Registration for the MTB Marathon will open after final clarification of whether the route is passable in 2023 (Storm damage)!
Right in the middle
We have revised the organisation of the mountain bike marathon and integrated this discipline even better into the processes and atmosphere of Rad am Ring.
The start will take place in connection with the Grand Depart on Saturday from 12:05 pm. The three MTB blocks are the first disciplines under the starting arch. The first start is the 75 km MTB race, followed by 50 km and 25 km at three-minute intervals. Licensed and hobby riders will start in the same block. Access to the blocks is via the checkpoint at the end of the pit lane at pit 33 against the direction of travel. Entry is only possible from 11:45 to 11:55. At 12:30 pm, the start of the 150 km Everyman Race will follow.
The course for the first lap (the only one for 25 km) will not change compared to 2019. Laps 2 and 3, however, do not branch off in front of the GP Arena, but lead across the GP track and paddock along the route of the 24h MTB race. This increases the distance per lap by about 3.5 km. This means that at 50 km, we will then drive a total of about 53.5 km and at 75 about 82 km. However, the designations (25,50,75) will remain the same.
The finish line is crossed without a special entry channel via the start & finish line as in all other races.
Medals plaza at Bit
After crossing the finish line the participants (here also own initiative is required!) will be diverted from the GP track at position 1 – see map. The way to the Bitburger-Bier area leads along grandstand 4 to Stefan-Bellof-Straße and from there through the tunnel back to the paddock, where the Bitburger area is located directly on the right hand side. Our team will then hand over the medals while enjoying a cool Bit alcohol-free drink.
Change of distance
A change of distance during the current competition is not possible. Each driver will be scored in the registered distance. Rebooking before the start is possible.
The individual last lap (75 km the third; 50 km the second) must be tackled at the latest at about 15:15. We will close the access to the ramp (about 3 km after start&finish) at 15:30. In principle, the black and white chequered flag will be waved at the start and finish in accordance with race track tradition. However, we ask for your understanding that in the “running operation” with all RaR disciplines a MTB marathoner might be missed by the flag wavers.
With its three course options of 25, 50 or 75 km Rad am Ring’s MTB-Marathon through Grüne Hölle (Green Hell) will offer the perfect playground to off-road fans of different fitness- and skill levels. Be prepared for a cross-country adventure on a varied course that leaves nothing to wish for cross-country-wise.
Only a few meters away from the legendary race circuit of Nürburgring a cross-country course can be found that mountain bike pro Karl Platt once enthused about in BIKE magazine: “There is no other trail that provides the same sensation as the one at Nürburgring.” This very special cross-country experience – off tarmac roads, but nevertheless in the middle of a unique mixture of motor sport and mountain biking – Rad am Ring’s MTB-Marathon poses a three-fold challenge to well-trained amateur bikers as well as to ambitious pro riders, as they can choose from courses covering 25, 50 or 75 km (one to three laps).
Marathon riders will soak up some formula 1 atmosphere at start and finish line on the Grand Prix circuit, in between an exciting mixture of trails and gravel await Green Hell’s conquerors on studded tires. By the way: Grüne Hölle, a respectful nickname of Nürburgring, actually is even more applicable to the forested surroundings of the race circuit than to the race track itself, as the natural course with its approx. 610 vertical meters issues a special appeal when it comes to riding skills.