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Trans Germany debuts this weekend

The Trans Germany will make its debut on Saturday, June 9 in St. Wendel. Approximately 300 teams of two, consisting of hobby bikers, ambitious amateurs and mountain bike pros, will head towards Oberwiesenthal in the Erz Mountains for the beginning of what will be 837 km and 18,313 meters of climbing in eight stages.

The race features five categories including men, women, master men, grand master men, and mixed. Top hopes for the men's win are last year's TransAlp winner Karl Platt and his team mate Stefan Sahm (Team Bulls) who won the 2007 Cape Epic. In addition, Swiss riders Sandro Spaeth and Thomas Zahnd (Team Texner-Stoeckli) as well as the German-Austrian duo of Andreas Strobel and Silvio Wieltschnig (Team Fiat Rotwild) are aiming for the podium.

On the women's side, the Klose twins Sandra and Peggy (Team ZwillingsCRAFT) will pedal for victory against Frenchwoman Danièle Troesch and German Kerstin Brachtendorf from Team Fiat-Rotwild.

Carsten Bresser will tackle the route together with Canada's own Alison Sydor as part of the team Tea, Rocky Mountain / Haywood in the battle for the mixed title.

The race will visit St. Wendel, Neustadt, Erbach im Odenwald, Frammersbach, Bischofsheim a. d. Rhoen, Oberhof, Bad Steben, Schoeneck and Oberwiesenthal.

Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for complete coverage.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.