Düsseldorf's big off-road cycling weekend on the Grafenberg racetrack is entering its second round. With race formats from children's races for the little ones to hobby and junior races to the Cross-Bundesliga, with exhibitors from the wide, colorful world of cycling and Gravel rides in the surrounding area, the two days are filled with a program and activities for all age groups and tastes.
The debut last year overwhelmed us all, because thanks to the fantastic weather, the varied program, the great location and the many spectators on site, QuerFeldRhein/Rival Cross became a brand of the German cross scene right away. Of course, not only those involved know how much work was necessary in the run-up to and on the two event days to land such a hit, but all efforts would be in vain if such a festival in Düsseldorf does not find any spectators.
In the late afternoon, the wheels stop as the running shoes are unpacked and the cross course invites you to run in cross mode. The task is thirty minutes plus one lap. Last year's participants were impressed by the format, which is why we have kept it the same way and are looking forward to an exciting race with our colleagues from the summit course.
Later in the evening we will be offering a 50 kilometer gravel night ride as a guided tour together with Rapha. This time on the road without a long break, but with beer and snacks afterwards in the Expo area on the racetrack grounds. If you need a party zone at a gravel event, there is certainly no better basis to end the first day of the event with music, drinks and fire bowls.
Our friends from Rapha will not only be at the Nightride. You will be there as an exhibitor with the Mobile Cycling Club for the entire weekend. Besides all the other exhibitors, we are looking forward to the colleagues from the Gravel Collective who will start some tubeless workshops and especially to the great coffee that Bas from Il Magistrale will offer at our stand this year.
On Sunday morning, kids, graded according to age groups, conquer a shortened course with great fun and smaller bikes in order to spin their pedals with more or less accompaniment from their parents and the cheers of an enthusiastic audience.
At noon then the two preliminary runs of the Querbeet race for everyone, in which sporty drivers without a license and/or club membership can compete against each other on the circuit.
Before the final run from Querbeet, the highlight of the Sunday, licensed drivers of different age groups conquer the route, which this year has another highlight with a complete ramp over the horse racecourse. This allows spectators to walk large parts of the route and see the spectacle from almost every area.
The grand finale of the Querbeet Jedermann/frau race and the subsequent award ceremony finally end the second day of our gravel festival.
Like last year, admission is free, and in addition to the sporting highlights, you can look forward to two days of good music from our DJs Michael Scheibenreiter and Martin Schneider. In contrast to last year, various gastro stands will come to the racetrack, food trucks with an extensive range, including vegan options, should leave little to be desired.
If the weather turns more rustic than last year, you can look forward to a good time on the covered grandstand, you don't have to be afraid to spend the whole day in the rain.
We look forward to you. Come up to the racetrack and spend two great days with us, big sport and exhibitors like Antidot, Augenoptik Eller, Classified, Cycle Café, Drössiger JBS, DT Swiss, Fingerscrossed, Fizik, Giant, Invictus Games, Magno, Panaracer, Poison, Rapha, Schwalbe, SRM, The Gravel Collective, Traffic and wahoo!
The colleagues from the Gravel Collective made a podcast with us on the subject of Düsseldorf and QuerFeldRhein, which you can listen to here.
I'll see you next weekend.
And don't forget: bring your cowbells!!!
All information, links to registrations, questions and answers at querfeldrhein.bike