Grafschaft, Germany

The Schanze is a col with a length of 4.5 kilometer. This is a category 3 col. It is located in Grafschaft, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The average grade of this col is 6.4% with a maximum of 9.6%. The Schanze ascents from 428 meter at the start, to 720 meter at the top, with a total of 292 ascending meters.


Schanze Profile


Distance 4.5 km
Elevation gain 292 m
Average grade 6.4 %
Maximum grade 9.6 %
Climb category 3
Minimum elevation 428 m
Maximum elevation 720 m

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The ascent to the ski resort Schanze begins in Grafschaft near Schmallenberg in the Sauerland at 410 m altitude. Already in the village, it starts with a gradient of just over 10 percent, which hardly changes until the end of the village. Afterward, it goes into the forest, and one reaches the only serpentine in the ascent. Then the road leads straight uphill with a constant gradient of six to seven percent, which makes it possible to find your rhythm as long as you don't lookup. After having lost a few meters of altitude on a short descent, the route climbs steeply again towards the end. Shortly after the turnoff to the ski hut, one finally reaches the entrance to the village of Schanze at 720 m altitude.