bikepacking adventures

45-SouthWest

A self-supported ultracycling bike adventure from Krakow Poland to Tarifa Spain. Up to 4200km road cycling.

Some key facts: Mantua, Col de Tende, Nice, Gorges du Verdon (biggest Canyon in Europe, also called “Grand Canyon du Verdon”), Mont Ventoux, Cirque de Navacelles, Col du Tourmalet, Mallos de Riglos, Terra de Gigantes, Pico del Veleta.

Details:

  • Start Date: 20/06/2023 – every 2nd year
  • Start: Krakow, Poland
  • Finish:
    – Nice, France (1750km)
    – Granada Spain (3800km)
    – Tarifa, Spain (4200km)
  • Registration: open
  • Interval: every 2nd year
  • Type: road (all kind of surfaces)
  • Event page: https://45southwest.com

Swiss-BikeAdventure

The devil’s ride – Switzerland the hilliest country in Europe.

Are you addicted to climbing and great downhills? The 2023 route will be a mix of the 1st and 2nd editions. Albulapass, Furkapass, Splügenpass, Walensee and more.

“Swiss Bike Adventure 5 days, 1300km, 27000m and one of the most amazing experiences of my life.” – Matthew Spooner

“Thanks for such a wonderful route, it was something special!” – Robbie Britton

Details:

  • Grand depart: 24/06/2023 in Andermatt
  • Registration for grand depart: opens 02/12/2022
  • ITT: start anywhere on the route, tracking is open from 01/07/2023 till 30/09/2023
  • Finish: where you start
  • Registration for ITT: opens 01/05/2023
  • Type: road (paved roads with some short gravel sections)
  • Distance: about 1350km
  • Vertical climbing: about 28,000m
  • Event page: https://swiss-bikeadventure.com

Alaska-Divide

The Last Frontier of North America – mixed road surfaces. Because it was simply awesome! We do it again!

The 2nd edition of Alaska Divide unsupported bikepacking adventure from Anchorage to Deadhorse on Prudhoe Bay. The route will traverse the subarctic ecosystem of southern Alaska to the arctic tundra north of the Arctic Circle. Long days and a chance to see the Northen Lights await!

Details:

  • Start date: 13/08/2023
  • Start: Anchorage
  • Finish: Deadhorse
  • Registration: opens 01/01/2023
  • Type: gravel and paved road
  • Distance: 1050 miles / 1680km
  • Event page: https://alaskadivide.com/

Iberica-Traversa

Traversing the Iberian Peninsula on mostly gravel roads and trails

Traversing the Iberian Peninsula from Irun, at the Bay of Biscay to Tarifa the most southern point on the European mainland.
The Iberica-Traversa gravel/trail route is a single-stage, unsupported, 1723km bike adventure across the Iberian Peninsula, following mostly unpaved routes and trails. The 1812km road route, all the way on paved roads, goes to the 3398m high Pico del Veleta.

“The most beautiful route I have ever cycled” – Aleksander Pachulski, 1st finisher 2020.

Details:

Piste route:

  • Start date: 24/09/2023
  • Type: gravel and trails
  • Distance: 1723km
  • Vertical climbing: 29,427m
  • 30 slots limited

Road route:

  • Start date: 25/09/2023
  • Type: road (paved roads)
  • Distance: 1812km
  • Vertical: 27,325m
  • Highlights: Pico del Veleta 3398m

Morocco-BikeAdventure

African adventure on piste or road route.

The 4th edition of this self-supported bikepacking adventure starts again in Tangier and heads through the Rif mountains and over the Middle Atlas to the Sahara desert. For the dirt road route, “pistes” once used from the legendary Paris-Dakar Rally, are again part of the route. The road route stays nearby the piste route but uses paved roads only with almost no traffic.

When you start the “Morocco Bike-Adventure”, you dive into a world far away from your comfort zone! You conquer the African continent on your bicycle!

Details:

  • Start date for the piste and road route: 08/10/2023
  • Start: Tangier
  • Finish: Sidi Ifni
  • Registration: opens 01/01/2023
  • Event page: https://morocco-bikeadventure.com

Piste route:

  • Type: piste, dirt roads
  • Distance: 2300km
  • Vertical climbing: 23,000m
  • 20 slots limited
  • Remark: “piste” is the word used for unpaved roads in Morocco. A piste is drivable with a car and any kind of road surface is possible. It’s not gravel. But it can include gravel section.

Road route:

  • Type: road (paved roads)
  • Distance: about 2400km
  • Vertical about climbing: 25,000m
  • 30 slots limited

Two Continents Adventure

Maybe the only bikepacking adventure covering 2 continents.

Start in Irun in the north of Spain and finish in Sidi Ifni in the south of Morocco. You can choose between a 4200km road route all hard surface and a 4020km gravel/piste route. It’s a 2 stage adventure with start of the 2nd stage in Tangier October 8th 2023 together with the Morocco-BikeAdventure. The ferry brings you in 1 hour from Tangier to Tangier.

Details:

Piste route:

  • Start date: 24/09/2023
  • Type: gravel, trails and pistes
  • Distance: 4020km
  • 30 slots limited

Road route:

  • Start date: 24/09/2023
  • Type: road (paved roads)
  • Distance: about 4200km

NorthCape-Tarifa

The longest bikepacking adventure in Europe!

Self-supported bikepacking adventure from the most northern to the most southern point of the European mainland, over famous Tour de France mountain passes to the top of the highest road in Europe.

Details:

  • Start date: 20/06/2024 – every 2nd year
  • Start: NorthCape
  • Finish: Helsinki (1753km), Bregenz (4071km), Nice (5370km) or Tarifa (7400km)
  • Registration: opens 01/08/2023
  • Type: road (all kind of surfaces)
  • Distance: 7400km
  • Vertical climbing: 80,000m
  • Interval: every 2nd year
  • Event page: https://www.northcape-tarifa.com
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