With a world view, the second edition of the Rothaus Bike Giro Hochschwarzwald will take place from 16th to 19th of August 2018, with up to 400 riders from 16 nations expected to tackle the challenging stage race for professional non-professional bikers. Their new home over the four days of racing are the communities Feldberg and Grafenhausen. “30 percent of the starters come from other countries, including South Africa and the United States”, says the organizing team of Sauser Event GmbH from Villingen-Schwenningen looking, forward to the international starter field that will do the second Rothaus Bike Giro Hochschwarzwald.
The surprise starter 2018 is clearly biathlete Erik Lesser, who can not only torment himself on snow. The 2015 Double World Champion and silver medalist at the Sochi Olympics likes to fight on the bike, according to the motto “Winter athletes are made in the summer”. In the illustrious paddock, the overall winners of 2017, Simon Stiebjahn of Team Bulls and national rider Adelheid Morath, as well as their podium colleagues from last year Clarissa Mai (overall second 2017) and Miriam Öschger (third overall 2017). With Olympic champion Sabine Spitz, the Grande Dame of mountain biking sports and thus a favorite in their home territory. Also the fourth of the German Championship 2018, Hanna Klein, knows all about the Black Forest. The South African XC champion Robyn de Groot (overall Third Cape Epic 2018) is also one of the women’s contenders. Katrin Schwing, the “Yoni” with the red dreadlocks, would like to shake up the Frauenfeld. Martin Frey and Simon Schneller (both Team BULLS) also announced their start. The athletes of the successful team “Ceska sporitelna – Accolade” with Matous Ulman, Pavel Boudny, Jan Stroz and Tomas Visnovsky and Uwe Hardter of the semi-professional team Texpa-Simplon will also go into the four-stage race. Local hero Matthias Bettinger of the Lexware TeamBereits is present for the eleventh time in the MTB race, which got a new name and a new modality last year as Trans Schwarzwald successor. Also, the German U23 men’s national team of the Federation of German cyclists is highly motivated.
The prologue of the second Rothaus Bike Giro Hochschwarzwald starts on Thursday, 16th of August on the Feldberg over ten kilometers and 320 meters in altitude. The second stage with start and finish on the Seebuck/Feldberg, peppered with the racy climbing passages and descents, becomes the first executioner on some 59 scenic kilometers and 2250 vertical meters. On the third day of racing, the crisp queen stage will cover 76 kilometers and 2220 vertical meters). Here, the sport directors send the participants in Grafenhausen / Rothaus on the circuit. Whether the leading riders of the first three stages then also be the overall winner, decides on the fast final stage with start and finish on the grounds of the Rothaus brewery over 63.5 kilometers and “only” 1400 vertical meters. All in all, the mountain bikers of the second Rothaus Bike Giro Hochschwarzwald manage 208.5 kilometers and 6170 vertical meters.