Bikes of MittelgebirgeClassique 2024

Bikes of MittelgebirgeClassique 2024

11 May, 2024

This year marks the third edition of the MittelgebirgeClassique, a road event over 40 mountain passes in the middle mountains (Mittelgebirge) ranges of the Palatinate Forest, Black Forest and Vosges. With over 22,000m of climbing in 1,060km of riding, this is not for the faint of heart, while it may lack any vertiginous mountaintops, there's hardly a kilometre of flat!

The race starts at 6am on 12th May and you can find our commentary here.

Mirko Schmidt

Age: 40

Cap number: 16

Location: Haßloch, Germany

Bike: Focus Izalco Max 9.8

Key items of kit: Tailwind Aerorack, Route Werks Handlebar Bag and Restrap TopTube Bag.

William Soler

Age: 36

Cap number: 96

Location: Nantes, France

Bike: My fellow Cinelli Veltrix; almost the same setup than last year edition but with some tweakings :)

Key items of kit: Dynamo front light/usb charging and sleeping gear; energy is key.

Patricia Rueda Garcia

Age: 33

Cap number: 32

Location: Bonn, Germany

Bike: Bmc Roadmachine 3

Key items of kit: Sleeping bag Sea to Summit, Lupine SL AF, pouch handlebar for a lot of snacks, my Patagonia Micro Down Jacket for cold nights, and emergency kit with a lot of pills, rain jacket, electronics gears…

Andreas Roelfs

Age: 40

Cap number: 84

Location: Germany

Bike: Cube agree c62 Ultegra 2x11 50/34 36/11 Fulcrum zero carbon rims Conti 5000 tr s 32mm

Key items of kit: Apidura Top Tube 2L and Frame Bag 4L plus Ortlieb Seat Bag, the big one. Wahoo Roam. Garmin Varia. And Knog PWR 5000 ALS lights.

Jeremy Haller

Age: 29

Cap number: 111

Location: Strasbourg, FR

Bike: I will be riding my Fairlight Strael with Shimano 105, DT Swiss ER1400 Dicut wheels.

Key items of kit: Apidura saddle, frame and top tube bags for minimalistic sleeping kit and I guess lots of food.

Jochen Stier

Age: 42

Cap number: 62

Location: Swabian Jura, Germany

Bike: Rose Backroad AL GRX 400, 30-46 crankset, 11-36 cassette for the mountains, carbon wheels 42mm with Conti GP 5000 28mm tube type.

Key items of kit: Topeak Seat Pack, different Zefal / Rose bags, Sigma Buster 2000 light, 27,000mAh power bank, sleeping mat at the stem, sleeping bag in the seat pack.


Age: 36

Cap number: 97

Location: Köln, Germany

Bike: Cervélo R5, SRAM Red eTap, DT Swiss, ZIPP SL 70 Aero handlebar, Fizik Argo R1 Adaptive saddle.

Key items of kit: Saddlebag: Ortlieb, Framebag: Ortlieb, Top tube bag: Apidura, Lights: Front Ravemen PR1600, Back: Garmin Varia.

Michael Voigt

Age: 44

Cap number: 1007

Location: Chemnitz, Germany

Bike: Rose Team GF 4, Shimano Ultegra Di2, Leeze Carbon Wheels, Deda Parabolica Handlebar Extensions, Brooks Cambion Carved Carbon Saddle.

Key items of kit: Restrap Aero Bar Bag, Restrap Race Tube Bag, Restrap Race Saddle Bag, Restrap Race Stem Bag, Restrap Frame Bag, Fidlock Tool Bag.

Marei Moldenhauer

Age: 29

Cap number: 118

Location: Freiburg, Germany

Bike: Rose Xlite04. Forêt wheels with Son dynamo and Supernova M99 pro in the front. Tires are Renée Herse 31mm Orondo Grade tubeless.

Key items of kit: Top tube bag: cables, power bank, food Frame bag: tools, hygiene, first aid kit Saddle bag: sleeping bag and mat, synthetic down jacket, rain jacket and gloves, leg and arm warmers. All bags from Cyclite.

Erik Schiller

Age: 33

Cap number: 20

Location: Dresden, Germany

Bike: Salsa Warroad Allroad Bike w/ Redshift Suspension Stem & Profile Design Aerobars. SRAM XPLR 1x Gearing 40/10-44 for the beautiful hills w/ hidden legs on 35mm Continental GP 5000 AS. Custom Dynamo wheelset by Lightwolf Studio for unlimited human powered energy supply.

Key items of kit: I use a Cyclite & Tailfin Bag Mix w/ Sleeping Kit for cold nights in the mountains (Bivy, Sleeping Bag & Mat, Down Jacket, Long Rain Pants).


Age: 34

Cap number: 1001

Location: Weinsberg, Germany

Bike: Specialized Tarmac SL7, SRAM AXS (33/46 - 10-36), DT-Swiss Wheels, Schwalbe Pro One 28" Tubeless Tires,

Key items of kit: Ortlieb Seat Pack (Sea to Summit Spark SP Sleeping Bag, Alpkit Hunka Bivy, SeaToSummit Sleeping Pad), Garmin Edge 140 Solar, Sigma Aura 100 Light, Lupine Piko Headlamp.

Alex Groehl

Age: 47

Cap number: 131

Location: Bad Kreuznach/ Germany

Bike: Cervelo Caledonia, SRAM XPLR Groupset, CarlZ Wheelset Pirelli Race Zero Tubeless (What Else), Apidura 2.4L Framebag, Apidura 5L Saddlebag.

Key items of kit: Personal: • 🚴‍♂️Mallorca 400 - H18/M04 • 🚴‍♂️NorthCape 4000 - D11/H13/M28 • 🚴‍♂️Polderkönig - 704km/H24 • 🚴‍♂️Race Across the Alps - H27/M05 • 🏃🏻‍♂️Südtirol Ultra Skyrace - H15/M56

Philosophy: Die Zukunft gehört denen, die an die Wahrhaftigkeit ihre Träume glauben (The future belongs to those who believe in the truthfulness of their dreams).

Jean-Patrick Renouard

Age: 40

Cap number: 89

Location: Nantes, France

Bike: My Faithfull Canyon Ultimate CF SL Rim brakes equipped in Ultegra R8000, Hunt wheels, 50/35 crankset, 11-36 cassette and GP5000 25mm tyre. Rear botle holder is modified in order to fit two big bottles.

Key items of kit: The bike is equipped with two home made frame and top tube bags plus an additional 10l saddle bag. Front and read lights are powered by 20 000mah powerbank and I took a Sol escape bivvy for sleeping. We will see how it works.

Christopher Fusulier

Age: 31

Cap number: 59

Location: Luxembourg

Bike: Cannondale Synapse 2 RLE, Hunt Wheels

Key items of kit: Bags: Tailfin AeroPack & Apidura Frame bag. Lights: Lupine Pico Front light and Lupine Rotlicht rear light. Sleeping System: Emergency bivvy bag, Sleeping mat & Down Jacket. Lots of food inside the frame bag to keep the legs moving.

Andreas Kreuz

Age: 48

Cap number: 136

Location: Saarland

Bike: Hallo, ich fahre einen Ranndoneur

Key items of kit: Taschen von Ortlieb und Vaude

Bram van Engelen

Age: 32

Cap number: 125

Location: Groningen, the Netherlands

Bike: Specialized Roubaix with SRAM Rival eTap AXS 46/33 gearing and a 10-36t cassette, Continental GP5000 28mm tires.

Key items of kit: AGU bags, Lezyne lights, Wahoo Bolt bike computer, fenders for the expected rain, and lots of Haribooo!

Martin Ronecker

Age: 36

Cap number: 85

Location: Schiltach, Germany

Bike: Canyon Endurace Al 7

Key items of kit: Topeak Backloader 10l and Canyon Midloader 2l

Thomas Wiese

Age: 37

Cap number: 1008

Location: Hainichen, Germany

Bike: Stevens Ventoux

Key items of kit: Alles was du sehen kannst;)

Elmar Sistermanns

Age: 58

Cap number: 107

Location: Mörfelden, Germany

Bike: I chose my Canyon Inflite with Shimano Ultegra 11-speed and rotor crank. The bike is heavier on the hills than my Endurace, but hopefully more comfortable in the long run. Plus it's easier to repair without all the electronic stuff.

Key items of kit: The lighting comes from a SON deluxe + Supernova M99 DY Pro. My stuff goes into a Tailfin Aeropack and saddlebags. This means I can transport everything I need. A Garmin Edge 1040 Solar for the route and I'm done.

Klaus Jetzlsperger

Age: 56

Cap number: 81

Location: Augsburg, Germany

Bike: Radon Vaillant Disc 8.0, SRAM eTap Rival AXS and Mavic Ksyrium 30

Key items of kit: Ortlieb Arschrakete, Ortlieb Rahmentasche and Pouchbag

Sebastian Hänsch

Age: 31

Cap number: 87

Location: Germany

Bike: Canyon Endurace CF SL 7 Disc

Key items of kit: Lupine Nano, Apidura Race Oberrohrtasche 2l, Apidura Expedition Frame Pack 4,5l and Ortlieb Seat-Pack 7-11l.

Christian Schmidt

Age: 45

Cap number: 100

Location: Zürich, Switzerland

Bike: Frameset: 2018 BMC Teammachine with SRAM RED/ Force XPLR mix - 48/35 front & 10-44 rear. Wheelset: Enve rear & self build Nextie Dynamo front wheel with Conti 5000 TL setup in 30mm. Lights: Supernova M99 DY Pro & Tail Light + Exposure Joystick as backup.

Key items of kit: Mix of Tailfin (4.5l + 0.8l) & Apidura (7l) bags to store all my belongings, Garmin Edge 1030+ for Navigation, Emergency biyy, rain gear

Ralph Klisch

Age: 57

Cap number: 122

Location: Bürs, Austria

Bike: Cannondale Topstone

Moritz Kreilinger

Age: 30

Cap number: 5

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Bike: Open UP, Campagnolo Ekar Group and Campagnolo Shamal Wheelset

Key items of kit: Apidura & Restrap Bags

Stefan Kantner

Age: 60

Cap number: 41

Location: Pfaffenhofen/Ilm Germany

Bike: Steppenwolf Prisma, drive Upgrades to Shimano 105 2*11

Key items of kit: Bontrager Front, Zefal middle, Ortlieb saddle

Joerg Hasenmaier

Age: 53

Cap number: 33

Location: Weißenhorn, Germany

Bike: BMC Roadmachine

Key items of kit: Standard configuration, just added Revelate Bags

Joshua Lequen

Age: 22

Cap number: 110

Bike: Stevens Izoard with rim brakes, Shimano 105 groupset, and alloy wheels.

Key items of kit: Ass rocket with sleeping gear. Frame bag with rain jacket repair Tools. Snack bag with Snacks and powerbank.

Matthias Welther

Age: 37

Cap number: 37

Location: Wittlich, Deutschland

Bike: Rose X-Lite 4 Rahmen, Dura Ace Komplett, Mavic Laufräder mit Felgenbremse 😁

Key items of kit: Sattel und Rahmentasche. Supernova Airstream 2 Lampe vorne. Lupine Rotlicht Rücklicht. Daunenjacke, Rettungsdecke und jede Menge Süßigkeiten

Jost Schumski

Age: 37

Cap number: 69

Location: Leichlingen, Germany

Bike: Veloheld IconX Titan, Shimano Ultegra 12 Speed and Light Wolf Wheelset with Dynamo and Dt Swiss 240 Rear Hub.

Key items of kit: Apidura Raceing Frame Bags and Saddle Bags, Nomade sleeping bag, Kylmit sleeping mat and SON dynamo light and Lupine SL AF7.


Age: 30

Cap number: 13

Location: Germany

Bike: Open Min.d

Key items of kit: Lupine lights

Marc Förschler

Age: 36

Cap number: 132

Location: Munich, Germany

Bike: Canyon Grizl CF SLX

Key items of kit: Tailfin AeroBag, Cyclite Frame Bag, Cyclite Food Pouch, Cyclite BackPack and Apidura TopTube Bag. Supernova Airstream UpSide Down and Syntace C3 Auflieger.

Aron Kordt

Age: 25

Cap number: 129

Location: Dresden, Germany

Bike: Canyon Grizl AL 7 with 32mm Conti GP5000 tyres

Key items of kit: Ortlieb 16.5 L saddlebag and Restrap handlebar bag without food pouch. Not really aero but the storage volume for food and sleeping kit (mattress and sleeping bag) is much appreciated. Cyclite musette 01 (not in picture) for some quick stow-away or easy-access items which probably change during the days of the race.

Michael Morschhäuser

Age: 35

Cap number: 83

Location: Weilburg, Germany

Bike: Canyon Inflite CF SL 8, SRAM Rival eTap AXS, 12-speed, 10-36, DT Swiss ARC 1600, Continental GP 5000 - Tubeless, Front 25mm, and Rear 28mm.

Key items of kit: Ortlieb Seat-Pack 16.5L, Apidura Racing Long Top Tube Pack 2L, Apidura Racing Frame Pack 1L, Wahoo Element Roam, Wahoo Tickr Fit, and LedLenser H7R Work.

Daniel Gütler

Age: 33

Cap number: 6

Location: Tübingen, Germany

Bike: Giant TCR

Key items of kit: Snackbag on Top:)

Nico Mausch

Age: 53

Cap number: 98

Location: Bad Neuenahr, Germany

Bike: BMC URS with Zipp 303s, custom gears, 28mm Conti Tubeless.

Key items of kit: Cyclite Frame Bag, Small Evoc Saddle Bag, and Lifeline Top Tube Bag.