Shower of a special kind: The "Radteam Impuls" (center) at the award ceremony for the "Rad Race One Twenty" together with the second and third placed teams. © Cycling Team Impulse
The "Rad Race One Twenty" is a new competition for teams. The "Impuls Cycling Team" took part and showed a strong performance that ended on the podium.
Sonthofen – There was, of course, the result. The first place in the "Rad Race One Twenty" was very happy for the "Radteam Impuls". Of course, being at the top of the list at the premiere of a new competition is a great thing.
But what really made the weekend in the Allgäu so special for the five drivers and their companions was "above all our team spirit, which will allow us to look back on the race in Sonthofen for a long time to come," as team boss Martin Wilhelm puts it. The man from Weilheim sat on the road bike himself in the new, two-part competition for cycling teams.
Cycling team Impuls wins One-Twenty-Race
On the first day, a mountain time trial was on the agenda, in which a whopping 4 metres of altitude difference had to be overcome from Sonthofen in the direction of Bildstöckle over 3.380 kilometres. The times of the first three riders per team at the finish line were added together. Of the "Impuls" team, Dennis Biederer from Landsberg (13:55), Florian Christ from Sindelsdorf (14:26) and Tim Öttl from Weilheim (16:17) were the fastest. Wilhelm crossed the finish line after a still impressive 17:21 minutes (266th place among 1362 classified).
Difficult mountain time trial as a prelude
With a total time of 44:38 minutes, the "Impuls" team finished fifth out of 232 teams. The performance provided "self-confidence and great confidence". On top of that, the squad had secured a place in the front starting block for the 120-kilometer race the following day. The top time on the mountain was set by the "Equipe Hondo" (42:38). The fastest individual rider was Christoph Wachter (Allgäu Outlet Raceteam1) with 13:08 minutes.
Successful as a team: (from left) Dennis Biederer, Martin Wilhelm, Florian Christ, Sebastian Fischer and Tim Öttl at the "Rad Race One Twenty", which had its starting point in Sonthofen. © Cycling Team Impulse
On the second day of the "Rad Race One Twenty" – in the actual main race – 126 kilometres with 2230 metres of altitude difference were on the programme. From Sonthofen, we went in a western arc with a detour to Austria to the finish in Bolsterlang. Of the "Impuls" drivers, Biederer, Christ and Öttl were among the frontrunners. The three of them belonged to a leading group of ten athletes, so they were able to use tactics and manage their strength.
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Dennis Biederer best individual rider in the cycling race
In the final kilometres, the leading group splintered. About twelve kilometres before the end, Biederer was alone at the front with two competitors. It was not apparent to him that he had already done a lot of leadership work. And at the last ramp he launched an attack. His start was "simply irresistible," reported team boss Wilhelm. He crossed the finish line in first place overall after 3:22:03 hours. "It was a demonstration," Wilhelm said. The runner-up, Markus Kaufmann (Sport Haschko Team), had distanced the "Impuls" driver by nine seconds. Daniel Steinhauser (Beach Boys Cycling Association) crossed the finish line in third place with 3:22:29 hours.
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Dennis Biederer completed 126 kilometers with 2230 meters of altitude difference in 3:22 hours. © Cycling Team Impulse
Biederer's teammates Christ (3:23:15) and Öttl (3:23:17) finished fourth and fifth respectively in the course of a group. Thus, the victory in the men's team classification was perfect. With a total time of 3:23:17 hours (the third rider of a team at the finish line was counted), the "Radteam Impuls" won ahead of the Rad-Union Wangen (3:25:07) and the "Black Forest racing Team" (3:25:10), which competed with nine riders. The "Impulse" team was completed by Sebastian Fischer (3:34:10) from Sindelsdorf – he was not yet involved in the mountain time trial – and Wilhelm (3:43:06). Both were satisfied with their performance "and delivered presentable results".
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The Weilheim cycling team praised the organizers "for a remarkable, professional organization". However, a very special thank you from the five drivers went to "our girls who travelled with us, who cheered us on at the side of the track and made it possible for us to run optimally with food".