This year, we wanted to go one step further: not only did we increase the number of participants to 120, but the ride also started in Poland. We started on 2 September in Wrocław (Breslau), the European Capital of Culture 2016 as well as a multiple stage location of the “International Peace Tour”. From there, the tour led over the Giant Mountains to Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic and ended on the second day over the ridge of the Ore Mountains in Chemnitz, where a very special finish was planned.
This year, 120 athletes from Poland, the Czech Republic, Saxony and Ukraine took part. Among them were prominent supporters such as eleven-time Tour de France participant Marcus Burghardt from Zschopau and Henri Lesewitz, editor-in-chief of the cycling magazine “Bike”. Markus Tritt, a para-athlete on a tandem, also took part.
SPORTS UNITED celebrated its premiere on 4 September 2022 in conjunction with the “European Peace Ride”. The event was intended to connect all people with a love of sport. The focus was by no means on competitive sports, but rather on the valuable sense of community, which on the one hand invites people to exchange with others and on the other hand is able to overcome social divides. And so 10 different sports such as running, hiking, skating and the European Peace Ride had one and the same destination on 4 September: Brückenstraße in Chemnitz!