Ampler Challenge

The longest commuter bicycle test ride on the planet.

Our Challengers

We asked the public to put together an epic cycling route of up to 1000 km and tell us why they want to test our e-bikes on that route.

We received over 3700 applications and picked four official test riders who got their very own Ampler e-bikes to make it happen.

Thomas

Schmalkalden to Hiddensee

GERMANY
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Ian & Rebecca

Palermo to Sorrento

ITALY
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Andrew

Morpeth to Iona and back

Scotland
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Challenger

Thomas

Thomas is a former competitive athlete of the Paralympics with a 25-year career as a cross-country skier and biathlete.

Thomas cycled 650 km from Schmalkalden in the middle of Germany to Hiddensee, a car-free island in the north-west of Germany in six 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.

Watch Thomas’ journey:

Schmalkalden to Hiddensee

GERMANY

650 km 6 days

I feel free, carefree and happy every day on my Ampler Curt. My experience is consistently positive both in daily use, as well as in conversations with all interested passers-by – every passer-by is interested in the bike! I have never had technical or other problems. Maintenance is limited to inflating the tyre!

– Thomas

Thomas’ bike
Ampler Curt E-bike (Singlespeed)
Battery

48 V 336 Wh LG Li-ion battery

Bike nominal weight

13.4 kg

Range

45-100 km

Motor

48 V 250 W rear hub motor

Extra gear

Rear carrier, two pannier bags, water bottle holder, bike lock, Wahoo bike computer

Ampler Curt

Challenger

Rebecca and Ian

Rebecca and Ian are healthy lifestyle converts who for the past two years have been working hard on getting healthier and fitter through cycling, running and healthy eating. Since commencing this plan, Ian has already lost 50 kg. His fiancé Rebecca has been with him every step and pedal of this journey, and they have now reached the results they set themselves two years ago.

As the final challenge of their health journey, Rebecca and Ian cycled 900 km along the West coast of Italy. The long bike ride was a celebration of a successful transformation and an intent to show that anyone can switch to a healthier life.

Watch Rebecca's and Ian's journey:

Palermo to Sorrento

ITALY

900 km 10 days

My emotions are pride, elation, joy and happiness. It was an amazing trip and I want to do it all over again! The bikes are wonderful pieces of technology. They became our friends and I loved sharing this journey with them.

– Rebecca

I started off feeling quite scared, worried about the roads, the bike’s range and my endurance fitness. As the ride progressed, all the worries melted away. The Ampler Stout was the ideal bike for such a long tour, the riding position was really comfortable and the power delivery was so smooth it made the ride effortless, even up the hills. All my worries about range and the bikes capability were unfounded as it delivered day after day.

– Ian

Rebecca's and Ian's bikes
Ampler Stout E-bike
Battery

48 V 336 Wh LG Li-ion battery

Bike nominal weight

17.2 kg

Range

45-100 km

Motor

48 V 250 W rear hub motor

Extra gear

Two pannier bags, two water bottle holder, bike lock, Wahoo bike computer, phone holder

Ampler Stout
Ampler Challenge in Italy
Ampler Challenge in Italy
Ampler Challenge in Italy
Ampler Challenge in Italy
Ampler Challenge in Italy
Ampler Challenge in Italy
Ampler Challenge in Italy
Ampler Challenge in Italy

Challenger

Andrew

Andrew is a nurse consultant who suffered a tragic personal loss in 2011. The island of Iona was both the destination for his honeymoon in 1997 together with his wife, and 12 years later the place for their last trip they got to take together.

The one thing that has kept Andrew going was the notion that one day he would be able to make a return trip to Iona, but this time by bike. Ampler Challenge gave Andrew the opportunity to re-visit Iona on the 10-speed Ampler Curt e-bike. We hope that Andrew’s experience will inspire others to use the vast open roads for dealing with personal loss and difficult times.

Watch Andrew's journey:

Morpeth to Iona and back

SCOTLAND

1000 km 7 days

Cycling always helps me to put the pressures of the world in context and this journey proved to be a real discovery of emotions ranging from desperation to sheer delight. I finished the challenge thinking I'd never do something of this magnitude again, only to wake up the next morning already planning my next ride.

– Andrew

Andrew's bike
Ampler Curt E-bike (10-speed)
Battery

48 V 336 Wh LG Li-ion battery

Bike nominal weight

14.3 kg

Range

45-100 km

Motor

48 V 250 W rear hub motor

Extra gear

Rear carrier, two pannier bags, water bottle holder, Wahoo bike computer

Ampler Curt
Ampler Curt ebike in Scotland by the beach
Ampler Challenge participant with Ampler Curt ebike in Scotland
Ampler Curt ebike with Wahoo bike computer
Ampler Curt ebike in a rainy day
Ampler Challenge participant with Ampler Curt ebike in Scotland
Ampler Curt ebike touring in Scotland
Ampler Curt ebike with pannier bags
Ampler Curt ebike in Scotland by a big rock
Ampler Challenge participant with Ampler Curt ebike in Scotland
Ampler Curt ebike with pannier bags on the field in the UK

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