Ruhr2NorthSeaChallenge 2019 – the start

Ruhr2NorthSeaChallenge combines a sporting challenge with high-quality catering and modern technology to create a colourful lifestyle event for everyone: from the Ruhr to the North Sea – 300 km in one day!

It takes place every year on the Saturday in June closest to the longest day of the year – in 2020, that’s on 20 June. The event starts at dawn, at 4.30 am. Riding at an average speed of around 18 km/h (plus two hours of breaks), the participants will reach the North Sea at nightfall (around 11 pm). In other words, the R2NSC is not a race, but is held in line with the motto “the journey is the destination”. With that in mind, there is no ranking and also no general time tracking. Navigation is ‘electronic’ – either using a bike GPS or the R2NSC app; in that way, each cyclist knows his or her own times.

The almost exactly 300 km long route is fairly flat, almost completely paved and suitable for all kinds of bikes and any speed. Racing bikes will take a slightly different route to avoid frequent bends and bumpy road sections as far as possible; for all other cyclists, experiencing nature and culture will be a major focal point. To minimise risks, the route will be exclusively on bike paths and small roads and wearing helmets is mandatory. There are 8 service points providing sufficient food, drinks, WCs and other services. ‘Stranded cyclists’ can take the pick-up bus to get to the North Sea and use the transfer bus to get back to the starting point. And once the goal is reached: raise your bike in salute to the North Sea!