Der Esel

Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

Recommended by 166 out of 184 road cyclists


  • Martin Donat

    Why is this called "the donkey"? The answer is: Here was not this beautiful road, but a steep path, the carters had to go up. The path was so steep that there was always a donkey waiting here, which was harnessed to the wagons, otherwise they would not come up here. In addition, a saddled donkey always waited here in case the baroness of Nesselrode felt like visiting the forest.

    Today, here is a road, which - quite remarkable for the Ruhr - winds up in serpentines. No inhumane challenge but quite a nice change;)

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    • May 1, 2018

  • Andreas Platzl

    Short but fierce. In only two turns, your thighs are properly demanded here.

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    • September 13, 2016

  • Reinhold
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    • May 9, 2016

  • Radi

    Nice climb on serpentines

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    • April 2, 2017

  • Oliver

    But also downhill fun .......... ;-)

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    • June 9, 2017

  • Nici He

    Great to train a small mountain, even better if you have arrived at the top :)

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    • July 19, 2018

  • MRT

    If you want to train your legs, then the way from Kettwig is south of yours! Already pretty steep and not exactly short - I recommend doing this 3x per tour, then it's even better at night! :-) :-) :-)

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    • May 29, 2018

  • Radler07

    Now sprint, but yes, torture yourself

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    • August 26, 2018

  • Urug Sigil

    Good place to workout for 3-4 minute increases.

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    • May 6, 2019

  • Ben

    Classic road bike climb that can be used for sporty driving

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    • October 30, 2016

  • Urug Sigil

    Especially if you like me there only towards the end of the tour again nice 9% to squeeze the rest of glycogen from the muscles or as in my case to bring because of too little food on the way to the limit of giving up.As a disadvantage, I feel the not so well paved bike path and the alternatively narrow winding road, so rather double-edged the thing.

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    • June 9, 2018

  • Radler07

    Gutfahrbar and the width allows the faster sometimes overtaking.

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    • August 26, 2018

  • Urug Sigil

    Double highlight. The highlight "The donkey" describes almost the same section.

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    • December 13, 2018

  • Kevin

    Great driveway, down is also fun

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    • October 1, 2018

  • Michelangelo

    Either as a nice downhill in the direction of Kettwig and break there or as a small mountain stage in the direction of Ratingen / Dusseldorf.
    Alone, one is rare here :-)

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    • April 9, 2019

  • Jumpas

    The donkey is always worth it

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    • May 14, 2019

  • Björn

    The turns make up and down fun!

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    • October 26, 2019

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Best Race Bike Rides to Der Esel

Location: Ratingen, Mettmann, Bergisches Land, Cologne District, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


  • Distance0.68 mi
  • Uphill175 ft
  • Downhill0 ft

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