16,500 kilometers by bike
Former Brückner China managing director cycled from China to Siegsdorf (Germany)
Christoph Mayer's retirement is certainly unique: the former Managing Director of the Brückner Group China has cycled from China to Siegsdorf (Germany). On October 11th, he arrived at the Brückner company premises - after less than ten months, 16,500 kilometers, many thousands of meters in altitude, a few flat tires and an infinite number of unforgettable impressions and moments. In Siegsdorf he was solemnly received by the colleagues.
The adventure "Hoamzua" began in Suzhou in eastern China. There, Christoph Mayer worked for eight years as Managing Director of the Brückner Group. To fly home to retirement was out of the question for the new pensioner. By the way, the bike was not an e-bike. On January 2, the adventure began. "Our Chinese colleagues lined up to say goodbye, raining confetti and singing „Go west“ from the Pet Shop Boys. That was very emotional," recalls Christoph Mayer.
The first 4,200 kilometers through southern and central China to Lijiang were laid back by Mayer and his wife Ingeborg. Thereafter, Christoph Mayer cycled alone through the eastern Himalayan foothills and along the Chinese Silk Road. At the beginning of May he reached the border to Kazakhstan. It was followed by Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Georgia. On this route, a friend joined Mayer before Ingeborg joined again in August in Turkey and accompanied her husband back home via Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria.
On October 11, the two arrived overjoyed in Siegsdorf. "With the tour, I have fulfilled a lifetime dream," says Christoph Mayer beaming with joy after his arrival.