TR Press UK - 01-04-2016

German authorities send huge bill to charity riders

The heaviest cyclists are hit hardest when the German road authorities introduce a new road tax on cyclists. The tax sends a huge bill to Team Rynkeby riders.

The more you weigh, the more you must pay for cycling in Germany this summer.

It is now clear, after to the German road authorities have decided to tax foreign cyclists for their traffic in Germany.

The tax, which comes into force on July 1, is calculated based on in the rider's weight including bike multiplied by the number of kilometers multiplied by a tax of 0.001 €.

- There is basically no hocus-pocus in it. Foreign cyclists who want to wear on our streets, must of course pay for it. It is a model that is known in many parts of the world, says Helmut Kreuziger, Deputy Director of the Federal Office for Road Traffic, according to the German bicycle magazine Tour.

Additional bill of 100,000 €
The German road authorities have already started installing scales and vending machines at all major border crossings in Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Also the 1,600 Team Rynkeby cyclists have to open their wallets when the charity cycling team crosses the German border, bound for Paris on 9 and 10 July.

- For an average Team Rynkeby rider weighing 75 kg plus bike, the 700 kilometers that we need to cycle through Germany, represent an additional expense of about 60 €. I estimate that the toll will cost our riders approximately 100,000 €, says Carl Erik Dalbøge, Director of Team Rynkeby Fund, who with a body weight of 78 kg inclusive bike and 692 km from Kruså to Aachen must throw 54 € in the German treasury.

Save 0,70 € per kg
The money cannot destroy the Team Rynkeby Director’s good sense of humor

- Oh... I see it as an extra motivation. Like many other riders on Team Rynkeby's the body weight is as it is, and therefore the bike will have to be peeled down to a minimum to save a little money, says Carl Erik Dalbøge, who has already fitted his new Team Rynkeby racer with carbon-bottle holders and carbon pedals. Thus he has reduced the weight on his bike with 72 grams and obtained tax saving of 0.05 €.

The new German road tax means that a Team Rynkeby rider must pay about 0,70 € per kilo to drive through Germany this summer.

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