A combination of riding routes are accessible with a variety of levels from easy to very hard, the routes are affected by the terrain near the eight surrounding volcanoes. Climbs are around 6%, with a few sections as steep as 22%; sometimes the slopes seem to be never ending as road-builders in Java do not use switchbacks! Most rides are on quiet roads...
Moderate: 3-4 hours 80km 1800m climbing An undulating start to Grabag village, then a fast pedalling descent along roads through rice fields and jungle; then a long and quiet 90-minute climb along the slopes of Mt. Andong. Once at the top the route follows a series of tight technical descents and short climbs back onto the lower volcano slopes to finish with a few very steep climbs close to the retreat.
Hard: 6-8 hours 140km 3400m climbing Relaxing descent to the lower slopes of Mt. Sindoro and Sumbing; a long steady climb, past Temangung town and then a short, fast descent to Wonosobo. A long ascent on the road to the Dieng Plateau, with some steep climbs through the tea plantations near Mt. Sumbing. A steep and exciting descent with good brakes and handling skills required, followed-by a long mixed-countryside ride back to MesaStila on winding village roads and a shallow but final climb.
Very hard: 7-9 hours 140km 3800m climbing A series of steep climbs for an hour-long quiet climb to the town of Sumowono, and a speedy descent to Ambarawa. Following a fairly busy road for 45-minutes which then turns off to a steady and long climb on quiet roads, becoming busier at higher altitudes. At Ampel the route turns off to a calm, steady climb, which gets steeper and harder the higher it rises-up Mt. Merapi - until the very steep slopes near the village of Selo. The route passes between Mt. Merapi and Merbabu and then twists down and rises up many times before the Ketep Pass; with more up-n-down sections toward Ngablak. A final long descent to Grabag and a mellow ride in to Grabag – a long but rewarding day out!