Since its return and the official opening of registration, occurred on the 21st of November 2022, the La Fausto Coppi international granfondo has continued to collect entries.
To date, when the event is still more than 4 months away, 1550 athletes have already registered for the Granfondo, which once again proves to be one of the most appreciated by cyclists from all over the world.
Seventeen nations are represented so far, including Italy, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, France, England, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, and the USA - with Italy, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain predominating.
Europe's most popular road cycling stage race for amateurs is entering the 18th round in 2021 from June 20 to 26: The TOUR Transalp leads in seven spectacular stages across the Alps. For the first time, the race starts in Bruneck in South Tyrol and ends in Arco in Italy after 781 kilometres, 17,790 metres of altitude and 18 passes. In order to offer the maximum of adventure and at the same time safety for all participants in these uncertain times, there are new concepts, which are constantly adapted to the current development. In addition, the cancellation rules have been changed with regard to Covid-19, so a free cancellation is still possible up to the 1 May 2021.
After a break in 2020, the BIKE Transalp will enter its 23rd round from July 4 to 10, 2021. The spectacular mountain bike stage race for everyone leads in seven stages from Nauders to Riva del Garda. The famous Alpine crossing covers 577 kilometres and 18,875 metres of climbing, to be mastered in teams or solo. In order to get the maximum of adventure and at the same time safety for all participants, there will be new concepts for 2021, which are constantly adapted to the current conditions of the pandemic. In addition, the cancellation rules have been changed with regard to Covid-19, so a free cancellation is possible until 15 May 2021.
At the BIKE Tansalp, up to 1000 mountain bikers from 35 nations experience an unforgettable adventure in a breathtaking mountain landscape. In order to ensure a safe and adventurous race for all participants and visitors as well as exhibitors, sponsors and helpers, the organizers are working on an extensive concept. "One thing is clear: We all experience that regulations and rules for dealing with the pandemic can change at short notice," emphasizes project manager Jan Leschinski. "That's why we are constantly updating all measures in compliance with the legal requirements and in close coordination with the local authorities." The new cancellation rules offer participants more flexibility. Until May 15, you can cancel free of charge without giving a reason. Those who cannot participate due to Covid-19 or pandemic effects can receive their entry fee back even beyond this deadline.
80 exhibitors, five race formats, 1000 active participants and about 8000 visitors: At the BIKE Festival in Saalfelden Leogang there was only one topic: bikes, bikes, bikes. Especially popular: The brand new 2020er bikes that visitors could test at one of the many trails in the Bikepark. On the last festival day, people even queued before the expo opening to fetch one of the test bikes.
Plenty of adventure and fun was also guaranteed at several races. Besides the festival classics – the Rocky Mountain BIKE Marathon on Saturday and the Scott Enduro Series on Sunday – there was also a lot of action on the new Velosolutions Pumptrack.
After the successful – although rainy – premiere in 2018, this is the second edition of the Continental BIKE Festival in Leogang, and the weather on the first day couldn’t be better. From the beginning, it was quite busy at the expo arena. At each corner people gazed at technical novelties, chatted about the hottest 2020er trends over a coffee or tried out new bikes on the great trails in the Bikepark. Until Sunday, 60 exhibitors showcase around 100 brands and offer several specials and activities for the visitors.
Furthermore there is a full packed program of race action and side events. From the sporty side, the first day started with the Ghost Recon Ride, a fun orienteering ride with challenges such as paddling and sawing. This event is mostly about the fun, rather than racing for victory. More about competing are the race highlights of the following days. The queen discipline of the BIKE Festivals, the Rocky Mountain BIKE Marathon, takes place on Saturday.
From the 24 hours of one day you usually sit approximately nine in the office, then take care of the household, run some errands, maybe squeeze in an hour of workout and then go to bed. 24 hours, however, can also be spent differently: in the bicycle saddle. For years, this option has fascinated national and international cyclists at Rad am Ring.
Every year the 24h races on the Nürburgring attract more cycling enthusiasts who want to take the race track in the Eifel under their tires for a whole day and a whole night. Perhaps because the 24-hour races on asphalt and also as a mountain bike version off-road show cycling in a manner so pure, emotional and also so merciless as hardly any other competition. There are still a few starting places available for individual starters, for teams of 2, 4 and 8. If you decide very spontaneously, you can register on site.
With the finish of the 24-hour races on the finish straight of the Nürburgring race track, the cycling festival in the Eifel region reached both its highlight and the end of the event. At least when it comes to amateur competitions. In the afternoon the riders of the Rad-Bundesliga (German Cycling League) went on the track. The victory in the category “24-hour race – individual riders” went to Keke Dörnbach and Natascha Dorner on the road as well as to Stefan Lang und Nele Dönneweg off-road, Pit Leyder won the Bundesliga race. A great final of a festival for cycling fans of all kinds.
The spokes are humming again. Yesterday evening, the cycling spectacle Rad am Ring on the Nürburgring began with the traditional time trial. After the fast start against the clock, which Christian Bundschuh won in 34:47 minutes, the 24h riders started their long journey today at a quarter to 1 p.m. The participants who competed in the races covering 25, 75 and 150 kilometers were done with their work faster – and so were the mountain bike riders after their marathon as well as the e-bikers after touring within the first-ever festival eBike am Ring.
The biggest offer that ever existed
Next weekend is showtime: The 16. Edition of Rad am Ring cycling festival is taking place - and the offer is more extensive than ever before. In addition to the heart of the event, the 24-hour races on tarmac and off-road, the amateur races and the second edition of the mountain bike marathon, eBike am Ring complements the festival as a new event component this year and offers seminars, workshops and test opportunities in this bike segment, which supposedly is also and above all of interest to visitors and supporters. In addition, we compiled for you an extended supporting program with pump track, trial show, live music and expert interviews.
The finals of cycling weekend Rad am Ring were a single great winner party. Thousands of 24h-riders celebrated their achievement when riding down the finish stretch with Ralph Schwörer and Marion Wittler being the winners of the solo categories. In the pro race Rudi Altig Race (UCI category 1.1) that started shortly after, Huub Duijn of team Veranda’s Willems-Crelan took the win. A weekend with about 8,500 athletes competing and the riders’ dedication was rewarded with great, but very windy, cycling weather.
Riders who want to win on the Nürburgring have to perform at their best. Huub Duijn of Veranda’s Willems-Crelan managed to do so best in the second edition of pro race Rudi Altig Race and finished first in 3:27:57 hours.
Those who like diversion when it comes to cycling will love the Saturday at Rad am Ring. This year even more so as some premiers were added to the offer: a mountain bike marathon, a kids race and a freestyle competition. Not to forget the varied framework program that was extended in 2017 as well. The 24h-race that started today around noon nevertheless remains the center piece of Rad am Ring.
“If you stop pedaling you will topple over“ – what is true for the bicycle is also true for Rad am Ring. This year, the festival has developed further in the direction of being 360 degrees of cycling. In 2017, e.g., a mountain bike marathon on Grand Prix circuit and in the area around the Ring with a choice of three distances (25, 50 and 75 km) was added to the offer for cross-country enthusiasts.
22 kilometers, over 500 meters difference in altitude, up to 17 percent ascent and 11 percent descent: starters at the Profile Design time trial, the traditional kickoff event of cycling festival Rad am Ring, had to work really hard. Nevertheless, they rode very fast times. Winner of the men’s category is Team Vorarlberg rider Manuel Bosch in 32:44 minutes, in the women’s category Bianca Lust of Team d.velop Cycle Café Ladies was the fastest rider in 39:58 minutes – and for both of them, it was just the warm-up.
Time trial circuits usually have two characteristics: they are flat and straight so the fast men and women can push the speed properly. At Rad am Ring, things are a little different though: on the 22 kilometers of legendary Nordschleife gather more than 500 meters difference in altitude and over 70 bends. Riders therefore could push as well, but just in a little different way. And they did very impressively.
Rad am Ring has come a long way: celebrating its 15th anniversary, the cycling weekend at Nürburgring has grown from a small event with only 73 participants in the 24h race back in 2003 to a cycling classic with more than 8,500 participants from different parts of Germany and becomes increasingly attractive for cyclist from all over the world, too: Armando Espinoza probably travels the furthest to take part in the 24h race: the former combat helicopter pilot with the US Marines, 8 time Ironman triathlete and passionate cyclist lives on Maui, Hawaii. When he learned about Rad am Ring and the Ledschends charity team that takes part in the 24h-bike race every year, he decided to fly around half the world to support this charity cause, too.
In the life of Armando Espinoza, many things happened not by accident, but with hard work dedication and a little luck. Becoming a pilot with the US Marines for example, taking part in Ironman triathlons and bike races or meeting Sascha Poth, The Founder of Charity Team "Ledschends", on his home island Maui. They meet while riding up Haleakala, Maui's 3500 meter volcano also know as "The House of the Sun". "Sascha told me about the event, the 24h race and the charity team that rides to raise funds for children in need. I immediately knew I wanted to be part of it”, Espinoza recalls. "It was a challenge like no other I have done before and to benefit children, be able to race on a Formula 1 race circuit is special.”
For his 24h debut, he decided to take one of the biggest challenges you can choose at Rad am Ring: a Solo start. But Armando Espinoza loves challenges, especially when they are taken for a reason: “Everybody has a passion", he says. "What you do with it is up to you. Mine is riding a bike and if I can use it to help others by doing something I love that makes it even better. Sometimes I get to wrapped up on winning and forget why I race. Rad am Rig is a true testament to the love of the sport."
Espinoza does not travel to the Nürburgring unprepared or without ambition, though. He rides up to between 25 an 30 hours per week that add up to an average of 300 miles (approx. 550 km). As his job as a private pilot involves a lot of traveling, he often shifts to indoor cycling as he cannot take his bike with him everywhere and some places are “too risky and not bike friendly to ride outside.” For his 24h debut at the Ring, he will be provided with a bike of our partner Felt that will be equipped with a special edition of Profile Design wheels displaying his name and the US flag – and Armando Espinoza is looking forward to putting both to use at the end of July as he is used to courses with lots of climbing: “At home on Maui you cannot do a ride that has less than 2,500 to 3,500 feet (750-1,000 meters) of climbing”, he says. “But Nürburgring will be something completely different as the climbing will add up.” The US Marine will bring his son Alex Espinoza to the Ring as his race support, but it won’t be the two of them for very long. “I have already met other Team Ledschends members to include James Early, former pro cyclist and last years 4 Man team winner (Master 1 category). An event like this is about camaraderie, about sharing the experience with friends, family and competitors. I am excited to be on the same course as experienced 24h riders.”
Among them will be former mountain bike champion Karl Platt, last years pro race winner Paul Voß and former pro cyclist René Haselbacher.
“We are proud that Rad am Ring increasingly attracts a mix of people from different (professional) backgrounds and different countries all united in the love for cycling. The percentage of athletes from other countries may be still quite small, but considering that we started with only a handful of riders back in 2003, we are positive that this event will continue to grow across borders. Armando Espinoza’s taking part in our 24h race shows that the concept is attractive to cyclists all over the world”, says head organizer Hanns-Martin Fraas.
For further information on these events and Rad am Ring in general please visit our website at www.radamring.de
About Rad am Ring
Rad am Ring is a cycling event which has taken place at Nuerburgring since 2003. The course leads through the very modern Formula 1 arena and over the legendary Nordschleife. Highlights are the 24h races on the traffic-free, partly lit race course and the team quarters in the pit lane. Furthermore, in 2017 Rudi Altig Race, a pro race of UCI category 1.1 will take place for the second time. Besides the ultra- and the long-distance event several amateur races, a time trial, for the first time a mountain bike marathon and some bike rides without timekeeping are held at 2017 Rad am Ring. The amateur races are part of German Cycling Cup, Germany's largest series of amateur cycle races.
5,062 participants made this unique region to the hotspot of the mountain bike scene!
Despite heavy rainfalls, 768 bikers lined up at 5 am in the morning to tackle the Salzkammergut-Trophy.
It has been a stunning and hard fought race whereby Konny Looser, the current Spanish MTB Champion Joseba Albiuzu Lizaso and the 2012 Trophy winner Ondre Fojtik provided a exciting race.
At the end, after 7119 meter of elevation and a time of 10..24.32 , merely 2 seconds made the difference between the Swiss winner Looser and Joseba Albiuzu Lizaso.
Sabine Sommer defends her title!
Sabine Sommer made it once again, and her winner time of 12.50.12 earned for her the legendary Trohy-devil. The winner of 2014 Milena Cesnakova from Czech Republic followed her closely, whereby the podium had been rounded up by Irina Krenn [AUT}. In total 22 women lined up for this distance however only 14 of them finished.
B-Distance: Winner Matous Ulman [CZE] and Barbara Mayer [AUT]
One and two went to Czech Republik. Matous Ulman’s time of the 119.5 km distance: 5:03:59, followed by Jiří Novák (5:06:46) and a local hero from Gosau Lukas Islitzer (AUT/5:14:14). Barbara Mayer (AUT) won the women category: 6:04:58. Runner up Jana Pichlíková (CZE) 6:24:54 and Cemile Trommler (GER/ 6:48:31) took 3..
He was the first winner of pro race Rudi Altig Race – this year, Paul Voss will slow down a bit for a good cause. The distance will increase considerably, however.
Paul Voss has only recently declared his retirement from pro racing. The winner of the first Rudi Altig race that premiered last year at Rad am Ring, is nevertheless still attracted by road racing. He will indulge in this passion at this year’s event as a member of charity team Ledschends. After all, the racetrack is far too special not to ride it again: “There are many fast bends and short, steep climbs”, Voss remembers from his 2016 race. “The course actually being a motor sport race track provides a very special situation. The tarmac, e.g., is flawless and faster.”
This knowledge will certainly be of advantage in the 24h bike race. Tough the former pro’s focus clearly is on “having fun and supporting the project ’Hilfsgruppe Eifel – Hilfe für krebskranke Kinder e.V.’“ this time, he’d surely be glad to win once again at the Ring. Speaking of glad: He is still very pleased to be the rider whose name got engraved on the roll of honor at Nürburgring as the first winner of Rudi Altig race. “It means a lot to me. It is an honor to be perpetuated on this roll“, says Voss who has meanwhile come to support young riders with his own “Paul Voss Development Team“ and as sports director of team Wiggins to that also some U23 riders belong to. “I want to show them the upsides as well as the downsides of this sport“, he says. “And I want to create structures in which young athletes can take their time to develop.“
Rad am Ring extends their offer for mountain bikers by a mountain bike marathon. Cross-country fans may already “ride” the course via video. It is a very special course – says mountain bike pro Karl Platt.
Eifel region is a paradise for mountain bikers – the new mountain bike marathon at Rad am Ring will take them to hell and back, however. To “Green Hell” (Grüne Hölle) to be precise. The course follows Nürburgring’s notorious Nordschleife on finest trails, gravel- and forest roads and sometimes even crosses the legendary asphalt of the racing course in order to keep the course skillfully from crossing roads and to offer all participants a unique experience at start and finish line. “There is no trail that combines both my passions as brilliantly as Nürburgring – motor sport and mountain biking”, enthuses mountain bike pro Karl Platt. The multiple winner of Cape Epic and Transalp is a regular in the Eifel and knows every kilometer of this region.
Cross-country riders who are interested in the course can explore it in advance: a video taken from the rider’s perspective takes them on the course via www.radamring.de. The course provides a few extra climbs due to several “zigs” and “zags” like the steep ascent from the deepest point of the course in “Breidscheid” that leads up alongside the former natural stands underneath giant trees.
“The Nürburgring sections are legendary“, says Platt. “Riding there is a unique experience. There are more difficult trails, but very few that give you such goose bumps.”
One lap of the mountain bike marathons that may be ridden up to three times covers 25 kilometers and approximately 870 vertical meters. Start is at the Formula 1 starting line between the impressive pit building and the stands. Also the finish line at the end of 25, 50 or 75 race kilometers is located where all winners are crowned at Nürburgring – at the Formula 1 finish line.
This is, however, by far not all Rad am Ring offers fans of cross-country cycling: besides the off-road option of 24hour-race, a cross-country race will take place as well in 2017.
For further information on the event please go to www.radamring.de
Save the date: Le Mans Shimano 24 Hours Cycling 9th edition will be held on August 26th and 27th, 2017. The organisers (CGO) have received confirmation from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest management office.
5 000 riders and staff members coming from all parts of France and around 15 different foreign countries are expected to take part in this atypical cyclosportive event. They will ride through the night to do as many laps as they can during the 24 hours race in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You can ride solo or by teams of 2, 4, 6 or 8 people by relay, this cyclosportive is accessible to everyone according to the chosen category.
For those who are willing to discover the incredible atmosphere of a great endurance-race on the famous circuit of Le Mans, registration will start the 29th of November on www.24heuresvelo.fr
Paul Voss is the first winner of Rudi Altig Race. The return of pro riders, 50 years after Rudi Altig’s title win at the World Championship at Nürburgring in 1966, perfectly rounded off the comprehensive program of Rad am Rang. Winners of the category “individual riders” of 24-hour race, that also finished today, are Rainer Steinberger and Jamie Kelleher. A great weekend with more than 10,000 participants – and cycling in all its facets.
There was a lot going on Sunday at noon at Nürburgring. While riders of the 24-hour races pedaled their last kilometers, pro riders lined up for the first ever Rudi Altig Race. This pro race of UCI category 1.1, that to a large extend could be brought into being thanks to the commitment of our partner GROFA® - House of Brands, put riders to a tough test: Not only because of the all in all 3,500 vertical meters that had to be climbed, spread over five laps on Nordschleife and five laps on Grand Prix circuit (140 km), but also because due to a rain shower the course was wet and slippery.
Already on the first lap, a group of about 15 to 20 riders took the lead and rode approximately 20 seconds ahead of the field. Among them the best German rider (overall result) at this year’s Tour de France, Emanuel Buchmann of Team Bora-Argon 18, who will leave for the Olympics in Rio after this race. On lap 2 the group had shrunk and in the course of the following laps Paul Voss of Bora-Argon 18 managed to break away by one minute from his hunters, among them Emanuel Buchmann and Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) who among others won Flèche Wallone, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Amstel Gold Race. Despite having these strong riders in his back, Voss managed to stay in the lead and even widened the gap so that he rode the five final 5.1 km laps on Grand Prix circuit solo and safely won in 3:36:38 hours. Beside the overall win, Voss also the sprint and mountains classification. Places 2 and 3: Voss’ teammate Gregor Mühlberger (3:37:59 hours) and Slovenian road cycling champion Jan Tratnik of Amplatz BMC (3:38:10 hours). Buchmann and Rebellin finished fourth and fifth.
Before the pro race, riders of 24-hour races, the centerpiece of Rad am Ring, were on the circuit. More than 5,000 tired, but happy cyclists crossed the finish line at noon – partly arm in arm with their teammates while in the pit lane teams and supporters celebrated their riders and compensated with their radiant smiles the lack of sun that had so far been shining brightly over Nürburgring, but today stayed hidden behind some clouds.
After a starlit night Rainer Steinberger crowned himself king of Nürburgring in the category “men/individual riders” with 28 laps – each with 580 vertical meters and 25 kilometers. Jamie Kelleher won the women’s category with 20 laps. In the category team of 2 Maledetta Bicicletta won the women’s race in 24 laps, the men’s i.e. mixed race was won by Philipps Bike Team in 28 laps. Teams Ledschends1 (32 laps) and Moskovskaya Cycling Crew (30 laps) won the men’s race in the category teams of four and teams of eight respectively. Their counterparts in the women’s race were Koga Ladies 1 powered by Profile Design (29 laps) and Team DTAF - Doc Tom and Girlfriends (20 laps). Again this year, Koga Ladies remained unbeaten.
Also some prominent riders were among 24-hour participants. Former pro cyclist René Haselbacher, e.g., took part in 24-hour road race for “Ledschends”, a charity organization supporting disadvantaged children and families, he and his team finished on second place in the category team of eight. Mountain bike pro Karl Platt swapped his studded tires for slicks and won the 24-hour road race with his team of four (Ledschends1). Beside the road race, there also was a cross-country version for 24-hour riders.
The 24-hour mountain bike track covered approximately eight kilometers and like in previous years led up to historic Nürnburg after a short detour to Grand Prix circuit and back to the race track, partly over single trails. Lars Messerschmidt won this race in 51 laps in the men’s category, Tina Junghanns with 32 laps in the women’s category. Victors in the category teams of two were 24h Team Northwave (61 laps, men) and X-Sport Ladies MTB (32 laps, women). In the category team of four Team Bischibike-kopierpapier.ch powered by Protec won in 69 laps (men) and Dextro Energy Burn Babies in 51 laps (women). The win of the category team of eight went to Focus Rapiro Racing (72 laps, men) and Rockhopper Z in 50 laps (women).
24-hour eBike race epowered by Bosch that has been part of Rad am Ring since 2014 and is ridden in teams of four, was won by team Moustache Bikes in 35 laps. The circuit was slightly changed for eBikes. Instead of riding through “Klostertal” and “Karussell” the electric supported bikes had to climb the 27% ascend of “Steilstrecke”.
Furthermore, there were some more premiers at Rad am Ring this year: Giro Classico (races, touring, parts market) for fans of historic bicycles, eBike enduro race for experts and newbies on electric mountain bikes and a race of KMC MTB-Bundesliga that took place in nearby Off-road Park.
Still part of the program: amateur races over 25, 75 and 150 kilometers and Profile Design time trial on Friday evening. “The event made a big step forward in 2016. Starting with the significantly grown Expo to new disciplines and pro racing”, says head of organization, Hanns-Martin Fraas. “It was a real challenge, but we are happy that we have again come closer to our goal: To provide 360 degrees of cycling at Rad am Ring.”
By the way: The 2017 date for Rad am Ring will probably be July 28 to 30.
For further information please go to our website www.radamring.de
About Rad am Ring
Rad am Ring is a cycling event which has taken place at Nürburgring since 2003. The course leads through the very modern Formula 1 arena and over the legendary Nordschleife. In 2016 Off-Road-Park near Nürburgring was the third extraordinary race location. Highlights were the 24h races on the traffic-free, partly lit race circuit and the team quarters in the pit lane. Furthermore a pro race of the category 1.1 took place this year. Besides the ultra- and the long-distance event several amateur races, a time trial and some bike rides without timekeeping were held at 2016 Rad am Ring. The amateur races are part of German Cycling Cup, Germany's largest series of amateur cycle races
For the third time, the hunt for the lap record spectacularly kicked off cycling festival Rad am Ring. This year, a strong field was at the starting line. Swiss pro cyclist Patrick Schelling of team Vorarlberg and track specialist Tatjana Paller of Koga Ladies were the fastest riders of Profile Design time trial over 22 kilometers. Pro triathlete and Ironman European Champion Sebastian Kienle and Olympic athlete and track rider Gudrun Stock finished third and second. For the first time also historic (time trial) bikes were allowed to the starting line.
Nürburgring is not a classic time trial circuit. Instead of flat, straight roads participants of Profile Design time trial have to deal with 580 vertical meters spread over 22 kilometers. And of course they have to climb them as fast as possible.
With a race time of 31:43:28 minutes pro cyclist Patrick Schelling of team Vorarlberg was the fastest rider in the men’s field. He was only a few seconds slower than reigning record holder, Spanish pro cyclist Victor de la Parte (31:11:17 min.). Pro triathlete and Ironman European Champion Sebastian Kienle, who was taken for a test ride on Nordschleife by car in the afternoon, finished third (34:01:50 minutes), despite “having to put a little more pressure on the pedals than in the Porsche this afternoon. But it was fun”, he said after the race that was part of his preparation for Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Australia at the beginning of September and Ironman World Championship on Hawaii in October. Runner up was Helmut Pitzl in 32:43:66 minutes.
In the women’s category Gudrun Stock lost her title in spite of a fast time (40:45 minutes) to her team mate at Koga Ladies, Tatjana Paller (39:44:55 minutes).
Gudrun Stock was not exasperated for long, however, as she will get off the saddle and almost directly on a plane to Rio where she will represent Germany at the Olympics in track cycling (team pursuit). „I am happy that the journey will start soon“, she said at the award ceremony. On third place: Yvonne Margraf of team Abus-Nutrixxion in 41:19:19 minutes.
Hans-Peter Durst, disabled athlete and four time World Champion in individual time trial, participated out of competition – on a special three-wheeled bicycle, as since he had an accident in 1994, he has lost his sense of balance. By starting at the Ring he did not only want to prove that he is fast – which he did in 47:02 minutes – but also give hope to people with and without handicap.
Besides high tech carbon racing machines, this time for the first time also fans of historic bicycles got something to see. Due to new Giro Classico also classic steel time trial bikes were allowed to the starting line. “This adds a whole new facet to the race by appealing to a wider range of cyclists”, said head of organization, Hanns-Martin Fraas. And apparently it also appealed to the weather god who sent the sun on time for the race start – and will hopefully let it shine over the Ring until the end of the event on Sunday.
On Saturday, the hobby sport highlight and center piece of Rad am Ring will start with 24-hour races for road, mountain and e-bikes. Furthermore, fans of pro racing will be given a real treat: a race of KMC MTB-Bundesliga series at Off-road-Park near Nürburgring.
For further information please go to our website www.radamring.de
At Rudi Altig Race, this year for the first time pro riders will compete again in “Green Hell” of Nürburgring and nearby at Off-road Park in a race of mountain bike Bundesliga series. However, 24-hour races will remain the centerpiece of Rad am Ring with more than 5,000 participants expected to take part again this year. Touring rides, test bikes and a diversified entertainment program will round off the cycling festival that will take place from July 29 to 31. And the best thing about it: entry is free. Rad am Ring is worth a visit more than ever.
Already on Friday spectators will have the opportunity to watch pro riders do their job. At Profile Design time trial over 22 km triathlete and reigning Ironman European champion Sebastian Kienle will be at the starting line. Furthermore, track cyclist and Olympic athlete Gudrun Stock will try to defend her 2015 title.
On Saturday, Expo will be open the whole day and visitors may explore lots of sports-oriented products (nutrition, GoPro Actioncams ...) there as well as the exhibitor’s current bike models which can be borrowed for a test ride, if desired. Those loving historic bicycles may watch the steel classics cruise on Grand Prix circuit or spend some time at the historic parts market.