December, 15th 2020
It is already foreseeable that May 1, 2021 will be a special event for Eschborn-Frankfurt. An adapted event concept takes the current situation into account. Furthermore, with the 60th edition of the German classic and the 20th anniversary of the ŠKODA Velotour two anniversaries lie ahead.
The organizer, Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports, is optimistic about the coming year and is counting on the German classic to be held again on May 1st. In addition to a new event schedule, which will primarily align the time of the ŠKODA Velotour, intensive work is being carried out on an extensive hygiene concept. As the most important adjustment, the ŠKODA Velotour will encompass the elite race: the ŠKODA Velotour Classic begins before the professionals over 100 kilometers - after the professionals, the ŠKODA Velotour Skyline starts over 40 kilometers. Starting blocks are made smaller and starting distances are increased. Overall, the starting time for amateur athletes will be extended from the current 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.
“Even if the official requirements for May 1st have not yet been determined, we are preparing for changes. The diversity of the cycling classic makes this task very complex, but we have redesigned every single area in the last few weeks. Because one thing is very clear: We want the 60th anniversary edition of Eschborn-Frankfurt to take place,” says Claude Rach, Managing Director of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports.
December, 2nd 2020
Fans don't have to wait until May 1st to get into the cycling classic mood. From December 7th to 31st, hobby athletes can train comfortably at home on the routes from Eschborn-Frankfurt. The virtual racing platform Rouvy will be the venue for the “Eschborn-Frankfurt E-Challenge” over the next few weeks.
After the premiere on May 1st, when 1,500 participants from 25 countries virtually rode the ŠKODA Velotour E-Race, a digital racing series lasting several weeks will follow in December. There are several routes to choose from and provide variety in winter training. In addition to the ŠKODA Velotour Skyline over 40 kilometers, which has the Frankfurt skyline as well as the start and finish in Eschborn, the climb from Oberursel to the Feldberg can be conquered. And with the Mammolshainer Stich, a Taunus icon becomes a virtual experience: a 23% incline is simulated on the exercise bike. As a reward, Rouvy awards coveted points and badges for a digital cycling career.