2017 Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour – Stage 1

Pay attention to the map. That lesson #1 in the unpublished manual of chasing bicycle races. If there is a little ferry icon on the map, expect a ferry crossing. I was in a hurry today and the planned route ended up being closed, so had to find another way. A quick glance on the map showed an alternative route, that looked quick enough, even though it wasn’t as fast as the original one.

What I didn’t realise that the route was interrupted by a ferry crossing. I panicked when I saw the signs on the bank of the river Saale, but then it turned out that the crossing takes only a few minutes and the boat was approaching our side of the river. What made the whole experience quite memorable was that it was the smallest ferry I have ever seen: you could fit three cars on it and that was it. No more room for anything else, maybe a few more people could have jumped on. And it only cost €2.50, so I have no idea how this makes sense from a business point of view, but that is not my problem.

Oh, and one more thing. Thuringen is seriously beautiful. Though this only my second day here, I am seriously contemplating coming back here for cycling holiday next year. My spots for today weren’t too scenic, but I’ll try to showcase the beauty of the countryside in the coming days.

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Tayler Wiles checks her race radio before the race

Rushlee Buchanan walks to the sign-on

Team Norway riders warm up

Storey Racing riders prepare for Stage 1

Carolin Schiff rides mid-pack

The World’s Smallest Car Ferry

Tayler Wiles attacks on the climb leading to Moschlitz

The peloton heads out for the final lap

Tiffany Cromwell chats to her teammates after winning Stage 1

Tiffany Cromwell

Leah Thorvilson shows her delight upon learning about her teammate’s win

Anna Zita Maria Stricker offers her podium beer to her DS

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