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Ore Mountains and Saxon Switzerland All-Inclusive
634 km / 12500 EG
<bold>Due to this trip's resounding success in 2017, we shall be repeating it in 2018.</bold>Epic Climbs’ guided tour through Saxony and Bohemia, with its wonderful, challenging climbs, starts at the Frauenkirche in Neumarkt in the historic centre of Dresden. We can look forward to breathtaking views on the summits of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains the Ore Mountains Ridge and reap our rewards for our hard work and the many strength-sapping climbs. Riding through idyllic valleys and over broad, lonely highland moors, it will also be marvellously relaxing. Welcome to the Ore Mountains, a region of mining and beauty! A rich and varied dream for any cyclist.<italic>The route shown is from 2017. We shall alter the route slightly in 2018.</italic>
19 passes cycled
, Göhrener Höhe
, Graupener Pass
, Hoher Schneeberg
, Einsiedler Sattel
, Pumpspeicherwerk Markersbach
In Dresden's Elbe Valley we can look forward to the Elbe castles, the “Blaues Wunder” bridge and Pillnitz Castle, before we make contact with the Saxon sandstone in the wild, romantic Saxon Switzerland National Park and marvel at the Bastei rock formations. From the spa town of Rathen we climb up out of the deeply incised Elbe Valley and approach the Hoher Schneeberg, which is to be the first major mountain of the tour that we’ll tackle. Flowing straight on we transition from the Elbe sandstone to the Ore Mountains massif, where we are greeted by the seemingly mystical Mückentürmchen. From up here we look far down below onto the Bohemian plains Day one ends in the small mountain village of Holzhau. Before our delicious evening meal, anyone who's not yet had enough can try out Robert Petzold's elevation gain world record hill. Maybe not 154 times, but at least once. In the evening Robert is bound to tell us about his world record. He's one of our guides, of course.
Before, in Chumotov in Bohemia, we can enjoy the hearty cuisine, tasty Czech Pils and the Alum Lake outside our hotel, we have to tackle the roads to Langewiese and the Einsiedler Sattel, two climbs on the southern side of the Ore Mountains fault. These ascents bear up to any comparisons, both in terms of scenery and the challenge they present, as they are two of the most beautiful to be found amongst the low mountain ranges. Once we have explored parts of the Czech Ore Mountains during the first part of the day, we push on into the Saxon part of the low Ore mountains. Riding up the Schwartenberg and the mysterious Natzschung Valley will also be part of a successful day's work. The long descent into Chumotov rounds off the second stage.
Nowhere else on the Bohemian side can you ride as easily as you can through the Three Mills Valley on the Ore Mountains Ridge. Before things get really serious on day three we enjoy the ridge cycle trail. The route is largely traffic-free via the Hassberg, the Pressnitz Dam and to the Kupferberg, passing through the barren high moor landscapes typical to the ridge area. Now the two giants of the Ore Mountains, the Fichtelberg and the Keilberg, are constantly on the horizon, getting closer all the time. But we don't take a direct route to those peaks, but take to the depths of the Eger Valley beforehand. We now have to gain almost 900 m altitude in one stretch to reach the highest point in the Ore Mountains. In his day even Jan Ullrich underestimated the Ore Mountains, dying terribly on the 18 kms long final ascent of the highest peak in the Ore Mountains, the 1244 m high Keilberg. Today's stage destination is the highest town in Germany, Oberwiesenthal, which is embedded between Keilberg in the Czech Republic and the highest mountain in Saxony, the Fichtelberg.
As the day begins today we have a chance to loosen out our legs, which are no doubt feeling a little heavy now. Before the ascent of the Pöhlberg, largely paved with rough cobbles, brings on that Spring Classics feeling, we can let our legs spin round on the gentle descent through the Zschopau Valley. We get a proper shaking on the Pöhlberg, but we have a terrific view of Annaberg-Buchholz, the capital of the Erzgebirge district, and across to the Vogtland. The border between the Vogtland and the Western Ore Mountains is also where we’ll find the destination of our penultimate stage. But on the way there we still need to get over the Auersberg. This used to be the old East Germany's most westerly outpost for spying on Bavaria. The impressive World Cup ski jump in Klingenthal and the Aschberg, which has often hosted Germany's mountain time trial championships, are also on today's agenda. This penultimate stage ends by taking in the Kiel, not the city in northern Germany but the mountain beside the holiday town of Mühlleiten.
We can look forward to true, unspoiled nature on the rustic, empty high plains around Jelení, where the vast expanses transmit a wonderful tranquillity, pushing modern life well into the background. The restfulness comes to an end after 30 kms, however. Thanks to our route planner, we still face three tough old bumps before finishing off this tour of the Ore Mountains. These are the toughest climb in Saxony, up to Bernsbach, the steep road to the Markersbach Pumped Storage Power Plant and the Tellerhäuser ascent of the Fichtelberg, where Epic Climbs boss Jan had to give up, exhausted, when preparing for the 2012 Tour of Germany. We shall probably be spared a similar fate thanks to the nutritional supplies we've taken on board all week. The destination for both the stage and the tour is the top of the Fichtelberg. There, on the highest mountain in eastern Germany at 1214 m, we can toast the end of the tour together with a feast at the Hotel Fichtelberghaus. This is followed by a bus transfer back to Dresden.