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The best gravel Tours around Magdeburg – #explorelocal

Axel Gehrbrandt

The best gravel Tours around Magdeburg – #explorelocal

Mountain Biking Collection by Axel Gehrbrandt

9

Tours

36:03 h

337 mi

6,850 ft

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Magedburg is a green city that is made to be explored on your gravel bike. To the west of the city lie the Magdeburger Börde, renowned black earth landscapes. Paths lead through fields and the occasional forest such as the Hohe and Saure Holz. In contrast, in the eastern part of the region, you discover beautiful pastures, small, idyllic woodlands, numerous quaint canals and lakes. To the north, you roam the wooded slopes of the Flechtingen Hills and the forests of the Colditz-Letzlinger heath with its endless forest roads. In this Collection, I show you a bit of everything. You explore the varied countryside of Magdeburg which I am sure you will find captivating.

Each of the stages varies in length and difficulty. However, the Tours are all well rideable even on a trekking bike if you don’t mind pushing occasionally. You shouldn’t encounter any problems on a mountain bike and a gravel bike is, of course, ideal. I rode all the trails on my gravel bike with 47 mm wide tyres and no studs. Hybrid tyres that roll smoothly on asphalt but can manage some rougher terrain would also be a good choice. The routes are suitable for everyone, from beginners to advanced riders, as well as leisure cyclists. Make sure you read the route descriptions as I included important information about any challenges on the respective routes.

So hop on your saddle and get exploring!

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    Nordzug: Gravel auf dem alten Postweg – #explorelocal

    Difficult
    05:13
    51.0 mi
    9.8 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour takes you from Magdeburg Cathedral along the Elbe to the north, through the industrial area in Rohtensee up to Lake Barleber. When you arrive at the ship lift, you will soon head to the Elbe dike. Here you can expect beautiful views over the meadows. In the distance you can see the "Kalimandscharo

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  • Difficult
    03:31
    35.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Sternbrücke, the meeting point for all cyclists, is the starting point of this great tour. At the beginning it goes straight through the beautiful Rotehornpark and over to the Elbe dike to Prester. From there you drive on the Klusdamm bike path over the Umflutehle to the Klusbrücke and on through

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  • Difficult
    04:33
    44.4 mi
    9.8 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour starts in Domersleben, but you can join the route at any point. It leads you from Domersleben towards the landfill and then crosses over to the telegraph cycle path. From there it goes straight through Magdeburg and on the Elbe promenade to the north. After the river has been crossed at the

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  • Difficult
    03:50
    35.8 mi
    9.3 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Varied, green, heavy on gravel. This round is an absolute gravel grinder. The start is once again the popular meeting point: the Sternbrücke. The Elbe is quickly crossed over the Anna-Ebert-Brücke and you are already on the first beautiful gravel road heading north.

    

    The classic route is via the Elbe Cycle

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  • Difficult
    03:39
    31.1 mi
    8.5 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In this round the soles of the mountains are the goal. Beautiful trails, a lot of forest and great views over the city await you here. You still start on the Elbe Cycle Path in the direction of the sun - off to the south!

    

    Arrived in Schönebeck, you fight your way out of the city along the Elbe over a

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    36.7 mi
    9.1 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    There is nothing that this tour cannot offer (apart from a high mountain with a great view). The route leads you through the Rotehornpark on the dam to Prester and then south. As soon as you arrive at Kreuzhorst, you leave the dam and you are on the first trail, which can be driven very relaxed.

    

    Now you

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    30.6 mi
    8.6 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Hohe Holz is located west of Magdeburg behind Seehausen and offers a very beautiful forest, short climbs and beautiful forest highways - perfect for a relaxing round in nature.

    

    Dotted with many shelters and rest areas, this round can be shortened to have a great gravel family outing with the kids

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  • Difficult
    05:16
    48.2 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    If you can't make up your mind and just feel like doing everything, this tour is just right for you. It starts with a stretch of road to warm up. The first piece of gravel then follows shortly before Hundisburg. Then you drive alternately over cobblestones, gravel and suspender paths to Druxberge and

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  • Intermediate
    02:27
    23.5 mi
    9.6 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    To come in for gravel newbies, as a short after-work lap or as a quick exit for the lunch break - this short lap offers you a quick change from the city bustle that somehow still fits into your schedule.

    

    You can shoot a bit along the dike on the way, make a trail unsafe or just enjoy being in nature for

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    337 mi
  • Duration
    36:03 h
  • Elevation
    6,850 ft

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