The Nürburgring: Legendary Nordschleife and Modern Formula 1 Arena
Since 1927, the Nürburgring has been home to the legendary Nordschleife, affectionately known as the 'Green Hell.' Additionally, there's the Grand Prix track, constructed in 1984 and expanded in 2002 with the addition of the Mercedes Arena. The track can be navigated in two sections (Sprint track and Müllenbach loop) and can be connected to the Nordschleife.
At Rad am Ring, we combine existing track configurations for various disciplines (see track sketch), guiding participants through the Grand Prix paddock during the 24-hour races.
This results in diverse track lengths, elevation profiles, and curve variations.
For those daring to conquer the 'Green Hell,' an unforgettable experience awaits!
Regardless of one's athletic prowess, tackling the legendary Nordschleife demands much and rewards generously. It's the most beautiful stretch of asphalt between the North and South Poles, enticing with scenic beauty and challenging with approximately 500 meters of elevation change and 73 curves over a length of 20.8 kilometers (These values refer solely to the Nordschleife. For values of the entire track, see 'Information' above!). Those who aspire to endure the 'Green Hell' for 24 hours are in for an adventure!
The Nürburgring has witnessed the crowning of cycling world champions, individual riders pushing their limits for 24 hours, and recreational cyclists conquering and returning happily from the 'Green Hell.' The fascination exerted by this unique track on car and motorcycle enthusiasts seamlessly continues with cyclists.
Countless hours of pub talk have been dedicated to philosophizing about the reasons behind this allure, and many have been identified. Perhaps it's because each person develops their unique experience and love for the 'Grand Dame' of race tracks. Regardless of the reason, once bitten by the Nürburgring bug, one is not easily released. This is especially true for participants in the 24-hour race.
It all begins innocently yet impressively. Experiencing a start on a Formula 1 circuit is not an everyday occurrence. The track measures 18 meters in width, no crowding, no incline. The right turn into the Mercedes Arena is not yet a challenge. The starting lap on the short connection demands a bit at the climb to the 'NGK Chicane.' After transitioning to the Nordschleife, it's mostly downhill to 'Breidscheid.' Speeds nearing 100 km/h are achieved in the 'Fuchsröhre' section, captivating views of the Eifel landscape adding an alternative allure.
From 'Breidscheid,' it gets serious for about four kilometers. Via 'Ex-Mühle' and 'Bergwerk,' cyclists enter the 'Klostertal' section – and it's demanding. The asphalt gradually rises, suggesting an easy ride. However, with each meter, the incline grows. From the legendary 'Carousel' to the 'Hohe Acht,' a peak gradient of around 17 percent is reached. It becomes clear here that the Nordschleife, even for cyclists, rightfully earns its respectful 'Green Hell' nickname. 'Wippermann,' 'Eschbach,' 'Brünnchen,' 'Pflanzgarten' – these sections, despite their curvy nature, are relatively harmless. Via 'Schwalbenschwanz' and 'Galgenkopf,' the course leads to the long straight known as 'Döttinger Höhe.' At its end, only the 'Hohenrain' chicane separates cyclists from the start-finish straight of the Grand Prix track. Stands and pit facilities emerge. Over 5,000 participants set up their sometimes luxurious camps along the track, creating a unique atmosphere. And beyond that lies the gateway to another lap of the 'Green Hell.