Course versions of MTB-Marathon
Mountain Biking through "Green Hell"
The winding up and down through the green Eifel landscape, the course formerly surrounded by hedges, particularly however the challenges posed by the routing have commanded respect from all racers since 1927. It is the reason why former formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Steward impressively nicknamed Nürburgring Nordschleife “Grüne Hölle” (“Green Hell”). The course of Rad am Ring’s mountain bike marathon runs along Nordschleife, on the finest trails, gravel roads and forest paths and sometimes even touches the legendary asphalt strip in order to skillfully prevent the course from crossing thoroughfares or to offer a unique start and finish line experience.
An additional “zig” here and a “zag” there provide for some extra vertical meters e.g. in the steep ascent leading up from the course’s lowest point in “Breidscheid” underneath trees that grow several meters high over the former natural stands.
One lap of the MTB-Marathon’s course that can be ridden up to three times is approximately 25 km long and covers around 870 vertical meters. Start will be at the formula 1 starting line between impressive pit buildings and stands. The first two kilometers on Grand Prix circuit are ridden neutralized before things get serious at the last ascent of Gran Prix circuit. Also the finish line, where riders will be welcomed after 25 km, 50 km or 75 km, is located where all winners at Nürburgring are selected – at the formula 1 finish line. To enter laps two and three the course makes a turn before formula 1 arena and leads riders directly through “Grüne Hölle” – off the legendary tarmac, but posing an equal challenge.
Course length: 25.8 km, 50.3 km, 74.8 km
Start and finish lap deviate from the course below resulting in lap lengths not exactly being 25 km long each.
Course version: trails, forest paths, supply routes, Nordschleife, Grand Prix circuit
Vertical meters: 870hm
Elevation profile: see below
Site plan overall area: here