Over the weekend, the cycling club “Concordia” Reute eV (RVC) celebrates its 100th anniversary. Reason enough to look back on a long history of cycling enthusiasm in the community.
There used to be a cycling club in almost every community in the region, said Dietmar Heiny of the RVC at a press conference, now they can be counted on one hand. Even he cannot say why the enthusiasm for cycling is still alive and is seething in Reute even after 100 years. “Thanks to our loyal sponsors, we’ve always been able to find enough tutors for our extensive youth work, and we’ve always had the support of our parents,” Heiny guesses. “And I’ve always been very active.” Thanks to countless competitions (including the German championship) and successful mass sports events such as the Kaiserstuhl-Tuniberg route and Run & Bike, the club is shaping cycling in the region.
18 sports-loving residents have started
It all started in 1922 with 18 sports enthusiasts in the former “Sonne” inn. They founded the association and elected Karl Siegel as their first board member. The association developed quickly and well, and soon after its founding, the number of members increased to 40. In the interwar years, the bicycle gained a completely different status. It is the “primary mode of transport” of society.
At Reute, the club has two divisions: racing athletes and circular drivers. The racing athletes immediately caused a sensation and were district champions in team riding without interruption until 1933. Round robins, a kind of team art ride, are also winning titles. The next category, Corso Riding, shows how proud you are of your bike. The circles are intricately decorated with flowers and colorful ribbons, members wear uniform clothes, and the association parades in this way at competitions, processions and festivals. There are also medals up for grabs. At the front, it wears the club standard, intricately cut and embroidered in Endingen. To be able to pay for them, members would sell beetroot, Heyy said. When the club was disbanded during the Nazi era, most of the trophies were lost but the standard was saved.
Renovated under Vincent Hettich
It was only in 1953 that the conditions were such that the inhabitants of the village, plasterers, had time and free time to ride a bike. This time there are 21 men who, inspired by Karl Siegel, decide to reactivate the company and choose Vincent Hettich as the first president. There is another “survivor” of this group in Werner Mörder. Once again, the club proudly presents itself at the parade and collects medals. But the heart beats for a team of four and for competitions. The racing drivers around Alois Bierer are vigorously going to the start and are immediately having countless successes. Dietmar Heiny estimated that over 100 medals have been won since the 1950s. Only five German championships in the last 25 years.
The cross team joins the road team as they conquer the terrain with racing bikes and studded tires. In the 1970s Dietmar Heiny led the national team, today’s Eurosport presenter Karsten Migels won gold at the 1982 German Cross Country Championship and was allowed to go to France for the World Cup and Michael Rich’s star soared on the way, The first to leave the club , a professional contract was allowed to be signed. He leads the Olympics in Seoul, and finally in Barcelona in 1992, he even becomes the Olympic champion and gold medalist in the 100 km team time trial with his colleague Christian Meyer.
Gold in sports with disabilities
In the 1980s, the number of members increased to 430. The popular sport had long played an important role, and women also won the bicycle (1985 Sonja Moser won the first medal, Ellen Heiny, among others fourth at the Moscow Circuit of the 2003 World Cup). From the beginning of the 90s, sports for the disabled were also practiced. The visually impaired Frank Hfle won the gold medal with his tandem pilot Hansjrg Furrer at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics. The association has been intensifying work with young people for the past 20 years and is now enjoying its fruits. With German champion Mateo Gro (U15) in the Bora-Hans-Grohe-U19 team, there is again a driver who can make the jump to the professional camp.
The upcoming weekend in Reute is an anniversary. The chronicle of Ellen Heina will also be published. After the gala banquet on Friday, the anniversary race will take place on Saturday, starting and ending at the Frsterhaus. About 100 former cyclists from the club are expected to participate in the 40-kilometer bike ride together at the “RVC Legends Meeting” on Sunday. There will be a pond in the Frsterhaus from 13:00.