2022 International Tandem Rally
Saturday 30th. July - Saturday 6th. August 2022
Tecklenburg: historic centre
Hörstel: Manor Surenburg
Tecklenburg: church, timbered houses
Tecklenburg: witch hiking trail
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Updated on 19th June 2022
The 2021 International Rally is being held in Northwest Germany on a campsite close to the small town Tecklenburg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Tecklenburg is a picturesque medieval town dating back to the 13th century with a couple of houses in black and white timber frame architecture, narrow alleys and a castle ruin from the 12th century, housing an open-air theatre today. For this reason it has the byname "festival town". It also is Germany's northernmost mountain town and a fresh air and Kneipp health resort with pretty spa gardens at the flanks of the hill. The former mining era left its mark on the area, too - you will encounter many of its relics along the rides.
Moreover, Tecklenburg is part of the UNESCO Nature and Geopark TERRA.vita and located in the western foothills of the Teutoburg Forest , ca. 9 miles southwest of Osnabrück, 20 miles northeast of Münster, 48 miles east of Enschede in the Netherlands and 179 miles east of Hoek van Holland (ferry from Harwich).
The region is called "Tecklenburger Land" (webpage in German) and is an Eldorado for cyclists. Those of you who attended the 2007 ITR in Wallenhorst-Hollage in the adjacent "Osnabrücker Land" might remember this lovely area as it was one of the rides' destinations.
Tecklenburger Land and Osnabrücker Land lie between the two ridges Teutoburger Wald and Wiehengebirge. Together they form the perfect setting not only for cycling but also for many other outdoor activities. Numerous street cafes, bakeries, ice cream parlours and restaurants will allow you to discover the culinary highlights of Northern Germany. Historic sites and museums in the surrounding towns will satisfy your cultural hunger. Medieval villages with romantic half-timbered houses and castles, picturesque sceneries formed by farmland, forests and canals offer a feast for the eyes. The landscape can surely not be described as spectacular or breathtaking but definitely is worth seeing and makes you feel good while cycling through it. On the rest day, you will have the chance to visit our lovely home town Osnabrück – only an 11-miles bicycle ride away.
And it might come to you as a surprise, but yes we have several vineyards here in the North! The beginnings of viniculture in Tecklenburg date back to AD 1370. When the climate became too cold, it was interrupted for 400 years. But since 1987, they grow wine again on 500 sqm – the red grape is called Regent and is pressed at the river Nahe in Bad Kreuznach, near the venue of the ITR 2017. This is where it comes full circle. Unfortunately, they don’t produce enough bottles so that this wine is only served on their annual wine festival. However, there are further vineyards in the region, e.g. Weinhof Brinkmann in Bad Iburg. They produce speciality wines which are harvested by hand. The city will be one of our rides' destination. If you search for this winegrower and the city of Tecklenburg on facebook/youtube, you can find nice videos giving you also an impression of the scenery around the Teutoburg Forest.
Regenbogen Camp Tecklenburg is situated north of the village of Leeden, less than 4 miles east of Tecklenburg. It has a total of 500 pitches, plus several cabins, and can accommodate many caravans, mobile homes and tents. We have booked two fields, nearby a sanitary building with the usual facilities. The site was renovated and expanded in 2019.
We have reserved the TC pitches from Friday 29th July 2022, so you may even arrive one day before the rally officially starts if that suits your travel plans better.
The site has a mini-supermarket with a bakery, a restaurant with beer garden, a snack bar, a swimming pool with spa area, several sports fields (in-line skating, BMXing, beach volleyball), and a children's playground, plus free Wifi (WLAN) access zones.
Moreover, a good range of supermarkets, shops, banks, pharmacies, post offices and hotels can all be found in the neighbouring towns.
If you don't want to be on the campsite, here are some options:
Holiday homes, guest houses, hotels: https://www.tecklenburg-touristik.de/unterkuenfte/
Click “Unterkünfte” – “Unterkünfte online buchen”
In vicinity of the campsite:
Hotel Jagdschloss Habichtswald: https://jagdschloss-habichtswald.de/
In Leeden (village close to campsite):
Hotel Stiftschänke Schwermann: https://stiftschaenke-schwermann.de/hotel
Whilst searching for accommodation, we found the following holiday home that is only 900m from the campsite. It accommodates up to 6 adults, has 3 bedrooms and total 110 m2.
Costs only 65 € for the first person and 16,50 € for each additional person. So it costs 147,50 € with 6 persons per day.
Convenient Dutch Campsite When Cycling To / From TCI2022
If you are thinking of cycle camping to the rally, Micha and Jörg often stay overnight at a small quiet campsite in the Netherlands: http://www.ervebeernink.nl/ which is about 80 km from the rally site. You can download a gpx track of the route between Erve Beernink and the rally site here: NL_Farmer-ITR22.gpx. The route is flat and for a substantial part is along an old railway. As an added bonus 2 bakeries are included as waypoints. There are many other bakeries along the route.
Even though Tecklenburg is situated on top of a hill with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside, you don't have to worry that the rides will be leading solely through hilly landscapes. The region also offers undulating and flat sceneries with beautiful forests, farmland, lakes and historic villages. If you have to climb hills here and there, they generally afford some wonderful views. On all rides you will find plenty of benches and picnic areas, often near Christian wayside shrines/crosses. Traffic volumes are not too high. A few unpaved bits could not be avoided, but the rides have been tested with a racing bike on 23 mm tyres so that you should be able to do them with your touring tandems, too.
Each day there are three rides to choose from: On average, the short rides are ca. 33 miles (53 km), the medium rides are up to around 44 miles (72 km) and the long rides around 54 miles (87 km). Since there are numerous cycle routes, you can easily find short cuts to reduce your miles if you have a map of this area. Gpx files plus fact sheets for each route will be available on the club website a few weeks before the event. Each rally attendee is expected to bring their own printed copy of the gpx track files. For those that have not yet attended a Tandem Club rally, we do not go out as a large group. Instead we tend to set off in small groups, so as not to swamp the local roads. The rallies are very friendly - groups setting off will be happy to have extra tandems join them.
So far the following events are planned:
|Friday 29th. July||Early arrivals, set-up marquee|
|Saturday 30th. July||Official arrival day, |
Most people arrive
|Welcome party with free drinks and traditional local snacks. |
Volunteers needed to prepare snacks and to serve drinks.
|Sunday 31st. July||Bramsche ride||Talk from a young German couple on their tandem expedition from Europe to Singapore plus charity sale for children's projects in India.|
|Monday 1st. August||Lienen ride||Local produce evening|
|Tuesday 2nd. August||Tecklenburg ride, inc. photo challenge||Cycle jumble sale|
|Wednesday 3rd. August||Traditional rally rest Day (no planned rides) |
Time to relax or to explore other places
Recommended trip: ride to Osnabrück
|Enjoy a free evening|
|Thursday 4th. August||Iburg ride||Tandem Games|
|Friday 5th. August||Saerbeck ride||Catered barbecue, music|
|Saturday 6th. August||Departure day, clear-up|
The catered barbecue with music on Friday night, can be booked on the booking system at 18 GBP / 20 euros per person.
The catered BBQ will include:
You will need to bring your own:
The meat and warm side dishes are all dairy and gluten free. Only the noodle and couscous salad contain gluten and the"Kräuterquark" (herbed curd cheese) contains lactose.
All measurements are in centimeters (cm).
Adults' T-shirts - 9.00 GBP / 10.00 euros
Childrens' T-shirts - 9.00 GBP / 10.00 euros
It is strongly recommended that you hold a travel insurance policy that covers covid related issues.
You can find travel advice for Germany on the UK government web site, including Germany's current entry restrictions and requirements: Foreign travel advice Germany.
You can find travel advice for the Netherlands on the UK government web site, including Holland's current entry restrictions and requirements: Foreign travel advice Netherlands.
Initially we have reserved 50 pitches at the campsite for the rally at a discounted price. Once these have been booked, we can go back to the campsite for additional allocations. Our booking system enforces the number of pitches available at each size. If your preferred size is no longer available – contact the rally organisers on firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will let you know how close we are to booking a further tranche of pitches.
The price of each pitch type includes up to 2 adults (basically people age 14 and over) plus ALL children under 14. Any additional persons aged 14 and over are charged at 5.4 GBP / 6 euros per night. Children under 14 are free. A person's age is evaluated on the day that they arrive at the campsite.
There is a maximum of 6 people per pitch.
The initial set of pitches is as follows [prices are per night]:
|Standard M||35||50 - 80 m2||5 of these pitches are approximately 50 m2. 30 are approximately 80 m2. |
Suitable for cycle camping, car+tent, car+caravan, camper van, motorhome.
The price includes electric hook-up.
|Standard L||13||80 - 120 m2||Suitable for car+tent, car+caravan, camper van, motorhome. |
The price includes electric hook-up.
|Komfort XL||2||120 - 140 m2||Suitable for car+tent, car+caravan, camper van, motorhome. |
Fully serviced with electric hook-up, fresh water supply and waste water disposal.
Additional people aged 14 and over are 5.40 GBP / 6.00 euros per person per night.
Sadly there is a charge for pup tents of 4.50 GBP / 5.00 euros per pup tent per night. There is a maximum of one pup tent per pitch (in addition to the main accommodation).
There is no charge for an awning nor for a gazebo.
Animals are 3.60 GBP / 4.00 euros per animal per night.
These pitches are available to book via the rally booking system for up to 8 nights, arrival from Friday 29th July 2022 and departure up to Saturday 6th August 2022. Saturday 30th July is the official start day of the rally. Additional nights before or after these 8 nights must be booked direct with the campsite. It is likely best to book on the TC system first, then send an email to email@example.com
If you are staying on the campsite please do add your party leader's date of birth on the booking form - the campsite require this information.
Note we will forward bookings to the campsite in March - once forwarded they are binding.
We are holding a catered barbecue with music on Friday night, which can be booked on the booking system at 18 GBP / 20 euros per person.
The campsite also has new comfortable “Holli” cabins for 4 persons - 24 m2, nicely appointed with kitchenette / living room, 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 bunk beds), shower bathroom, separate toilet and terrace. We don’t have a discount for these, so it is worth booking these immediately direct with the campsite at:
There have been some teething problems with the website, so if you are having difficulty booking a "Holli" cabin or there appears to be none left, it is also worth writing an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning them on: +49 431 237 237 0
The campsite's booking system has more information in the German language version, so to help you, Micha has written a handy guide on how to book a Holli cabin: RC_Booking_Holli_Cabins.pdf
Google can translate the webpage for you if you wish, or you may find the following translation table useful
|Ferienhaus Holli||Cabin without animals|
|Ferienhaus Holli mit Hund||Cabin with dog|
|Bettwäschepaket||Bed linen package|
|Geburtsdatum||Date of birth|
|Wünsche / Anmerkungen||Wishes / Comments|
|Ihr aufenthalt||Your stay|
|Allgemeine geschäftsbedingungen||Terms and conditions|
|Sie benötigen ein Mietobjekt||Rented property|
Need further information?
E-mail the rally team at: email@example.com
Terms and Conditions.
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Your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received in full and cleared which should be before the closing date for bookings. Dishonoured cheques will result in the cancellation of your booking.
This event is open to UK or overseas Tandem Club Members or, in the case of overseas people, members of the following organisations: "Tandem Club of America", "Tandem Club de France", "Tandem Club NL (Netherlands)", "Tandem ClubVlaanderen (Belgium)" and "Tandem-fahren.de (Germany)". You can join the Tandem Club using the forms on the TC website. Joining the TC (About 15 UKP per year).
If you participate in any ride or event organised by the Tandem Club you do so entirely at your own risk. The Club, its officers and ride organisers accept no responsibility for loss, damage to property, accident, injury or death, that may occur, however caused, whether by negligence, deliberate act or otherwise.
Cancellations and refunds.
The rally fee will not be refunded after the closing date. Refund of other components will depend on what the Club can recover from the campsite and/or other suppliers. Members may wish to consider taking out Holiday Insurance to cover losses the Club cannot refund.
Photographs taken at the event may be published on the Tandem Club Website, The Tandem Club Facebook pages and The Tandem Club Journal