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E — BIKE Festival Dortmund 2016 powered by SHIMANO: April 15 to 17, major manufacturers of the cycling industry will present all things connected with e-bikes for three days in the heart of the city of Dortmund, in time to kick off the 2016 season.  In keeping with the motto, “plug into the future to get energized!”, visitors can - and should - get in the saddle themselves to experience and evaluate this new form of electric mobility on test courses or in one of the numerous side events. Registration for the DSW21 E-Bike Nightsprint, the BUFF® E-Bike criterion, the Hillclimb in the Bittermark and the SCOTT Junior Trophy presented by newspaper RuhrNachrichten is due to open at 12:00 noon on 11 February, 2016. Anyone with an interest in e-bikes may participate.

Sporting performance and an electric bicycle? That does not have to be a contradiction. Quite the contrary. Muscle strength, dexterity, and a fighting spirit are just as important with electric support as without. Anyone can take part at the E — BIKE Festival Dortmund 2016 powered by SHIMANO: No matter whether you are a pro, amateur, club racer, ambitious hobby cyclist, weekend sports cyclist or a fresh beginner. And if you have an electric bicycle of your own, you can of course use that. But if you don’t have one, you can use one of around 500 brand-new test bicycles provided by the exhibitors. The starters will be divided into classes of 25 km/h, 45 km/h and an open category. Registration for the exciting side events will start at 12:00 noon on 11 February.

Four riders competing against each other, on the newest e-bikes and against the unmatched backdrop of the Alter Markt in the center of Dortmund – that is the DSW21 E-Bike Nightsprint. In Dortmund’s top location, Diddie Schneider has built the eMTB-Testparcours - epowered by Bosch, a test obstacle course of 220 meters (722 ft.) for electric mountain bikes that is sure to delight all the mountain bike riders. Steep curves, a wave field, ramp and large jump, along with different terrains await the participants. The 32 fastest men and 16 fastest women will qualify for the finals Saturday evening and offer a spectacular show.

Road bike racing fans can look forward to a Tour de France time trial atmosphere. At the BUFF® E-Bike Criterion, the racers will start at 30-second intervals. The course is approx. 4.5 km (2.8 mi.) long and leads from the start at the festival stage in front of the Reinoldi Church through downtown Dortmund. Here, too,  anyone and everyone can take part. All you have to do is register on time! The person with the fastest time can enjoy their success on the hot seat until someone else rides a faster round.

In the E-Bike Hillclimb in the suburb of Bittermark in southern Dortmund, racers will do the infamous climb up to the famous oak tree, the Viermärker Eiche. In the challenging mountain time trial including a ramp with a 20 ° incline at the end of the course, the participants can utilize the potential offered by an electric bicycle up to the final watt!

In the SCOTT Junior Trophy presented by newspaper RuhrNachrichten, youngsters from three years will be able to show what they’re worth on the round course around the Reinoldi Church and win fantastic prizes. The school or club with the most participants will also receive an award.

You can find all the information on the festival, the side events and registration at www.ebike-festival.org and https://www.facebook.com/ebikefestivaldortmund/?fref=ts.

 

 

08.02.2016

 

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Cyclocross is the first multi-day cyclocross and gravel stage race in the world and premieres in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, from 12 to 14 February 2016. The new ultra-format covers a distance of 202 km and an elevation gain of 3,230 m across demanding terrain in challenging winter conditions, divided up into a prologue and two long stages. As preparation for the world premiere, TORTOUR Cyclocross is offering two exclusive cyclocross technique trainings, guided by
mountain bike and cyclocross pro Florian Vogel. The first training session took place last Saturday in Zurich.

It is the afternoon of 12 December 2015 and around 20 well-wrapped-up figures are gathered outside in the cold in front of Dolder sports centre overlooking Zurich. Their goal: to hone their cycling skills. In the middle of winter? That’s right! They are here to participate in an afternoon cyclocross technique training session with pro Florian Vogel in preparation for the new ultra-race TORTOUR Cyclocross. After a short welcome from the friendly professional and the TORTOUR organising committee, it’s off to the practice area. Riding either cyclocross or mountains bikes, the participants were taught the basics of off-road cycling, including how to take curves, hopping on and off the bike quickly and shoulder their bikes correctly – all in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Techniques that come so easily to Florian Vogel posed a real challenge for many of the participants. But on the short ride that completed the session, all were able to showcase their new skills and complete the course with flying colours.


Huge success

“The technique training was really great!” enthused participant Soren Mose. “Florian is really nice. He demonstrated everything really clearly and was a great teacher. Even though I already had some background knowledge, I still gained a lot from today. On top of that, the atmosphere in the group was excellent and the event insiders that were there gave us some really exciting information about the new TORTOUR Cyclocross race. It was a huge success!” And what is Florian Vogel’s motivation for offering the training? “I’ve been offering coaching sessions like these for a while now and would like to do more in this area,” says the professional cyclist. “TORTOUR Cyclocross is a really special event. The organisers have come up with a long-overdue and yet globally unique race format. It is therefore an honour for me to lend my support to such an event by sharing my professional knowledge. It also brings me an enormous amount of pleasure to see the
participants leave my training sessions having mastered the necessary techniques. That is motivation enough.”

Second technique training session on 30 January 2016

The second technique training session with Florian Vogel will take place on 30 January 2016, once again in Zurich. To make sure that the training is as beneficial as possible, participant numbers are limited to 20 people. There are currently still places available. Cost: CHF 90 per person. For further
details and to register, visit: www.tortour.com/de/cyclocross/techniktraining. Register for the TORTOUR Cyclocross winter adventure Registration for the first multi-day ultra cyclocross race in the world, TORTOUR Cyclocross, taking place from 12 to 14 February 2016 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, is open until 31 January 2016. After a 13 km prologue on Friday, participants will have to overcome distances of 99 km on Saturday and 90 km on Sunday. The course leads through woodland, crosses meadows and fields, and includes few stretches on tarmacked roads. The participants will also have to reckon with obstacles including steps and tree trunks lying across the track. Cyclists can race solo or in teams of two or four, always keeping together. TORTOUR Cyclocross is a tough challenge: it requires participants to have a high level of technical skill as well as the stamina to withstand temperatures around zero degrees, snow and mud. Starting positions are sold as part of an all-inclusive package, which includes accommodation, all meals (as well as provisions during the race), and other amenities. Athletes can take part in the race on cyclocross bikes or mountain bikes. All information about the race can be found at www.tortour.com, where you can also register.

Film teaser to the ultra cyclocross adventure

If you can’t quite imagine what awaits you at TORTOUR Cyclocross, check out the event’s film teaser and witness all the emotion and adventure that this ultra-format winter race entails:
http://tortour.com/media/videos/

 

14.12.2015

 

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Following the successful test event last winter, Switzerland is set to host a brand new racing challenge: TORTOUR Cyclocross is the first multi-day cyclocross and gravel stage race in the world and premieres in Schaffhausen from 12 to 14 February 2016, organised by TORTOUR GmbH. The new ultra-format covers a distance of 202 km and an elevation gain of 3,230 m across demanding terrain in challenging winter conditions, divided up into a prologue and two long stages.


TORTOUR Cyclocross is a tough challenge – the first multi-day ultra cyclocross and gravel race in the
world requires participants to have a high level of technical skill as well as the stamina to withstand
temperatures around zero degrees, snow and mud. After a 13 km prologue on Friday, participants
will have to overcome distances of 99 km on Saturday and 90 km on Sunday. The course leads
through woodland, crosses meadows and fields, and includes few stretches on tarmacked roads. The
participants will also have to reckon with obstacles including steps and tree trunks lying across the
track. Cyclists can race solo or in teams of 2 or 4.


Ultra-racing in winter
“With TORTOUR Cyclocross we want to offer passionate endurance cyclists an innovative ultraformat
race in winter, too,” explains founder and event organiser Joko Vogel. “In the US, gravel road
racing has been popular for a long time – not least because it combines the technical skills required
for road racing and for mountain biking, which makes the discipline appealing to fans of both. The
length of this ultra-format adds an exciting new dimension. The test run got participants very excited
indeed, and now we look forward to hosting a challenging event on a fantastic route with some
electrifying finishes!” So the new race format again promises powerful emotions at the close of the
cyclocross season.


All-inclusive package
TORTOUR Cyclocross starting positions are limited and are sold as part of an all-inclusive package,
which includes accommodation, all meals (as well as provisions during the race), and other
amenities. Athletes can take part in the race on cyclocross bikes or mountain bikes. All information
about the race can be found at www.tortour.com, where you can also register.

 

29.11.2015

 

craft_bike_transalp_logoJust a few weeks prior to the official registration start for the 2016 BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma on onlineregistration.de organisers have unveiled the new course design – and therefore surprised by coming up with some innovations.

The seven-day mountain bike stage race will take place from July 17th till 23rd, 2016 and encompass a total of 519.51 km and 17,751 metres of climbing. However, the participants will kick off things with a novelty.

For the first time ever, the race won't start in Germany. Next year, Imst, Austria will be the first stage town to break with the 18-year tradition of hosting the Transalp start in Germany.

“We picked Imst to meet our own expectations of providing a BIKE Transalp routing which never gets boring and always has something new for the racers,” explained Race Director Marc Schneider.

Leaving the multiple Transalp stage town for its journey across the Alps, the field of pros and amateurs alike will travel through Tyrol to Nauders just like 2014 and from there across the Austrian border. But unlike two years ago, the route won't lead to South Tyrol but to Switzerland.

After a stop in Scuol, the teams of two will enter Italy and pedal from Livigno via new stage towns of Bormio and Mezzana to Trento.

“Both new stage towns, Bormio and Mezzana, offer fantastic opportunities for a creative route set-up,” says Schneider who also adds that “the route itself will be just about the limit!”

Especially as also the very last stage of the race week will feature something brand new. After nine consecutive years of wrapping things off in Riva del Garda the BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma will conclude in Arco which is the third new stage town for the very first time.

For further news and information on the race please visit bike-transalp.de.

 

25.11.2015

 

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The success of the Maratona dles Dolomites–Enel is unstoppable. And it knows no bounds. The applications to take part in the thirtieth race to be held on Sunday 3rdJuly 2016 have exceeded the 33.000mark. A record. They have come from 89 different countries, 109out of the 110 Italian provincesrepresented and over 4.000pre-registrations for the female category.


The draw

The numbers are staggering and show how the race through the Dolomite passes is an international event, sought after by an incredible number of cyclists from all over the world. As usual, there will be a draw to decide who will take part. The lucky names are now published on the website www.maratona.it
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193 available places

Anyone whose name hasn’t been extracted but would like to secure a place at the Maratona should go to our website www.maratona.it on 24thNovember 2015from 6 p.m. (GMT+1). 193 registrationswill be available for a higher price and the proceeds, after deducting the participation fee of € 110, will go to charity.


The registrations in detail are as follows: 175 GOLD registrations at the price of € 250; 15 PLATINUM registrations at the price of € 500; and 3 CRYSTAL registrations at the price of € 1500.


Charity

The proceeds of the higher price registrations will go to the Association of Groups “Insieme si può”Onlus/NGO (www.365giorni.org), Assisport Alto Adige(www.sporthilfe.it) and the Alex Zanardi BIMBINGAMBA Association (www.bimbingamba.com). These three associations have been friends of the Maratona for many years and we are pleased to be able to contribute, with the help of the competitors, to their commitment to solidarity and support for those in need.

The solidarity project of the Association of Groups "Insieme si può" is connected to people with disabilities in Uganda, one of the poorest countries in the world, where cases of physical impairment are high (according to official estimates approximately 10% of the population).

We intend to provide better access to medical treatment, rehabilitation, food and education, particularly to children and teenagers. We intend to support young people, ensure they receive vocational training,assist them in finding a job, ensure they have access to social services and are included and can participate in family and community life.


Last chance

On 24thMarch 2016 on our website www.maratona.it another 193 registrationswill be offered at higher prices but with exactly the same characteristics: 175 GOLD registrations, 15 PLATINUM registrations and 3 CRYSTAL registrations. Again, the proceeds will go to the three associations mentioned above.

After the success of the 2015 race and the popularity with the participants due to the quality of the Castelli-Maratona products, Castelli has renewed its contract with us for another three years. As well as consolidating the collaboration, Castelli will take part in the event, using its strength and energy in great style. The style that befits an Italian brand and world leader and that will guarantee more media growth at all levels at the race through the Dolomites.

 

21.11.2015