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German pro road cyclists achieve good results, but there are less and less top-level races in Germany. Rad am Ring wants to take countermeasures with the support of GROFA – House of Brands® by means of a UCI category 1.1 race named after the last German World Champion on the Ring, Rudi Altig Race. “An inaugural race that has potential to become a classic”, as Rad am Ring race director Alexander Donike reckons – and a race that according to Team Stoelting manager Christian Große Keul “offers national riders the opportunity to present themselves in their home country.”

Bayernrundfahrt: cancelled. The pro race at the Velothon in Berlin: cancelled. Pro cycling in Germany is of increasing interest again due to good race results, but there are hardly any races where riders can present themselves in front of a home audience. Rad am Ring wants to take countermeasures, supported by GROFA – House of Brands®.

The UCI category 1.1 race is ambitious with its all in all 140 kilometers and 3,500 vertical meters on legendary Nuerburgring Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit. A challenge for pro teams like Pro Continental Team Stoelting, but first of all an opportunity: “We are very happy about new races in which we can represent our sport in our home country”, enthuses Christian Große Kreul, team Stoelting’s General Manager.

The race is given special charm by its name giver who was associated with the Ring since his triumph at the 1966 World Championship: Rudi Altig who until his death on June 11, 2016, was convinced that winning a race in Gruene Hoelle (Green Hell) was “something very special”.

This inaugural race has potential to become a classic, reckons race director Alexander Donike, as the course with its many uphill and downhill passages demands everything from the riders. “I think it is a course for allrounders, they can be successful there. I would not necessarily expect a mass sprint, therefore I think that riders with a certain basic speed and strong legs will be able to cope best with the topography and therefore have the best chances to win”, forecasts Ralf Denk of Team Bora-Argon 18 that will participate in this race as well. He considers national events the foundation for successful cycling in Germany.

“This is an exciting new road we are taking. I am very happy and grateful that Rad am Ring gets unexpected opportunities due to GROFA’s support”, states Hanns-Martin Fraas, Head of Organization. “Thanks to this cooperation we have planning security for the next few years and chances are that this race becomes an established part of the pro race calendar.”

And an opportunity to remember name giver Rudi Altig every year in a very special way.

For further information please go to 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. In 2016 Off-Road-Park near Nuerburgring will be the third extraordinary race location. Highlights are the 24h races on the traffic free, partly lit race course and the team quarters in the pit lane. Furthermore a pro race of the category 1.1 will take place this year. Besides the ultra- and the long-distance event several amateur races, a time trial and some bike rides without timekeeping will be held at 2016 Rad am Ring. The amateur races are part of German Cycling Cup, Germany's largest series of amateur cycle races.

 

28.06.2016

 

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Rad am Ring honors the trend towards motor supported cycling by hosting an Enduro race for eMountain bikes – and it gets prominent support. Former pro cyclist Mike Kluge, trial bike pro Stefan Schlie and mountain biker Nicola Rohrbach will be at the starting line. The course, however, also offers ideal conditions for beginners who want to give cross-country eBiking a try.

The eBike sector is booming, from the year 2013 to 2014 alone it grew by 17 percent to a 12 percent market share. Also young, sports oriented riders are increasingly attracted by bikes supported by an electronic motor, especially since variations like eMountain bikes have entered the scene.*

Rad am Ring takes account of this trend and expands its cross-country offers by a very special event. In 2016 there will be another event for eBikers, epowered by Bosch, besides the 24 hour race: eBike Enduro race is a new format for pedelecs with ten stages on an exclusive terrain, the Offroadpark near Nuerburgring.

“We want to offer sustainable mobility solutions that provide people with a clear added value and are fun. eBike competitions are part of this concept”, explains Claus Fleischer, Head of Product Section Bosch eBike Systems. “We consider this race an exciting option for riders who do not want to spend 24 hours, but only about 24 minutes on the saddle and meet various challenges. We are convinced that eBike Enduro race will be well received.”

In the park and on the territory next to it there will be five stages signposted that have to be ridden two times each adding up to an overall race time of approximately 25 minutes. At start and finish line respectively individual race time will be recorded via chip. “At Offroadpark Enduro riders find everything an off roader’s heart may wish for: small single trails, artificial obstacles like tree sections and water crossings”, enthuses Course Manager Sven Schreiber. “We orientated ourselves on classic Enduro races with the small difference that this race also leads uphill.”

The course of the inaugural race is designed in such way that also beginners will be able to ride it. As it is forbidden to enter the circuit in advance the first round will be a “blind flight” for all participants, no matter whether World Champion or greenhorn. “It is above all about finding the best line, the speed is what makes it difficult”, Schreiber explains the basic idea of the Enduro race. “Pros will probably ride the course at full speed, beginners will rather go slowly.” It will be an exciting event anyway.

Not only because you hardly ever get the opportunity to ride on the same track as a World Champion, Mike Kluge. “What I like about eBiking is that I am almost as fast as I was during my pro career”, he says. “I have no pressure to win anymore, but I will certainly not give away a position or leave my line if I don’t have to.”

For further information please visit 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. In 2016 Offroadpark near Nuerburgring will be the third extraordinary race location. Highlights are the 24h races on the traffic free, partly lit race course and the team quarters in the pit lane. Furthermore a pro race of the category 1.1 will take place this year. Besides the ultra- and the long-distance event several amateur races, a time trial and some bike rides without timekeeping will be held at 2016 Rad am Ring. The amateur races are part of German Cycling Cup, Germany's largest series of amateur cycle races.

 

09.06.2016

 

Logo-tdmThe registrations for TransDinara MTB Marathon 2016 are now open. 

 

Some facts about  the race: 

Race type: stage  marathon, 3 days / 3 stages

Race start: September 2nd, Trilj, Croatia

Race end: September 4th, Knin, Croatia

Total lenght: 226km

Total climb: 6500m

Categories: INDIVIDUAL (men/women) and TWO MEMBER TEAMS (men, women, mix)

Number of riders: limited to 100

Mandatory equipement: GPS device

Everything else can be found at our website www.transdinara.com (in English and Croatian language). Early bird discount is valid till April 30th.

 

 

 

03.04.2016

 

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Thanks to new main sponsor GROFA®  – House of Brands® 2016 Rad am Ring will get another addition: KMC MTB Bundesliga (national league) will take place on June 30 in Off-Road-Park next to the Formula1 course.

 Since the inaugural event in 2003 Rad am Ring has developed into a cycling festival which is known beyond the borders of the Eifel region. This year the event with its numerous options for hobby athletes gets high-class support from the professional level. Besides the first pro road race (category 1.1) the fourth race of the KMC MTB-Bundesliga will take place at Rad am Ring.

The German Cycling Federation (BDR) is very happy about the new race in this internationally renowned series of the Olympic cross-country discipline. “Of course we welcome the fact that we will become a part of an event which is as recognized as Rad am Ring all over Europe. It is a very attractive event KMC-Bundesliga will benefit of. Furthermore the course in the outdoor park is perfectly suited for a cross-country race”, said Udo Sprenger, BDR’s Vice-President.

“Due to GROFA®’s entering as a sponsor and a contract at Nuerburgring over several years we finally can invest wisely in the future”, explained Head of Organization, Hanns-Martin Fraas. “With 24h-races for road- and mountainbikes, hobby sport races, time trials and touring rides our roots clearly are in hobby sports, but we want to continue developing the event. With pro level races we will add another facet which will attract the audience.”

“We want to expand the mountainbike part and draw the focus of Rad am Ring more to mountainbiking”, said Fraas. This also means that the inaugural KMC-Bundesliga race signals that Rad am Ring is thought of perspectively.

The third race of 2016 KMC MTB-Bundesliga will take place within one day and include Junior races as well as women’s and men’s Elite races, including U23 category.

For further information please visit mtb-bundesliga.net and 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. In 2016 Off-Road-Park near Nuerburgring will be the third extraordinary race location. Highlights are the 24h races on the traffic free, partly lit race course and the team quarters in the pit lane. Furthermore a pro race of the category 1.1 will take place this year. Besides the ultra- and the long-distance event several amateur races, a time trial and some bike rides without timekeeping will be held at 2016 Rad am Ring. The amateur races are part of German Cycling Cup, Germany's largest series of amateur cycle races.

 

24.02.2016

 

BBW_LogoIn 2016, Berlin continues to establish itself as the international bicycle metropolis with numerous events, bicycle races and workshops as BERLIN BICYCLE WEEK unites cyclists under one banner for the second time. More than 60 events for all audiences will be held as part of the festival of activities. Always in focus: the bicycle as part of a healthy and social lifestyle.

The highlight of the week is of course the BERLINER FAHRRADSCHAU, from March 18-20, which has grown to become undoubtedly the world's leading bicycle lifestyle show for the public and industry, this year celebrating already its seventh edition.

More than 300 exhibitors - including well-known international brands like Specialized, Cannondale, Trek, and Rapha, to trendy urban brands like Schindelhauer, Brooks, and Van Moof, to speciality accessories, components, travel offerings, and more will show alongside the over 30 builders of the HANDMADE section, powered by Campagnolo, to provide a truly diverse mix for the public to see and experience. These elements and much more will unite for three days in an authentic and inspiring atmosphere of creativity and innovation, with racing, side events, and gastronomical delights to enjoy.

For a complete list of brands, please visit http://berlinerfahrradschau.de/en/#brands

Urban bike culture and fashion are also key elements of the events during the Berlin BICYCLE WEEK: A wide range of races and rides, the TEMPELHOF TESTIVAL where visitors can try many number of bikes and e-bikes. Another highlight of the week is HOLISTIC CYCLING, a series of events that sees the bicycle as a way to promote holistic awareness of body and soul. The program is supplemented by many other interesting activities, events and workshops.

For a complete listing of the events of Berlin Bicycle Week, please visit: http://berlinbicycleweek.com/en/calendar/

Additional information BERLIN BICYCLE WEEK and BERLINER FAHRRADSCHAU can be found at www.berlinbicycleweek.com and www.berlinerfahrradschau.de.

 

14.02.2016