of the fjord we were presented with an impressive view and freezing slush. This ride was far from being an easy stroll.

An unlimited amount of quiet roads, both tarmac and gravel, make this area a great one for riding. No matter the conditions.

Searching Harbours

The harbour in Gyldendal wore a wintery dress. There were only a few boats in the icy water. We took a breather, and a cup of tea from the thermos. The village is located just a few kilometers south of Kås. During the summer months it is a gently breathing home for tourists. This time around it was closed for the season.

Reaching Kås the skies cleared up. The trees pointed eastwards. There was a lonely fisherman in the water trying his luck. Braving the weather, we were like brothers in arms.

Off Guard

Two hours in the saddle feel different in winter. Especially when the cold gets under the skin. Riding east we decided to stop and grab something warm along the way. An old friend of mine once said that there is always enough time for a burger. I guess, he just wanted to prove a point when he said that. However, having faced the morning snow his statement seemed to us as a testimony of truth. We were hungry and cold, but happy. The skies cleared up when we caught our Garmin’s off guard and rolled up to the small snack bar.

The coffee was hot. It didn’t matter that one could taste that it had been on the hotplate for some time. It simply wasn’t important in that moment. The waitress was friendly. I’m not sure if it was politeness, but she listened to our stories with the devotion of a young mother whose children return home from play. The burgers were a feast.

Cracking on, the ride turned into a chase of the early sunset. Winter days in Scandinavia offer only a few hours of daylight.

The sun started to set as we left the snack bar and headed off to the iconic heath around Flyndersø. Located a couple of kilometers south of Skive, a historic mill stands tall against the conditions of time. Mud tracks on the gravel guided our way. Rain clouds were about to win the battle over the sun. An unequal fight, it seemed.

Flyndersø was created by a string of kettle holes during the last Ice Age. Since then the lake hasn’t changed much. Instead, it developed a breathtaking beauty.

The trails along the hills on the eastern side of the lake offer great views. They guide one through marsh, grasslands, moor and old oak bushes. On some days one can see grazing animals.

Last but not least

We didn’t see any that day. Rolling up one of the hills a feeling of calm silence unfolded. It wasn’t all that cold anymore. The rain showed mercy to the sun.

After a mere four hours on the bike, the area had told its secrets. A winter tale. The sun set as we rolled back and got off of our bikes. It was a good day.

Featured Product: Scope R5d

 

THE WIND GOES FRESH OVER THE LIMFJORD’S WATERS

A WINTER RIDE IN THE NORTH-WESTERN CORNER OF DENMARK

Scandinavian winters can be grim. Cold and wet. But they can also be aesthetic, beautiful. They can be tender and crisp at the same time.

When Erik Bertelsen wrote the words for Povl Hamburger’s composition Blæsten går frisk over Limfjordens vande – which roughly translates as The Wind goes fresh over the Limfjord’s Waters – he had the people of Northern Jutland, the iconic fjord and its surrounding slender hills in mind. Originally written in the late 1930’s, the composition quickly became something like the areas answer to the Danish national anthem.

Not necessarily connected to any season, the composition somehow served as a prelude to a recent winter ride along the Limfjord, mainly the shores of the Venø bay, and the heath around Flyndersø.

Our bearing partner CeramicSpeed has its headquarter in Holstebro, Denmark. Together we went for a ride in their backyard. The plan was to head north, all the way to Kås, before following the direction of the wind. The temperature was hovering around zero as we clipped in. The wind was mild, but the air strikingly hard.

Reaching Handbjerg, the fjord presented itself with the pale beauty of an early January morning. It started snowing. At this time of the year, the area is a quiet reminiscence of nature. The Limfjord has been regarded as a fjord ever since the Middle Ages. By then its only opening to the sea was in the east. However, in 1825 the North Sea broke through from the west, giving the fjord its modern shape. Since that year its shallow waters separate the North Jutlandic Island from the Jutland Peninsula.

Deer crossed our way as we reached Ejsingholm. Rolling along the eastern shores of the fjord we were presented with an impressive view and freezing slush. This ride was far from being an easy stroll.

An unlimited amount of quiet roads, both tarmac and gravel, make this area a great one for riding. No matter the conditions.

Searching Harbours

The harbour in Gyldendal wore a wintery dress. There were only a few boats in the icy water. We took a breather, and a cup of tea from the thermos. The village is located just a few kilometers south of Kås. During the summer months it is a gently breathing home for tourists. This time around it was closed for the season.

Reaching Kås the skies cleared up. The trees pointed eastwards. There was a lonely fisherman in the water trying his luck. Braving the weather, we were like brothers in arms.

Off Guard

Two hours in the saddle feel different in winter. Especially when the cold gets under the skin. Riding east we decided to stop and grab something warm along the way.An old friend of mine once said that there is always enough time for a burger. I guess, he just wanted to prove a point when he said that. However, having faced the morning snow his statement seemed to us as a testimony of truth. We were hungry and cold, but happy. The skies cleared up when we caught our Garmin’s off guard and rolled up to the small snack bar.

The coffee was hot. It didn’t matter that one could taste that it had been on the hotplate for some time. It simply wasn’t important in that moment. The waitress was friendly. I’m not sure if it was politeness, but she listened to our stories with the devotion of a young mother whose children return home from play. The burgers were a feast.

Cracking on, the ride turned into a chase of the early sunset. Winter days in Scandinavia offer only a few hours of daylight.

The sun started to set as we left the snack bar and headed off to the iconic heath around Flyndersø. Located a couple of kilometers south of Skive, a historic mill stands tall against the conditions of time. Mud tracks on the gravel guided our way. Rain clouds were about to win the battle over the sun. An unequal fight, it seemed.

Flyndersø was created by a string of kettle holes during the last Ice Age. Since then the lake hasn’t changed much. Instead, it developed a breathtaking beauty.

The trails along the hills on the eastern side of the lake offer great views. They guide one through marsh, grasslands, moor and old oak bushes. On some days one can see grazing animals.

Last but not least

We didn’t see any that day. Rolling up one of the hills a feeling of calm silence unfolded. It wasn’t all that cold anymore. The rain showed mercy to the sun.

After a mere four hours on the bike, the area had told its secrets. A winter tale. The sun set as we rolled back and got off of our bikes. It was a good day.

THE WIND GOES FRESH OVER THE LIMFJORD’S WATERS

A WINTER RIDE IN THE NORTH-WESTERN CORNER OF DENMARK

Scandinavian winters can be grim. Cold and wet. But they can also be aesthetic, beautiful. They can be tender and crisp at the same time.

When Erik Bertelsen wrote the words for Povl Hamburger’s composition Blæsten går frisk over Limfjordens vande – which roughly translates as The Wind goes fresh over the Limfjord’s Waters – he had the people of Northern Jutland, the iconic fjord and its surrounding slender hills in mind. Originally written in the late 1930’s, the composition quickly became something like the areas answer to the Danish national anthem.

Not necessarily connected to any season, the composition somehow served as a prelude to a recent winter ride along the Limfjord, mainly the shores of the Venø bay, and the heath around Flyndersø.

Our bearing partner CeramicSpeed has its headquarter in Holstebro, Denmark. Together we went for a ride in their backyard. The plan was to head north, all the way to Kås, before following the direction of the wind. The temperature was hovering around zero as we clipped in. The wind was mild, but the air strikingly hard.

Reaching Handbjerg, the fjord presented itself with the pale beauty of an early January morning. It started snowing. At this time of the year, the area is a quiet reminiscence of nature.

The Limfjord has been regarded as a fjord ever since the Middle Ages. By then its only opening to the sea was in the east. However, in 1825 the North Sea broke through from the west, giving the fjord its modern shape. Since that year its shallow waters separate the North Jutlandic Island from the Jutland Peninsula.

Deer crossed our way as we reached Ejsingholm. Rolling along the eastern shores of the fjord we were presented with an impressive view and freezing slush. This ride was far from being an easy stroll.

An unlimited amount of quiet roads, both tarmac and gravel, make this area a great one for riding. No matter the conditions.

Searching Harbours

The harbour in Gyldendal wore a wintery dress. There were only a few boats in the icy water. We took a breather, and a cup of tea from the thermos. The village is located just a few kilometers south of Kås. During the summer months it is a gently breathing home for tourists. This time around it was closed for the season.

Reaching Kås the skies cleared up. The trees pointed eastwards. There was a lonely fisherman in the water trying his luck. Braving the weather, we were like brothers in arms.

Off Guard

Two hours in the saddle feel different in winter. Especially when the cold gets under the skin. Riding east we decided to stop and grab something warm along the way.An old friend of mine once said that there is always enough time for a burger. I guess, he just wanted to prove a point when he said that. However, having faced the morning snow his statement seemed to us as a testimony of truth. We were hungry and cold, but happy. The skies cleared up when we caught our Garmin’s off guard and rolled up to the small snack bar.

The coffee was hot. It didn’t matter that one could taste that it had been on the hotplate for some time. It simply wasn’t important in that moment. The waitress was friendly. I’m not sure if it was politeness, but she listened to our stories with the devotion of a young mother whose children return home from play. The burgers were a feast.

Cracking on, the ride turned into a chase of the early sunset. Winter days in Scandinavia offer only a few hours of daylight.

The sun started to set as we left the snack bar and headed off to the iconic heath around Flyndersø. Located a couple of kilometers south of Skive, a historic mill stands tall against the conditions of time. Mud tracks on the gravel guided our way. Rain clouds were about to win the battle over the sun. An unequal fight, it seemed.

Flyndersø was created by a string of kettle holes during the last Ice Age. Since then the lake hasn’t changed much. Instead, it developed a breathtaking beauty.

The trails along the hills on the eastern side of the lake offer great views. They guide one through marsh, grasslands, moor and old oak bushes. On some days one can see grazing animals.

Last but not least

We didn’t see any that day. Rolling up one of the hills a feeling of calm silence unfolded. It wasn’t all that cold anymore. The rain showed mercy to the sun.

After a mere four hours on the bike, the area had told its secrets. A winter tale. The sun set as we rolled back and got off of our bikes. It was a good day.