On the Road to Klintehamn

Written by on January 29, 2012 in Travel - No comments

I’m sitting  in my kitchen looking out on all the snow which has enriched all our lives these past days. Mind you, the sun is showing its rarely sighted face and it is really lovely out side and it is really a lovely day – perfectly suited for a a couple hours in the saddle, sunny, crisp and 3-5 degrees below freezing.  Alas, the studded tires are unfortunately missing on my Bianchi MTB,  so I can only but reminisce warmer times.

One of many cycling tours last summer was a short and sweet club run to a small township called “Klintehamn”.  And if you’re a bit like me, there’s nothing like having a short (ahum) coffee break with your friends during the sunday club run. Me and a mate just had to get out one morning for a bit of fresh air. We had a wee to little blood in our Sangiovese stream, so we went out for a short  run with a few more mates, with the fabulous café  which goes under the name of “Bullboden” in our sights.


For those who haven’t been on our Island, Klintehamn is situated about 30 km’s due south of the regional capital, Visby. The small town of “Klinte” is famous for absolutely nothing really – but it’s really perfect for a pit stop for us cyclists, far enough from more or less everything.

There are basically two direct routes to Klintehamn from Visby; the Scenic Route along the west coast or the Inland Route. Both of them  rather flat. In fact all routes on our island are flat. If you’re looking for a hill climbing exercise , Gotland is the wrong place I’m afraid.

However, there are an abundance of fantastic scenery where you can enjoy a couple of days worth of cycling.

“Life’s too short, eat cookies!” were the slight philosophical words I read on a sign on a wall inside the Café in Klintehamn. But it’s true isn’t it? I mean, what’s the point of all the hassle one has to put up with on a daily basis if one can’t just sit on ones arse, and just have a cookie, cake or a glass of Sangiovese?  I recently read an article on the European Cyclist’s Federation’s website that:

(—)Studies add to the body of knowledge about health benefits. Regular cycling, such as commuting, is good for so many facets of health, from weight control to preventing heart disease and diabetes, to helping you sleep well. There’s hardly anything cycling isn’t good for (—)

So let us eat cakes, be merry and enjoy ourselves. Let’s worry about the diet tomorrow.


More information:

On the route:
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/55834511#mce_temp_url#

On Gotland:
Region of Gotland official web site 

On my club:
Ringmurens cykelklubb  (Swedish only)

On Café Bullboden:
Hassela Gotland (Swedish only)

Georg Gyllenfjell

About Georg Gyllenfjell

I live on a Swedish island, situated in the Baltic Sea, called Gotland with my wife. Together we have two grown up boys ages 21 and 24. I just love the cycling scene! It's not so much about racing per se, but rather the cycling life style you know.. The cycling fashion, the notion of traveling abroad on cycling camps or holidays. The sunday club run with your club mates to a local café some 50-60 km's away. The racing part for me, is something I just might do if I feel like it. For me the important thing is the road to the event, not so much the event itself. Which brings me to my other passion which is Italy. I love to cook, and combine good food with good wine - all Italian! When it comes to cycling; I'm the president of a local cycling club since 2008 and I just might get elected to the Regional Cycling Association as well. Besides cycling, I'm a food and wine junkie - and I also take photographs which I turn into posters. On everyday basis, I am the co-owner of a small recently started advertising company called "Isle of Design" where I am the Creative Director. Take care G

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