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Border Epic 2022

Border Epic is a fast child of Baltic unsupported bikepacking challenge called "Hydra Epic" and is the second event of "Epic" kind. The idea is to use the gravel roads when they are in the best condition - autumn, when they are a bit wet, but solid. The route was born from tourism route, that we as riders started using from 2008 and were fascinated in, wanted to show and share this route with other gravel lovers.

The remote border roads have low traffic, lots of fauna, are highly forested, unusually hilly compared to other Lithuania's parts, meets Baltic seaside in the west.

 

The route

The full route is around 1700 km with 8,5 kms of ascent. The short distance from Zarasai to Druskininkai is 600 km in total.

Riders do have to tackle with various conditions while progressing the track.

It starts being hilly from the start, including most hilly part - Dieveniškės appendix. It's more technical there as well.

The track is quite dependant on rain conditions on the east side. If it's rainy - it will be slippery and hard rolling with a lot of resistance. 

Comes flat and sandy in South, when approaching Marcinkonys and the first checkpoint - Druskininkai city. 

From Druskininkai to seaside it can get wind-challenging so beware of weather conditions. Gravel and asphalt will vary there with few exceptions.

Vištytis lake to Kuršių sea is following Kaliningrad district (Russia) border - rivers Šešupė and Nemunas. Long straight gravel parts will be changed by border patrol dirt roads.

The end of border with Russia will be marked by checkpoint in Uostadvaris city, located in Rusnė island.

Afterwards riders will enter a long straight single track near Wilhelm canal and reach Klaipėda - third biggest Lithuania's city.  

Seaside is mostly marked by cycle paths, although gravel is waiting there too.

Seaside to Zarasai are mostly straight wide gravel and asphalt roads with Biržai and Naujoji Akmenė cities and checkpoint No.3 in Žagarė in between. 

Track does change a lot during ride, riders will see very different views while progressing and will be amazed be the wildness Border Epic offers.

 

Registration:

<2022-06-12

Registration

The fee of 30€ has to be paid in order to enter the selection process.

The first twenty early bird riders registered for selection, will have a discount price for further registration (info below)

<2022-06-19

You're in?

You will get an email informing if you were selected to participate in the event.


<2022-06-30

Rest of the payment
Selected participants will have to pay the rest of the fee. The first 20 registered early bird racers will have a discount and will be asked to pay additional 90€ registration. The rest will be asked to pay additional 120€ registration fee. 

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Pair?

Please buy two tickets at once, in this way we will know that you want to enter the challenge as pair.

Limit

100 riders

Age

18 & older

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