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How the corners at Bilster Berg found their rather unusual names

28 June 2024 | Pistenclub-News

The turns of racetracks are often named after famous racing drivers or the region. Blanchimont, Rascasse or Schumacher-S are also well-known beyond the world of motorsport. Bilster Berg is a little different. The names reflect the history of the old military site.

Have you ever been on a racetrack? Then you know that most corners have a name. Often named after the area or a famous racing driver, bends such as Blanchimont, Rascasse, Müllenbachschleife or Schumacher-S are also well-known beyond the world of motorsport. Bilster Berg is a different story. The names of its bends reflect history, especially that of an old military site.


As Bilster Berg is a former British ammunition depot and the first bend resembles a ball head, that is exactly what it is called.
Bats live on Bilster Berg in large numbers. Among other things, there is a bat mound in this area, which is used for hibernation.
Pump house
Bilster Berg has its own water source. The water is pumped over the entire site and into the ring fire water pipe via the pump house.
Munitions field
The name of the long section of the route is intended to emphasise the former use of the site as a munitions depot, which the British Army of the Rhine operated here until 1993.
There are many old beech trees along this section and originally there was also a raised hide.
Driburger Lichtung
As a tribute to the town of Bad Driburg, to which Bilster Berg belongs, this bend was named after it.
This section was dedicated to the track architect Hermann Tilke...
...who encountered a horde of wild boars at this very spot on his first visit to Bilster Berg .
Telegraph arch
The Oeynhausen telegraph station, an optical telegraph line that connected Berlin and Koblenz in the years 1833 to 1849, still stands not far from this bend in the track.
Command centre
Once the location of the British command centre, now the Bilster Berg command centre: this is where the modern administration building and heart of Bilster Berg is located.
Inspired by the legendary "Streif" ski race course in Kitzbühel, Bilster Berg also features the Mausefalle, probably the most treacherous section of the course with the steepest gradient of 26 per cent and the greatest compression.
After the mousetrap with a 26 per cent gradient, you are faced with a steep wall with a 21 per cent ascent.
Bilster Kuppe
On reaching the top, you climb the Bilster Kuppe. The name of the bend describes its visual insurmountability.
During the project development phase of the course, a five-metre-high observation tower stood here, offering an outstanding view over the site.
The S-curve winds its way past the modern Bilster Berg clubhouse.
Pömbser Höhe
This is the longest straight on the circuit, not far from the village of Pömbsen.
This impressive, hidden bend with a slight incline and right-hand drop demands courage from every rider.
Nieheimer Senke
The depression is the lowest point of the route and points towards the town of Nieheim.
Five to seven burial mounds from bygone times are thought to be located here; the area is protected accordingly.
The last loop of the route points in the direction of the neighbouring village of Oeynhausen.
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