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The Orbit360 Gravel Series 2021

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The Orbit360 Gravel Series 2021

Road Cycling Collection by Orbit360

18

Tours

243:34 h

2,004 mi

137,250 ft

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!

The rules
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).

On The Map

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Tours & Highlights

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    Apollo Alpen – Zugspitzregion (scouted by Lisa Buddenberg)

    Difficult
    15:40
    105 mi
    6.7 mph
    9,475 ft
    9,475 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    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

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  • Difficult
    12:44
    105 mi
    8.3 mph
    10,750 ft
    10,750 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Starting from the northernmost point of the "Big Bang", the town of Friedewald with its moated castle, the orbit leads you directly to the Kaliberg in the Soisberger Kuppenrhön region. About 30 kilometers after the start you will reach the “Point Alpha” memorial with its perforated plate path and the

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  • Difficult
    18:53
    124 mi
    6.6 mph
    14,950 ft
    14,950 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    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

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  • Difficult
    16:15
    125 mi
    7.7 mph
    13,675 ft
    13,675 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Ideally, you start the orbit in Barsinghausen. The starting point is only five minutes away from the train station at the Deister open-air stage. There is enough space for cars and even campers to park.

    

    So you start the orbit in the Deister and after kilometer 18 you reach the highest point of the tour

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  • Difficult
    12:18
    119 mi
    9.7 mph
    6,150 ft
    6,150 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Starting from the northernmost point of the route clockwise you are in the pond area Biehla-Weissig. You head east on relaxed little streets until you come to a biotope. There is a small highlight of the orbit with an old castle ruin on a sand hill.

    

    Further east, past the “blue Adriatic”, you drive out

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  • Difficult
    15:39
    121 mi
    7.7 mph
    10,975 ft
    10,975 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Starting from the northernmost point of the route, following clockwise, you are on the König-Ludwig-Brücke in Kempten im Allgäu. After less than two kilometers you leave the city behind you and drive on fast gravel roads in the direction of Kempter Wald. After 25 kilometers of beautiful Allgäu landscape

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  • Difficult
    10:38
    115 mi
    10.8 mph
    12,250 ft
    12,250 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    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

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  • Difficult
    16:01
    106 mi
    6.6 mph
    9,275 ft
    9,225 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    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

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  • Difficult
    14:42
    117 mi
    7.9 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    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

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  • Difficult
    13:43
    96.7 mi
    7.0 mph
    3,975 ft
    3,975 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Starting from the northernmost point of the route, following clockwise, you are still in Hamburg, now in the Harburger mountains at the Kärntner Hütte! These are crossed on fast and flowing gravel paths, it goes steadily up and down through beautiful deciduous forest, soon the orbit leads to Lower Saxony

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  • Difficult
    12:18
    120 mi
    9.8 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Starting from the northernmost point of the route, following clockwise, you are in Bad Bramstedt, a moor spa known just beyond the city limits. Here you will find many ways to eat and drink. From the city it goes east on small roads and forest paths quite smoothly and unspectacularly to Sülfeld, at the

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  • Difficult
    08:01
    108 mi
    13.5 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In the black hole somewhere between Bremen and Bremerhaven is the northernmost point of the route in the Bargsmoor. Following the orbit, it goes east through the Königsmoor. For once please forget the time and enjoy. But don't get lost in space or the depths of the moor.

    

    You continue to drive safely through

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  • Difficult
    13:27
    96.7 mi
    7.2 mph
    7,200 ft
    7,225 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    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

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  • Difficult
    11:28
    95.1 mi
    8.3 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This orbit is particularly suitable for everyone who is new here or who fancy a cozy round with Soviet charm and bathing fun. The 150 kilometers and 700 meters in altitude are perfect as a first orbit or for the racers: a nice “sprint” among us.

    

    At the northernmost point in Retzow, the orbit leads along

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  • Difficult
    11:46
    102 mi
    8.7 mph
    9,750 ft
    9,750 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    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

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  • Difficult
    13:12
    117 mi
    8.9 mph
    7,300 ft
    7,275 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Next gravel exit Altmühltal! You start in Ingolstadt, the city of the Illuminati, Frankensteins and pure beer. From the Münster it goes south and you are quickly outside in the flat surrounding area. After a few kilometers, the first hills of the southern Franconian Alb greet you with the typical dense

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  • Difficult
    11:17
    110 mi
    9.7 mph
    9,650 ft
    9,650 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    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

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  • Difficult
    15:32
    121 mi
    7.8 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    18
  • Distance
    2,004 mi
  • Duration
    243:34 h
  • Elevation
    137,250 ft

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