The team covered 800 km in 7 days – including an arduous 18,000 meters of ascent. During the tour, the riders collected donations in aid of outpatient palliative care for children and young people at the Bethel Children’s Center in Bielefeld, Germany.
“Exhausted, but happy” was the general sentiment of team members last Saturday when they reached the finish line on the shores of Lake Garda.
The five Plasmatreat teams comprising amateur cyclists, hobby cyclists and Plasmatreat staff achieved the following positions in their respective classes:
Team Plasmatreat 1: Peter Spieth and Lukas Buske, 31st overall
Team Plasmatreat 2: Nils Petermann and Jannik Tautz, 40th overall
Team Plasmatreat 3: Michael Schenk and Heiko Schröder, 25th overall
Team Plasmatreat 4: Anna Entleitner and Andreas Holaus, 5th overall
On the last stage from Ossana in the Val di Sole to Riva del Garda, Allstar Team members Michael Juppe and Jochen Perschke pulled out all the stops to secure 16th place.
On reaching the finish line, the stresses of the tour and the preparation were briefly forgotten. During the last few months, team members have been training hard to get fit enough to compete in this extremely demanding cycle race. All the Plasmatreat cyclists attended a training camp in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps to prepare for the tour. The sponsors Kuoata and Kalas kitted them out with high-quality racing bikes and matching clothing.
Trainer Angela Buske provided all-round support to ensure that the cyclists were in top form at the start of the tour. During the race, she and team manager David Buske accompanied the team from one stage finish to the next.
Team Plasmatreat has taken part in numerous sporting events since 2017 to raise money for social causes. This year the team wanted to draw attention to the specialized outpatient palliative care service for children and young people provided by the Bethel Children’s Center. Funded by donations, the project was founded in 2004 to care for terminally ill children, young people and their parents in their home environment.