“We are extremely pleased that the first projects of the Capital of Culture are already becoming visible and creating shared experiences,” explains the Mayor of Chemnitz, Sven Schulze. The journey to Prague will therefore first pass through Flöha, Augustusburg and Zschopau. On Sunday, 12 September, it will return to Chemnitz via Annaberg-Buchholz, Zwönitz and Stollberg.
Kai Winkler, one of the initiators and himself an enthusiastic cyclist, explains the idea for the European Peace Ride: “When we took the BidBook to Berlin last year with 39 cyclists and Chemnitz was subsequently awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2025, we were all on fire. Winkler continues: “After that it was clear that we would get back on the saddle. Now there are about twice as many people cycling with us and we are really looking forward to the trip to Prague.”
In the capital of the Czech Republic, the cyclists will be publicly welcomed by the mayor of Prague, Zdenek Hrib, together with the mayor of Chemnitz, Sven Schulze.
The European Peace Ride is a joint action of different initiatives and would be unthinkable without the commitment of individual actors. In particular, the cycling initiative Fit4Bike, the Chemnitzer Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (CWE), the Chemnitzer Stadtsportbund e.V., the Chemnitzer Polizeisportverein e.V., the Terezin Cycling Club, the Czech Cycling Federation and SKODA as a sponsoring partner should be highlighted at this point.