Ampler Challenge 2019

The 1000 km test ride challenge

The Ampler Challenge got a start as the longest commuter bicycle test ride on the planet. We asked everyone to put together an epic cycling route of up to 1000 km and tell us why they want to cycle that route. We chose four official challengers who will be getting their very own Ampler bikes to make it happen.

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Andrew
Morpeth - Iona - Morpeth, UK (965 km)
Thomas
Schmalkalden to Hiddensee, Germany (700 km)
Rebecca and Ian
Palermo to Pompei, Italy (750 km)

The public challenge for everyone

The huge response to the 1000 km test ride challenge displayed that all of us have a willingness to go on an adventure. It seems that we simply need a small kick in the backside to set ourselves in motion. This is why we decided to roll the Ampler Challenge into a yearly programme that promotes everyone on getting on bikes and cycling for 500-1000 km in July. Read more

Thomas
Schmalkalden to Hiddensee, Germany (700 km)

Thomas is a former competitive athlete of the Paralympics with a 25-year career as a cross-country skier and biathlete. Thomas cycled from Schmalkalden in the middle of Germany to Hiddensee, a car-free island in the North-West of Germany in 5 days.

The selected route was a tour through the wonderful landscapes of Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. With this challenge, Thomas wanted to show that anyone can and should believe in themselves and take on new challenges, regardless of what curveballs life throws at you.

 

Thomas went for a 700 km test ride with the Ampler Curt from Schmalkalden to Hiddensee at the beginning of July.

Rebecca and Ian
Palermo to Pompei, Italy (850 km)

Ian is a healthy lifestyle convert who for the past two years has been working hard on taking care of his health and transforming into a more healthy lifestyle through running and cycling. Since commencing this plan he has already lost 50 kg and has another 10 kg left to go. His fiancé Rebecca has been with him every step and pedal of this journey, and they are now about to reach the results they set themselves two years ago.

As the final challenge of their healthy lifestyle journey, Rebecca and Ian will be cycling approximately 850 km along the West coast of Italy, from Palermo to Pompei. The bike ride will be the celebration of all the hard work in the past two years and a successful transformation to a healthy life.

 

Rebecca and Ian will be test riding the Ampler Stouts for 850 km from Palermo to Pompei at the beginning of August.

Andrew
Morpeth - Iona - Morpeth, UK (965 km)

Andrew is a nurse consultant in mental health who suffered a tragic personal loss in 2011. For Andrew, the island of Iona was both the destination for his honeymoon in 1997 together with his wife, and 12 years later the place for one of their last trips they got to take together. The one thing that has kept Andrew going was the notion that one day he would have the time to make a return trip to Iona, but this time by bike. As Andrew says, “My mental and physical health have been maintained and strengthened by my ability to cycle on a very regular basis.”

This is Andrew’s return to the island that has so much meaning for him, and we hope that his experience can inspire others to use the vast open roads for dealing with overcoming difficult times.

 

Andrew will be test riding the Ampler Curt for 965 km from Morpeth to Iona to Morpeth in late August.

Stay tuned for more updates on the official Ampler Challengers!

Participants

256

Kilometers ridden

110 863 km

Kcal burned

4 M

We wanted you to challenge yourself to complete 500-1000 km on a bicycle during one month – July. It takes planning, effort and guts to put yourself to the test but we believed that everyone can do it.

There were 256 people who switched their car for a bicycle and cycled at least 500 km during July, and 90 people who cycled more than 500 km during that month. By doing that, they improved their health, saved the environment, and showed that anyone can (and should) use a bicycle for both shorter and longer trips. 

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