Time Trial through the "Green Hell"
The Pursuit is on for the Lap Record
On the initiative of Profile Design there will be a very special premiere at "Rad am Ring" ready and waiting this year: A time trial. And with this, the hunt is on now for the lap record of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The time trial will be started in the Expo area on Friday evening at 8 p.m. and will lead through the pit lane, directly onto the Nordschleife. The more than 500 metres of difference in altitude of the Nordschleife are therefore part of the challenge that will end on the start-finish straight of the Grand Prix circuit, as befits the event. This version of the lap is 22 kilometres long.
With these parameters, the time trial on the Nordschleife can hardly be called "classic". And the given track outline will not appeal to all time trial specialists. However, the hunt for the lap record at the Nürburgring is supposed to also entice amateur cyclists from outside the specialists' camp.
As the routeing is very prone to cross-winds in some fast descents, front and rear disc wheels are not permitted. For this reason we furthermore expect a responsible usage of high profile rims and time trial handlebars.
Who hasn't gotten to know the challenge of the "Green Hell" yet can get a first impression below. An on-board camera was taken along during the "24h-Rennen" in 2016.
Besides, the Nürburgring GmbH offers cycling meet-ups at www.nuerburgring.de where the Nordschleife will be opened to cyclists on special Fridays.
The number of participants for the "Profile Design" time trial is limited to 250. The riders will start at 10-second intervals from a launch ramp/stage directly in the Expo. The starting line-up can be carried out in two lanes so that each rider has 20 seconds for the starting preparations.