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The land of 1000 hills — road cycling in the Sauerland

Stephan Peters

The land of 1000 hills — road cycling in the Sauerland

Road Cycling Collection by komoot

7

Tours

42:28 h

509 mi

41,050 ft

The land of glittering lakes, green meadows, dark forests, mysterious valleys—and a thousand hills. Welcome to the Sauerland, a region packed full of beautiful places to discover; the perfect destination for you and your road bike.

To get you experiencing the magnificence of the Sauerland, we have put together seven rides that will show just how varied this region is. You can choose from simple road rides suitable for the whole family to more demanding rides that only train cyclists can conquer. One thing they all have in common, however, is that each ride will take you along small but beautiful country roads and quaint cycle paths—perfect for road cyclists looking to gain a little speed.

To create an extended weekend of awesome cycling, pick out one or more rides from this Collection. If you're feeling brave, take a little more time, conquer them all—and turn your short trip into a holiday. For something a little more adventurous, you could even combine all of the Tours into one roundtrip and visit all of the Sauerland in turn. Information on suitable accommodation can be found here: bettundbike.de.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:10
    27.4 mi
    12.6 mph
    2,200 ft
    2,225 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This short road bike tour from Willingen is conditionally rather simple, but still offers you full program in terms of scenery and experience.

    

    You start in Willingen and follow the federal highway for a while. You destroy some of the altitude and enjoy the thrill of speed through the forests of the Sauerland

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  • Intermediate
    02:41
    31.6 mi
    11.8 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,125 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This short, relatively simple tour is a piece of Sauerland at its best. You drive through typical Sauerland small towns with their rural charm, beautiful old half-timbered houses and down-to-earth gastronomy. You drive through idyllic valleys in which nothing is more, except the rushing forest and a

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  • Difficult
    03:57
    48.9 mi
    12.4 mph
    3,450 ft
    3,450 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Short but crisp: This tour starts in Bestwig and leads you over minor roads once up high: Through the beautiful Sorpetal you reach the highlight of this tour at 714 meters altitude. If you have the feeling that you want more than that, you should think about adding a little detour: Before the descent

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  • Difficult
    05:44
    71.6 mi
    12.5 mph
    4,900 ft
    4,900 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This tour is with its 116 kilometers already a small challenge. Thanks to a manageable number of climbs, it is absolutely feasible with normal racing bike fitness. The route takes you through the northern Sauerland, highlights on the route are the two well-known Sauerland dams Möhnesee and Sorpesee.

    

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  • Difficult
    06:36
    78.3 mi
    11.8 mph
    6,850 ft
    6,850 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    No, we do not want to advertise beer. Call it a tour of (industrial) culture. After all, here in the Sauerland, not without reason, the logos of two well-known brews are displayed at every restaurant and every economy. The thing you "drive" on the today's round once on the reason. And you'll wonder what

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  • Difficult
    08:29
    97.3 mi
    11.5 mph
    9,050 ft
    9,050 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This route is beautiful but also quite demanding. After all, 157 kilometers and 2,760 meters of altitude are on the program today. For a beautiful road bike day tour just right, for beginners with a basic condition, there are more appropriate, shorter tours through the Sauerland. If you are fit, this

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  • Difficult
    12:51
    154 mi
    12.0 mph
    12,500 ft
    12,500 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This big round shows you the Sauerland in all its facets. But it is clear: This is a very nice chunk. To drive 244 kilometers at over 3,800 meters in one day is an announcement. That's why we have limited ourselves to the essentials when choosing the tour highlights. After all, we know exactly how it

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    509 mi
  • Duration
    42:28 h
  • Elevation
    41,050 ft

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