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Third Ampler Challenge demonstrates the healing effect cycling has

In May 2019, Ampler Bikes challenged the public to submit their dream route for the longest commuter bicycle test ride on the planet. The four chosen challengers were given their own Ampler bikes to complete a bicycle tour of up to 1000 km during the summer. We are happy to announce that all the challengers successfully completed their adventure, and their inspiring stories will be published throughout September. This is the story of the third Challenge.

Andrew is a nurse consultant in mental health from the UK who suffered a tragic personal loss in 2011. For Andrew, the island of Iona was both the destination for his honeymoon in 1997 together with his wife, and 12 years later the place for one of their last trips they got to take together.

The one thing that has kept Andrew going was the notion that one day he would have the time to make a return trip to Iona, but this time by bike. This is Andrew’s return to the island that has so many emotions and so much meaning for him. 

He cycled to Iona and back on the 10-speed Ampler Curt e-bike, covering 1000 km in 7 days. We hope that Andrew’s experience will inspire others to use the vast open roads for dealing with personal loss and difficult times.

My mental and physical health have been maintained and strengthened by my ability to cycle on a very regular basis.

Andrew
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The Challenge

  • Morpeth to Iona and back, Scotland
  • 1000 km
  • 7 days

The bicyle

  • Ampler Curt 10-speed E-Bike
  • Range: 45-100 km
  • Speed: 25 km/h
  • Bike nominal weight: 14.3 kg

About the Ampler Challenge

In June 2019, Ampler Bikes invited cyclists from all over Europe to submit their dream route for the world's longest cycling test drive: a special cycle route between 500 and 1000 km with an explanation of what makes their tour so unique. Out of more than 3,710 applicants, four were selected to receive their own Ampler e-bikes for the big adventure.

Ampler Challenge received 3710 applications with the oldest applicant being 82 years old and the youngest, albeit a passenger, merely six months old. The project will be launched again in 2020. 

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About Ampler Bikes

Ampler Bikes makes light electric bicycles for urban commuters. The company launched in 2016 with a mission to create better commuting experiences and remove barriers from cycling. Currently, Ampler has 36 people working between the two offices located in Berlin and Tallinn. The Ampler Bikes showroom is located in the lively Berlin neighbourhood in Prenzlauer Berg, at Kollwitzstraße 47

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