RCG Bike Challenge 2018

30. 05. 2018

On two wheels from Salzburg to Trieste

This is the second time that 11 motivated RCG employees have taken up the challenge of cycling a distance of over 400 km.

From 31.05. to 03.06. the RCG Bike Challenge takes place this year.

This year’s route takes them from Salzburg via the Grossglockner to their destination, the port of Trieste in Italy. After four days of strong performance, the athletes will be rewarded with a guided tour through the harbour.

Cycling like professionals

To make the athletes feel like real professionals, a support team will accompany them by car to ensure good supplies and, above all, luggage transport. After the adventurous and demanding bike tour, the cyclists deserve a relaxed journey home and will return by train.

Sustainable team event

The RCG Bike Challenge took place for the first time in 2017 and led from Wolnzach (near Munich/Germany) to Vienna. Due to the great success, the fun the participants had and also the health aspect, this team event was continued. The RCG Bike Challenge is supported and sponsored by the ÖBB Gesundheitsmanagement.

Follow the cyclists on their way and join in the excitement!

„Ich habe bei jedem Streckenabschnitt „live“ mitgefiebert. Es war toll und Hut ab vor dieser tollen Leistung.“

Sonja Denk, Assistenz der Geschäftsführung bei RCC

Off to the meeting point!

Meeting point is at 12:40 p.m. at the station in Golling-Abtenau.

The participants travel individually. Some arrive by train from Vienna, some by the support vehicle. The Italian colleagues probably have the longest journey. One colleague forms the crew of the support vehicle to assist the cyclists. Her name: Sonja Denk, takes care of the suitcase transport and carries the necessary first aid equipment - but the most important task is to cheer on them!

It’s really nice to spend time with colleagues away from work. Today we have about 80 km and 821 height meters ahead of us, from Golling-Abtenau station to Kaprun.

Arrival in Kaprun

They arrived in Kaprun at 17:05. Unfortunately it was a little bit rainy, that’s why the cyclists had to park their bikes in the ski cellar of the hotel. They are motivated for tomorrow! Now everyone's taking a quick shower to be ready for dinner.

The weather is supposed to be thundery tomorrow afternoon, which is why they may have to leave very early tomorrow to conquer the king’s stage of the Grossglockner. Departure tomorrow will therefore be already at 05:00 o’clock! Have a nice evening, enjoy your meal and cheers!

After waiting for 40 minutes in the pizzeria because they ran out of pizza dough, we went to Fleischwunderland (meant-wonderland ;) ) for a late night dinner. In the low season almost everything is closed in Kaprun.

The cyclists, getting the full treatment ;)

Departure to Lienz

As breakfast was not served until 7 o’clock, the planned early start at 5 o’clock was moved to 8 o’clock. However, the guys really deserved a break. Yesterday they rode quite a few kilometres. Some already feel their bottoms but they all started fit and in a good mood. Today, however, they have much more ahead. The royal stage over the Grossglockner to Lienz. That’s about 94km.

Good morning! We had a pleasant night at the Gasthof Schlossberghof and enjoyed an excellent breakfast.

The second royal stage brings us over two big hills from Lienz to Udine. We have 130 km ahead of us and well, once again about 1.900 vertical meters 🙂

Luckily the weather is fine and we are glad about the bright sunshine (although the night was thundery).

Today we stay at Hotel Meditur Udine Nord until we reach our destination, the port of Trieste.

The way to Italia

The Italian sun is already very strong in the morning hours. The calves and backs of most cyclists are already longing for a massage. However, yesterday there was a great dinner, what they are still talking about today 🙂

At 12:00 o’clock all arrived in Trieste safe and sound, but slightly exhausted. In the rowing club they enjoyed food and drink with an Italian family. Traditionally they had pasta.

Mission accomplished!
We made it and cycled about 400 km!
Luckily we go home by train, to end the bike tour comfortably!
We are already looking forward to next year!

The proud, exhausted cyclists about the Bike Challenge 2018