Riders' List

Riders listed here have completed the registration process and their participation in the tour is formally confirmed.
Entries are in alphabetical order, as of Jan 30, 2020

Jörn Bießler
*1964, Winsen/Luhe, Germany


I'm looking forward to a great time on the tour, with new and old friends. Through impressive landscapes with friendly people. With good food and cities with history.
I have long been convinced that our actions should not destroy the possibilities of succeeding generations, such as my grandchildren. This includes sustainable mobility.
As an avid cyclist, I've been on the velomobile for 10 years and over 100,000 km. So I could already participate in GBSR2014 and 3wheeels4france. I always like to remember the experiences of these trips.

Tim Botzelmann
*1976, Tettnang, Germany
Milan SL

timb med

Riding recumbents since 1998, I already did some tours on my own, the first longer one to the recumbent world championship at Allègre in 2006. Since then, I cycled in Denmark, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy - but never in the western part of France.
My motivation for this tour is minimizing my own planning, experiencing a longer tour with many riders as we did on our Tour of France in 2017..

Frank Duffe
*1964, Damme, Germany

Except in snow, I use my DFxl every day to commute to work, which is 38 km each way, for more than three years now. Before I got the DF, I commuted riding a Carbon Quest for four years.
Long distances I am used to, having done Hamburg - Berlin aq couple of times, which meant around 1.000 km for me including the ride from and to home. Since I first got a velomobile I have participated in the tours the late Robert Frischemeier organized. These have been great rides. Robert and I had many plans for future tours, but then he passed away. Now, I need to look for others velomobile riders to join, and that has brought me here. Two years ago, I crossed the Alps by velomobile, riding from my home in Damme to Lago di Garda (when the picture was taken) and back.

Hajo Eckstein

*1964, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
a yellow one

Italy in summer with a velomobile is surely not my favorite dream. But with the guidance of our tour captain Jupp and an expected group of enthusiastic riders I see a real chance of an exciting great tour. Knowing Jupp means "Wer nicht dabei sein wird, wird etwas verpasst haben!" And may be we shall seek for shadow within big pot holes between furious Italian drivers.
Riding now velomobiles for ten years I have shifted most of my longer tours to the north and excluded the Alpes. This is another motivation for me to participate and ride with you this giro.

Daniel Fenn

*1976, Neuweil, Germany
After Seven


Daniel has not provided a personal statement, so here are a few words about him by me.
Daniel is both a creative designer/builder and a strong and successful racer of velomobiles. Since he first started out to win the European Championship in a Go-One velomobil, his passion has been to make velomobiles ever more efficient, which means faster with the limited power human riders can transmit to the pedals. He’s with velomobiles just about every day, but rarely takes the time off for a tour like this.  In 2017 he participated in the 3Wheels4France tour. Since then, he has developed a new production model, the Alpha7, the next level performance velomobile after the DF series, previously developed by him. In the meantime, he has carried the experiences with the Alpha7 further to  small series model, the After Seven, which he builds himself together with the future owner.

Wolfgang Frey

*1957, Mindelheim, Germany
Milan SL

I saw my first recumbent on a bike tour at the Kaiserstuhl in 1988. It occurerd to me immediately that I needed something like that. One month later I owned one. My latest recumbent bike I built myself from wood, and rode it to southern France and across Italy for several months with my wife. Years earlier we had been touring extensively in various parts of the world, for 6-12 months on upright bicycles. We left jobs for these tours, worked again after the return to save up for the road trip by bike.
For four years I have now been riding a Milan, commuting to work — but not for much longer as I will retire in April.

Jockel Hofmann

*1967, Frankfurt, Germany
Carbon Quest

Infected with recumbents in my teenage years by one single afternoon in a backyard in Offenbach, it took an incubation period of about 25 years, until I finally had a commuting distance of 20km allowing the acquisition of my first own, used stick-bike when I was 40. Since then, the collection of different bikes continues to grow: a „Street Machine“, when my stick broke down, a „Lyra“ for my wife, a „Nomad Sport“ with „Nose“, when commuting in rain became too annoying. I bought my first velomobile in 2017, a very special „Carbon Quest“, on account of the fact, that my employer kept moving, increasing my travel distance to and from work up to 75km per day. My latest catch is a 2012 „Mango +“ as „workshop courtesy vehicle“. Strongly keeping in mind that the perfect number of bikes is „n+1“, I will order the next velomobile still this winter, so I am yet undecided which one I will take on the journey.
I always enjoyed travelling with bikes, a passion I happily share with my wife. In 1993 we were about the first people carrying a baby in a kid‘s trailer through an astonished audience. We performed some tours with our kids, and since 6 years travel to our most loved vacation place on Texel annualy.
Since the beginning of my recumbent career I collected 100.000 km on bike, with the preliminary maximum of more than 21.000 km in 2019. „A day‘s biking distance“ now includes places like Munich, Zürich and Bremen, and I didn‘t miss out going to work with my bike for a single working day since more than 3 years. So it is more than logical and extremely anticipated to join the group of lunatic like-minded to the place, where I can try to rewake the rudimental left overs of the Italian I once learned.

Josef Janning

*1956, Bonn, Germany

A bike commuter for years I almost inescapably ended up with velomobiles, as my commute was longer and my practice was to ride year round. For the past few years, however, my commutes have either become way too long to be riding or short enough to be easily done on any bike. Instead of the regular 30-60 km commutes I now find the kicks in touring, some longer day rides on weekends, the occasional 3-day-tour, and the rare long haul. Riding alone is fine with me, but a pack of velomobiles on tour is a sight and experience that’s hard to beat. I’ve done a few of those tours, and I initiated and organized the "Roll over America” Tour in 2011, "The Great Baltic Sea Ride" in 2014, and „3Wheels4France“ in 2017. Life just ain’t them same anymore after such epic adventures. Thus, another three years later I hear the roads calling me and fellow velonauts. I am excited to get back out.

Jürgen Köhn

*1967, Cologne, Germany
DF (in green, what else)

Since 2012 I am a passionate velomobile rider. Until 2018, my velomobile was an Evo Ks; which I traded in for a DF in Dronten.
Primarily, the velomobile is my commuting vehicle to work, though I have also participated in the 2014 ride around the Baltic Sea (GBSR) and the 2017 tour of France (3Wheels4France).
As I had a serious accident on an upright bicycle (I know, I should ride one of these …) towards the end of last year, my participation is not 100% sure. However, I will try my best to regain my fitness before the summer. I’m already looking forward to meeting tour veterans again and make new friends on the tour.

Uwe Kronenbitter

*1967, Reutlingen, Germany
Milan SL

I came to velomobiles in September 2019, picking up my Milan to ride the 920 km to home in six days  with no prior experience with recumbents or velomobiles. I encountered some physical issues and some mechanical problems, from which I have learned. Now, I am eager to expand my horizon by traveling with a velomobile, exploring the limits and meeting the challenges en route.

Christoph Moder

*1978, Ebersberg, Germany

Ancora-un-Giro Christoph-Moder

I’ve been a keen cyclist for most of my life, and bicycles have been my primary means of transport. I was not much interested in competitions; my bikes had to be reasonably fast, but also suitable for everyday use – thus, as a technophile, I soon became interested in innovative concepts such as folding bikes and recumbent bikes and came into contact with the associated communities. So I bought my first recumbent bike in 2001 and later became fascinated by long distances, which led to participating in Paris–Brest–Paris 2007 and 2011. And I do enjoy that the combination of faster and more efficient bikes and more experience slowly changes the perspective, that distances that once seemed hard have become normal, and distances that were once a short day trip can now be covered every day in every weather. Riding a velomobile since 2013 has certainly contributed to that, and by riding every day I can be an inspiration for others – people are much less dependent on cars than they can imagine.
And after participating in the last velomobile tour 3Wheels4France 2017, I look forward to the next big velomobile tour, which starts this time close to my home town.

Dieter Schmidt

*1952, Hamburg, Germany

In 2013 I bought a velomobile and have been on tours with it since then. It is always a pleasure to be on tour with a group of velomobile riders, I always enjoy it very much. I took part in the EuroTour 2013, GBSR2014, 3wheels4france and Flüsse und Meer.
2019 brought me back to the Baltic States at midsummer night, this time alone.
I haven't been to Italy in a long time, it's time to be there again. Thus, I am looking forward to meeting many riders from previous tours and am sure that Ancora un Giro will bring us a very good time.

Wolfgang Schröppel

*1970, Steinhof, Switzerland
Milan SL

I’ve been commuting by bike as long as I can think, say, primary school and ever since. A randonneur travelling bike soon brought me from home beyond  the Atlas and from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. I got addicted by the vast solitude and had to return several times to cycle the high Andes of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile with my wife I’ve met, guess what, on the road.  I only became more moderate once a kids trailer was attached to a Grasshopper and later commanded a Pino during every summer holiday. We learned to love France for its easy and pleasant cycling. Quite late I realized that you can ride those fully faired rockets every day on the roads. In 2013 a Milan SL became mine, in 2019 another one. I had the pleasure to participate in 3w4f and got addicted. Again I don’t want to miss the opportunity to ride with other enthusiasts and enjoy the flow of long distance velomobiling.

Uwe Würdemann

*1956, Ronnenberg, Germany
Milan SL

After eight years in a velomobile with more than 100,000 km in total this tour will be the first long camping trip for me. It is exciting for me to see how others organize their day and to learn from it. Riding is probably the more enjoyable part, apart from the expected heat. I am looking forward to seeing sympathetic acquaintances and meeting new people in a country full of sights and varied landscapes, which I only remember from childhood bathing holidays.
Jupp’s previous tours and the reports in the Velomobile Forum were fascinating. Now there has finally come an opportunity to experience it myself.

© Josef Janning 2019