With its three course options of 25, 50 or 75 km Rad am Ring’s MTB-Marathon through Grüne Hölle (Green Hell) will offer the perfect playground to off-road fans of different fitness- and skill levels. Be prepared for a cross-country adventure on a varied course that leaves nothing to wish for cross-country-wise.
Only a few meters away from the legendary race circuit of Nürburgring a cross-country course can be found that mountain bike pro Karl Platt once enthused about in BIKE magazine: “There is no other trail that provides the same sensation as the one at Nürburgring.” This very special cross-country experience – off tarmac roads, but nevertheless in the middle of a unique mixture of motor sport and mountain biking – Rad am Ring’s MTB-Marathon poses a three-fold challenge to well-trained amateur bikers as well as to ambitious pro riders, as they can choose from courses covering 25, 50 or 75 km respectively (one to three laps). Therefore, everyone may pick the distance that suits best his/her fitness level and riding skills in order to turn this marathon into an unforgettable experience for all mountain bike lovers who do not want to spend a full 24 hours on the saddle, but would love to experience the legend of Nürburgring at first hand and in an active manner.
Marathon riders will soak up some formula 1 atmosphere at start and finish line on the Grand Prix circuit, in between an exciting mixture of trails and gravel await Green Hell’s conquerors on studded tires. By the way: Grüne Hölle, a respectful nickname of Nürburgring, actually is even more applicable to the forested surroundings of the race circuit than to the race track itself, as the natural course with its approx. 610 vertical meters issues a special appeal when it comes to riding skills.
With its formula 1 infrastructure Nürburgring offers the perfect set-up for a wonderful day full of mountain biking. And thanks to the start on Saturday morning 8 am the racetrack belongs to marathon riders alone – before they can cheer at 24h-riders after having crossed the finish line and gone for a tasty snack.