Rad am Ring extends their offer for mountain bikers by a mountain bike marathon. Cross-country fans may already “ride” the course via video. It is a very special course – says mountain bike pro Karl Platt.
Eifel region is a paradise for mountain bikers – the new mountain bike marathon at Rad am Ring will take them to hell and back, however. To “Green Hell” (Grüne Hölle) to be precise. The course follows Nürburgring’s notorious Nordschleife on finest trails, gravel- and forest roads and sometimes even crosses the legendary asphalt of the racing course in order to keep the course skillfully from crossing roads and to offer all participants a unique experience at start and finish line. “There is no trail that combines both my passions as brilliantly as Nürburgring – motor sport and mountain biking”, enthuses mountain bike pro Karl Platt. The multiple winner of Cape Epic and Transalp is a regular in the Eifel and knows every kilometer of this region.
Cross-country riders who are interested in the course can explore it in advance: a video taken from the rider’s perspective takes them on the course via www.radamring.de. The course provides a few extra climbs due to several “zigs” and “zags” like the steep ascent from the deepest point of the course in “Breidscheid” that leads up alongside the former natural stands underneath giant trees.
“The Nürburgring sections are legendary“, says Platt. “Riding there is a unique experience. There are more difficult trails, but very few that give you such goose bumps.”
One lap of the mountain bike marathons that may be ridden up to three times covers 25 kilometers and approximately 870 vertical meters. Start is at the Formula 1 starting line between the impressive pit building and the stands. Also the finish line at the end of 25, 50 or 75 race kilometers is located where all winners are crowned at Nürburgring – at the Formula 1 finish line.
This is, however, by far not all Rad am Ring offers fans of cross-country cycling: besides the off-road option of 24hour-race, a cross-country race will take place as well in 2017.
For further information on the event please go to www.radamring.de