No more then 4 weeks until we’re hitting the road again! For 2 weeks we are thumbing, looking where our luck is leading us to, together with more than 100 crazy people in direction to Albania. A time which hopefully shows ,instead of all the bad news in the world, that there are things in this world which are connecting people: generous hospitality, solidarity and helpfulness without minding the nationality.

We are starting at the 21th of August and we hope to see you all at the Premeetings in Cottbus, Immenstaad and Vienna, one day before the race starts with the first stage. There we’ll draw the slots and you are getting assigned to one of the two possible routes and you’ll get to know the Stage-destinations on your way towards Albania. In Addition to that, all teams are getting their Hitchpackages at the Startingpoints, they are including the well-tried Eddings and charged Sim-Cards from our new Supporter Ortel Mobile.

Up to now 60+ Teams are in the registration process and 35 have already completed their registration. 60+ Teams, this means that it’s getting crowded. Because it’s only possible for 60 Teams to register (at most 66 Teams). For every starting point we allowed 20 Teams to start. Especially in Immenstaad it’s almost full. But this shouldn’t be a serious problem because the Cottbus and Vienna route have as much as Immenstaad to offer.

The registration period is going to end soon and almost everybody has sent the 25€ and everyday are arriving more letters at our „Opa Rudi“ in Eisenach, who is collecting them and organizing all the activation. For those who havn’t already finished their homework: You’ve got time until the 9th of August, because we have to print the T-Shirts and prepare the Hitchpackages.

If you want to participate and you haven’t a team yet: Check out our HitchmateXchange Page, there are still people looking for a Hitchbuddy and you can start your search there. If nothing works out: At last years Premeetings a few teams found themselves and 2-person teams converted into 3-person teams and friendships were born which will last for a long time.

Beside this it’s always possible to hitchhike with us to Albania without a score.

For those of you who can’t participate: We present this Year’s new improved Liveticker, which keeps you updated while we are travelling. After the problems of last year our new IT-Crack Jonas is working on the ticker for weeks, successfully delaying his Diplomathesis, to program the thing and incorporate some surprises.

That’s it for the moment from us, the thumbs are itching and before the race starts we’re looking for more sponsors to add some more Euros to the 1000+ Euros, which we have already collected to support the projects of Viva con Agua and the work of PRO ASYL.

Your Tramprennen 2015-Crew

Omare in the North of Alabania is the destination for Tramprennen 2015, situated directly at the huge and impressive Lake Shkodër.

In two weeks starting on August 22nd, exclusively our thumbs will take us to our destination in six stages from Cottbus, Immenstaad and Vienna.

Depending on how many participants will start the trip with us in 2015 to reach the destination together and along the way collect as many donations as possible for Viva con Agua and Pro Asyl, there will be up to six different routes which wiggle across Southeast Europe to the destination.

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There will be exciting stages with many country roads, fascinating landscapes, small villages and big cities. It won’t be easy, but all stages should doable!

The two routes starting in Immenstaad will start from Lake Constance towards the Balkan- there they will meet again on the fourth stage in Ostrožac, situated in the middle of Bosnia at the formidable Jablanica barrier lake.

From there both will be heading towards Montenegro, before the last stage will bring them to the destination.

The two routs starting in Cottbus will lead through Poland and/or Czech Republic towards the South where they will meet again in the university town Novi Sad at the Danube. From Serbia the journey will lead through Bosnia and/or Montenegro to Albania.

If you decide to start in Vienna, you will be rewarded with a detour to last year’s destination: The incredibly beautiful Lake Ohrid. In contrast to last year we will not head to the Macedonian but the Albanian side from where we head towards the North again through Albanian mountains to the destination. But both routes will meet again in Golubac after the second stage. Golubac is a small town at the border to Romania which used to be a stronghold and has a port.

Have you ever dreamed of being famous over Europe´s highway network and its petrol stations? We know you have! Again this year there will be the possibility to let this this dream become reality – The STICKER-CONTEST!

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So take your pens, water colours, Wachsmalblöcke, your iPhone or what ever and let your design skills flow! The only condition: our website tramprennen.org must be mentioned on your sticker. Send your proposals until Friday 3rd of July to gro.nennerpmartnull@oreg.

There will be a facebook vote competition and the proposal that gets the most likes will win and be spread on every country road between Germany and Albania. Another motivation: The winner will receive a postcard from Omare – hand singed by Peter Pony himself.

We can´t wait to see your creativity explode!

In Tramprennen 2015 you not only get points for hitchhiking as fast as possible, you can also get points for special actions on the road! What are special actions? You decide! Send us your recommandations like “hitchhike a stock car” and we will play “Four in a row”!

Just follow the Link!

 

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Everything new in 2015: Small starting places worked well in the past. The common starting point in Würzburg in 2014 also had its merits. Because we didn’t want to decide between the two and wanted to keep trusting randomness, we mixed the two for a great 2015 combo:

 There will be three starting points and up to 6 routes (two for each starting point) that would lead us to our destination: Omarë in Albania. The number of routes would depend of the number of participants (up to 6).The exact routes will be announced at the starting spot and then be drawn from a hat. Each route would meet the other one on the road halfway through and of course at the final destination.

 Where should you start from? Well, let’s see what our hosts have to say:

 Lasse invites you to Cottbus:

“How did the Gallic village of Cottbus In Asterix defend itself in the Lusatia, little patch of grey on the map amongst green and sand colours? On the land of holwing wolves, digging shovels and the shoeing owls, there is a small 100 000 inhabitants town, that enjoys its environment.

We hear people saying our town “as unknown as Bielefield” or “greyer than Chemnitz”, but that makes us laugh. After all, we know how to appreciate our Fuerst Puckler, famous Neapolitan ice cream, in our gigantic parks. Nature is all around you, wherever you look, with an old small town stuck in the middle of it. The Spree forest should not be missed: it attracts older tourists like mosquitoes to a light. It also offers great culinary delights like pickles, gurken, pickles in garlic, gurken brandy, cornichons and so on… The highway is quiet further out of the city centre and it takes a bit of thinking to find the right spot. But once you found it, it doesn’t take long as there are a lot of locals on the road and only two ways to go: direction Berlin or Poland.

The area is not called the german desert for nothing. Summer is always in the air and it is Caribbean hot. Sunscreen and straw hat are a must in our beautiful bike city…

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Max to Immenstaad:

63 km long, 250 meters deep, crystal clear water, on one side and the Swiss Alps on the other. We are on Lake Constance. Or exactly at Tramprennen’s starting point IMMENSTAAD. With 6000 inhabitants and also a contemplative cow in this sleepy town.

We are on the pebble beach beside the small tower, the former bathhouse of the castle Kirchberg. At the bus stop in front of the castle you can have a chill or run directly into the water, you are already at the right place for the Pre-meetings. Here we can camp or sleep under the stars right on the beach. For everyone’s well-being, drinks and barbecue food will be available.

The main traffic road between the East and West tangent of Lake Constance is the B31, above the vineyard next to us. The next day, let’s get ready to go, with a quick deep into the cool water, pack the bag, stretch the thumb, go up to the vineyard and there you go towards Albania!’

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Johannes and Dada to Vienna:

“Vienna, Vienna, only you are the city of my dreams forever.” Sung Peter Alexander many years ago in his famous song. And it is not only the Viennese people who say so: the capital city of Austria has been the most liveable city in the world for two years running. The magnificent city centre with the St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg and City Hall should not be missed.

For young people there are many great parks, the Danube Canal, the relaxing oasis of the Danube island, and heaps of cafes and bars. Good beer and music means you won’t get bored.

Vienna is also referred to as the “gateway to the East”: from there you can be in an hour in Slovakia, the Czech Republic or even Hungary.

And because Vienna is such a beautiful city, this year it will also be tone of the starting point of our unforgettable hitchhiking race to Albania!

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These three or better four lovely faces will welcome you at the starting line and organise the Premeetings on Friday, 21st of August, where you will get your Hitchpackage and all the infos you need for Tramprennen 2015!

To choose your starting point, you just need to complete this few steps: first register your team on our website (from Friday on), create your team profile, pay for your Hitchpackage (25€) and post us your liability-Waver.

We can’t wait to see you all at the starting line of Tramprennen 2015!