Ruhr2NorthSeaChallenge 2019

Peter Krins puts the new steelworks bike through its paces and reports on how he prepared for the event

Peter Krins has already competed in the Ironman triathlon

It’s a special biking challenge that has been taken up by many colleagues from Steel including Peter Krins, Logistics Process Optimization specialist and sportsman. On Saturday, June 15 before dawn at around 4 a.m. it was time for the Ruhr2NorthSeaChallenge from Duisburg to Bensersiel on the North Sea coast to get underway.

But he is not just riding any old bike, he’s on our thyssenkrupp high-end steelworks – a top-class bicycle made from our steel and developed by us, with a frame as light as aluminum and a stunning design that outshines even a lot of carbon frames. The sportsman will share his impressions in a separate report. Read the interview we conducted with him before the race here.

Peter Krins with our steelworks bicycle

Peter Krins, 300 kilometers in one day is a big ask. How did you prepare?

Peter Krins: In my free time I compete in triathlons so I’m out on my racing bike a lot anyway. This year I also completed an intensive two-week endurance training camp in Fuerteventura. However, I have never cycled 300 kilometers in one go so this is going to be the longest day of my life in sporting terms. My main aim is to have fun though. I’m not looking to achieve a particularly fast time, most of all I want to enjoy the ride.

You are competing in the Ruhr2NorthSeaChallenge for the first time. Where did you get the idea from?

Krins: Our team had the idea while we were working on the steelworks racing bike. Riding it for 300 kilometers is also a practical test. We don’t just want to see how the material copes, we also want to test ride comfort over such a long distance.

What advice would you give to others who are considering taking on the challenge?

Krins: It’s important to be relaxed about training and the event itself. It’s supposed to be fun after all. I would also strongly recommend ensuring you get enough carbohydrates. I keep seeing this trend toward low-carb diets but anyone competing in an event like this needs energy – both for training and for the event itself – and the body can get it quickly from carbohydrates. No-one wants to hit the wall! But I think the most important thing is to enjoy what you’re doing.