A German-based springboard programme, RaceinEurope.com is giving talented riders requiring support the chance to develop and to establish a profile as a rider in Europe. For 2006, the programme offers a limited number of positions to riders from all over the world who want to challenge themselves on the European racing circuit. The programme was founded by Nils Wartemann and Arne Hinrichsen, with Hinrichsen a rider in Jan Ullrich's Team Telekom development squad from 1996-2001.
Being a development programme, their philosophy is "From cyclists for cyclists". All participating riders cover themselves financially, with RaceinEurope.com's staff and supporters responsible for logistics such as race-nominations, transfers, accommodation, catering and monitoring riders. Team Manager Nils Wartemann believes the programme offers riders an opportunity outside the usual channels, saying, "We thought about all the strong talent out there who couldn't make it with the national teams or some other programme, but there are still many riders out there with the desire to prove their abilities whilst racing in Europe. So we developed the programme Race in Europe.com."
The website was launched to receive riders' applications from November 1; riders can check the terms and costs of their stay and apply for a position until January 8. Interested cyclists are welcome to check www.raceineurope.com (in English).