WASHINGTON, Jun 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
Having hosted the first Youth Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck earlier
this year, the Tirol cycle team will mark the Olympic journey from
Innsbruck 2012 to London 2012 by bike.
Over a total of 8 days, the team of 20 cyclists will cover a total of
1300 miles, raising money for Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK).
The Olympic spirit will connect Innsbruck and London in 2012 as they
become the only two cities in the world to host the Olympics for the
Starting from the bridge over the Inn River in Innsbruck on Thursday
19th July, the team reaches Tower Bridge in London on Thursday 26th
July. The route will cover eight stages through Germany, Luxembourg and
Belgium and by ferry to Ramsgate before reaching Tower Bridge. The
riders will spend 6-8 hours a day on the road covering approx. 120 —
200km per day. Tower Bridge is the obvious finishing line for the ride
due to its close proximity to Trinity House, which will become the
Austria House Tirol during the Olympics and the official home of the OOC
(Austrian Olympic Committee).
Josef Margreiter, CEO Tirol Tourist Board, says “We nominated Disability
Snowsport UK (DSUK) as our chosen charity as we believe strongly in
their vision that skiers and boarders with a disability should be able
to ski or board alongside the able bodied as equals at all snowsports
facilities and resorts. We have set up a justgiving page and hope many
people will donate to such a good cause”.
The final UK leg from Ramsgate to Tower Bridge will take place on
Thursday 26thJuly. For the last 90mile stretch the Tirol cycle team will
be joined by some famous sport personalities, including BBC Ski Sunday
presenter Graham Bell, ex GB ski racer Konrad Bartelski, some UK cycling
clubs and teams and cycling enthusiasts from the Ski Club of Great
Britain, Crystal Ski and Snow magazine, all helping to raise funds for
This will be the biggest challenge yet for the Tirol Cycle Team[ii]. The
team of 20 will consist of tourism representatives, sports
personalities, business leaders and politicians. Participants include
Josef Margreiter (CEO Tirol Tourist Board), Stephan Eberharter (former
Austrian ski racer, Olympic Gold Medal winner and three times World
Champion), Leonhard Stock (former skier and Olympic Gold medal winner),
Wolfgang Steinmayr (Austrian cycling legend and at the age of 68 the
oldest participant in the team), Marcus Degen (Editor-in-Chief, Pro
Cycling Germany) and Hannes Geschwenter (Tirol Government).
Josef Margreiter, Stephan Eberharter and Leonhard Stock were in training
earlier this month and gave their thoughts about the forthcoming cycling
challenge and what it means for Disability Snowsport UK. The short video
is available here
For more information on Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) visit
For more information on holidays ‘Without Barriers’ to the Tirol region
visit here (
Notes to Editors
[i] London hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1908, 1948, and 2012.
Innsbruck hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1964, 1976 and the first
Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2012.
[ii] Initiated by Josef Margreiter, CEO Tirol Tourist Board, the
Tirol Cycle Team is in its fourth year and has achieved various
challenges across Europe since 2009.
2009: Mayrhofen-Venice for the start of the Giro d’Italia
2010: Innsbruck to Paris to finish the Tour de France
2011: Innsbruck-Turin for the start of the Giro d’Italia
2012: Innsbruck to London, the Olympic Games in 2012
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SOURCE: Horton PR
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