"I bike you like"
Under this motto, master painter Markus Reimann from Düsseldorf rides all stages in this year's Tour of Spain "Vuelta" and collects donations for bicycles for children and young people in Burundi!
Markus Reimann (53 years) master painter from Düsseldorf, has a great passion:
Road cycling - with an exceptionally difficult goal! Reimann relies on the combination of long distances, symbolic events and a lot of performance for a good cause. So this year he is heading to Spain to single-handedly complete the three-week Vuelta, one of cycling's three major national tours.
Reimann is not setting such a goal for himself for the first time. In the 2012/2013 season, he rode his road bike to all of Fortuna Düsseldorf football club's away games from Düsseldorf. In 2017, he took the start of the Tour de France in his hometown as an opportunity to ride the entire Tour de France ahead of the pros.
In the sweltering heat of the Iberian late summer, Reimann sets off on the 3,500-kilometer route, which is peppered with more than 55,000 meters of altitude. The transfers between the destinations and the starting lines on the following day are also energy-sapping. After all, Reimann is on the road with an escort car, and friends make sure that the car with overnight accommodations is in the right place and that there is always something to eat on board. It's almost like the pros. For him, the Vuelta in Spain is the second of the three big adventures he is tackling as a trilogy. Reimann also has his sights firmly set on the Giro d ́Italia, which is scheduled to start in 2022.
The amateur Reimann (approx. 15-20,000 kilometers/year in the saddle) takes on such challenges on the one hand out of pure cycling enthusiasm and a thirst for adventure, but also in order to collect donations for a charitable cause and thus enable needy children in the landlocked East African country of Burundi to have their own bicycles.