Road Bike Fondos

The 3RIDES Gran and Medio Fondo, which is held as a cycling marathon, offers two topographically and scenically attractive routes around Aachen with a long loop into the Eifel. All participants will receive a full starter package. All routes can of course also be ridden on e-bikes.

Very important: the Fondos are not races, so please observe the StVO.


In the starter package for each participant:

  • 2-day ticket 3RIDES-Festival (Friday & Saturday)
  • 3RIDES musette incl. start number with timing chip & sponsor inserts
  • One-year bike club membership with access to over 30 discounts and other benefits from prominent brands (more info here)
  • 3RIDES cycling jersey from BIORACER
  • Dextro Energy sports food & 3RIDES drink bottle
  • 3RIDES finisher medal & certificate
  • Downloadable GPX track
  • Track marshals on the course, at the start and at the finish line
  • Aid stations: Dextro Energy sports food, water, bananas, biscuits, wine gums, waffles
  • ROSE Bikes technical support
  • Perfect signposting on the course
  • Depot for valuables at start/finish
  • Parc Fermé (guarded bike parking) at the finish line

Entry fee:
Gran / Medio Fondo: 80,00 Euro

The 3RIDES jersey by Bioracer is included in the start package.

The courses

The 3RIDES Medio Fondo - the crispy loop through the northern Eifel region

Date: 14.05.2022

Start: from 8.00 a.m.

In numbers: 130 km, 2,000 metres altitude difference

Refreshment stops: 4

GPX download

The route: The Medio Fondo starts in Aachen and leads via Würselen past Stolberg with a saw-tooth profile typical of the region into the Hürtgenwald. The area is part of the beautiful German-Belgian High Fens-Eifel Nature Park. From the municipality of Zweifall, the route gets really crisp, with over 600 hm over a distance of just under 25 km. Behind Simmerath the way back begins, which again leads via Zweifall to the south of Aachen and ends after a loop in the west in the Soers.

Important: The 3RIDES Medio Fondo is a cycling marathon without ranking and without classification. However, a real-time measurement will be determined with a disposable transponder that each participant will receive with their race number. Road traffic regulations must be observed at all times along the entire route.

The 3RIDES Gran Fondo - the ultimate challenge

Date: 14.05.2022

Start: from 7.00 a.m.

In numbers: 175 km, 2,700 metres altitude difference

Refreshment stops: 5

GPX download

The route: The Gran Fondo is a challenge even for well-trained road cyclists, as the coordinates alone show: 2,700 hm over 175 km - that could also be a route in the Alps. The Gran Fondo also starts in Aachen and leads via Würselen past Stolberg with a saw-tooth profile typical of the region into the Hürtgenwald. The area is part of the beautiful German-Belgian High Fens-Eifel Nature Park. From the municipality of Zweifall, this route also gets really crisp, with numerous climbs with double-digit percentages. The route leads through the Kalltal valley to the Rur reservoir. Behind the village of Hammer comes the hammer: a ramp with a 25% incline in places. Behind Simmerath, the course becomes flatter again, the participants roll via Zweifall into the south of Aachen and after a westward loop back to the CHIO grounds.

Wichtig: Der 3RIDES Gran Fondo ist ein Radmarathon ohne Rangliste und ohne Wertung. However, a real-time measurement will be determined with a disposable transponder that each participant will receive with their race number. Road traffic regulations must be observed at all times along the entire route.

Conditions of participation


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.

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 10.00 euros.

1.6 Participation in the event is at your own risk.


2.0 The 3RIDES rides are not a competition or a cycle 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 Participants shall show consideration for nature and the environment and dispose of their waste (including banana peels) in the waste bins provided at the start, at the refreshment posts and at the finish.

2.4 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.

2.5 The use of support vehicles is prohibited.

2.6 Participants must follow the instructions of the police and the organiser (including traffic managers) without delay.

2.7 Participants may be excluded from the ride in the event 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.

2.8 The identity card must be carried at all times during the rides.


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.

Bicycle / Accessories

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

Compulsory helmet, clothing and start number

5.0 Helmets are compulsory for all 3RIDES rides.

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.

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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