To kick off our time at Berlin Bicycle Week, Podia was invited to a 65km gravel ride called King of Gravus. Organised by ENVE and Strava the ride took in some of the cycling highlights that Berlin has to offer.

Berlin is actually quite flat, but to make up for the flatness it has an abundance of great terrain when you turn off the tarmac. One of the best areas for this is the Grunewald, and once we had left the tarmac of the suburbs and entered the relative wilderness – that was where the fun began.

Podia was lucky enough to have an OPEN U.P. to test. Forsaking his chance to ride the King of Gravus, Ingo Urban of Urban Cycles kindly lent us his demo U.P, complete with the rather nice new Wahoo Elemnt.

Tarmac, gravel and dirt-packed singletrack – this route had it all. Even some serious photographic heavyweights! Once the riding was done, we finished up with some BBQ and beer before the evening opening of the Berliner Fahrradschau.

Special thanks to Ken, Florian and the other Berlin locals for creating such a great start to the show!