At the foot of the descent, we turn into the Kalltal, another valley and around kilometre 56, we arrive at Mestrenger Mühle. The old mill turned café makes for a great rest stop. No worries, there is ample chance to ride off the extra calories just taken in. After crossing a small sleepy Eifel village, you hit a steep climb with about 200 vertical metres, leading you out of the narrow valley. The challenging accent requires all your concentration to keep your rear wheel from slipping.
Up on top, yet another challenge is waiting for you, maybe the toughest of the stage in form of steep, rock-covered singletrack that takes you down to the Rursee, another man-made lake. You can spot the water through the trees while descending the trail. The views are quite splendid, especially when the sun shines through the foliage. Now there are only a few kilometres before you reach Heimbach, the end of stage 1.