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

 

30.07.2016

 

 
 

 

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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.
In the afternoon the first pro race will take place: KMC MTB-Bundesliga. Spectators and team members will be transferred to Off-road Park near Nürburgring every 30 minutes via a free shuttle. There, the race can be watched from a visitors’ platform from which 70 percent of the whole racetrack can be seen. MTB-Bundesliga races will be moderated, reports will be broadcasted to the visitors’ platform so spectators will be informed at any time about what is going on in the fight for Bundesliga points. It will be an exciting race with riders like two-times overall champion Simon Stiebjahn and his strong competitor from Switzerland, Nicola Rohrbach.
Relax after a busy day at our show stage where a diversified entertainment program will be run. In our Expo area there will be various special offers available, there will be a barbecue near the stage and visitors can enjoy themselves in our beer garden while there will be raffles, interviews and a sprint competition on rollers on stage.
Sunday will be THE day for fans of pro road cycling. Start of the inaugural Rudi Altig Race, a race of UCI category 1.1 over 140 km and 3,500 vertical meters, will be at a quarter past noon and was made possible by our partner GROFA® - House of Brands. In order to watch the registered top teams like WorldTour team Giant-Alpecin or two-times Tour de France participant team Bora-Argon 18 from as close as possible, spectators and supporters have free access to anywhere at the circuit – except for some restricted zones.
Alongside start- and home stretch visitors’ areas will be set up and the pits’ roof will be open for access. Alongside Grand Prix circuit between Hatzenbachbogen and final bend the race can be watched from the grass strip and from some other spots outside Nordschleife.

As a service for our guests and to facilitate orientation we collected some coordinates for navigation aids like GoogleMaps on our website.
Those who are not mobile or don’t want to change places have the opportunity to see pro riders five times on their final rounds on Grand Prix circuit and afterwards (approx. 4:05 pm) watch the awards ceremony on stage.
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 will be the third extraordinary race location. Highlights are 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 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.

 

27.07.2016

 

 
 

 

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Only four weeks until the most diversified version of Rad am Ring since its premiere will take place. Cycling disciplines will be supplemented by an eBike Enduro Race, pro riders will return to the Ring for road and cross-country races and there will be special events for historic bicycles. Spectators and supporters will be given free entry. Those who have not yet registered for this spectacular cycling weekend may still do so – but better be quick. Online registration ends on July 11. After this date registrations can be submitted on site only.

In 2016 a lot is going on at Rad am Ring. The event is growing and developing – also thanks to our long-time and new partners from the bike sector. We could e.g. invite two new high-class pro races to Nürburgring: UCI 1.1 “Rudi Altig Race” road race and KMC mountain bike Bundesliga (national league).

The best thing about them: Both races – just like the amateur races, too – are cost-free for visitors and supporters and designed in a very spectator-friendly way.

Those who want to participate in one of the amateur races or touring events themselves, but have not yet registered for this cycling weekend taking place from July 29 to 31 may do so comfortably via online registration at a correspondingly more favorable price. After this date participants can only register on site, an additional late entry fee will be charged.

Deciding in which event to take part will be even more complicated this time. Besides our highlight, the 24-hour race (road and cross-country) as well as various amateur races and touring events we will offer an additional option for electronically supported mountain bikes with our eBike Enduro Race that is fit for beginners as well as pros of which some have already announced their participation: Mike Kluge, Stefan Schlie and Nicola Rohrbach will be at the starting line.

To fans of historic bicycles we will introduce Giro Classico with the option to participate in the time trial cost-free. Riders of historic bikes who want to take it more slowly may furthermore go for an exclusive touring ride on Grand Prix circuit and Nordschleife or get themselves a slot in a separate starting block at our amateur races over 75 and 150 km.

Further information 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. 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.

 

07.07.2016

 

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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

 

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