CyclingUp: Ruhestein-west

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Region: Black Forest
Climbing effort: 524 points
Elevation meters: 626
Steepest kilometer: 9.5%

Foot: 300 m    Top: 910 m
Mean slope: 4.7%
Length: 13.2 km

From: Ottenhöfen
Road conditions (2016): good
Other race bikers: 1-5 per hour
Motor vehicles: 60-180 per hour
Scenerie and road: (3/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes



This climb leads through a typical Black Forest landscape. First a village, then a valley with farms and meadows and finally, in the upper part, forests. This route to Ruhestein is usually quiet but during holidays and weekends motorcycles and Porsches can be a real plague. The ride begins in Ottenhöfen. The first one and a half kilometers are easy (1-5%) but then it gets slightly steeper (6%) in a very beautiful valley. One of villages in this valley bears the strange name "Unterwasser". The last two and a half kilometers before the junction near Allerheiligen have a constant slope of 9%. At the bifurcation we turn left towards Ruhestein. Next, 13 elevation meters are lost in a descent. After crossing a brook, a steep section is waiting (one kilometer of 8-10%). The ride is completed with a stretch of more than five kilometers with a gentle slope (mostly 2%) until the Schwarzwaldhochstraße is reached at Ruhestein.

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