Aerial view of Halde Hoheward in Herten, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Gravel Games in the Ruhr area

Europe’s biggest gravel bike fest­iv­al of­fers ac­tion and ad­ven­ture

Try­ing out, test-rid­ing, and maybe even win­ning a race – the cyc­ling event at the Ewald col­li­ery in Her­ten of­fers many an op­por­tun­ity for every­one who likes to get in the saddle and en­joys a chal­lenge.

Europe’s largest gravel bike festival, held at the Ewald colliery in Herten, offers plenty of opportunities for everyone who would like to get in the saddle as well, determining their own speed and direction while not just watching, but trying out bikes, riding test laps, and maybe even winning a race. The Ewald colliery is the perfect place for the Gravel Games, which present the latest bikes for thorough off-road testing. The Expo site connects directly to test laps in the Hoheward slagheap landscape that caters to many different wishes and provides best test conditions with its partly flat, partly hilly, and at times quite technically demanding sections.

Advance registration for the various competitions held in this context is possible, though participation at short notice is no problem provided that places remain available.

Four competitions are on the schedule, including a gravel race across the slagheap with a total length of around 50 kilometres and a challenge for teams of two with the orientation skills needed to complete a lap of as exactly 15 kilometres as possible within one hour. Either way, the Ruhr area will make the hearts of gravel bikers beat faster with its gravel tracks and nature experiences in slagheaps and mountain ranges. The vistas and slag heap panoramas are just as much involved in this as the challenging climbs and rapid descents.

Dates: 28 to 29 September 2024

Images and videos

Be inspired: images of your NRW

Aerial view Gravel Games in Herten , © Gravel Games, LifeCycle Magazine
Competition in the Event Area of the Gravel Games, © Gravel Games, C. Mathiaszyk
Sebastian Breuer in front of Horizon-Observatorium in Herten, © Gravel Games, C. Mathiaszyk
Marcel Kittel at ROSE German Gravel Masters, © Gravel Games, C. Mathiaszyk
On the road at the Gravel Games 2022, © Gravel Games, C. Mathiaszyk

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