Join us for a weekend that was 50 million years in the making! The phenomenal landscapes of the Rhenish Massif, created from volcanic rock, are what make the Eifel region so famous, and a place that both delights and tortures cyclists. It is thus no surprise that we chose the Eifel to host such a wild event as Grinduro Germany. But what exactly is Grinduro? It’s a combo of a gravel grinder road race and mountain bike enduro: one long loop on all kinds of terrain, where finishing times aren’t based on overall loop time, but four timed segments.
The routes are both beautiful and challenging, mixing in everything from pavement, gravel and single trail. Grinduro is held in enduro format, with four stages ridden in race mode, the rest of the tour can be enjoyed without time pressure. It's both beautiful and challenging. With a well-balanced mix of paved and unpaved, flat and hilly, fast and technical, social and competitive.
The Eifel National Park is great for gravel riding, but also for access with proximity to the big cities like Cologne, Düsseldorf and Aachen.
Grinduro Germany is located at Wildbach Camping, just outside the town of Hellenthall. Click here for a Google Map.
Looking to explore beyond the trails of Grinduro? There's lots to see and and do in the Eifel from hiking routes to museum tours, castles to breweries. Visit efiel.info for lots of ideas and guides.
In short, Grinduro Germany is just what the name suggests: gravel road race + mountain bike-style enduro = one long loop of pavement and dirt, where finishing times aren’t based on overall loop time, but four or five timed segments. But Grinduro is not just a bike race. It’s a celebration of cycling with as much emphasis on the fun as the ride, with excellent food, an impressive display of art and incredible handmade bikes, live music, camping, and a festival atmosphere.
The fun starts on Friday afternoon with the SRAM Prologue, a chance to dial-in your ride and race your buddies on the special stage for some top prizes! Chill out on Friday night with food and live music, or browse the Grinduro brand expo.
Saturday is the big one: 100km, 4 timed stages, epic riding, stunning views, good times! 3 wholesome meals are included in your entry for Saturday, along with the loudest post-ride party in the Eifel region!
On Sunday morning, komoot will take you out on their Hangover Ride - a laid back spin around the Eifel for those of you who didn't party too hard the night before!
Adult (13 years of age and above)
Youngster (6 years of age to 12 years of age)
Kid (5 years of age and under)
In case you cannot attend the event for various reasons, you can choose between the following two options:
Camping is included with your entry and is located within close proximity to the main arena in the Grinduro.
You will have a choice to camp in the Party Area (close to the stage and entertainment) with electricity, the Quiet/Family Camping area with electricity or the Back to Basic Area (beautifully scenery next to a brook, without electricity but there are power stations available in the main arena), please make this known in the survey you will receive shortly for the event. There is also an option to upgrade to a Camper Spot (also for vans, motorhomes, caravans).
Cars are not allowed on the camp site. There is a central parking area available close to registration desk and a short walk to the camp areas.
Make sure you pack everything you’d normally need for camping (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, torch etc. Maybe bring some earplugs also, you might have a snoring neighbour ;-).
For those camping in tents, motorhorhomes and caravans, all vehicles must be parked in the parkeing area, please ensure the hand brake is on and the vehicle is in gear. Only those with a camper spot can enter the camping. Please register first at the registration desk.
Please note: Lock your bicyle and possessions up. Ideally inside your vehicle using heavy duty chains and ‘D’ stlye locks, if possible secure to anchor points inside your vehicle and cover up with blankets etc. Do not leave your bike on top or on the back of your vehicle. We would also like to make you aware when cycling around the event to do so in a safe and proper manner as we expect a large number of pedestrians of all ages to be in attendance. We always advise you to wear a helmet when riding your bicycle. When riding at night, we would also advise both front and rear lights.
1.1 – This policy covers Grinduro Germany. In special circumstances, they may be altered or added to by local rules, made necessary for good management or because of agreements, planning consents, etc. entered into by the event organisers.
1.2 – We ask all of our campers to comply with our policies. If you or your party do not comply with the policies we may ask you to leave the site. 1.3 – The use of threatening behaviour and/or foul and abusive language will not be tolerated and will result in the offender being asked to leave the site.
1.4 – Please consider other users of the site and we ask that all users conduct themselves at all times with due regard to the health and safety of themselves and others.
1.5 – The maximum stay allowed is from Friday 10:00 through to Sunday 12:00, after which time your pitch must be vacated.
1.6 – Personal alcohol must not be consumed or brought into the main finish and party arena.
2. Check In.
2.1 – Camping Pitches are available from 12:00 Friday. You can arrive on either Friday or Saturday to camp.
2.2 – On arrival, visitors should make contact with the Grinduro Team at the central registration desk. Admission to the site is at the discretion of St. International Cycling Events and camp site owners.
2.3 – In the event of poor ground conditions, the preferred pitch may not be available. St. International Cycling Events will endeavour to advise you in advance should this occur and we will accommodate an alternative.
2.4 – Please familiarise yourself with the site’s fire regulations and firefighting equipment and its location as soon as you arrive on site.
2.5 – Please note the venue will close the front gates for entry at 22:00 on Friday and 20:00 on Saturday.
3. Pitching Tents.
3.1 – If you want to pitch with your friends please reserve them a space. You can not pitch your tent next to your friends live in vehicle caravan/motorhome/van (we have a designated camper area).
3.2 – Anyone caught tampering with fire equipment will be detained and reported to the Police for criminal damage and will receive a lifetime ban from the event. You will also be invoiced for any damage.
3.3- Vehicles on the parking area should be parked with their hand brake on and in gear.
3.4 – The transfer or sub-letting of pitches is not allowed.
3.5 – Do not move or adjust any markers that are laid out to allocate pitch space.
3.6 – Gazeebos / E-zee-ups are not permitted.
3.6.1 – On arrival, the Grinduro Organisers will show you to your camping pitch and answer any queries you may have. If you want to pitch with your friends you must save them a space. 3.9.2 – Roads must be clear in order to allow emergency vehicles to pass at all times.
3.6.4 – The pitch (along with any ancillary equipment) must fit within the confines of your pitch
3.6.5 – The transfer or sub-letting of pitches is not allowed.
3.6.6 – Do not move or adjust any markers that are laid out to allocate pitch space.
3.6.7 – Gazeebos / E-zee-ups are not permitted. Only awnings that are fitted to your vehicle are allowed.
4.1 – Barbecues must be purpose-built and portable, standing clear of the ground. There must be no possibility of damage to the ground.
4.2 – Barbecues must be fully extinguished and cold before disposing of in the bins provided. Anyone causing a bin fire will be billed accordingly.
4.3 – Campfires are not permitted (we will haven central camp fires in the party area).
4.4 – Fireworks are not permitted.
4.5 – Never use or store a used BBQ in your tent, sleeping or living quarters. Please be aware of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, it can be a killer.
5.1 – Pets are welcome on site but you are responsible for the behaviour of your animals. Please ensure that your animals are not allowed loose on site and are kept on a lead no longer than 2 meters.
5.2 – You must ensure that your pets do not foul the site and you are responsible for cleaning up after them.
5.3 – If it is deemed a pet is creating a nuisance or causing disturbance to others, you will be asked to remove them from the site. Please note we do not allow on site, any breed of dog categorized as dangerous ("Listenhunde")
5.4 – Please do not leave pets in your vehicle if there is a chance of them overheating.
6.1 – The flying of model aircraft, drones and kites are prohibited.
6.2 – It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure children are supervised at all times, whilst on site.
6.3 – The releasing of sky lanterns with naked flames is not permitted.
6.4 - Please ensure all children or vulnerable persons are supervised at all times and aware of any dangers.
7.1 – Noise must be kept to a reasonable level at all times so as not to disturb the enjoyment of others camping.
7.2 – Between the hours of 23:00 and 07:00 all music, lighting and generators must be turned off. In the party area we will have (possibly quite loud) music until 24.00.
8.1 – Vehicle movement in the camper spot area is prohibited between 22:00 and 07:00. This is for your safety. In all other areas vehicles are prohibited during the event.
8.2 – Vehicle drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists are required to adhere to the Site’s 10 km/h speed limit and follow any one-way systems in place.
8.3 – All cycles should have appropriate lighting if used at a time when it should be required.
8.4 – Essential repairs can be carried out so that an unserviceable vehicle can leave the site, however, general maintenance and servicing is not allowed.
8.5 – Drivers of vehicles, including motorcycles, must hold a full and current driving licence and a road fund licence in order to drive their vehicle at the venue.
8.6 – Ebikes that are chipped to exceed the legal speed limit are not allowed to be used onsite.
8.7 – Mini motor-bikes are not to be driven around the event site.
8.8 – Once your vehicles are parked up, that vehicle must only be driven when you are exiting the venue.
9.1 – Chemical toilets must only be emptied at the chemical disposal point, using only water from that source to rinse and clean them out.
9.2 – To avoid possible damage to sewerage systems we support the use of biodegradable chemical fluids that do not affect the natural bacterial balance within the system.
10. Your Departure.
10.1 – Camping and Parking Pitches must be vacated by 14:00 on Sunday.
10.2 – If you leave a camping unit or other property on the site without prior arrangement after 14:00 on Sunday. The Grinduro Team shall be entitled to dispose of such property.
11. Lost Property.
11.1 – All items of lost property will be retained for one week. Items not claimed after this period will be donated to a local charity this includes any money. Any items that are not of use to any of the local charities will be disposed of.
11.2 – Anything, where the owner is readily identifiable will be either directly returned to the owner if still on site or contacted if possible. If it is not possible to contact the owner the items will be passed to the Police.
11.3 – Owners are responsible for the cost of reclaiming their goods.
11.4 – Credit or debit cards. Reported to the card issuer. The card issuer will then advise what further action is necessary.
11.5 – Items where there is any suspicion of danger to employees or to the public. The police will be contacted immediately in such circumstances for advice.
11.6 – Any item that we feel has clearly been abandoned will be disposed of.
11.7 – Where items of property are claimed the claimant should be expected to provide a description of the items lost. The claimant must sign for all items claimed and record their full name and address and provide valid I.D.
12.1 – St. International Cycling Events and camp site owners will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to the property of the visitor, including personal belongings, cash, jewellery, bicycles and motor vehicles, however, caused during their stay.
Grinduro Germany will be celebrated over three days on several gravel rides in the heart of the Eifel region. The races are held in enduro format, which means that during the main race on Saturday, a maximum of four sections are ridden against the clock, while the rest of the ride can be enjoyed without time pressure. The "stages" can have all kinds of characteristics: Uphill or downhill, on asphalt, gravel or even singletrack.
On Friday afternoon, the SRAM Prologue will take place as a warm-up. A short, challenging round with one stage on asphalt, gravel and trail. The ranking of the SRAM Prologue has no influence on the Grinduro ranking on Saturday.
The Grinduro features 100km of the best gravel riding with the most beautiful views you will find in Eifel region. Two stages will be hosted in the morning, riders will break for lunch, then attack the afternoon ride with two final stages.
Those who still have enough energy in their legs after the party on Saturday evening can enjoy the panoramic ride on Sunday, led by the komoot team.
Junior men 13-18
Men 30 & under
Men Singlespeed (all ages)
Junior Women 13-18
Women 30 & under
Women Singlespeed (all ages)
Open Gender (all ages)
Winners of each category will take home a Grinduro trophy and other great surprises!
Grinduro features four timed stages to race for the day's victory. These demand everything from the participants and the faster overall will achieve podium glory!
The rest of the loop is untimed, meaning you can ride as fast or as relaxed as you choose... Hang out with your friends, relax at our feed stations, chill at the beer stop. Or just go hard all day!
You don't have to take Grinduro seriously.
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Life is about more than riding a bike. Grinduro Germany features a great music festival with live music and DJ's. So prepare for a good party with craft beer, marshmallows at the camp fire and hearty food!
Be cool, have fun and enjoy the ride. Those are the rules!
For those of you who need things spelled-out, here you have it…
THE BEST BIKE:You can ride any type of pedal-driven bicycle (no electric-pedal assist!), although we recommend a gravel bike or hardtail MTB for Grinduro. The ultimate setup is probably a disc brake-equipped gravel bike with fast-rolling 40c or wider, tubeless tires and a 1x12-speed crank set. Be prepared with at least two extra tubes, a multi-tool and mini-pump.
The Eifel in October can be cold, especially at night. Make sure you bring layers — ideally arm/leg warmers and a jacket as well as a warm sleeping bag.
There will be feed zones (and an excellent lunch!), but smart riders will be self sufficient and bring at least two water bottles and their favourite nutritional supplies.
And don’t take to the start line without a helmet on!
We love good food. Therefore, we have planned a fantastic offer for the weekend. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on race day are included. For the rest of the weekend, food vendors will take care of your culinary needs.
Vegetarian and Vegan options will also be available.
The Grinduro Germany Bike & Art Show, sponsored by Columbus is a curated collection of our favourite, mostly-bike-related things. It’s two parts handmade bicycle display, one part art exhibition, and one part bike shop.
It includes some of the most interesting and elaborate works of art in cycling. We showcase the independent artisans and the iconoclasts who rarely get the spotlight at traditional trade shows and bike events.
In addition to the bike exhibit, we’ll have work on display from some of our favorite artists and photographers, including plenty of locals.