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CyclingUp: Brandenkopf-north

Region: Black Forest
Climbing effort: 595 cep
Elevation meters: 644
Steepest kilometer: 11.4%

Steepest 250 m: 14%
Foot: 303 m    Top: 945 m
Mean slope: 7.5%
Length: 8.5 km

From: Oberharmersbach
Road conditions (2016): average
Other race bikers: 1-5 per hour
Motor vehicles: 30-60 per hour
Scenery and road: circle landscape (3/5)
Restaurant or bar near top: yes

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Profile Brandenkopf-north

The Brandenkopf is an attractive destination for the true climber. This mountain can be climbed on paved roads from three sides. All variants are steep to very steep. This especially holds for the last one and a half kilometers up to the summit. These start at a crossing named Bettelfrau (beggar woman in English) and is identical for the three ascents. This final ramp contains two extremely steep 250 meter sections (14 and 13%). In addition, the road surface of this part is miserable but as a reward for the effort there is a "Wanderheim" with terrace at the end. The north ascent begins in Oberharmersbach. During the first two kilometers, when the road is surrounded by pastures and farms, the slope is still quite gentle (3-7%). However, the next three kilometers through the forest are very steep, mostly 11-12%. They end at a bifurcation. From the right hand side comes the western variant of the Brandenkopf. We take the road to the left and on the following two kilometers to Bettelfrau (1-7%) we may recover somewhat and prepare mentally for the final ramp.

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