Mysterious forests, scenic heights and mountain ranges, which must not shy away from famous alpine passes. Road cycling in the Black Forest is something truly special. Nonetheless, this low mountain range located in the south-west of Baden-Würtemmberg is primarily known for its famous ham, the cuckoo clocks or the creamy Schwarzwälder cake. Yet, the beauty of the fresh mixed woodlands with their steep mountainside, surrounded by a mosaic of fields, forest fur and almost daily sunshine, are just a few reasons why many professional cyclists are living and training here in south-west of Germany. The Black Forest offers all the ingredients a race bike paradise needs. These eight tours help you to explore this diverse area on two wheels.
This tour starts and ends at the station Freudenstadt and leads you over crisp 108 km through the middle Black Forest. After a short climb you can make yourself comfortable on your saddle from km 5 to 25 km. Constant it goes from 850 hm to 260 hm direction valley. The varied Wolfach valley leads you through the beautiful Black Forest mountains: deciduous trees and fir trees alternate at the edge of the road and form a dense mixed forest, which is only broken by well paved asphalt.It follows the Schiltacher bike path, which brings you through the Kinzigtal from Wolfach to Schiltach. Here is a short stop to squeeze a muesli bar and enjoy the first 50 km. From Lossburg it then goes on a nearly car-free Schleichweg direction Schopfloch. At least here, your thighs will be happy about the depressed energy boost of oatmeal and raisins. It goes with a short but crisp slope of 14% constant uphill. From Pfalzengrafweiler it's good to get back to Freudenstadt station.
On the western edge of the Black Forest lies the picturesque university town of Freiburg im Breisgau. Even the start at the city's metropolitan train station raises the anticipation of racing bike enthusiasts. The next 94 km will be followed by two prestigious peaks with a lot to offer. The 1241 m high Kandel and the 1284 m high mountain and popular Rennradberg the university city: the Schauinsland.After the start, the signposted cycle path leads you out of the city relatively quickly. Past Grundefingen it goes leisurely and with moderate height gain in the Elztal. At the latest at the signage of the Kandel in Waldkirch your body will start to pump adrenaline into the bloodstream. It follows: 1000 hm with bissigen slopes of up to 16%. At the top of the summit, the panorama compensates again with a magnificent view over the Rhine Valley and Alsace on the horizon.The descent leads past St. Peter, which attracts with a baroque monastery church to a rest. If the cultural program is ticked off, it continues past Oberried, Kirchzarten and Stegen. All places that offer themselves for a boost.This is followed by the second big climb of the day. Although the ascent to the Schauinsland begins relatively easy, the steep rise follows relatively quickly. Gradually you switch down, step by step, until the smallest is reached soon. In the upper part of the path then brings us to a scenic road, which is exposed to strong sunlight, especially in the summer. The descent back leads over a challenging winding road back to the starting point Freiburg.
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The round trip starts and ends at the bus stop Rößleplatz. It quickly goes on the Schönebacher Straße with a steep driveway to the idyllic Black Forest town of Schönwald. Nice: this term is very subjective. Nevertheless, this section of the Black Forest offers particularly impressive landscape sections.Once at the top, after a few hundred meters of ascent and descent in the Linachtal valley, it is also relatively fast downhill again. Almost constant over the next 10 km. Then it goes on the road Langenordnach on the finest asphalt and surrounded by beautiful mountain panorama on to Feldbergblick. The last 20 km with a few crisp climbs again neatly on the forces. Last but not least, you can let it roll properly, harness the power of gravity, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
First an easy drive past the beautiful Leuterbach to Windkapf. After the turnoff left you pass Schwarzenbach to a real treat: The Rausteine south of Schramberg. At kilometer 26 follows a very crisp ramp! A rather leisurely way back via Mariazell, Dunningen and Heiligenbronn on a bike path back to Schramberg.Recommendation: Ride harder during the week, as this route is especially popular on motorcycles at weekends.
The start and finish of this tour is the Ettlingen station and leads you over a neat climb to the highway to Bad Herrenalb. You dive into a Black Forest landscape, which becomes more pronounced with every meter south. In Bad Herrenalb about half of the tour is done. Good moment to take a break and replenish your energy reserves. Instead of grains, gels or dried fruit, here is an opportunity with homemade pastries. Strengthened, you make your way back to the road, past Rotensol, where it goes almost continuously downhill from Etc. 38 back to Ettlingen.
The starting point is the main station of the city of Freiburg. From here you can drive to Waldkirch on a quiet bike path "warm". In Waldkirch it goes into the Kandelstraße, where already a sign indicates what you expected right away; the ascent to Kandel. Especially for riders who tackle the climb for the first time, it is advisable not to start too fast. The even slope makes it much easier to find a good rhythm. Arrived at the summit (1241 m) it is recommended to take in the panorama. The descent goes over Sankt Peter, Kirchzarten and Littenweiler direction Freiburg. The popular "Augustiner" offers a good opportunity to review the tour.
From Freiburg main station a short, fine ride on the local mountain starts: the Schauinsland. Already behind the city boundary starts the climb, which demands the fullest use of your knees right from the start with a constant climb. Arrived at the trail parking lot Geiersnest, which is about 10 km as the crow flies from Freiburg, one already has a beautiful view of the Schauinsland in the north and the Belchen in the south.Then it goes past the Hohlbühl (896 m) to the Eduardshöhe. It continues on Rotlachweg, which brings you ever closer to the 1284 m high Schauinsland. So you have a good 1000 meters to overcome, which particularly because of the long-lasting slope particularly on the forces. Once at the top, it goes along the beautiful scenic road, past Günterstal, back to Freiburg.
The tour starts and ends at Renchen central station. A consistently flat start offers enough time to get "warm" for the first climb. Along the Renchtals it goes past Lautenbach, from where you already caught the first view of the Sohlberg. After a short but crisp climb, you have reached the 673 m above sea level quickly. A short break is best on the "Studentenfelsen", which is about 10 km from the Sohlberg. Past the Schwabenkopf, Hirschkopf head towards Melkereikopf, where at 880 m you have reached the highest point of this tour. In the last 30 km you can focus again on the beautiful panorama of the surrounding Black Forest; it is almost constant downhill.