The Bund Deutscher Radfahrer deletes the original kids-tour from the calendar.
Almost 500 participants, parents and coaches are stunned and angry.
Old men with sensitivities against children: demands for implementation remain ignored.
This is how cycling works in Germany.
The Bund Deutscher Radfahrer deletes the kids-tour from the rad-net calendar of events. That in itself is a scandal. What's even worse is that I only learned about it by chance.
Yesterday, Günter Schabel confirmed the silent deletion to Hans-Günter Päske, 2nd CEO of the organiser Wheel Divas Cycling Team e.V. He is on his way to the next competition in Austria with his women's team after 2 UCI races in Slovakia and Hungary. Schabel is vice-president of competitive sports at the BDR. I think that with his powerless assertiveness our elected representatives Scharping, Schabel, Wolf, Moster and our young people are giving up. He who does nothing will be done to. Schabel also gave reasons. I should continue to communicate without result with the Berlin President Claudiu Ciurea, the BDR sees itself as being on the outside. On the outside when it comes to children? And should I really switch off the kids-tour website? And what will happen next year?
The active participants are holding their own against the BDR and BRV opinion: More and more clubs, coaches and sports directors are in favour of the original kids-tour. With yesterday's 40th team registration by Nick Kracik | TSC Berlin, all Berlin teams are also participating. In addition, the youth leaders of the northern federations had spoken out in favour of holding the 28th International kids-tour from 26.08.22 - 28.08.22.
All of them, including the Berlin teams, continue to demand and expect the tour to take place, sending out clear signals for the kids. Berlins president Claudiu Ciurea and his Berlin "road manager" Jörg Wittmann are against it. Wittmann had already buried the Tour de Berlin during his term of office. Ciurea wants to push his invention "Youngster Race". Whether this succeeds will now also depend on the character of the team bosses and team managers.
My organising team, sponsors and last but not least the board of Wheel Dives e.V. with Sina Päske now have to weigh up and consider the next steps. Thank you very much for the comfort, support and many suggestions received here yesterday. I have not remembered all of them, so only the most important ones:
The presidents of the regional associations and team leaders are in favour of holding the kids-tour and request their top association, the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer, to register the kids-tour on rad-net. This would be legally impossible to pass.
The presidents of the regional associations and team leaders are in favour of holding the kids-tour and call on the Berlin cycling federation to approve the event.
Another national association advertises the kids-tour.
All questions about the impending cancellation of the 28th kids-tour can be answered by the non- and acting persons Claudiu Ciurea | President Berlin Cycling Federation Robert Förstemann | Vice President Berlin Cycling Federation Jörg Wittmann | "Road Manager" Berlin Cycling Federation Andreas Müller | Head of the Berlin Cycling Federation Office Rudolf Scharping | President German Cyclists' Federation Günter Schabel | Vice President Competitive Sports German Cyclists' Federation Patrick Moster | Director Competitive Sports German Cyclists' Federation Martin Wolf | Managing Director German Cyclists' Federation
The organising team will have to discuss further options today between work, cycling and training. I'll be in touch, I promise.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Yours, Michael Lemke.
Kompentenz kommt zu Kompetenz.