we are done with spring!
here are the routes for the RAG spring classic 2022!
the thing is: we have not changed much.
we have only flattened the way from stainz to fernitz a bit.
seems like we're getting mild!
or just old.
and, because they say sometimes less is more, we proudly offer the RAG spring classic southern loop!
the first and maybe last spring classic version under 1.000 m of elevation.
– – – – –
205 / 3.400
challenging as ever, more relaxed in the south, but still not flat!
the southern loop
90 / 950
almost flat and the relaxed spring classic ever
the classic intermediate
112 / 2.200
challenging but not that
there's a late autumn cycling life beyond tarmac and zwift.
feel invited to a fresh and dirty little surprise ride on all kinds of roads!
bring your gravel bike! or cross bike! or road bike with wide tyres.
or... ok... should it be absolutely necessary also this bike with a flat bar you bought to ride in the mountains.
a race! OMG a race!
the winners of the first RAG hill climb race are:
on the women's side Csil La has won six out of seven segments! five as QOM!
so she is our first QUEEN OF SEVEN HILLS (QOSHI!)
followed by Roswitha Hense-Simenko who won the last segment.
what a finish!
with an outstanding and dominating performance Richard Aßmair ♠️ won the men's race with 6 KOMs!
we are excited, especially because his efforts looked so elegant and easy!
he was beaten only once by his closest rival and friend Martin Moser who managed one KOM and five 2nd places.
which made his 2nd place overall safe and impressive.
Jakob Kneidinger finished five segments as 3rd and one on place 2.
in the end a powerful 3rd!
4th Thomas Noname
5th Florian Büchele
7th Manuel Meitzen
10th Seppo Gründler
same to Tom L who also finished all hills in a prologue on oct 21!
you are great sportsmen!
hill race? days? yes!
to be precise: a series of individual time trials against the strava segment clock.
and other individual hill climbers.
as we have selected 7 glorious little hills in and
around graz for this little contest,
it's gonna be a kind of cycling heptathlon.
to be accomplished within 4 days.
or to be precise again: within 71 hours.
starting an thursday october 21, 4 PM.
closing on sunday october 24, 3 PM.
maybe with a little impro party!
the 7 hills are between 500 and a little over 2000m long:
schlossberg nord / opening session
kumberg ost / closing session
in total: 701 metres of ascent!
(the previously announced 1.200m were based on an older segment list when we were a bit too ambitious! ;) THX thomas p. for
the goal is simple.
be as fast as you can on as many hills as possible.
to earn the highly official titles: QOSHI and KOSHI
on our virtual wall of fame.
another autumn summer ride around graz
has come to a happy end
thanks for riding, drinking and dancing together!
oh wait... we forgot about the dancing!
after ride impressions captured by clemens nestroy
earlier in 2021
sleepless around graz
some say it's magic to ride the whole night through.
for others it's just a bad idea.
we hadn't decided yet in advance.
now, after the nightride we made our decision!
it was great!
even better than expected.
we could now talk about moderate temperatures, twinkling stars, a delicious midnight meal (by christinekocht.at), empty roads, only one flat, lively wildlife, the fantastic peloton and other ingredients for a memorable night, but why should we!
we just recommend to end a 175k ride through the night with a slightly special breakfast.
a beer and a fresh leberkässemmel at the market!
for vegetarians we recommend a butterkipferl alongside the beer.
THX again, sleep well!
see you soon,
day and night.
smooth but not boring, demanding but not extra challenging.
some ups and more downs. only felt, without saying :))
ATTENTION: depending on the collective fitness of the peloton, the time of the beginning day and the weather, we may decide to change the last section from stübing via martinelli and kalkleiten for a better view of the sunrise!
and some bonus altitude.
the midnight special after 70k in st. josef (pfarre)
erdäpfelgulasch mit und ohne knacker
ingwer zitronen limonade
with pre-reservation only!
PS: you will not easily find a better and more delicious alternative in the middle of the night.
the after ride morning coffee
depending on the exakt return time to graz
first option is at 5:30 am at MARTIN AUER // LKH
recommended essentials for a self illuminated ride:
reflecting stuff (for the bike and/or the rider)
spare batteries / backup accu
lang sleeve jersey/jacket
in the meantime join our daily rides
into the dark 21 is history!
THX for riding so relaxed and cool in the heat!
see you soon around graz!
it will be a hot ride this year.
with no cooling thunderstorms to be expected.
that's why we decided to make the ride a little bit easier in 2021.
with only 80k and not even 1.500m of elevation we will have enough time to rest and rehydrate
along the route. before it will be night on earth. and around graz.
stay cool! enjoy the ride! and bring your lights!
ps: the route design as always also allows shortcuts. just in case.
suggested refreshing / meeting points along the route:
mind the 3G's! and bring the usual covid entry certificates!
some 2021 spring classic impressions
since the pandemic situation is still not relaxed enough to meet all of you
we decided to stretch, loosen and open up the setup.
the result: there will be no event. that’s the event!
RIDE AROUND GRAZ whenever you want between friday april 23 and sunday april 25.
during the day or in the night. alone or with a few well selected and tested friends.
meet someone on the road. or no one at all.
ride the full 203k lap or a slightly shorter one.
it’s on you this time to adapt your RAG 2021 experience reasonably to the actual situation.
there will be no registration, no starting time, no morning coffee, no technical service.
maybe sad, but inevitable!
what really matters: ride, have fun and stay safe!
we will only offer the updated route data.
and of course better weather ;)
and there’s always a but…
everyone who finishes her, his or their round on that weekend will receive
besides of virtual applause aka kudos, likes & co
a bottle of the completely new and 100% real SUDHAUS X RAG - BIER or LIGHTBIER
on a pick-up basis.
RAG 2021 will be the most self-responsible and self-supported edition so far.
extraordinary, different, but still (or even more) challenging and
- don’t forget -
a ride, not a race!
so, be prepared again!
stay tuned via
and now the news in german
der RAG frühlingsklassiker findet heuer anders statt als gewohnt.
und zwar wie folgt:
jede und jeder der zwischen 23. und 25. april 2021 nach eigenem ermessen eine RAG-runde fährt, erhält ein wunderbar erfrischendes SUDHAUS X RAG- LIGHTBIER als anerkennung seines unverwüstlichen sportsgeistes.
wenn sie oder er die highlights der fahrt auch noch bildlich festhält und uns daran teilhaben lässt,
ja dann machen wir vor lauter freude luftsprünge. versprochen!
näheres dazu und darüber hinaus in weiterer folge hier und drüben in den sozialen medien
and in the meantime don't forget the all-year-round challenge!
our four seasons challenge continues and will not end before december 31st.
whatever goals you have set or are setting for yourself, we wish you good luck and success!
every ride counts!
and there are still more than 300 days left.
see you around graz and be prepared!
stay healthy and safe!
2020. as it happened!
THX to each and every rider for making the RAG 2020 autumn edition
a challenging, entertaining, funny and mainly sunny day!
see you around graz again!
the RAG late summer edition in moving pictures
filmed, cut and set to SOUND by groox
the ride seen by clemens nestroy
and some amateur shots behind the finishline
a special and big thanks goes to oscar from radaktiv for his two feed and service stations around arzberg.
a big cheers and thanks to rider eva and murauer who supported us with perfectly cooled
after ride beers and murrellis
DUE TO AGAIN RISING INFECTION NUMBERS AND THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED STRICTER RESTRICTIONS (STARTING ON SEP 14) HERE A SHORT COVID REMINDER: KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!
ESPECIALLY AT MEETING POINTS (START, FOODSTOPS, AFTER RIDE BEER…)
AVOID SNIFFING AND SNORTING DURING THE RIDE!
AUF GRUND DER STEIGENDEN INFEKTIONSZAHLEN UND DER ANGEKÜNDIGTEN STRENGEREN MAßNAHMEN AB MONTAG DEN 14. SEPTEMBER ERINNERN WIR AN DIESER STELLE NOCH EINMAL AN DIE BEKANNTEN UND WICHTIGEN VORSICHTSMAßNAHMEN IN SACHEN COVID:
HALTEN SIE ABSTAND (VOR ALLEM AM START, AN DEN TREFFPUNKTEN UND AN DEN GEWÄHLTEN VERPFLEGUNGSPUNKTEN) UND VERMEIDEN SIE WÄHREND DER FAHRT AUSGREIFENDE SCHNEUZMANÖVER IN GEGENWART ANDERER! UND ANDERSWO AUCH!
our route suggestions including .gpx download files are here.
registration is closed!
for all last minute decision makers, please read this an ride with us anyway.
the RAG 2020 jersey!
it's a limited edition,
and it's sold out!
THIS WAS RAG 2019 IN SOME ;) PICS
BY MANUEL HAUSDORFER & CLEMENS NESTROY
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