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The most beautiful after-work laps around Cologne

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The most beautiful after-work laps around Cologne

Road Cycling Collection by Hannah

6

Tours

13:32 h

194 mi

6,575 ft

It's the end of the day – finally and Cologne has countless possibilities for you to leave everyday life behind on a relaxed ride. Even within the city limits, you’ll find great routes without too much traffic. You'll quickly forget that you're in a metropolis with millions of inhabitants as you speed along smooth asphalt.

Follow the Rhine south or north, explore the idyllic Bergisches Land in the east or discover refreshing swimming lakes in the west. No matter which direction you take, all Tours promise to give you a completely new perspective on the city, its outskirts and the surrounding nature.

In this Collection, I’ve put together six beautiful after-work Tours around this cathedral city. The rides are between 30 and 68 kilometres (18.6 and 42 mi) long and are easily accessible from anywhere in Cologne. Most of the Tours are flat aside from the Bergisch region which has a few climbs and thrilling descents. If the ride is too long for the end of the day, just make a weekend trip out of it.

Is your chain oiled, your tyres pumped and your helmet on? Have fun riding!

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    Cologne east – after-work laps around Cologne

    Intermediate
    03:14
    42.3 mi
    13.1 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,725 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Quitting time! But the day is far from over. In order to celebrate this properly, you are doing a nice big lap through the Bergisches Land today. Get out of the city and into the rural idyll, where you can spin freely on the big sheet on perfectly paved roads.

    

    The tour starts at Cologne-Mühlheim train

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  • Difficult
    01:39
    25.3 mi
    15.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Expert road ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The wonderful banks of the Rhine await you on the Northwest Circuit, which becomes more and more beautiful as you head out of town. There are no vertical meters this time - so you can shoot straight and easy.

    

    On the round trip, the starting point is up to you - from Ehrenfeld you drive past the Hercules

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  • Easy
    01:56
    27.4 mi
    14.2 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Easy road ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The southwest round is a whopping 44 kilometers long and leads from Sülz via Berrenrath to Gymnich and then back via Hürth. Smoothly tarred, car-free routes make your racing bike heart beat faster.

    

    It starts at Köln Süd train station and out of the city to Decksteiner Weiher in the outer green belt. Here

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  • Easy
    01:18
    19.1 mi
    14.6 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy road ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Cologne South after-work tour starts just behind Chlodwigplatz and first takes you along the Rhine for a while and then back to the city via Kalscheuren. At 32 kilometers, it is relatively short and therefore more of a pleasure tour.

    

    The first 15 kilometers always lead you along the Rhine, past Rodenkirchen

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  • Intermediate
    02:24
    37.7 mi
    15.7 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Are you ready for the south-east lap of 60 kilometers, past the Rhine, the airport and the Wahner Heide? It starts directly at the Severinsbrücke and first relaxes along the Rhine.

    

    After about ten kilometers you turn off the water and drive on small roads through the fields around Zündorf, where you have

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  • Intermediate
    03:02
    42.4 mi
    14.0 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Leverkusen Ost round takes you along the Balkan route to Bergisches Land and back through the Dhünnaue via Odenthal. At 68 kilometers, it's a bit longer for after work, and as you may have guessed, there are also a few meters of altitude awaiting you in the Bergisches Land.

    

    You can start on the left

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    194 mi
  • Duration
    13:32 h
  • Elevation
    6,575 ft

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