Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)
The spoil dump, located south of Grevenbroich in the Rhenish lignite mining area, is known to many as the "Mont Ventoux of the Rhineland". Its exposed location and the three possible driveways make the Vollrather Höhe a popular destination for cyclists in the region. In addition, there is no other way to go uphill here far and wide.
The 1,700 meter long approach from Allrath to the hill is perhaps less attractive. But it offers more cycling ambience, because a mountain time trial takes place here every year. The increase is definitely not to be underestimated: it is irregular. A short descent pretends that it is now done, but behind the curve it goes uphill again until the plateau is reached.
Incidentally, it is named after the Vollrath estate, which stood here until 1953.
February 16, 2021
There are not many ways to go uphill in this area. And if so, they are usually not of natural origin. Just like here. This "mountain" would not exist without the former lignite mine Frimmersdorf-West and its unusable remains, which were tipped up here until the 1970s. Today it is beautifully wooded and somehow a nice contrast to the slippery surrounding area.
November 28, 2019
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