What kind of bike should I use?

Each to his own! From recumbent bikes to bikes without gears or e-bikes or cargo bikes right up to racing bikes: All kinds of bikes are allowed, even quite ‘unusual’ ones! Around half of the participants use racing bikes, roughly 30% use trekking or mountain bikes and the remainder will be on ‘other bikes’. In 2018, racing bikes will always be riding on paved or at least hard surfaces; for all other bikes, the focus is on ‘experiencing nature and culture’ – the surface may therefore sometimes be forest floor.

How fast will we be riding?

Everyone can ride as fast as he or she likes! The only important thing is to arrive in Bensersiel by midnight. So if, during the tour, you feel that you’re not going to make it, just take the pick-up bus! If you’re using the R2NSC app, you can see at any time how likely it is that you’re going to arrive on time: if the service points turn orange, getting there on time is starting to look difficult; if they turn red, you should start looking for the next pick-up bus – remember: it’s “first come, first served”. And one more important note: the opening hours of the service points are based on an average minimum speed of 17 km/h and a maximum speed of 40 km/h (plus 2 hrs break).

Are helmets mandatory?

Helmets are mandatory for all of our tours because your safety is our highest priority and, despite fears to the contrary, bicycles are no less frequently used in everyday life because of the helmet rules on our tours. See also the general position of the ADFC along with the detailed explanations.

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!

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

or

  • 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.

or

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

Tips on preparation

  • Summer landscape with green grass, road and cloudsTrain on 100-km tours on flat paved routes.
  • Ride in a team, especially with headwinds.
  • Use the optimum gear, a rhythm of 90–100 revolutions per minute is ideal.
  • Have your saddle and handlebars optimally adjusted, preferably at a specialist cycle shop.
  • You might find using magnesium to prevent muscle cramps helpful.

Will the tour take place in any weather?

If there is a severe weather warning issued for the tour route by the Deutscher Wetterdienst and the participants could be at risk, the tour will be cancelled for reasons of force majeure. The registration fee will not be refunded. Otherwise, the tours will take place whatever the weather conditions.