The German club team, Maxx-Solar Lindig are due to become a UCI Continental team in 2023. The outfit was seen in a number of UCI races this season, like Gracia Orlová, the Thüringen Ladies Tour, Alpes Gresivaudan Classic and Binche-Chimay-Binche. In the last race, Olivia Schoppe finished 15th and Katharina Fox was 19th at Alpes Gresivaudan. Fans got to see the green jerseys of the team repeated in the break in their home race in the Thüringen Ladies Tour, which has confirmed its 2023 plans.
At the club level, the team has been dominant in the Rad Bundesliga season, the highest level of national German racing. They are ready to take the next step and join the ranks of the UCI Continental teams from 2023. The team retains the sponsorship of Maxx-Solar and will be joined by the German bike brand Rose, as they begin their first professional cycling partnership. The team’s name will Maxx-Solar Rose Women Racing next year.
The team sees itself as a development team which gives young riders or those who have come later from other sports a chance to ride and race. Keen to keep its German links, they will look locally for talent first but without ruling out riders from further afield. The team’s 2023 provisional line-up includes riders from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. As well as racing on the road, two of the team will predominantly race in the UCI Gravel World Series.
Vera Hohlfeld, race director of the Thüringen Ladies Tour, will manage the team with sporting directors Christian Müller and Sebastian Ventker.
“It makes us proud to have found a German family business in ROSE that identifies with our concept and our ideas,. In addition, one cannot appreciate enough that MAXX-SOLAR, as a long-standing and reliable partner from Thuringia, is taking this big step with us.”Vera Hohlfeld, team manager
“Many years ago we started to build something great here in the Thuringia region and we can I can now be proud of having promoted women’s cycling with sustainable and stable structures.”Dieter Ortmann, Maxx-Solar & Energie managing director
“We are super happy to be part of the development and to contribute to a better perception of women’s cycling. Making Rose, as a German bike brand, a sponsoring partner for a German team is definitely the right step for us.”Linus Hartung, Rose Bikes brand activation manager
In addition to the sporting aspect, the issue of sustainability remains a major concern for everyone involved. The reduction of the ecological footprint as a cycling team already plays a major role for the German outfit. In the long term, Maxx-Solar Rose will continue to work on cooperation, above all with partners and sponsors who play a pioneering role in terms of sustainability or who manufacture sustainable products. So that the idea of a “renewable energy team” is possible.