What a party! The seventh annual Santa Claus Ride in Stuttgart, Germany, took place yesterday. More than 130 bikers from the local scene came together to celebrate Santa Claus Day and roamed around the streets and squares of the city – all dressed up as Santa Claus. Decorated (blinking!) bikes, spectacular action and lots of “Glühwein” were part of the entertaining day. It didn’t matter if you were rocking a full-on downhill rig, high-end enduro bike or just joined the pumptrack ride – everyone had a great time! We’ve the best pictures of the event!

Mehr als 130 verkleidete Fahrer zählte die muntere Truppe.
More than 130 dressed up riders took part – a new record!
Egal ob High-End Enduro, zehn Jahre alter Downhiller oder Dirtbike - am Ende zählte der Spaß!
Downhill bikes, enduro bikes, pumptrack hardtails and even racebikes – everyone had fun!
Regelmäßige Glühwein Stopps sorgten für Wärme von innen
Regular stops for Glühwein at the Christmas market kept the riders warm
Leerstehender Brunnen oder endloser Anlieger? - Offenbar Interpretationssache
Is it an empty fountain or an endless berm?
Nikoläuse soweit das Auge reicht!
Santa Clauses as far as you can see
Unter den kritischen Blicken der Polizei schoben (!) die Nikoläuse singend durch den Hauptbahnhof.
Under the critical eyes of the local police, the Santa Clauses pushed their bikes singing through the main station
Eine Nikolaus-Lawine rollt die Treppe hinab
An avalanche of Santa Clauses went down the stairs of the city
Treppensession mitten in der Stuttgarter Innenstadt
Stair gap session
Verschiedene Treppengaps sorgten für spektakuläre Action
Spectacular Action
Funkenschlag bedeutet in der Regel, dass der Sprung nicht ganz nach Plan verlief
Sparks on impact are a sign that the jump did not go to plan.
Daumen hoch für diese Aktion, die inzwischen zum siebten Mal stattfindet
Thumbs up for this tradition!
Prächtige Nikoläuse vor Lichterpracht.
Group-Picture under the nicely decorated shopping center.

Words: Aaron Steinke Photos: Florian Gerlach / Pierre Johne (stairgap)

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Aaron Steinke

Aaron was our first employee and actively helped make our company what it is today, significantly shaping the look and direction of our various magazines. Aaron has been pursuing his own projects since mid-2020 but he continues to advise and support us on issues of marketing and technology. For many years, you would usually have found Aaron at casual enduro races, but increasingly you'll find him riding his road bike – long live freedom on two wheels!