logo_leogang80 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.

 

 

logo_leogangAfter 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.

 

Rad am Ring Fuchsroehre Foto Sportograf 2017Rad am Ring Fuchsroehre - © Sportograf 2017From 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.

 

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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.