RIDING BAVARIA’S B500 ‘A 37.2-mile two-lane asphalt serpent’
Completed in 1930, the Scwarzwaldhochstrasse, or Black Forest High Road to you and me, is a legendary ribbon of tarmac that runs from BadenBaden at the northwest edge of the Black Forest down through the mountains to Freudenstadt. It’s 37.2-miles long, but the middle 25 is where it all happens. On a map it looks just like a racetrack and to ride it you’d think it had been conceived as one.
From the first hairpin it climbs dramatically through dense forest, a two-lane asphalt serpent that twists relentlessly between sensational switchbacks and ever tightening turns. It’s smooth and wide with a positive camber and superb surface that offers tremendous grip through its devlish bends.
At the mountain-top restaurant the view is spectacular and the gateau obligatory. From there the forest peels back to reveal a glorious rollercoaster of a ride that dips and swoops between each long sweeping apex. It takes less than an hour to ride but the grins per minute are immeasurable.
‘On a map the B500 looks just like a racetrack’
Stop, admire the view. Catch your breath and get back to those corners