“Race around Austria”: Team Vorarlberg Santic in the planning for the toughest race in Europe – it smells of adrenaline and adventure!
Football is already rolling again in Germany and soon also in Austria. National and international realigned calendars are now available for cycling. The UCI World Federation recently presented their calendar. No stone was left here on the other. Numerous existing races from August to October were overrun by mostly higher races. The dates of the World Tour, World Championships and national title fights were clearly prioritized. It will be exciting to see how the real calendar will last from August.
Team Vorarlberg Santic pro-active for calendar planning 2.0:
The largest professional team in Austria is meanwhile very actively in contact with the organizers. The goal: An attractive international racing calendar from August to November. An intense autumn is coming.
Race in Austria from July?
Due to the activities of the Austrian Cycling Association, the first individual time trial competitions may already be taking place in July. An additional incentive for the 17 professionals!
An idea for something really crazy? Team Vorarlberg Santic plans for “RAA” Race around Austria!
As is well known, need makes you inventive. This has prompted management to think about a project that was almost unrealistic without Corona. A start at the hardest race in Europe: “Race around Austria”.
Thomas Kofler – Team Manager: “The principle is very simple to read. As soon as possible to circle NONSTOP at Austria’s external borders. We discussed it internally and see on the one hand a very big challenge, on the other hand an opportunity to try something new. A bit atypical for a UCI team, but we are known for not always swimming with the mainstream. We have a team of 4 on the starting line. Equipped with Lezyne GPS navigation computers and lighting systems, it is wind and weather day and night. The four riders can change as often as they want, use time trial or super light Argon18 and Profile Design bike equipment. All of this requires good planning so that we can reach the finish after 2200 kilometers and 30,000 meters in altitude – it will be a tough challenge! ”
Start: Wednesday August 12th (St. Georgen / Attergau)
Finish: Saturday August 15th (St. Georgen / Attergau)
Distance: 2200 kilometers – non-stop – in single time trial mode
Elevation gain: 30 000
Michael Nussbaumer – OK Head of RAA: “It goes without saying that we give the UCI Elite teams the unique opportunity to take part in the Race Around Austria in this exceptional year. We also wanted to make a contribution to cycling and help the teams to get through this difficult time with their own elite rating. With the Vorarlberg Santic team, we are virtually opening a new chapter in the twelve-year history of racing: We now have the first Continental team at our start and we are really happy about that! ”
Four questions for Austro-Canadian Jack Burke!
The young Austrian Maximilian Kuen sprinted to third place in the fifth race of the e-Cycling League Austria. The German Jonas Rapp from Team Hrinkows advarics won. “This time it worked with the technology. The Harrogate World Championship course was super tight to the finish. I was always in the top group, but Rapp and Kepplinger were a bit faster. After the many basics units on the street to match in the Zwift race on the Kinetic role was super intense today. The e-Cycling Liga, which was introduced at short notice, was a great idea that will definitely continue in the coming winter!
Four questions to Jack Burke, the Canadian globetrotter and “Vorarlberg fan”!
Jack Burke (CAN / 25) professional for five years, new at Team Vorarlberg Santic in 2020
Already raced this year?
I was unlucky in my only races this season in Croatia and was involved in a rather wild fall for the last few kilometers. And that’s it with races so far.
After shutdown due to Corona – how did you deal with this situation?
I made the best of it. As a mountaineer, I was able to use the time and prepare very intensively for the remaining season that might still be around, or I am fully on schedule and always ready for races.
What have you done in training in the past two months?
I have used the great weather in the past few weeks. I often drove quite “extended” units with Felix Meo (NZL), my teammate. 28 to 36 hours and 18,000 to 24,000 vertical meters per week. We also drove into the eternal ice. Up to the ski destinations in Sölden and Kaunertal / Tirol.
How do you like it in Vorarlberg?
I live in Region Bregenzerwald and am in a region that I have dreamed of since childhood. I explore the entire area here and maybe know it better than many locals. Everyone here is incredibly friendly and helpful. Luckily I left my skis at home, otherwise I might not have been on the bike that much (laughs)!
Your Jack and “Servas” (Greetings from the Vorarlbergs)
The look ahead points to certain bright spots. Depending on the government decision, individual time trials and similar competitions may be possible in the near future. The pro riders deserve it – they’re ready for these exams!
Today it continues with Lukas Meiler – episode two of our Corona diaries.