E as in Electrifying
Werner is cycling. Whenever the weather is good, the Saalfelden resident jumps in the saddle. For five years, between 50 and 100 kilometres daily. Sometimes it’s up to the high pastures, then along transport or commercial routes to the surrounding villages. Today, for example, he’s on his way to his granddaughter in Niedernsill.
The Grainer Family also cycles, just yesterday again, a “mere”130 kilometres.
Bernd put a good ten times that distance behind him, which he still feels in his bones. Together with three friends, he cycled from Stuttgart to Majorca, a 14-day trip, for a good cause.
Werner, the grainers, bernd, all have one passion for which a shop like the bikeowrld in Kaprun is partially responsible: Bicyles with elecrtonic-power assistane, in one word e-bikes.
I don't have to struggle and I arrice everywhere feeling relaxed.
Normal bike riding was not possible anymore
After a fall, I started having hip and knee problems.
From mountainbike to an e-bike
The Grainers were diehard mountain-bike riders. But over the years, Christoph was no longer able to keep up with his Claudia.
“The riding comfort is terrific. I even bought myself a second battery so I can go even farther”.
A 14-day trip from Stuttgart to Majorca
With an e-bike no problem
Interview with Bernd
How did you get this absurd idea?
We didn't want to fly to our holiday destination but to make a trip that we'd never forget.
And why with the e-bike?
With a normal bicycle, we wouldn't have been able to make the trip, at least not in two weeks.
How did you prepare for it?
We chose suitable e-bikes, planned our route, cycled a few hundred kilometers and did yoga.
You also had a social mission.
Yes, one of our group is in contract with a foundation that takes care of traumatised children. So we advertised for sponsors. At the end of the trip, an impressive 15,000 euros were collected.
Did you or one of your companions ever think of quitting?
There were one or two aches and pains, but no one ever thought about quitting. In Barcelona, we even got little melanchony, because we knew that we'd almost reached our goal.
What sticks in your memory?
The intense experience of nature, constantly changing impressions. And meeting people who became friends during the trip.
Demand is frequently raising
Every third rented or sold bike is an e-bike