What is a hotel bus?

Motion blurred bicyclists in trafficThe paid hotel bus will take you on June 23 to the hotels in Esens, Neuharlingersiel, Dornum, Dornumersiel, Norden, Norddeich and Aurich from 6.30 pm to 0:15am. To minimise your waiting time in Bensersiel, we recommend using the R2NSC app! This will display the current location of the hotel bus. Please note: the places on the hotel bus are also limited, so please book this early.

Can I do this?

Yes! Try cycling at an average of 18 km/h over 2 hours on a flat, paved road on a relatively windless day with fully pumped tyres (e.g. 5 bar) without expending too much effort. If you can manage it, all that’s missing is…

  • a good saddle – your choice
  • good food – our service
  • little headwind – that’s down to fate
  • a good atmosphere – it’s more fun together!

And another example for comparison: At the R2NSC 2016, of the 197 participants – the youngest 14 and the oldest a sporty 74 years young – 190 reached the North Sea within a day. This ‘95% achievement of objectives’ was once again confirmed in 2017 with almost 500 participants. So you really can do it!

What does multi-track mean?

Multi-track means that on our tours racing bikes stick to the paved or at least hard surfaces, while ‘experiencing nature and culture’ is the focus for all the other bikes and the surfaces, therefore, can also include a firm forest floor. The service points, however, are the same for all participants – only the route between the service points may just be a little different for racing bikes and other bikes.

Where do I find the route?

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To prevent anyone losing their way on the long route as much as possible, we will not be using printed maps (road signs could be poorly visible in the dark or due to weather conditions, overlooked or even missing; and a printed map is usually [as tested during the R2NSC in 2015] impractical due to its size alone), but rather you should be

  • using a smartphone and the R2NSC app. This variant is recommended because, in addition to the navigation, additional information about the tours is available ‘at a glance’ and always up to date. It even plays an acoustic alarm if you go off course


  • using a standard commercial cycling navigation device. This variant also allows reliable navigation in all weather conditions. It’s lower power consumption in comparison to the smartphone is an advantage, but the lack of additional information and the additional cost of purchase are downsides. The route will be sent to you as a GPX file (also for Garmin equipment) around one week before each tour.


  • riding as part of a team in which at least one team member is equipped with a smartphone or a bicycle navigation device.

What is the pick-up bus?

Motion blurred bicyclists in trafficThe pickup bus starts as a free broom wagon at 1.30 pm on 23 June from in front of the MSV Arena in Duisburg and collects ‘stranded cyclists’ from the service points along the way. At around 4 pm it will arrive at the 200-km service point and depart from there at 4.45 pm. At an average tour speed of 18 km/h plus a 1-hour break, the pick-up bus can thus be met, for example, at the 200-km service point. The pick-up bus will arrive at Bensersiel at around 6.30 pm. We recommend using the R2NSC app to make sure you don’t miss the pick-up bus! This will track your current location and that of the pick-up bus – to help guarantee that you can be at the right place at the right time. The pick-up bus stopping point can be agreed at any time via hotline SMS/phone call. Please note: there is limited space on the pick-up bus; the rule is first come, first served.

What is a service point?


All three RuhrChallenges feature so-called service points (SPs) at an average interval of around 45 km. An SP offers you various services, such as catering, toilets, hand baggage, etc. From km 150, a first aid station will be available, and from the second until the penultimate SP there will also be an e-bike charging station. The opening hours of the SPs are based on an average minimum speed of 17 km/h and a maximum speed of 40 km/h (plus 2 hrs break). The following table shows the SPs together with the opening hours for the Ruhr2NorthSeaChallenge 2018.

KM Location Opening times
0 Duisburg 3.30 am–4.45 am
50 Raesfeld 5.45 am–7.45 am
100 Epe 7 am–11 am
150 Georgsdorf 8.30 am–2.30 pm
200 Neudersum 10.30 am–6 pm
240 Leer 12 noon–8.30 pm
270 Aurich 1 pm–10.30 pm
300 Bensersiel 2 pm–0.15 am

At the start SP, i.e. the MSV Arena, there is ample car parking available for each of the tours.

Breakdown assistance

At the R2NSC 2018, there will again be a mobile roadside assistance service that R2NSC participants can contact directly via a mobile phone number (to be announced before 23 June). The free (except of the replacement parts mobile breakdown service will be typically stationed in the middle of the starting field; during the last third of the tour, it will accompany the riders towards the rear of the field (its location can be seen in the R2NSC app). Tools, repair kits and pumps will be available at the service points of all the Ruhr challenges. We recommend that participants bring spare inner tubes and a repair kit themselves.

Team riding, fun names and team names

All three tours are ideally suited for team participation – it’s much more fun with your friends and it’s easier to keep going – especially when there’s a headwind!

IMG_1801On the My Tours page, you can put together teams with freely selectable team (fun) names, either ‘closed’ with fixed teams or also ‘open’ to recruit like-minded cycling enthusiasts that you haven’t met yet. You can also specify the average team speed which makes it easier to find the right team. Teams can have no more than 15 members, to prevent the formation of a convoy.

In addition to the team (fun) name, it also possible to set a fun name for each participant: this replaces the usual identification number that is otherwise standard in sporting events. Team names and fun names are freely selectable (as long as they have not already been selected by another team or participants) and are used, for example, in the R2NSC app or displayed on the !LIVE web page.

Your full name (i.e. real name) may therefore only be published in a participant/finisher list after the tour.

What is a transfer bus?

Motion blurred bicyclists in traffic

The paid transfer bus brings you from the Strandportal in Bensersiel back to the MSV Arena in Duisburg on 23 June at 8 pm or 10 pm and on 24 June at 11 am and arrives at 11.30 pm or 1.30 am or 2.30 pm on 24 June. It is also possible to board the bus at the exits of the A31. You can also arrange a pick-up along the exits of the A31 or in the towns of Esens, Neuharlingersiel, Dornum, Dornumersiel, Norden, Norddeich and Aurich in advance by e-mail or ad hoc via hotline SMS/phone call. Please note: the places in the transfer bus are limited, so please book early. Please also note: to ensure that the transfer bus can leave on time, please be at the Strandportal in Bensersiel at least 1 hour prior to departure so that there is enough time to secure the many bicycles. Alternatives to the transfer bus back to the Ruhr are include the long-distance coach from Bensersiel or a Deutsche Bahn train from Norddeich.