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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:

<2022-06-15

Early bird registration

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

Didn't make it until this date? See standard price registration.

<2022-06-20

You're in (for early birds)?

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


<2022-06-30

Rest of the payment for early bird price
Selected participants will have to pay the rest of the fee. You will be asked to pay additional 90€ registration.

If you will miss this date, you will be asked to pay additional 120€ or 190€ registration fee (standard or late bird price). 

<2022-07-15

Standard price registration

The fee of 30€ has to be paid in order to enter the second, standard price, selection batch.

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<2022-07-20

You're in (standard price)?

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


<2022-07-30

Rest of the payment for standard price
Selected participants will have to pay the rest of the fee. You will be asked to pay additional 120€ registration

 

<2022-08-15

Late bird price registration

The fee of 30€ has to be paid in order to enter the third, late bird, selection batch.

 

<2022-08-20

You're in (late bird price)?

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


<2022-08-30

Rest of the payment for late bird price
Selected participants will have to pay the rest of the fee. You will be asked to pay additional 190€ registration

 

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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