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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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.