Day 2 Challenges
Check out the challenges for the second day of
The 2019 Big Ride for Africa.
Day 2 - Blue Cycle
The Blue route splits off from the Red and Black routes early on a flat and scenic tour to the north of Schloss Merode. After leaving Merode Village you will ride mainly on cycle paths through open farmland with wide reaching views of the surrounding area. This continues towards the first pit stop where you’ll reach Aldenhoven, a traditional local town with impressive church and monuments dedicated to the local mining industry. More cycle paths take you through a nature reserve before returning to Schloss Merode and crossing the finish line.
Day 2 - Red Cycle
The Red route heads almost immediately uphill with a 6km climb through the scenic Merode forest the highest point on the route. A sweeping descent before hitting rolling roads, leading to the Belgian border. After 30km you will cross into Belgium and cycle on roads made famous by the pro’s during the annual Ardennes classics. After lunch near the town of Kelmis, the ride crosses back into Germany at the 70km mark and after some short climbs the route heads mainly downhill for the last 15km for an exciting return to the castle.
Day 2 - Black Cycle
If two countries in a day is not enough then the challenging ‘Black route’ might be for you. Following the same roads of the Red route until the second pit stop in Belgium, the Black route extension makes a loop north of Kelmis and crosses into The Netherlands taking riders through three countries in a day. After following rolling sections of the world famous Amstel Gold Race in the Limburg region of Holland the route crosses back to Belgium and joins back up with the Red route for the ride back to Germany and the finish.
The route starts in the grounds of Schloss Merode, exiting through the park and after 1km you are into the local forest and away from the village. You’ll join a forest track and climb up into the trees before descending down to Burg Laufenburg – an 12th century castle sitting high in the trees. Here, after 4km, you will arrive at the first pit stop before a steady climb into the centre of the forest enjoying the local nature and wildlife before the scenery changes and you travel down towards the village of Shevenhutte. You’ll head through the centre of Shevenshutte before climbing up to the hillside football pitch, and pit stop 2 at 10km. The route then follows a single track descending steeply. At 12.5km you will arrive at Wehebachtalsperre Dam for sweeping views of the reservoir. You’ll then head back into the forest continuing on an undulating forest track to pit stop 3 at 15.9km. Its then majority downhill back towards Schloss Merode, following wide open tracks, before passing by the castle and heading out for a second lap.