gravel rides

3RIDES offers scenic gravel rides through the forests and valleys from Aachen to the northern Eifel on Sunday, May 14, on various route lengths.

The courses

Gravel Ride80 - the Aachen region

Date: 14.05.2023

Start: from 9.30

In numbers: 80 km, 1200 meters of altitude

Refreshment stops: 3

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The course: The Aachen region also has a lot to offer offroad, as the "Gravel Ride80" course shows. After the start at the 3RIDES site, the route leads into the Saubach valley, past the former Belgian barracks Camp Astrid and the Eschweiler Stadtwald forest over gently undulating terrain in the direction of the Eifel. In the Zweifall forest, ramps of 15% and more await you - but beautiful, secluded forest passages with views of high moorland compensate for all the effort. Behind Rott, the route turns again in the direction of Aachen: through the south and west of Aachen, along "mountains" between 200 and almost 400 m high to the finish on the CHIO grounds.

Important: The nature of the event is not a competition, the road traffic regulations must be observed at all times. The tours can also be completed by MTB - but e-bikes are not allowed.

Gravel Ride120 - Altitude galore

Date: 14.05.2023

Start: from 8.30 a.m.

In numbers: 120 km, 2000 meters of altitude

Refreshment stops: 2

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The route: The Aachen region offers many, many metres of altitude, especially off the beaten track - as the challenging "Gravel Ride120" course impressively demonstrates. The gravel and forest trail fan collects just under 2,000 meters of altitude on this route, which leads after the start on the 3RIDES grounds into the Saubach valley, past the former Belgian barracks Camp Astrid and the Eschweiler city forest over slightly undulating terrain in the direction of the Eifel. The ramps start at Zweifall, and they often reach double-digit values. In the Kalltal valley, you pass stately elevations such as the Ochsenkopf (485 m) to the Dreilägerbach reservoir. This is where the last third of the route begins - the hardest part is done! After Rott, the route leads straight towards Aachen: through the south and west of Aachen, along "mountains" between 200 and almost 400 m high to the finish on the CHIO grounds.

Important: The nature of the event is not a competition, the road traffic regulations must be observed at all times. The tours can also be completed by MTB - but e-bikes are not allowed.

More information


Each participant receives an attractive starter package for the entry fee of 45 euros:

  • 3RIDES musette incl. Race number & sponsor inserts and a 3RIDES drink bottle
  • Dextro Energy Sports Nutrition Package
  • One-year bike club membership with access to over 30 discounts and other benefits from prominent brands (more info here)
  • Downloadable GPX Track: Gravel80, Gravel 120
  • Track marshals on the course, at the start and at the finish line
  • Food stations
  • Perfect signposting on the course
  • Dextro Energy Recovery Station at the finish line
  • Photo service from our partner Sportograf
  • Guarded bicycle parking
  • Shower and changing facilities

    You will receive your starter bag and number on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday 6:30-7:30am (in case of need) at the info tent on the 3RIDES site.

Participation in the Gravel Rides costs 45 euros.

Startzeiten (14.05.2023)

Gravel Ride80: from 9.30 am

Gravel Ride120: from 8.30 am

The authorities have obliged us to dispatch the starters in blocks - 25 starters will go on the route, each five minutes apart. Here the overview



1.0 Each participant must have reached the minimum age of 18 years on the day of the event. If a participant has not reached the minimum age of 18 years, he/she will not be admitted to the event, even if accompanied by a family member.
1.1 The participant may only take part in the event if he/she

  • has completed the relevant registration form truthfully and in full.
  • has paid the registration fee in full.
  • has agreed to the general conditions of participation.
  • at the TREK UCI Gravel World Series Qualifier: has a race license or a signed and stamped sports medical examination.

1.2 Once the entry fee has been paid, there is no possibility of refund.

1.3 If the event cannot take place due to exceptional circumstances, the registration fee will not be refunded.

1.4 Access to the refreshment posts along the route is only possible for registered participants.

1.5 The start ticket is strictly personal and may not be transferred to third parties. Name changes are only possible for a fee of 15.00 euros.

1.6 Participation in the event is at your own risk.

Bike Marathons / Gravel Rides

2.0 The 3RIDES Bike Marathons (Gran/Medio/Mini Fondo) and Gravel Rides are not a competition or a bike race. There are therefore no road closures. During all rides the road traffic regulations apply, which There are no exceptions, i.e. the usual road traffic rules always apply. In particular, the following must be observed traffic rules, the traffic light regulations and the instructions of the road and track staff. and the instructions of the road and track staff. Failure to do so will result in disqualification and exclusion from future 3RIDES events.

2.1 Side-by-side cycling is permitted with a maximum of 2 persons, provided this does not constitute an obstruction. The police may enforce the criminal law for dangerous behaviour on the road and will carry out checks for this purpose.

2.2 Participants must respect other road users and residents. 2.3 The identity card must be carried at all times during the exits.

Bike Marathons / Gravel Rides / TREK UCI Gravel World Series Qualifier

2.4 Participants shall show consideration for nature and the environment and dispose of their waste (including banana peels) in the waste containers provided at the start, at the refreshment posts and at the finish.

2.5 Participants are fully aware of all risks associated with participation. Participants shall take care of their own safety and the safety of other road users.

2.6 The use of escort vehicles is prohibited.

2.7 Participants must immediately follow the instructions of the police and the organizer (including traffic managers).

2.8 Participants can be excluded from the ride in case of misconduct and non-compliance with these rules of conduct. The frame number will then be confiscated on the spot. These participants are also excluded from participating in the next 3RIDES events.


3.0 Participation is at the participant's own risk. The organiser shall not be liable for any damage, of whatever nature, suffered by the participant as a result of his/her participation, unless such damage is the direct result of intent or gross negligence on the part of the organiser. This exclusion of liability also applies to serious damage, such as all possible damage resulting from injury or death. The organiser is never liable for indirect damages, including wage and medical costs, lost profit, regardless of how they occurred.

3.1 The Participant must be adequately insured against the risk of damage that he or his survivors may suffer as a result of death, injury or illness due to his participation in the Event.

3.2 The Participant shall indemnify the Organiser against liability for damages incurred by third parties as a result of acts or omissions attributable to the Participant in connection with the Event. The Participant shall be adequately insured against the risk of liability for such damages.

3.3 The Organiser accepts no liability for lost clothing or other property of participants.

Bike & Accessories

Bike Marathons / Gravel Rides

4.0 The participant is responsible for the road safety of his/her bicycle. In particular, the proper functioning of the brakes and other safety-relevant components must be ensured.

4.1 For recumbent and hand bikes, a bicycle pennant must be attached at a height of 1.60m for safety reasons.

4.2 Track bikes, singlespeeds or fixies are only permitted if they have a freewheel hub and two independent brakes.

4.3 For safety reasons, the following attachments are not permitted: - Disc wheels front / rear

  • Triathlon, horn or delta bikes
  • Drinking bottles made of glass or other fragile materials
  • Bicycle trailers of any kind

TREK UCI Gravel World Series Qualifier

4.4 Any type of bicycle is permitted, i.e. road bike, cyclocross bike, gravel bike and mountain bike - but no e-bikes.

Compulsory helmet, clothing and start number

5.0 Helmets are mandatory for all 3RIDES bike marathons, gravel rides and races.

5.1 There are no special regulations regarding the type of clothing. However, it must not represent a safety risk. In addition, it is not permitted to ride with the upper part of the body exposed.

5.2 The start numbers issued by us (helmet sticker and saddle support number) and the 3RIDES identification sticker must be attached. They are used for identification purposes and must therefore be affixed in a clearly visible manner and in full size to the places provided for this purpose. The helmet number is also used, among other things, so that the photo duty manager Sportograf can assign each participant.

5.3. At the TREK UCI Gravel World Series Qualifier, a transponder is integrated into the seatpost number. This transponder is used for timekeeping and is decisive for the result.

Video and/or audio recordings

6.0 Video and/or audio recordings may be made of the event. It is also possible that the participant will be given the opportunity to pose for a photograph. Any visual and/or audio recordings made as part of the Event are the property of the Organiser, whether made available to the Participant or to third parties.

6.1 The Participant grants the Organiser permission in advance to publish image and/or sound recordings in which the Participant can be seen and on which his/her name is mentioned for the Organiser's communication and advertising purposes.

Data protection and cookie declaration

7.0 The Organiser considers it important that data sensitive to data protection is processed and protected with care. Therefore, we inform you in our privacy policy about how your data is processed, the purposes for which personal data is processed, how you can exercise your data protection rights and other information that may be relevant.

Legal disputes

8.0 German law is exclusively applicable to all legal relationships that may arise between the Organiser on the one hand and the Participant on the other.

8.1 In the event of disputes arising from the legal relationship, the parties shall first consult with each other in order to settle the dispute amicably. If the parties do not succeed in doing so, a dispute within the meaning of the preceding paragraph shall be decided exclusively by the competent court at the registered office of the Organiser.

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