The “Nimm2 Kids Challenge” makes children’s hearts beat faster at six stage locations. The youngest children complete 150 metres on a running bike – an unforgettable experience for the little ones, a wonderful spectacle for the parents.
“The Nimm2 Kids Challenge is a huge success,” says Ueli Gerber, the father of the Tour de Suisse runner race. “With the video footage posted on Facebook of a race held last year, we now have 183,000 hits.” Under loud cheers from parents and the audience, the 3 to 5 year olds fight their way to the finish line, where they receive a bicycle bell as a reminder. The thunderous applause is a huge experience. “It would of course be nice if there were a new Cancellara among the nipples,” laughs Ueli Gerber. First and foremost, however, it is the fun of it that counts.
Last year, the wheel race was held for the first time as part of the Tour de Suisse. The echo was extremely positive. This year, the offer will therefore be extended to six stage destinations. About an hour before the professionals, the smallest ones “sprint” on their wheels for fame and glory. A limited number of wheels are available for hire. Wearing a helmet is mandatory. Interested parents register their child at the stage location until 45 minutes before the start in the tent of “Nimm2 Lachgummi” in the Tour de Suisse Village. A “Nimm2 Kids Challenge” will take place at these stage locations: Cham (11.6.), Bern (12.6.), Villars-sur-Ollon (13.6.), Cevio (14.6.), La Punt (15.6.) and Schaffhausen (17.6.).
But even slightly older children will get their money’s worth on the two weekends of the Tour de Suisse. They can test their skills at the Kids World in Cham and Schaffhausen in various skill parks.