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Danube ClimateRide 2020

Welcome! This website provides information on the “Danube/Donau Climate Ride 2020” – an Independent Challenge undertaken by Jan Volkemer and Monika Weber-Fahr under the auspices of ClimateRide.org. In bringing attention to the climate change impacts on the Danube – and in fundraising for organizations that work to address climate change – we cycled 800 kilometers throughout 7 days, along the Danube, between August 23 and 29, 2020. We began the journey in Donaueschingen – and we concluded it, at kilometer 801, in Vienna, the first of the four capital cities that line this mighty river. The website includes 9 blogs that we wrote along the way, a section about the Danube itself and the organizations that take care of her, an “about” section that we use to explain our motivation, and a section on the logistics of the ride.

Alltogether we raised nearly 4000 US$, about twice as much as originally hoped for, thanks to the generosity and kindness of sponsors across family, friends and fellow bicyclists and climate change and water management activists. The funds will go to CDP, the Carbon Disclosure Project, a group that is working hard to change companies’ behaviors by publishing their carbon and water “footprint” – and by engaging with them on critically important improvements that are to be made to remain competitive. More details on our fundraising effort can be found on the ClimateRide.org website where Jan haD set up a specific space for his „Independent Challenge“.

Latest Blog Entries

Our last blog: On what remains

The summary stats: 802.6 kilometers, 7 days, at an average speed of 22.97 km/h, with a total of 1802 meters elevation gain, and an a average 3046 calories used every day. Along the way, we raised 3,880 US$s from nearly 40 donors. Jan: “Wow, simply wow. After 7 days, 6 nights, and 802.66 kilometers, I„Our last blog: On what remains“ weiterlesen

Day 7: On Schnaps and Wine, the Nibelungen, a Venus and a Magical Island, and on federations of climate activist villages all across Austria

This is our second-to-last blog: tomorrow, we will publish a summary cum overall reflection (“was it worth it?”) – until then, there is still an opportunity to contribute to our fundraiser through tomorrow: click here and then just press the “support me” button ;-). Tomorrow, we will also publish a “logistics note” – for anyone„Day 7: On Schnaps and Wine, the Nibelungen, a Venus and a Magical Island, and on federations of climate activist villages all across Austria“ weiterlesen

Day 6: Of Steel, Witches, and Floods – and a Bonus Story on “Joyloneliness”

Friday, August 28, from Linz to Melk, 119.9 km @ 23.4 km/h, 6:10 hours travel time and 5 hours in the saddle, at 27 C and more… Today was all about climate change. Starting off in Linz, Austria‘s third largest city and one of the country’s main industrial areas, the technology and machinery that contributes„Day 6: Of Steel, Witches, and Floods – and a Bonus Story on “Joyloneliness”“ weiterlesen

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