Transalp May 2017

Group photo on the first day of the tour, taken in Achensee, Austria: Christopher Koch, Felix Arons, Thomas Schindler, Holger Hackländer & Jens Willershausen - Legal & Compliance -

Imagine your boss comes in the office one day, suggesting to cross the Alps by bike as a team. What would you do? When Thomas Schindler, General Counsel Europe, mentioned this idea to his colleagues, a biking team was quickly found. Christopher Koch, Felix Arons, Jens Willershausen and Holger Hackländer were happy to join. And not only that. Amandine Garcia Villar and Leigh Robinson were in this, too - not by bike, but by driving the team cars, packed with much-needed energy gels and drinks, all the way to Italy.

Before the actual start, the team spent countless hours planning every step of the tour. Where to start the tour? What highlights should be planned? What accommodations should be booked? After fixing the route - about 340 kilometers long starting in Dietramszell near Munich and ending at Sella Ronda in Italy - with the weather remaining the only uncertainty. Therefore, one week before the start, every team member kept an eye on the weather forecast, hoping for lots of sun.

The Team: The five riders and Amandine Garcia Villar & Leigh Robinson

The first day of the tour started early: the riders left Dietramszell at 9am. The air was still fresh, but the sun was shining. Every now and then the team stopped to take pictures of the amazing landscape. But the hardest part of the tour was yet to come. On the second day, the route was getting harder, because of the steep uphill parts. Looking back, one thing Thomas Schindler now knows for sure: "Without motivating each other again and again during that part of the road, we would not have made it." After ten hours on their bikes, they arrived with tired legs in St. Ulrich.

On the third day, they headed to the Sella Ronda Group, one of the main symbols of the Dolomites. In winter, one skies around it, in summer, it can be reached on foot or by bike. The cyclists did another easy ride in the morning through the Dolomites, taking in the breathtaking views and passes, before returning to Frankfurt in the afternoon.

Looking back on the biking tour, the team is still impressed by their shared experience: "The trip has brought us closer together as a team".

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