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eBikes in 24-hour Rad am Ring race for the first time ever Sponsor Bosch eBike Systems brings pedelecs to the racecourse

  • On 26 July 2014 the eBike version of the 24-hour race premieres on the Nuerburgring
  • Event organiser expects more than 25,000 participants and visitors
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  • May 27, 2014
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Stuttgart/Reutlingen – The Rad am Ring bike event on the Nuerburgring is one of Germany's largest mass sport happening and has held a commanding position in the European cycling calendar since 2003. The organisers are expecting more than 10,000 participants and a further 15,000 visitors. This year, eBike fans will get their money's worth too. On 26 July 2014, the Rad am Ring festival will include a new eBike event, the “24-hour eBike Race – epowered by Bosch”.

“Thanks to technical innovations in drive systems, eBikes today are ideally equipped for sportive use and fascinate more and more young and active people. Following our commitments to a number of eBike races we are now making the sporty side of pedelecs plain to see at the Rad am Ring festival”, says Claus Fleischer, Head of the Bosch eBike Systems product division.

The race is for four-man teams on pedelecs with different drive concepts that support a maximum speed of 25 km/h. An eBike lap of the grand prix course and the Nuerburgring's Nordschleife is about 25 kilometres and includes, in addition to nearly 80 bends, an altitude difference of over 500 metres. Unlike the racing bike and MTB versions of the Rad am Ring race, eBikers also take in the Steilstrecke ascent with its 27% (1 in 4) gradient. As they cycle up to the Hohe Acht their battery-powered “tail wind” will come fully into its own, making the unique eBike feeling particularly apparent for competitors and visitors alike.

An endurance test for teams and technology
An electric “tail wind” alone will not be enough to reach the winners' podium. In the final analysis individual muscle strength, condition and endurance will decide which team makes the running. Winding downhill sections and exacting ascents will require, in addition to electric assistance, both physical power and cycling skill. On nearly 30% ascents eBike competitors will fully appreciate the nickname Green Hell that the legendary Formula 1 racing driver Jackie Stewart gave to the track in the 1970s. In addition, the 24-hour eBike race is an exciting test of strength and endurance for the cyclists, teams and technology in equal measure.

On the perimeter of the track each eBike team will be allocated a plot of its own in the grand prix drivers' paddock. In addition, a Bosch tent will be there to help competitors to recover, and all competitors will be able to recharge their eBike batteries on their respective plots.

In the heart of the event, on an open-air site in the drivers' paddock behind the pits, there will be an exhibition about cycling, travel and accessories. Visitors will also have an opportunity to put eBikes through their paces and discover for themselves the unique feeling of riding one on a 1.4 km circuit near the Muellenbachschleife and additional off-road sections. Visiting the exhibition area and the test circuit is free of charge for both visitors and competitors.

For all information about the Rad am Ring Festival from 25 to 27 July 2014 visit www.radamring.de

For further information about Bosch eBike Systems visit
www.bosch-ebike.de

About Bosch eBike Systems
A new generation of bikes is taking town and country by storm and is already a part of eve-ryday life. eBikes are a modern means of transport for modern people: people in a hurry and people who prefer to take it easy, the fit and the comfort lovers, commuters and pleasure cyclists and, of course, young and old. The tailwind of technology-leading eBikes made by what are already more than 50 leading brands in Europe is powered by components that Bosch is developing to perfection. The Bosch portfolio ranges from the highly efficient drive unit (motor and gearbox) and high-quality batteries to a smart on-board and cycle computer that can be used intuitively. Perfect coordination of components holds the key to typical Bosch performance in terms of both comfort and efficiency. Like other Bosch products, the eBike systems benefit from the Bosch Group’s technology and production know-how. From conception and engineering to manufacturing, marketing and after-sales service, Bosch eBike Systems constantly set new standards for the eBike industry. The Bosch Group’s experience in the areas of electric motors, sensor technology, displays and lithium-ion batteries ensures that Bosch eBike systems use technology that is invented for life and that eBike users have their fun.

For more information please visit www.bosch-ebike.de

About Bosch
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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