Leipzig. Many sports were particularly badly shaken in the year of the pandemic and hardly visible if you only think of judo, wrestling or swimming. The cyclists had to accept significantly fewer cuts. In the first lockdown, with their virtual Bundesliga, they were among the first to make a creative virtue out of necessity. The women’s victory went to Leipzig: Romy Kasper successfully pedaled the five stages in her apartment in Altlindenau in front of the open window – and looked at the virtual course on her screen. In the online portal Zwift, demanding routes with hills, climbs and tight curves were simulated. Romy Kasper even kept up with the men.
In summer and autumn, when the hygiene concept continued on the street, the 32-year-old represented the German colors at the European and World Championships. Despite seeming normality, the Olympian from Rio also had to accept compromises. Instead of over 50, she only had 16 racing days on the road.
In the meantime there was still good news for Romy Kasper. The Dutch professional racing team Jumbo-Visma led by superstar Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) founded a women’s team and also signed the experienced Leipzig-based woman for 2021. The figurehead is Olympic champion Marianne Vos (33) from Holland. “I can still learn a lot from her. The change is a step up for me, ”says Romy Kasper, who most recently was part of the Parkhotel Valkenburg professional team in the Netherlands.
Mixed in both the virtual and the real cycling Bundesliga Patrick Reissig from the Leipzig Schnellstelle team. But the frenzy at the computer has its pitfalls. Leipzig is not always blessed with stable internet. The network went on strike twice with the top 5 candidate, Reißig – this “virtual record” deprived the 26-year-old from RSV Speiche of his chances. In the Bundesliga on the road he drove with a DHfK man, among others Daniel Harnisch, who crowned himself the German champion in the standing race for the first time in Erfurt at the beginning of October.
Because of the pandemic, these title fights had been moved from a 200-meter-long wooden track in the hall to a 400-meter outdoor cement runway. Only the last big championship of the year – the elite EM in Bulgaria – was canceled for Groß and the German national team. The Cottbus sprinter shone there Maximilian Levy as a single starter.
Felix Groß was particularly pleased with this news from November: The driving area of the Leipzig cycling track, on which the Tokyo candidate completed important racing kilometers in the points race almost every Wednesday in the BDO Cup in the Corona year, will be renovated at the beginning of next year. Around 1.5 million euros in funding from the state and the city have been approved. The building owner and new leaseholder is the city and district cycling association, which itself has acquired 160,000 euros. The call for donations is at fachverband-radsport.de. Of course, Felix Groß was also available for an image video.