For the first time ever for a cycling race, the fans could take part in planning the Deutschland Tour. Under the motto “Deutschland. Deine Tour” (Germany. Your Tour.), more than 1500 suggestions and tips were sent into the organizer’s website. Nearly 70% of the course suggestions lie in the region through which the Deutschland Tour will run in August, and 30 specific fan tips were integrated into setting up the four stages. “Our innovative participatory concept was a success. Already in the first new running of the Deutschland Tour we could use the wishes of the fans for the possibilities of stage cities and regions. Now that the course has been established, we continue with the specific structure of our cycling festivals. The fans can continue to take part in that,” said Claude Rach, Managing Director of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports, the German subsidiary of race organizer A.S.O..
The Deutschland Tour will be a real cycling festival, starting with the team presentation on August 22 on the impressive backdrop of the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz. In addition to a stage program and a large Expo, every stage city will also host a children’s bike parcours. Family-oriented rides and kids races on traffic-free streets are also planned.
On Saturday, August 25, Merzigwill host the Newcomer Tour, the chance for young riders in the Deutschland Tour. On the challenging closing circuit, the pros will ride, there will also be race for U17 women riders. The Deutschland Tour supports not only young cyclists in general, but also women’s cycling.
The Jedermann Tour, the sportive of the Deutschland Tour, will take place on August 26 in Stuttgart and the Region Stuttgart. Two different courses will start at the Schlossplatz and run 65 or 111 kilometers over traffic-free roads. With their registration, each of the 3500 participants will receive a free jersey from Santini Cycling Wear, to be distributed with the start numbers.