8bar Pathfinder – Gravel x Road
The slightly different Cycling Event from 9th to 11th August in the Berlin area.
>> You choose! Join the 8bar Pathfinder Gravel x Road for 1, 2 or 3 days – road or offroad. <<
Saturday is Pathfinder Day: No planned route. Just follow your instinct.
Imagine you and your friends riding with their bicycles through the woods. Suddenly one of your friends is missing. As you search for him, you find a navigation device without a map and a message:
“Follow the line of the navigation device to find the next checkpoint. Various tasks await you there. When you reach the last checkpoint after dusk, use your phone for navigation or call someone, your friend has to ride an e-bike for the rest of his life”.
INFOThe 8bar Pathfinder Gravel x Road is an unique cycling event, taking place in Berlin and Brandenburg. You can decide if you want to ride road or offroad – for one, two or three days. You enjoy the ride, we take care of the rest. Luggage transport, food, drinks, gpx tracks – all included in the 8bar Pathfinder package. Just grab your road- or gravelbike, come with your friends and have a good time!
Order of events:INFO
Friday // Day 1 (included in 3 days ticket):
On Friday, 9th of August 2019 we will meet at 9am at the 8bar bikes showroom. At 9:45 am we will start towards the first Basecamp. You can transport your equipment* on your bike or we will take it to the first basecamp* for you. Where exactly the basecamp will be and how the track will lead you there, we will tell you via email after you’ve registered for the event.
There are different tracks for gravel you can choose from on Friday – either 77 km (short), 110 km (medium) or 148 km (long) . Depending on your choice, you need to take the train out of the city first (short and medium routes). This way you can also avoid annoying traffic on the first kilometres through town.
Saturday // Day 2: 8bar Pathfinder Day (included in 1, 2 and 3 days ticket):
The main event will take place on Saturday. The event will be contested as a team of 3-6 riders. If you don’t have a team, that’s no problem. We will assign you a suitable team. Each team will receive a wahoo navigation device. However, this does not contain a map, but only shows you the ideal line to the next checkpoint. The checkpoints must be approached. You have to follow this line, but which way you use is up to you. It is prohibited to use your own navigation device or mobile phone for navigating or telephoning. Since this is no race and there are NO prizes anyway, you only spoil the fun for yourself. It is not about being fast, although you decide if you want to take the 8bar Pathfinder Gravel x Road on the fast lane or just go on a relaxed ride! Much more important than any rating is having a good time with friends.
The longer distance will be about 100 km as the crow flies. Which means with good “Pathfinder Skills” about 140 kilometers for gravel and for road cyclists. You don’t wan to ride that long distance? No problem: There is also a shorter version for gravel and road cycling.
The finish for the 8bar Pathfinder Day will be close to Neustrelitz. After the ride there will be a barbecue waiting for everyone. If you just booked a 1 day ticket, the last train back to Berlin is leaving at 23:00. Everyone who books the 2 and 3 day ticket will stay with us at the 2nd basecamp.
Sunday // Day 3 (included in 2-3 days ticket):
After breakfast we will return to Berlin in small groups. The long ride will be around 135 to 143 km for gravel and road cyclists. The short (65 km) and medium (98 km) versions include a train trip again to shorten the route. We are happy to take your overnight luggage with us. You can pick it up from 15:00-20:00 in the 8bar showroom.
- Team size: 3-6 riders (riders without a team will be assigned to a suitable team.)
- At least 1 own navigation device per team for arrival/departure track
- Each rider registers separately.
- Questions about team, eating habits, level of riding, etc. will be asked after the registration is closed.
Routes & General Information:
For the arrival and departure gravel ride we have chosen a route off the beaten track, as far as possible. However, you will be surprised how well the surrounding area of Berlin is suitable for gravel- and road cycling.
For Saturday it is up to you what route you take. Be fast on the asphalt or take the shortcut on the singletrail! There will be a short variant for the main event and also for the arrival and for the departure. The short variant (to the first checkpoint) is also suitable for beginners. The longer version is only recommended for riders who have already taken longer tours of more than 100km on several occasions.
The track is not closed at any moment or secured by track marshals. The underground of the route varies on the package you book: Road or offroad. For the gravel option for example, it will be a mixture between asphalt, gravel, forest paths and easy trails. A gravel or cyclocross bike is best for the trails. The route plans for arrival and departure will be sent to all registered participants shortly before the event by e-mail as a GPX file.
On the way there are refreshment stations at the checkpoints to recharge your batteries. The following meals / drinks are included:
- Dinner on Friday evening
- Breakfast (muesli and fruit) on Saturday morning
- Dinner on Saturday evening
- Breakfast (muesli and fruit) on Sunday morning
- Tab water, beer & apple juice spritzer
- Bananas and bars at the checkpoints
→ Take enough food for the arrival and departure as well as for the exit on Saturday from Berlin with you. The 2nd basecamp is located in the forest and there is no supermarket nearby.
- depending on your package choice: Roadbike // Gravel, cyclocross or mountainbike
- 2 sets of bicycle clothing
- replacement tube, multi-tool, pump, repair kit
- 1x first aid kit per team
- tent / sleeping bag / camping mat → We can transport it for you to the basecamp if needed.
- own crockery (plate, cereal bowl, knife, fork, spoon, mug)
- sun and mosquito protection
- other products for personal use
Registration is limited and will be closed when 40 teams are reached.
The registration deadline is 28.07.2019.
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