2nd Day Of The Rohloff Mad East Challenge In Altenberg

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Today, Christian Kreuchler was the fastest at the 2nd stage of the Rohloff Mad East Challenge 500. The rider of Team Germina could win the 102 km distance and the over 2.700 height metres being the hardest part of the race. On second place with 6 min. behind rolled Karsten Volkmann of Team Isaac over the finishing line, closely followed by Michael Schuchardt (Team SWB Felt).

A very happy Christian Kreuchler, who arrived in Geising after 4 h and 47 min. takes the lead now in his class, and with his clear lead of 6 min. he is a definite candidate for the overall win. His followers Michael Schuchardt and Karsten Volkmann, who are only 36 sec. apart, will serve for a exciting last stage on Sunday. The winner of the previous day, Robert Novotny of Factor Bike Team, CZ, who first was riding in the leading group with Kreuchler, dropped behind because of technical problems and lost 25 min. on the winner.


Fastest woman of the day was like the winner on Friday Birgit Hollmann (Jenatec Berlin Ladys). She won with a clear lead of 11 min. before Jana Suess (Stevens 1a Crossteam) on second place. Daniela Storch (Scott Genius Generation) gained third place. Birgit Hollmann starts again on Sunday with the leading shirt. Jana Suess and Daniela Storch are following in the women overall standings.

210 male and female bikers went on the scenically attractive, but also extremely demanding track, where pleasurable trails alternate with steep uphills and even running passages. The race was affected by muddy grounds in the woods and at the same time by hot burning sun at the clearances. Highlight was the special judgement at the Nutcracker Festival in Neuhausen, where the bikers had to ride through the festival tent.