HAUTES FAGNES SHORT

The words from Andrew Bricker who did this shorter version of The Hautes Fagnes gravel ride,

The ride leaves from Le Coffee Ride and starts with a stiff on-road climb out of Coo, before you climb some more on some occasionally technical single track. Once at peak, the trail gives way to some awesome views of Coo below. The trails continue along sometimes rocky, gravel-packed forest roads, quiet trails and speedy dirt single tracks all the way to Parc Naturel Hautes Fagnes-Eifel. Here you hop on the road for a few kilometres to take in the amazing landscapes of the Ardennes, and pass by a good place for lunch: Baraque Michel, a German-themed hunting lodge and restaurant where they bake their own bread. After Mont Rigi you turn back on to some very fast gravel and dirt trails, before an on-road descent through Longfaye to a very fast dirt trail alongside a creek in a beautiful valley. At the end of the trail you’ll pass by the tavern at Camping du Moulin, a good spot for a coffee or a sandwich, before you begin another climb: first on a steep gravel and dirt road just above Malmedy, then on-road. You descend again on a fun gravel road before the final on-road climb up to the RAVeL 44a-L45 trail, which descends into Trois-Ponts, 2km south of Le Coffee Ride. The majority of this ride is spent off road, occasionally on some rocky trails, which are best suited to a gravel bike with 32-40mm tires or a mountain bike.

Total distance: 83590 m
Max elevation: 696 m
Total climbing: 1642 m
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