Today we kicked off the 3rd instalment of the RAD RACE TDF in Augsburg, Germany. We have over 400 like-minded cyclists coming from over 20 nations including Australia, South Africa, Israel and countries all over Europe who will be banded together in what will be our most epic TDF ever!
Not only do we have riders from all over the world, but riders with their questionable choice of bikes! There is one guy on an old steel bicycle with no saddle nor Seatpost; We can't wait to see how he handles Stelvio. Also, do you remember the crazy English guy who rode the 1st TDF in a handbike? Well, he is back, and he is here to conquer all mountain passes we throw at him!
The riders kicked it at 10 am, all facing the same 121km ride ahead with only 1000m of elevation - today is considered the easiest out of all the stages.
Checkpoint 1 (today's only checkpoint, 60km's in ) started to fill up around 1pm with wet, hungry and thirsty riders. Some were fuelling up on a cold locally brewed beer and schnitzels while others went for Dextro Energy bars, Bananas and sports drinks - whom do you think are the real athletes here?
After the riders left the Dextro checkpoint in Altenstadt and rode closer to Augsburg, they were surrounded by the stunning lakes and mountains that southern Bavaria has to offer, which in turn helped them to forget about the rain and encouraged them to get to the final destination in Füssen.
Riders were greeted the usual RAD RACE-way with either heavy as fuck metal or the most Gangster hip hop blaring from the colossal speaker system as they crossed the finish line, located by the beautiful lake Forggensee, the riders even got a view of the famous Neuschwanstein castle which could be spotted high up in the mountains.