THE WORLD’S FASTEST ROAD
The world’s fastest road is just an afternoon’s ride from Calais
It’s all true. The Nürburgring Nordschleife IS a monstrous 13mile, 73-corner cliché. But forgive me, because the original, brilliant fact about the place remains joyfully true, and that is that there is nowhere else in the world where you can ride so fast without getting tangled up in the bother of trackdays or racing. It takes your bike into another dimension.
The Nordschleife’s mind-boggling scale and topography make it feel as if you are not merely lapping but striking out on a journey, and while it may have sexy painted kerbs and look like a race track it’s actually classified as a oneway toll road. So forget tyre warmers and vans and all that trackday nonsense because this is about superfast touring, flowing like hot treacle through long and rhythmic sweepers. Your GS, your Z1000, even your Pan European will love it.
Now the problem. The price of a lap during the public ‘touristenfahrten’ sessions is fiercely expensive. You pay €25 in the week and €30 during the weekends and they’re busy.
Increasingly the best way to experience the Nordschleife is to book a place on a closed-to-traffic learning course, and this summer there are two two-day events. Both follow a similar ducks-and-drakes format, where you ride in a group behind an instructor – the idea being that you learn with riders of similar Ring experience and feel comfortable with the pace that’s set.
There’s not much to split the Doc Scholl and Motorrad courses. Both cost over one thousand Euros but bear in mind that if the weather stays fine you could cover up to 40 laps, or 500 intense miles. O Info: Nürburgring, Nurburg, Germany Doc Scholl training, July 31-August 1, www.doc-scholl.de Motorrad training, August 2-3, www.motorradonline.de/actionteam
‘There’s nowhere else in the world like it’