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Rad am Ring extends their offer for mountain bikers by a mountain bike marathon. Cross-country fans may already “ride” the course via video. It is a very special course – says mountain bike pro Karl Platt.

Eifel region is a paradise for mountain bikers – the new mountain bike marathon at Rad am Ring will take them to hell and back, however. To “Green Hell” (Grüne Hölle) to be precise. The course follows Nürburgring’s notorious Nordschleife on finest trails, gravel- and forest roads and sometimes even crosses the legendary asphalt of the racing course in order to keep the course skillfully from crossing roads and to offer all participants a unique experience at start and finish line. “There is no trail that combines both my passions as brilliantly as Nürburgring – motor sport and mountain biking”, enthuses mountain bike pro Karl Platt. The multiple winner of Cape Epic and Transalp is a regular in the Eifel and knows every kilometer of this region.

Cross-country riders who are interested in the course can explore it in advance: a video taken from the rider’s perspective takes them on the course via www.radamring.de. The course provides a few extra climbs due to several “zigs” and “zags” like the steep ascent from the deepest point of the course in “Breidscheid” that leads up alongside the former natural stands underneath giant trees.

“The Nürburgring sections are legendary“, says Platt. “Riding there is a unique experience. There are more difficult trails, but very few that give you such goose bumps.”

One lap of the mountain bike marathons that may be ridden up to three times covers 25 kilometers and approximately 870 vertical meters. Start is at the Formula 1 starting line between the impressive pit building and the stands. Also the finish line at the end of 25, 50 or 75 race kilometers is located where all winners are crowned at Nürburgring – at the Formula 1 finish line.

This is, however, by far not all Rad am Ring offers fans of cross-country cycling: besides the off-road option of 24hour-race, a cross-country race will take place as well in 2017.

For further information on the event please go to www.radamring.de

 

05.04.2017

 

24hvelo_lemansSave the date: Le Mans Shimano 24 Hours Cycling 9th edition will be held on August 26th and 27th, 2017. The organisers (CGO) have received confirmation from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest management office.

5 000 riders and staff members coming from all parts of France and around 15 different foreign countries are expected to take part in this atypical cyclosportive event. They will ride through the night to do as many laps as they can during the 24 hours race in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You can ride solo or by teams of 2, 4, 6 or 8 people by relay, this cyclosportive is accessible to everyone according to the chosen category.

For those who are willing to discover the incredible atmosphere of a great endurance-race on the famous circuit of Le Mans, registration will start the 29th of November on www.24heuresvelo.fr

 

06.10.2016

 

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Paul Voss is the first winner of Rudi Altig Race. The return of pro riders, 50 years after Rudi Altig’s title win at the World Championship at Nürburgring in 1966, perfectly rounded off the comprehensive program of Rad am Rang. Winners of the category “individual riders” of 24-hour race, that also finished today, are Rainer Steinberger and Jamie Kelleher. A great weekend with more than 10,000 participants – and cycling in all its facets.

There was a lot going on Sunday at noon at Nürburgring. While riders of the 24-hour races pedaled their last kilometers, pro riders lined up for the first ever Rudi Altig Race. This pro race of UCI category 1.1, that to a large extend could be brought into being thanks to the commitment of our partner GROFA® - House of Brands, put riders to a tough test: Not only because of the all in all 3,500 vertical meters that had to be climbed, spread over five laps on Nordschleife and five laps on Grand Prix circuit (140 km), but also because due to a rain shower the course was wet and slippery.

Already on the first lap, a group of about 15 to 20 riders took the lead and rode approximately 20 seconds ahead of the field. Among them the best German rider (overall result) at this year’s Tour de France, Emanuel Buchmann of Team Bora-Argon 18, who will leave for the Olympics in Rio after this race. On lap 2 the group had shrunk and in the course of the following laps Paul Voss of Bora-Argon 18 managed to break away by one minute from his hunters, among them Emanuel Buchmann and Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) who among others won Flèche Wallone, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Amstel Gold Race. Despite having these strong riders in his back, Voss managed to stay in the lead and even widened the gap so that he rode the five final 5.1 km laps on Grand Prix circuit solo and safely won in 3:36:38 hours. Beside the overall win, Voss also the sprint and mountains classification. Places 2 and 3: Voss’ teammate Gregor Mühlberger (3:37:59 hours) and Slovenian road cycling champion Jan Tratnik of Amplatz BMC (3:38:10 hours). Buchmann and Rebellin finished fourth and fifth.

Before the pro race, riders of 24-hour races, the centerpiece of Rad am Ring, were on the circuit. More than 5,000 tired, but happy cyclists crossed the finish line at noon – partly arm in arm with their teammates while in the pit lane teams and supporters celebrated their riders and compensated with their radiant smiles the lack of sun that had so far been shining brightly over Nürburgring, but today stayed hidden behind some clouds.

After a starlit night Rainer Steinberger crowned himself king of Nürburgring in the category “men/individual riders” with 28 laps – each with 580 vertical meters and 25 kilometers. Jamie Kelleher won the women’s category with 20 laps. In the category team of 2 Maledetta Bicicletta won the women’s race in 24 laps, the men’s i.e. mixed race was won by Philipps Bike Team in 28 laps. Teams Ledschends1 (32 laps) and Moskovskaya Cycling Crew (30 laps) won the men’s race in the category teams of four and teams of eight respectively. Their counterparts in the women’s race were Koga Ladies 1 powered by Profile Design (29 laps) and Team DTAF - Doc Tom and Girlfriends (20 laps). Again this year, Koga Ladies remained unbeaten.

Also some prominent riders were among 24-hour participants. Former pro cyclist René Haselbacher, e.g., took part in 24-hour road race for “Ledschends”, a charity organization supporting disadvantaged children and families, he and his team finished on second place in the category team of eight. Mountain bike pro Karl Platt swapped his studded tires for slicks and won the 24-hour road race with his team of four (Ledschends1). Beside the road race, there also was a cross-country version for 24-hour riders.

The 24-hour mountain bike track covered approximately eight kilometers and like in previous years led up to historic Nürnburg after a short detour to Grand Prix circuit and back to the race track, partly over single trails. Lars Messerschmidt won this race in 51 laps in the men’s category, Tina Junghanns with 32 laps in the women’s category. Victors in the category teams of two were 24h Team Northwave (61 laps, men) and X-Sport Ladies MTB (32 laps, women). In the category team of four Team Bischibike-kopierpapier.ch powered by Protec won in 69 laps (men) and Dextro Energy Burn Babies in 51 laps (women). The win of the category team of eight went to Focus Rapiro Racing (72 laps, men) and Rockhopper Z in 50 laps (women).

24-hour eBike race epowered by Bosch that has been part of Rad am Ring since 2014 and is ridden in teams of four, was won by team Moustache Bikes in 35 laps. The circuit was slightly changed for eBikes. Instead of riding through “Klostertal” and “Karussell” the electric supported bikes had to climb the 27% ascend of “Steilstrecke”.

Furthermore, there were some more premiers at Rad am Ring this year: Giro Classico (races, touring, parts market) for fans of historic bicycles, eBike enduro race for experts and newbies on electric mountain bikes and a race of KMC MTB-Bundesliga that took place in nearby Off-road Park.

Still part of the program: amateur races over 25, 75 and 150 kilometers and Profile Design time trial on Friday evening. “The event made a big step forward in 2016. Starting with the significantly grown Expo to new disciplines and pro racing”, says head of organization, Hanns-Martin Fraas. “It was a real challenge, but we are happy that we have again come closer to our goal: To provide 360 degrees of cycling at Rad am Ring.”

By the way: The 2017 date for Rad am Ring will probably be July 28 to 30.
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 was the third extraordinary race location. Highlights were 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 took place this year. Besides the ultra- and the long-distance event several amateur races, a time trial and some bike rides without timekeeping were held at 2016 Rad am Ring. The amateur races are part of German Cycling Cup, Germany's largest series of amateur cycle races

 

31.07.2016

 

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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