Nearly 5,000 miles on bicycles from the North Cape in Norway, through Scotland, England and France, all the way to Gibraltar. The reason for the expedition, children in need. Starting on August 1, the initiators and key players of the “Every Mile Counts” charity campaign, Andreas Isler and Marcus Niessl, rise to the challenge. The amateur athletes from Switzerland are supported by the most versatile vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the best endurance road bike that can handle the roughest roads in the world, Specialized S-Works Roubaix and the fastest road bike in the world, the S-Works Tarmac. The aim is to raise 75,000 Swiss franks for the Pro Juventute Foundation and ROKJ, the youth organisation of the Rotary Clubs. The money will benefit the integration of economically and socially disadvantaged children.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 319 CDI 4×4 specifically selected and outfitted for charity campaign
Mercedes-Benz Switzerland AG and Mercedes-Benz Automobil AG Merbag in Schlieren support the “Every Mile Counts” charity campaign with a support vehicle, a Sprinter 319 CDI 4×4. The van was selected in light of the challenges of the expedition and converted together with outfitter specialists.
Marcus Niessl says: “The intensive preparations took about two and a half years. Fitness is one thing. The organisation, putting together the right equipment and crew and finding suitable partners is another.”
Apart from a V6-engine that is rated at 190 hp and produces a torque of 440 Nm, the Sprinter is equipped with on-demand all-wheel drive and off-road tyres to master even difficult road conditions on the 8000 km trip. Safety is ensured by Crosswind Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist, among other things.
Comfort for the team and crew in the interior is provided by a wash basin, refrigerator, gas stove, TV and high-performance music system, on the outside by hook-ups for gas, power, air pressure and a shower. In addition, there are technically sophisticated features such as digital controls for programming lights, pumps and electricity.
This is already the second year for the charity campaign.
More information about the “Every Mile Counts” charity campaign is available online at: www.jedemeilezaehlt.ch/en