#ThisIsMyRide by Lisa Brömmel
"This Is My Ride” is a series where we share the most memorable, unique, or challenging rides from our community. Maybe it’s a first century ride, an epic climb, or a regular Sunday ride with friends: we want to hear about that special something which makes this particular ride epic for you – and your Argon 18. Want to share your ride? Email us at email@example.com.
I have been attracted to long distance races and ultracycling for some years, but never really thought that I could handle rides of more than 200 kilometres. Then last year, I took part in the famous 24-hour Rad am Ring race on the Nürburgring Formula One circuit, solo. In the end, I was able to ride 544 km including a lot of climbing. That was the starting point for my addiction to long rides.
So this year I did a lot of long rides, both on my Gallium Disc or on my Dark Matter. My favourite ride was my trip to the German North Sea. I got my Dark Matter on a Friday, and the next morning I took it out for the 245km ride from Münsterland to Nordsee. (You can tell that I have a lot of trust in my bike fitter!) I chose the Dark Matter because I didn’t know the route and therefore I thought that it would be best to be prepared for every possible road surface. It turned out to be the right choice! There were a lot of cracked roads, some single track through forests and a few bike paths made of so-called “Plattenstraßen” (slab roads).
The first thing that made this ride a true challenge was that I wanted to do it all on my own. So there were no other riders. Funnily enough, I didn’t meet any riders for the whole distance. There was only a lot of nature to enjoy. But considering that I wanted to do this specific ride on my own, I am really very happy that it seemed to inspire a lot of my friends, who have since asked if we could ride 200km or more together :)
The terrain was very flat, but this part of Germany is well-known for strong winds – and also known for its windmills. There were some rivers, a lot of agricultural areas, and a lot of sheep! It was just a really nice and peaceful countryside.
I have to say, the challenge I remember the most was getting something to drink! As there are only a few little towns in that area I ran out of water and had to stop at a gas station just 6km away from my destination, because I was so dehydrated. For sure the best moment was when I reached the beach!
It was a blast to fly over all this terrain on the Dark Matter. What I love most about this bike is that it is comfortable, but at the same time a really fast bike. In contrast to a road bike you can just leave the road, ride on empty dirt roads and see where it takes you. I just love this feeling of freedom!
Photos by Lisa Brömmel
Lisa Brömmel is in this story riding the 2020 color of the Dark Matter, which for 2021 has been updated with two new colors. Check them out below.