300 Kilometers and 5300 meters of altitude to overcome

300 kilometers and 5300 meters of altitude to overcome

The "rhon 300 cycling marathon will take place again after a one year break, on the 4. August. "The date is set and our preparations are in work. We have over 60 registrations so far", says chief organizer peter baumgart. "Minor route changes are necessary due to tree removals, but can be arranged without problems. The event runs mainly on low-traffic roads through the entire rhon region."

Last year, the organizers had canceled the second edition of the competition because of requirements regarding route posts and signage that could only be met with considerable extra effort in a very short time. This year, the start will no longer be in the center of schondra’s market street, but directly at the schondra school and sports center. There will be no public ranking of the participants for legal reasons.

With 5300 meters of altitude over a distance of 300 kilometers, the most demanding route is a real challenge even for ambitious cyclists. But there are also much shorter tours on offer, for example the "fit&" tour fun"-route with 1200 meters of altitude in 54 kilometers of distance. The rhon, a low mountain range in the middle of germany, has long been a magnet for cyclists with its great variety of scenic and varied areas. The 300 kilometer long cycling marathon leads over the black mountains into the valleys of premich and schmalwasser. From there, the route continued over the kreuzberg to bischofsheim, where the first rough rest stop could be found. Over the schwedenwall near gersfeld, the athletes on the hessian side of the rhon ride to the wasserkuppe and via abtsroda to hilders. There the participants leave the hessian border via frankenheim and touch the thuringian part of the rhon river. Fladungen lies directly in front of the athletes after a fast descent. There the route continues via sands to ostheim – and near bad neustadt the second rough break station with checkpoint can be found.

Energy-sapping idyll

Along the saale, the cyclists ride through smaller towns to the tranquil bad bocklet, on to bad kissingen and via euerdorf to aura along the saale. We continue via hammelburg, diebach and the robmuhle to neutzenbrunn and karlsburg castle.In gemunden the field of participants awaits the third rough break. The cyclists ride through picturesque meadows along the cycle path to burgsinn. The cyclists leave burgsinn with the help of a bicycle bridge over the ICE line. Continue for ten kilometers through idyllic woods to grafendorf. From burgsinn, the mountainous terrain has the participants firmly in its grip again. Now it is once again for all athletes in the real sense of the word: "experience limits". The difficult climbs from grafendorf via dittlofsroda to volkersleier and heiligkreuz are quite demanding. Through the thungensche cent uber detter and rupboden the cyclists now come back to the sinn valley. There the route continues along the former railroad line to bad bruckenau. Now the last ascent to the dreistelz awaits the riders, from there the destination schondra can already be seen in the distance. Via modlos with a hopefully magnificent view of the black mountains it goes via unterleichtersbach and geiersnest to schonderling. The last meters were a real feat for almost everyone. The final spurt to the finish awaits the riders at the sports and school center in schondra.

Important: healthy and trained

All healthy and trained cyclists are eligible to participate. Drivers who use the 18. However, children who have not yet reached the age of 18 need the written consent of their parents. E-racing bikes and other e-bikes are desired by the organizers and also welcome.

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