At FOCUS, we don’t only build bicycles with enthusiasm, we also ride them that way too. Everyone in the team is a true racing bike aficionado or a daring mountain biker. Challenging alpine passes, crazy steep single trails, 100-km-long (62 mile) end of day rides or vertical meters in the Catalan mountains – we are on the road all over Europe.
Brand Director Moritz, Brand Manager Martin and Lead Engineer Fabi have put their heads together to decide on their favourite road bike routes. Here we present FOCUS’ finest selection on asphalt – from their home in Stuttgart to the French Alps and sunny Girona. In addition, there are three extreme mountain bike routes – first-class trails in the Black Forest, endless vertical meters in Finale Ligure and a breathtaking flow trail in South Tyrol.
If you feel as at home on the saddle as we do, then these routes will make your heart beat faster. So get out there and have fun on your two wheels.
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Moritz - Brand Director
“The three largest around Alpe d'Huez. It doesn't need a lot of words. A must for every racing bike enthusiast. "If the name "Alpe d'Huez" falls, every racing cyclist thinks of the legendary 21 hairpin bends up to the French winter sports resort in the Dauphiné Alps, which are somehow emblematic of the great spectacle of the Tour de France, at the same time simply something for one or the other may appear to be "mainstream". And because the area has a lot more to offer here, we will simply leave this racing bike myth behind and show you a few other passes that are also real classics and that can be put together for a beautiful but really demanding tour. If you button up this tour, you should get up early, treat yourself to a rich breakfast and be ready for a sweaty test with a length of 161 kilometers and more than 4,200 meters of altitude. The reward for this: fantastic views, breathtaking descents and a swollen chest when you have reached your destination in the evening.Our tip if you want to take it easy: You can divide the tour into two sections and spend the night in Valloire after around 85 kilometers. This makes the tour a little easier, but the adventure is even greater.
Moritz - Brand Director:
"It was a mega ride! Get out of the cauldron via Botnang and along the bear lakes towards Magstadt. The highlight of the tour is the Würmtal. Beautiful departure.Once a year it is completely closed to cars and we caught the day by accident! Leave a few more grains. Then the slightly hilly and minimally ascending Nagold Valley Cycle Path winds through the valley. Either you enjoy it or you press the TT pedal.Either way, I would take a short break in Calw and enjoy a cake. Then there is another decent climb before you wind your way back to Stuttgart on more or less beautiful streets. In the end there is another highlight with the newly paved tank road. After that, all the grains are used up and you can roll back fully into the kettle. ”
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With around 95 kilometers in length and a decent climb, there's nothing for free on this tour. So on the “coffee trip” you can really work out - but in between you have plenty of opportunities to motivate yourself or just relax a little. This round takes you west of Girona towards the Mediterranean: at the turning point in Torroella de Montgrí you can almost hear the waves rushing.On the way back you tackle the most famous climb at the gates of Girona, the Els Angels. In between you come through picturesque villages, sometimes with romantic, medieval town centers. Of course, you will also find numerous locations here for a cozy coffee break. And even if you prefer to take a quick lap without stops, you don't have to do without the black stimulant: as is well known, there are several cult cafes in Girona waiting to flatter your taste buds.
Freiburg is known for its beautiful old town, the beautiful landscape of the Black Forest around it and for the fact that the sun often shines here. All of this makes Freiburg a top area for mountain bikers, but it would only be half as beautiful without the commitment of Mountainbike Freiburg e.V., which has created a unique trail network right outside the city with lots of love, passion and work.And this is exactly what you will get to know on this tour: We will show you all four trails that will always bring a big smile to the faces of our team's mountain bikers when we are out and about in Freiburg. Also included are the "Badishmoonrising Flow Trail", the "Canadian Trail", the new "Baden to the Bone" trail and the Boarderline Downhill.With a length of almost 50 kilometers, this tour is a really nice board, so it is best to plan some time - it is perfect for a long weekend tour. Our tip, if you have less time: Split them into two shorter laps by simply driving the part north or south of the Dreisam individually.
Fabi - Lead Engineer:
“This big round in Finale connects some of my favorite trails. It starts with a one-way shuttle to Din. From there to warm up once down the Roller Coaster. Then it gets more technical and tight with Kill Bill II.Cacciatore is the last trail of the first descent, so full concentration is required again. The next climb on asphalt towards Nato Base takes a while, but it's not super steep.A short trail in between loosens your legs. We don't go all the way up to the NATO base but turn onto the gravel path, which leads straight to the start of what I think is the best trail in Finale: Ingenere! Flowing but sometimes technical, the trail ends on a road that leads straight to Orco. Here it is advisable to take a little breather and refill the energy storage. To get going again, head up towards Nato Base. However, we turn very quickly and take the Casa Bianca Trail.Back through Orco, the last climb of the day is waiting. Back on asphalt we drive towards the hinterland. You don't get to this area very often. The destination is the trail that leads to Ciapin Lodge. This trail was a stage of the EWS 2015 and is a lot of fun. The trail ends here again near a road that leads through one of the countless valleys back to Finale, where you can taste the well-deserved ice cream. ”
Martin - Brand Manager:
“We drove this tour with a shuttle. We still planned the transfer pieces and the uphills for you, should you feel like coping with some of them yourself. We were definitely downhill oriented and also wanted to see the Vinschgau flow triple (Holy Hansen, Tschilli, Propain).It starts with the Holy Hansen Trail, an absolute must-do for all enduro bikers and those who want to become one. With a crisp S2 on the single-track scale, your bike can carry you over technically-blocked rock passages, while it is of course always quite steep and narrow in the forest. Otherwise there is always the flow - wonderful! Then you reach the also flowing Aigen Trail (S1-S2), which brings you back down to the valley.Your shuttle will pick you up in the valley and take you to the start of the Tschilli Trail (S1). Again, if God would be a mountain biker, he would ride in the Vinschgau. The Tschilli Trail is almost eight kilometers long and runs down the valley in perfect flow - and you with it.To complete the Holy Trinity, all that's missing is the Propain Trail. Here too, pure flow awaits you with an enchanting mountain backdrop.We would love to do the whole tour again, but after almost 2800 meters of depth, even the toughest shooting machine is slowly dropping. So the only thing left for us to do is stop off at the next café. ”