Day 1 Challenges
Check out the challenges for the first day of The 2019 Big Ride for Africa.
Day 1 - Blue Cycle
The Blue route heads South East of the venue and presents a completely different experience to the ride on day one. Rolling roads rather than flat cycle paths provide expansive views across undulating countryside. The view is broken up by small picturesque farming villages that give a feel for the traditions of the region. With the bulk of the climbing completed after 25km the second half of the route is mainly downhill with only a couple of small challenges before returning to Schloss Merode.
DAY 1 - RED CYCLE
After rolling out on the Blue route on similar roads the day two Red route peels off after the first pit stop towards the Eifel National Park. Between 40km and 65km the route gradually climbs up before a fast descent into the town of Heimbach - the gateway to the national park and source of the Roer river. The route then tracks back to the venue along the Roer and after climbing out of the valley to the town of Nideggen there is another well earned descent at the 83km mark leading into a flat spin back to finish.
DAY 1 - BLACK CYCLE
The Black route takes riders further into the beautiful Eifel National Park and with 1000m of extra climbing poses the biggest challenge of this year’s event. The climb out of Heimbach is steady with great views along the river valley before heading into the famous forest. After descending to the mountain village of Hammer at 100km there is another climb with views of the town of Simmerath before a fast flat section and descent back to Heimbach. The route then rejoins with the Red route for the ride along the Roer Valley, climb to Nideggen and final descent back to the castle.