A new series of races for "Jedermann" has been put in place in Germany. Anybody without a racing license can participate in it. The races continue a tradition of being held close to the professional races, such as Rund um Köln or the Rund um den Henninger Turm in Frankfurt. The series is a successor of the T-Mobile Cycling Tour, which had a similar concept. For each race there will be points awarded. At the end of the season the overall winners for the respective categories are announced.
Uwe Schulz of the VDR (the organisation that puts on races in Germany) said that "only top events are part of the series." Hanns-Martin Fraas, who will be responsible for the German Cup Cycling series in particular, emphasized the lack of time after T-Mobile withdrew the sponsorship, but acknowledged that "T-Mobile was a fair partner and supported the idea of continuing the race series as the German Cycling Cup. We didn't have much time after T-Mobile left, but until the start of the series on Easter Monday with Rund um Köln we will have done our homework."
The nine races will be:
March 24: Rund um Köln Challenge - Köln
April 27: Tour d'Energie - Göttingen
May 1: Velo-Tour Rund um den Henninger Turm - Frankfurt
May 12: Neuseen Classics - Leipzig/Zwenkau
June 1: Bayernrundfahrt - Erlangen
August 3: SparkassenGiro - Bochum
August 23: Rad am Ring - Nürburgring
September 14: Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt - Nürnberg
October 3: Sparkassen Münsterland Giro - Münster