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The seven best gravel Tours in the Ruhr area and Bergisches Land

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The seven best gravel Tours in the Ruhr area and Bergisches Land

Mountain Biking Collection by Giant Deutschland

7

Tours

36:36 h

278 mi

18,650 ft

The Ruhr area and its surroundings and not necessarily the first places that spring to mind when you think about proper gravel Tours. But we can promise you one thing – you’ve been missing out if you think that way! And hey, we should know. Our German headquarters is located between Düsseldorf and Wuppertal, right in the middle of the gravel fun that we present in this Collection. We show you the seven best gravel Tours in our region and take you to the Neander Valley, the Bergisches Land low mountain range, the Elfringhauser Schweiz countryside, and the hilly landscape along the Ruhr.

All routes are designed as day Tours, perfect for a weekend ride. To get to the start, you can take the car or – even easier – arrive directly by train. All of the Tours start at a train station and are very accessible. By the way: If you need a small service done on your bike, you can include the two GIANT stores in Düsseldorf and Essen into one of the routes. Why not visit your bike shop, pick up any spare parts or just grab a coffee and then head on your Tour?

You don't need to travel far to find the perfect gravel ride. With this Collection, we provide you with plenty of material to have a great time on your GIANT Revolt (giant-bicycles.com/de/bikes-revolt-advanced-2021) or on your Liv Devote (liv-cycling.com/de/bikes-devote-advanced-2021) in your area.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    04:41
    36.6 mi
    7.8 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour starts in the middle of Essen at the main train station and is therefore ideal for you if you are not from Essen and still do not feel like traveling by car. So from the train you switch directly to your bike and if you like, you can pay a visit to the Giant dealer Fahrrad Schlitzer. This would only require a small detour from the Grugaradweg.

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  • Difficult
    05:45
    39.3 mi
    6.8 mph
    3,700 ft
    3,675 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From Cologne, Essen or Düsseldorf you can quickly reach Wuppertal by train and thus on the edge of the Bergisches Land, where the finest gravel is already waiting for you. …

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  • Difficult
    04:02
    30.7 mi
    7.6 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour takes you to the famous Neandertal. But the memory of our ancestors is by no means the only highlight that awaits you on the beautiful gravel circuit with …

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  • Difficult
    04:32
    30.3 mi
    6.7 mph
    3,400 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    South of the Ruhr between Hattingen, Wuppertal, Sprockhövel and Velbert lies Elfringhauser Schweiz, which, with its hilly, green landscape, is an excellent place for extensive gravel tours. The starting point of the tour is the beautiful Ruhrpottstadt Hattingen. It is easy to reach (by S-Bahn) and a great destination for after the tour: Hattingen has a super beautiful historic old town with many restaurants and bars in ancient half-timbered houses.

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  • Difficult
    05:11
    40.7 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This quite long gravel tour starts right outside the gates of Düsseldorf, but it does not contain any notable gradients, so that you can make good progress. It takes you …

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  • Difficult
    07:33
    59.8 mi
    7.9 mph
    3,850 ft
    4,100 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.

    There is the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path, which follows the Ruhr on mostly paved paths from its source in Winterberg to its confluence with the Rhine near Duisburg. Inspired by …

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  • Difficult
    04:51
    40.2 mi
    8.3 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Flandersbach lime works is located in Wülfrath. It is the largest lime works in Europe, which has been mining limestone around Wülrath since 1903 and processing it into lime …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    278 mi
  • Duration
    36:36 h
  • Elevation
    18,650 ft

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The seven best gravel Tours in the Ruhr area and Bergisches Land