Tour de Friends 2019

RECAP: Tour de Friends III

It’s done! The Tour de Friends III is over and sweaty days lie behind the 400 riders and 55 crew members! They covered a total of 664km and 11757 meters in altitude by bike, the route was divided into 5 stages. Wow respect!

RIDER’S BRIEFING

It all started with the Rider’s Briefing in Augsburg including traditional Bavarian food and good beer. Strengthened and well prepared, the Tour de Friends 3 started the next day.

STAGE 1

The first stage led from Augsburg to Füssen, 121km and 1000 meters of altitude were to be climbed by the 400 riders. And that was still the easiest stage! In fact, the heavy rain brought some riders to their limits already on the first day. They got compensation in the first stage finish at the beautiful Forggensee in Füssen.


STAGE 2

Directly on the next day the participants set off to Nauders in Austria. 150km and 2566 altitude meters lay between start and finish of stage 2. This time there was great weather! Nauders is located in the Ötztal valley in the Alps at 1394m altitude. Dinner was served at the top of the mountain – again a good reward for the exhausting ride.

STAGE 3

Stage 3 was definitely the toughest! 189km and 3321 meters of altitude difference lay between Nauders and Caldaro in Italy. With the overcoming of the Stelvio Pass a dream came true for many riders. The temperatures climbed to 31 degrees in full sunshine, so it was easy to sweat! The reward on day 3: A big BBQ party. More than deserved!

STAGE 4

The next day a comparatively short stage followed. From Caldaro to Levico Therme (Italy) the distance is 107km, but also 2600m altitude difference. And again it was rainy weather. For many riders the track felt relatively easy compared to the day before.


STAGE 5

Final stage on day 5! After 4 super exhausting days it was now time to mobilize all energies and start the last stage to Feltre in Italy. After 95km and 2270m altitude difference it was done. At the finish line the locals cheered every single rider, there was local food, prosecco and music. Congratulations and our fullest respect to all riders and the crew!! Well done 🙂

AFTERSHOWPARTY

After such a performance, of course, an awesome party should not be missing 😉

Highlights of the TDF III

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Rad Race “Tour de Friends” 2019 – Round 3

Woooopwooop! The Rad Race Tour de Friends III is already in full swing! This year the event will take place for the third time but for the first time with a new track. The Tour de Friends III will run from Augsburg to Feltre (Italy) from the 7th of July to the 13th of July 2019. 400 riders will cover 664km across the Alps and Dolomites. Rad Race!

The new track is the only big change to the previous tours. Otherwise, the concept remains the same: In principle, it is a cycling stage race in a team. You can start with any bike (except e-bikes, because they are not bikes). However, the focus is not on winning or being the fastest, but on reaching the finish line together with your team and friends and simply having a good time! 🙂
There is no trophy either. just a few Strava Challenges.

The riders actually have nothing to worry about except cycling. Included in the package:
7 days. 6 nights. A fully accompanied trip. All hotels. All breakfasts. All dinners. Hotel shuttle (if required). Driver briefing. All luggage transfers. Experienced bicycle mechanics. Support vehicles. Sweeper bus. Sports nutrition at all check points. Checkpoints. Refilling stations. Block parties. After show party in Feltre. Bus shuttle incl. bike transport from Feltre to Augsburg. Great right?

However, there are no roadblocks or anything else, so helmets are mandatory!

Impressions Tour de Friends II 2018:

The new route: Augsburg – Feltre (Italy)

The Tour de Friends 2019 takes place for the first time on a new route. The new route has a total length of 664km, divided into 5 stages. The route has to cover 11757 meters of altitude over the Alps and the Dolomites. Quite a long and exhausting bicycle excursion! 😉

The start is on the 08th of July in Augsburg, after 5 days of sweaty rides and merry parties the riders will reach the finish in Feltre (Italy).

Stage 1 Augsburg – Füssen // 121km // 1000 meters elevation
Stage 2 Füssen – Nauders (Austria) // 150km // 2566 meters elevation
Stage 3 Nauders (Austria) – Caldaro (Italy) // 189km // 3321 meters elevation
Stage 4 Caldaro (Italy) – Levico Therme (Italy) // 107km // 2600 meters elevation
Stage 5 Levico Therme (Italy) – Feltre (Italy) // 95km // 2270 meters elevation

Test drive of the new track

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Without a doubt this event will be super exhausting, sweaty and push some riders to the limits but in the end you can say: 664km. By bike. Over the Alps. Over the Dolomites. 11757 meters of altitude difference. Unforgettable memories. New friends. Awesome photos. Proud. Bäm!

Aftermovie 2018

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