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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.

22 kilometers, over 500 meters difference in altitude, up to 17 percent ascent and 11 percent descent: starters at the Profile Design time trial, the traditional kickoff event of cycling festival Rad am Ring, had to work really hard. Nevertheless, they rode very fast times. Winner of the men’s category is Team Vorarlberg rider Manuel Bosch in 32:44 minutes, in the women’s category Bianca Lust of Team d.velop Cycle Café Ladies was the fastest rider in 39:58 minutes – and for both of them, it was just the warm-up.

Time trial circuits usually have two characteristics: they are flat and straight so the fast men and women can push the speed properly. At Rad am Ring, things are a little different though: on the 22 kilometers of legendary Nordschleife gather more than 500 meters difference in altitude and over 70 bends. Riders therefore could push as well, but just in a little different way. And they did very impressively.

All in all 144 riders of all age groups and fitness levels were sent on the circuit by Fritz Langenhorst, head of Sportkreis Ahrweiler, for Rad am Ring’s kickoff on Friday, July 28 – and they burned down a fireworks of watts. Manuel Bosch was the fastest rider in the end. The rider of Austrian Continental Team Vorarlberg finished in 32:44 minutes – only a little slower than former Vorarlberg rider Victor de la Parte who set the current course record of 31:12 minutes in 2015. “I am at the Nürburgring for the first time and didn’t know the course“, Bosch said after the race. „It was quite windy and the course is very unrhythmical. The only orientation you got is the kilometers – and they were dragging on and on in the end.“ He will get the opportunity to put his first Nürburgring experience into practice on Sunday when he participates in Rudi Altig Race, a pro race of UCI category 1.1 with his team. “We are going for a team podium“, says Bosch. „This goal and today’s victory are of course a great motivation.“ Even more so as the men’s time trial podium was “occupied“ by Team Vorarlberg riders with Lukas Meiler on 2nd place in 33:18 min. and Patrick Jäger on 3rd in 34:14 min.

In the women’s category, Bianca Lust of team d.velop Cycle Café Ladies won. She finished in 39:58 minutes, ahead of her team mate Lisa Brömmel (40:34 min.) and pro triathlete and two-times Ironman winner Astrid Stienen (41:16 min.). “I already knew the course from the past two years’ 24h-race“, she said. “I knew what to expect, but it feels quite different on a time trial bike. Hohe Acht is easier to climb on a road bike, I didn’t think that I could win this.“ She will get another chance to win starting July 29 at 11:15 a.m., when she will start in the 24h-race in a team of four: “We won this race two times already – and want to make it three this year of course“, she announces.

Besides the 24h-race and the amateur races (25, 75 and 150 km) a literally small premier will take place: Dextro Energy Kids Race on the original race circuit, including a riding skills training led by former cycling pro Gerrit Glomser.

For further information on these events and Rad am Ring in general, please visit our website at http://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. Highlights are the 24h races on the traffic-free, partly lit race course and the team quarters in the pit lane. Furthermore, in 2017 Rudi Altig Race, a pro race of UCI category 1.1 will take place for the second time. Besides the ultra- and the long-distance event several amateur races, a time trial, for the first time a mountain bike marathon and some bike rides without timekeeping are held at 2017 Rad am Ring. The amateur races are part of German Cycling Cup, Germany's largest series of amateur cycle races.

 

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Rad am Ring has come a long way: celebrating its 15th anniversary, the cycling weekend at Nürburgring has grown from a small event with only 73 participants in the 24h race back in 2003 to a cycling classic with more than 8,500 participants from different parts of Germany and becomes increasingly attractive for cyclist from all over the world, too: Armando Espinoza probably travels the furthest to take part in the 24h race: the former combat helicopter pilot with the US Marines, 8 time Ironman triathlete and passionate cyclist lives on Maui, Hawaii. When he learned about Rad am Ring and the Ledschends charity team that takes part in the 24h-bike race every year, he decided to fly around half the world to support this charity cause, too.
In the life of Armando Espinoza, many things happened not by accident, but with hard work dedication and a little luck. Becoming a pilot with the US Marines for example, taking part in Ironman triathlons and bike races or meeting Sascha Poth, The Founder of Charity Team "Ledschends", on his home island Maui.  They meet while riding up Haleakala, Maui's 3500 meter volcano also know as "The House of the Sun". "Sascha told me about the event, the 24h race and the charity team that rides to raise funds for children in need. I immediately knew I wanted to be part of it”, Espinoza recalls. "It was a challenge like no other I have done before and to benefit children, be able to race on a Formula 1 race circuit is special.”

For his 24h debut, he decided to take one of the biggest challenges you can choose at Rad am Ring: a Solo start. But Armando Espinoza loves challenges, especially when they are taken for a reason: “Everybody has a passion", he says.  "What you do with it is up to you. Mine is riding a bike and if I can use it to help others by doing something I love that makes it even better. Sometimes I get to wrapped up on winning and forget why I race.  Rad am Rig is a true testament to the love of the sport."

Espinoza does not travel to the Nürburgring unprepared or without ambition, though. He rides up to between 25 an 30 hours per week that add up to an average of 300 miles (approx. 550 km). As his job as a private pilot involves a lot of traveling, he often shifts to indoor cycling as he cannot take his bike with him everywhere and some places are “too risky and not bike friendly to ride outside.” For his 24h debut at the Ring, he will be provided with a bike of our partner Felt that will be equipped with a special edition of Profile Design wheels displaying his name and the US flag – and Armando Espinoza is looking forward to putting both to use at the end of July as he is used to courses with lots of climbing: “At home on Maui you cannot do a ride that has less than 2,500 to 3,500 feet (750-1,000 meters) of climbing”, he says. “But Nürburgring will be something completely different as the climbing will add up.” The US Marine will bring his son Alex Espinoza to the Ring as his race support, but it won’t be the two of them for very long. “I have already met other Team Ledschends members to include James Early, former pro cyclist and last years 4 Man team winner (Master 1 category). An event like this is about camaraderie, about sharing the experience with friends, family and competitors. I am excited to be on the same course as experienced 24h riders.”

Among them will be former mountain bike champion Karl Platt, last years pro race winner Paul Voß and former pro cyclist René Haselbacher.

“We are proud that Rad am Ring increasingly attracts a mix of people from different (professional) backgrounds and different countries all united in the love for cycling. The percentage of athletes from other countries may be still quite small, but considering that we started with only a handful of riders back in 2003, we are positive that this event will continue to grow across borders. Armando Espinoza’s taking part in our 24h race shows that the concept is attractive to cyclists all over the world”, says head organizer Hanns-Martin Fraas.

For further information on these events and Rad am Ring in general please visit our website 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. Highlights are the 24h races on the traffic-free, partly lit race course and the team quarters in the pit lane. Furthermore, in 2017 Rudi Altig Race, a pro race of UCI category 1.1 will take place for the second time. Besides the ultra- and the long-distance event several amateur races, a time trial, for the first time a mountain bike marathon and some bike rides without timekeeping are held at 2017 Rad am Ring. The amateur races are part of German Cycling Cup, Germany's largest series of amateur cycle races.