The number of participants with lower expectations was somewhat disappointed for Skiclub-Hotzenwald during the 30th day of mountain biking with the 14. Walk uff’m Wald (MTB) as the event organizer on the Sunday afternoon after the registration deadline.
“A total of 130 participants, including 25 walkers, we saw a significant drop in the number of participants,” says Skiclub-Hotzenwald CEO Walter Freter. They expected this because this trend has already manifested itself at many hobby events of befriended cycling clubs across the region, ‘he says.
And yet: In fact, they would have been working so hard on their preparations, down to the smallest detail, that they really wanted to break the 200 mark. “Unfortunately, the intuition has been confirmed,” agree Karl Albiez and Markus Bruttel, who have been involved in the organization and implementation of MTB for years.
The long Corona pause made CPR difficult, and some may have quit due to the cold. “Ultimately that’s the way it is and we will continue to plan our events for the coming months as we have in all previous years,” says Freter. The Corona years have shown that consistency among the members of the association was sustained by keeping an annual plan – people then rescheduled, rethought and made decisions together, Freter later says.
“We almost end this time together – so I see in every event an opportunity to strengthen and maintain the community in the club,” he says. They stayed together on the ball and did what they could.
However, the participants who took off on Sunday were more than enthusiastic about the planning and the organization as a whole, as well as the hospitality at the checkpoints and in the Rotmooshalle. The route markings are clearly visible and the routes with their sightseeing attractions are well chosen. “I did not expect such an overwhelming view of the Alps,” says Markus Winter from Kaisten / CH, who enjoyed the 20 km route despite the cold morning. “I always see the mountains from the other side,” he says and laughs.
Jürgen Kugel and Reiner Kolbrenner loved the 40km hike through the romantic Murg Valley – great landscape, beautiful view and not too steep. “Perfect for a fun track in this setting without a racing character,” they think.
The walkers also gave positive feedback, says Jürgen Kaiser, who oversees the gait checkpoint at the Lochmatthalle in Herrischried. Five-year-old Roman, who traveled 20 kilometers with his dad Manuel Sumpf, thinks the checkpoint at Altenschwand is great with bananas, biscuits, cocoa and other treats he tries out.
For his father, the experience with his son is very important: “We both have a great time on the road.”
After returning to Rotmooshalle, the participants waited for certificates of participation and a small gift. And despite everything, the organization, which was made by 60 people from the club, was also great this time. In addition to the “old hands”, new people were involved and that worked great, says Walter Freter. Another successful teamwork.