Tour De Friends stage 2 - Tuesday 9th July - Füssen to Nauders

There was nothing like seeing 400 fresh-faced riders waiting at the Füssen Start line at 8am this morning, especially knowing what the faced ahead! 148km with 2.566m of climbing! At the start, it was still cloudy, but the sun came out quickly.

📸Christoph Steinweg

📸Christoph Steinweg

Stage 3 is probably the hardest stage. However, you shouldn't underestimate stage 2. Hantennjoch is not famous, but it's tough. Sometimes it's steep; sometimes it's windy. It's a mountain to suffer, that's for sure! It took the fastest rider less than an hour. However, the majority needed longer. Knowing in the end, they also have to climb up to Nauders.

📸Björn Reschabek

📸Björn Reschabek

The riders experienced a grand stage. We can't wait to hear their stories and to see their phone pictures and videos. Right now it's 23:00. The whole crew is preparing vehicles, batteries and SD cards for the mighty Stelvio stage.

See you tomorrow

📸Arturs Pavlovs

📸Arturs Pavlovs

📸Arturs Pavlovs

📸Arturs Pavlovs

📸Björn Reschabek

📸Björn Reschabek

📸Christoph Steinweg

📸Christoph Steinweg

Tour De Friends Stage 1 -Monday 8th July - Augsburg to Füssen.

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!

📸Chris Steinweg

📸Chris Steinweg

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!

📸Arturs Pavlov

📸Arturs Pavlov

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.

📸Chris Steinweg

📸Chris Steinweg

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?

📸Daniel Hughes

📸Daniel Hughes

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.

📸Daniel Hughes

📸Daniel Hughes

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.