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TIL: The Nürburgring Played A Role in Cycling History

You read that right. The Nüburgring played a role in cycling history. That’s not motorcycling or motorcycle racing, it’s bicycle racing.

 

Given that the track is 90 years old, there’s always something new to learn about its place in history. I’m always eager to find out more about its place in motorsport history, the local impact of the track and so forth.

 

Sure, I know about Rad am Ring, the annual bicycle outing on the Nordschleife, but I was not aware that the 1927 UCI world championship was there. Find the details with some nice historic photos on Rouler’s site.

Gearing Up For The 2017 VLN Season

All the teams are gearing up for the 2017 VLN season and Dale from Bridge To Gantry and Ring Taxi fame has a post about this weekend’s testing.

This should be an awesome season if you have to follow most of the races via the livestream as English will be available for all races this year as I’d previously mentioned.

The first race is this coming Saturday, March 25. We’ll have more detail with direct links in a subsequent post, but you should be able to access the stream a bit before the race starts at 7:00 AM EDT from the VLN site.

I’m rooting for Dale, Luke and all of #teambtg in their new GT-86 as well as Sabine Schmitz and Klaus Abbelen over at Frikadelli Racing!

I hope to get to at least one race of the 2017 VLN season in person. In 2015 we went to the 24 hour race and last year we were at VLN 4. More to come on that.

If you want to read more about VLN, ADAC, etc. see our previous post on that topic. Also, we’ve posted previously on watching VLN races over the internet before too.

All The Best Nürburgring Tribes (So Far)

So you’ve heard about Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new venture at this point. No, not The Grand Tour on Amazon, but their new auto enthusiast social network, DriveTribe. If you haven’t already joined the Green Hell Guides tribe, by all means, do so!

Once you’ve done that, here are the other best Nürburgring tribes currently on DriveTribe:

  • Bridge to Gantry: Dale Lomas of the popular Bridge to Gantry blog and Ring Taxi fame has his tribe all set up.
  • Nür: Chris Enright has established a quality community already of solid Nürburgring content.
  • Nürburgring Now: the fine folks behind this popular website have their tribe up and running as well.
  • Northloopers: this community from the UK is active on DriveTribe.
  • Skylimit Events: the well known organizer of drift and track day events at The Nürburgring, Zolder and Spa is here too.
  • Nürburgring Nordsch-Life: with a focus photos and viewing spots this one deserves a to be in your list of tribes as well.

There you go, so have at it! It’s easy to sign up now that no code is required.

Green Hell Guides Is Now On DriveTribe

You’ve heard of DriveTribe, right? It’s Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May’s new social network for automotive enthusiasts. Green Hell Guides is pleased to announce that we now have a tribe on DriveTribe. We’re just getting started, but all of you Nürburgring enthusiasts are invited. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or how few or how many times you’ve been, come join other enthusiasts with a shared passion for everything Nürburgring!

DriveTribe goes live Monday, November 28 for the general public, so if you don’t have a pre-launch code, don’t despair. Just head over on Monday and join the party! Either way, join our tribe when you get there.

Green Hell Guides On DriveTribe:

https://drivetribe.com/t/D8BnQR56TTaWeyHem8iOqg

Who To Root For at The ADAC Zurich 24h Nürburgring 2016 Race

If you’re new to watching the ADAC Zurich 24h Nürburgring race this year, here’s a few teams and cars that you can follow to make it more engaging.

Who to Root For 24h Nürburgring 2016 Race:

  • Frikadelli Racing / Porsche / Car #3 / SP9 class
    This is the team that Sabine Schmitz races for with her boyfriend Klaus Abbelen. Patrick Huisman and Norbert Siedler round out the drivers of their Porsche 911 GT3 R
  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus / SCG003C / Car #702 & Car #703 / SP-X class
    Jim Glickenhaus is from New York and is a former film director. He is a noted car collector and his SCG003 cars are beautiful and impressive race cars.
  • Milltek Sport / Ford Fiesta / Car #136 / SP2T class
    Dale Lomas from BridgeToGantry and current Ring Taxi driver is racing here.
  • Kissling Motorsport / Opel Manta / Car #122 / SP3 class
    This is a fan favorite as they love to see the older Opel run with all the new GT3 cars.
  • Haribo Racing Team AMG / Mercedes AMG GT3 / Car #8 & Car #88 / SP9 class
    Like gummi bears? This is your team.

Get your English video feed here with commentary by Radio LeMans and the official live timing here.

Watching VLN races

Watching VLN Races: How To Watch VLN Races Away From The Ring

In my last post we discussed how the VLN races are popular endurance racing series run on the combined Nordschlefe and GP track. Watching VLN races is one of the best things to do at The Nürburgring. They're great fun to be a spectator at and can be combined with a tour that includes driving the track yourself, visiting museums and road tours in exotic, sports or classic cars. If you want an idea of what a tour that coincides with a race looks like check out our video from last year's 24 hour race.

That's all fine and good, but for those of us who don't live an easy drive from the track, what's to be done? Read on to find out how to watch VLN races away from The Ring!

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