Orbiters, it's time for round two! Are you ready? After the success of last summer's Orbit360 Gravel Series, we didn't rest on our laurels but came up with exciting ideas for the second edition of the German Gravel Series. In this Collection, we present you the new orbits which will send gravel flying up from under your wheels. So, get on your bike, get ready for an epic challenge and discover great landscapes in the heart of Germany – #letsorbit!
Orbit360 is an unsupported ultra-endurance gravel series. From May 29th to August 15th you can ride 18 routes. the so-called ‘Orbits’. Participation is open to all riders who want to take on the challenges of the galactic gravel cosmos and who have registered on the Orbit360 website. The orbits, each scouted by a local community member, are round trips that can be started at any location. The only important thing is that you complete the routes without any help and you follow the GPX track exactly. You can find all the routes here in this Collection. You collect points for every orbit you ride which are added together for your ranking at the end. Detailed information about the rules, rankings and the new badges can be found at orbit360.cc.
How to Orbit – the most important facts at a glance
👉 Register on the Orbit website. If you are riding in a team, both riders must register.
🚴♂️ Ride individually or as a duo. Ride as many orbits as you want/can. Can you do them all?
✔️ Upload your completed Tour to komoot and tag Orbit360 and your fellow rider if applicable.
✏️ Rename your Tour as follows: Name of the orbit / your full name / your ride time. (For teams: You must both upload your route and include both of your names in the Tour title).
Starting from the northernmost point of the route, following clockwise, you start in Lenggries. The starting point here is Café Schwarz, which is located near the train station. From here you can go straight up the mountain. If you were still cold at the start, don't worry, here comes the first small ascent - welcome to the Apollo Alpine orbit!
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Eleven Earths - these are the eleven highest mountains in the Odenwald, all of which are visited on this orbit. Starting from the start with a view of Heidelberg Castle, you first drive steeply up to the White Stone, which attracts cyclists of all stripes. Most of the well-developed forest roads lead to the first three peaks Stiefelhöhe, Hardberg and Stillfüssel - in between you can even wave to a golden Buddha.
Starting from the northernmost point of the route, following clockwise, you are in Bergnassau an der Lahn. A short, relaxed stretch along the Lahn leads to the Arnstein Monastery, where the first highlight awaits you: the Jammertal! Usually you only come across mountain bikers here, but the single trail is mostly suitable for gravel bikes. Only when it has rained for a longer period of time does the name become part of the program.
With the Wartburg and the Inselsberg in view, the orbit begins directly in the Hainich National Park. At full throttle it goes over the former military training area Kindel in the direction of Hörselberge. The view from here is terrific. We continue on partly asphalted small bike paths in the direction of Georgenthal. This is where the Thuringian Forest begins - clearly recognizable by the small but fine single trails. They are really awesome!
The north-easternmost orbit will be in the Mecklenburg Lake District in 2021. This area is also called the land of 1,000 lakes. Due to the good transport connections, the best way to start the route is in Waren an der Müritz. There are various catering options in the city. It is only a few meters from the train station to the start at the port.
Starting from the northernmost point of the route (not the starting point), following clockwise, you are in the Oembergmoor, not far from the Sechs-Seen-Platte near Duisburg Wedau. The route leads you over the Wambachtal and the Auberg towards Schloss Landsberg at kilometer 11. There is a technical and steeper descent that can be mastered in dry conditions without leaving the bike. But be careful when it is wet because of the involuntary descents.
Starting from the northernmost point of the route, following clockwise, you are in the Eckertal and follow south along the eastern edge of the Harz to Blankenburg. On the way there, you cross numerous small forest sections on the finest gravel and gentle forest paths, cycle past meadows and mountains and discover one or the other structural highlight such as the castle in Wernigerode.
Starting from the northernmost point of the route, following clockwise, you are on the Zeller Horn with a beautiful postcard view of Hohenzollern Castle.This is followed by a longer asphalt stretch, which is, however, deceptive. Save yourself your strength, because shortly before Sigmaringen it gets crunchy for a short time before it goes somewhat relaxed along the beautiful Danube.
At the northernmost point of the route you cross the Elbe-Lübeck Canal in Neu Lankau. Shortly after Mölln, a beautiful lake landscape awaits you, followed by long, partly unused forest straights. We continue on the Kolonnenweg, a relic of the former inner-German border. Here you will pass a memorial that reminds of Michael Gartenschläger, who was shot by a special Stasi squad in 1976 when he tried to dismantle a self-shot system.