MB: How do you plan such a tour?
CK: The organization was outstanding! The whole tour was precisely planned by Gerhard Dashuber and everything was thought of. It was our group goal to cycle an average speed of 29km/h over the 40 hours and to keep the duration of the breaks exactly, so that we would arrive in Oberwössen on Sunday evening at 08:30 p.m.. Due to external factors such as rain, several diversions and road closures, traffic lights, cobblestones and tram tracks in the cities, the planned average cruising speed could not be completely maintained. After 750 km of cycling, we arrived in Waldsassen (Upper Palatinate) on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. with a delay we could not make up. In Waldsassen, there was a one-hour break planned for breakfast, before we should take the last 350 km to Oberwössen. Since the arrival in Oberwössen was planned at 08:30 p.m. with live music, TV team of the Bavarian Broadcasting and closing party, the organizers have made the decision that we cover a part of the route with the help of the support vehicles to make up time again.
MB: When was your low point on this tour?
CK: That must have been Sunday morning between 3 and 4 a.m.. I was cold, my buttocks hurt, and I got concentration problems due to fatigue. At that time, we were already sitting on the racing bike for more than 22 hours.
MB: Such an undertaking you probably don't do alone? Who supported you during the ride?
CK: Three support vehicles with trailers accompanied us during the trip. They carried our personal items, such as food, clothes, energy drinks, tools and spare parts. Without our support team this trip would have never been possible.
The support vehicles were always close to us. Shortly before a break they drove ahead and put our personal storage boxes in line. When we arrived at the break stations, apples were already cut, bananas were ready, glasses were cleaned, and bottles filled. We were incredibly grateful to the helpers for this and it also motivated us.
MB: How do you prepare for such a 40-hour tour in a team?
CK: As preparation, we did an overnight ride from Rimsting at Chiemsee to Lake Garda with our racing bikes in May. In March there was also a training camp in Italy and another tour from Garching via Passau to Vienna, that was also a fund raising initiative for children with heart problems. Thus, most of the participants could get to know each other in advance and practice to cycle in a team. Of course, you should also go cycling yourself from time to time...
MB: Why do you take part in such a strain?
CK: If you can dedicate one of your favorite hobbies to a good cause, don't hesitate. I am very happy that I was able to take part in this trip and help children. In addition, I naturally wanted to know for myself whether I could get through such a tour conditionally.
MB: What was the worst thing?
CK: It wasn't the tiredness. It wasn't the strength or condition. It was the sitting. After about 29 hours of non-stop cycling I couldn't find a painless sitting position on the saddle. Although special saddles had been produced for the tour...
MB: What motivates you when you are on the ground?
CK: It’s the group dynamics and the awareness that others feel the same way as you do. In addition, the two group leaders have always motivated us very well. You think of the good cause, the children and your sponsors, to whom you owe something. Finally there will be another break soon and you will be welcomed by nine helpers who believe in you and motivate you. At 10:00 p.m. Toni Kroos scored the 2:1 for Germany in the game against Sweden in over-time. That also put some additional pressure on the pedal.