The Hunt Cycling is a full service bike-shop, independent journal and collective consisting of three cycling enthusiasts based in Halle Saale. We try to explore, document and share our experiences in the field of cycling and beyond. Besides drinking shandy, lots of riding and intellectual discusses about bike parts and stuff, we enjoy riding with friends and running our showroom and bike-shop located in the center of Halle.
This years spring classics are in full swing and besides the huge and legendary “Paris-Roubaix” and the “Ronde van Vlaanderen” there are a lot of small races and cycling events in Europe and especially in Germany taking place which are worth visiting. One of these small and pleasant races is “Die Hölle des Ostens” or as we lovingly call it, the “Paris-Roubaix of Saxony-Anhalt”. This little race is a small, non-commercial and beautiful event organized by a guy named Maurizio. We heard about the race before but unfortunately never visited. Shame on us because we obviously missed a lot. This year the opportunity arose to accompany our good friend Marcus. Besides racing the “Ronde van Vlaanderens” a week before, he decided to take part on this years 7th edition of the race starting on a cloudy and chilly Sunday morning a week ago.
Everyone who ever saw the cobblestones from Paris-Roubaix with his own eyes should knew what to expect from a race named “Hell of the East”. 190km road with around 40km of finest Pavé awaited Marcus. The plan was made. We wanted to catch the riders on three different locations along the route. We decided to go by bicycle and wanted to ride ahead of the Peloton. It worked our pretty well. We passed the Peloton as planned, we took a lot of pictures, chatted with riders and we had a great day on the bike. Thanks to Marcus for again supporting us and congratulations for the 1st place outside of the official score. It was a fun day and it seems everybody attended the race enjoyed riding the hardest Pavé around Halle (Saale). So thanks to everybody for smiling into the cameras. Please enjoy some pictures we took of the event. Ride safe!