Winter Epic 2023
Winter Epic is born out of biggest and hardest Baltic unsupported bikepacking challenge called "Hydra Epic" and is the third event of "Epic" kind. The idea is to ride in winter, without support from aside, sleeping and overnighting in forest, when most of track is arranged through used forest and meadow roads.
The route was born out of admiration for the views of the forests of Labanoras and Gražutė parks in winter, inspired by memorable winter rides in other wooded corners of Lithuania.
The route is about 320 km long and has a 2,4 km ascent.
Start and finish is in the same location.
Early bird registration
If you want to participate in the event, you have to pay 60 € early bird registration fee.
You haven't manage to use this price? Check Standard registration
If you want to participate in the event, you have to pay 90 € stardard registration fee.
You haven't manage to use this price? Check Late bird registration
Late bird registration
If you want to participate in the event, you have to pay 120 € late registration fee.
Want to ride as a pair/duo?
Buy two tickets at once, so we will mark two of you as such.
18 and older
17:00-21:00 farmstead accepts riders
21:00-22:00 registration and inventory, bicycle, tracking app check
22:00-22:45 free time
22:45 -23:45 general meeting
21:01 Finish is closed
- Tracking system and smartphone app
- Sauna / Hot tub @ Finish
- Finisher T-shirt
- Finisher badge/sew-on
- Tea, cookies, might be more.
- Visitor tickets for Gražutės ir Labanoro state parks.
Money return, cancellation, passing your participation
Participants can cancel participation until 31st of December, 2022, getting back 50% of their start fee.
There is no option to pass participation to other participant.
Riders will have to carry sleeping bags (normal ones, alternatives are not permitted) no matter if they want to finish whole distance in one go or not. Sleeping bag's recommended comfort temperature is -5C or even more, but not restricted because of unpredictable weather in late years, when there were positive temperatures during January.
Sleeping inside publicly available places is permitted in this event, although not too many options for that.
Obligatory to have
1. GPS device to be able to follow provided route track. (We do not recommend to use smartphones as a primary tracking device).
2. Smartphone for location tracking app, app installation instructions will be given by organizers before the start.
3. Safety measures (helmet, safety vest or light reflecting clothes).
4. Lightning system, including front and rear lights.
5. Powerbank to charge smartphone or other devices.
6. Sleeping bag (alternatives are not permitted).
Recommended to have
8. Tent, bivy or hammock with tarp that has protection from rain, snow.
9. Cold weather jacket
10. At least two water bottles or similar capacity hydration system
11. Multi-tool to service your bicycle.
12. Spare derailleur hanger.
13. Extra inner tube or tools to fix your tubeless tire.
15. First aid kit.
Friends and family
Friends or family can visit participants on the route, but can only give moral support. Any other form of help from friends and family will be considered as violation of the rules (no pacing, buying dinner, providing material help or service is allowed)
In case of major technical problems
Things happen on the road. Having that in mind we do strongly suggest to evaluate your abilities to take care of the issue if fixing on the spot is impossible. We are not in the Andes or the desert so there are towns with bike or repair shops. Evaluate time limits for the nearest checkpoint and make decisions based on that. Remember that if you leave the track you have to go back to the point where you left it and continue your ride from there. Any violation of this rule will result in removing participant from the race. If you have a major technical problem and wish to get help from aside (family, friends, etc.) call organizers and we will make decision based on the situation. You might be able continue the ride but not competing and will get “Tech. exception*” indication
GPS navigation is one of the most important participant’s items, with its help he\she can start, follow the route and have an evidence that the route has been completed fully and according to rules.
Using smartphones for navigation is permitted only if they have correct software and can work without battery save mode - to get a correct position. We do recommend to use smart phones for a back up.
All participants must use location tracking device given by organizers. It is used to monitor the position of the participant at any given time during the race. If you have any issues with the location tracker during the race please contact the race organizers since any discrepancies that will be noticed during or found later after the race between the race track and location tracking device might result in DNF or DSQ (Did not finish or Disqualified)
The participants’ location tracking system is used to check on their routes, but not to ensure their safety. The maximum tolerance for not following the route is 30 meters, knowing that GPS signal can be inaccurate sometimes.
Rules for pairs
Pairs can share their resources. The rules are the same as for solo cyclists, but having one main difference: any support is allowed between those two riders. Pair can share resources, help navigate each other, etc.
Pairs can ride as solo participants, but the finish will be timed when the last person from the pair will cross the line.
Pairs still have to use two tracking devices and carry them separately. In case one of the pair riders withdraw from the challenge, other can continue to the finish line and his\her entry will be marked as *finished solo, but started in pair.
While pairs can be registered, they can also be formed while riding. Participants (both) should inform organizers about their agreement to form a pair while riding. If two solo participants are sleeping two or more times together, near each other, and haven't informed organizers about becoming a pair - organizers might consider their disqualification.
Persons 18 years and older are allowed to participate.
Participants can receive help from other participants in case of:
Food or water (in extreme cases)
Sending your prepared packages to different post/parcel machines and post offices and collecting them along the route is not allowed.
All the participants use the same track to reach the finish line. Once the length of the race is chosen during registration there is no other way to change the distance. A participant, who reaches a designated finish is asked to sign the finish book. Participant’s finish time is the one confirmed by organizers and noted in the finish book.
Technical and inventory check
On pre-race day we will do a quick bicycle check, as well as "Obligatory to have" items will be checked, so participants need to make sure their bicycles are OK. This check is done to lessen technical problems along the way, so more participants can finish the challenge.
In case of serious issues with inventory or bicycle, the owner/rider might be restricted from starting. Organizers might give time to fix problems.
We would like to remind
Any human powered bicycle in good condition is OK, even those that are not used in traditional events (we recommend hardtails, fatbikes, 650b gravel bike but the choice is yours).
The participants are responsible for their own safety.
Only participants are responsible for their actions during the challenge.
“Winter Epic” organizers can exclude a participant from the challenge for not following the rules.
All the rules, recommendations and requirements will be discussed during pre-race day, a day before the race start - it is official meeting where participants are obliged to be.
"Winter Epic" organizers strive to provide equal racing conditions to all the participants during the challenge so we ask you to be mindful and respect others. Follow the self-supported rule, ask your family and friends not to tempt you with getting that little extra help and a hot beverage when it's cold. Don't cut corners. We don't want you to have restless nights after all :)