WHEN? WHERE? HOW?

Everything you need to know about this adventure is listed below.

list of participants 2021

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Results 2021

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ONLINE TRACKING

The link for online positions can be found here

The Route

The first edition of The West Carpathian Challenge starts in the heart of Liptov and leads to Lozorno near Bratislava. A gorgeous 550 km route through The Carpathian Mountains with an elevation gain of 14.500m will double-check both your physical and mental condition.  

The route is fixed and unmarked. You will follow a GPS track which will be send to all participants before the start.


Start and Finish

The event starts on the 6th of August 2021 at 9am near Liptovský Hrádok in camping Račkova dolina. The finish will be located at a river dam in Lozorno near Bratislava.

WHO IS IT FOR?

For all adventurers! If you are bored by one day trips and short range challenges, this is something for you. You can choose to ride a MTB (recommended) or Gravel bike, kick-bike, walk/run or on your own or with a dog.  

This is a self-supported challenge which means that you will be on your own throughout the whole distance. How to approach the event is up to you. You can plan every step in advance and follow your schedule or just dive into the adventure and see what comes out:-) You can enjoy the company of other participants but planned help from outside is prohibited.


Application and fees

You can apply for this event by clicking on Registration. Please, fill in the category you plan to attend. Participant fee for all categories is 80 euros and includes rental of the tracker (plus a refundable deposit 50 euros for the tracker, which will be refunded after returning the tracker), refreshments at the start, official checkpoint and finish and a finisher T-shirt for all who reach the finish line. After filling in the application you will get an e-mail with payment information.
Cancellation policy: The full entry fee will be refunded to the participant in case of his cancellation until the 31st of March 2021. 50% of the entry fee will be refunded to the participant in case of his cancellation until the 30th of June 2021. After this date, the entry fee will be used for event organization and thus will not be refunded. In case of cancellation by the organizer, the full entry fee will be refunded to the participant.

TRACKING THE ROUTE

Each participant will be given a tracking device to record the route. It is his/her duty to keep the tracker working all the time and record the route. We recommend to have a GPS navigation with route recording option as well (in the case of tracker malfunction). Each participant has to follow the route precisely and completely. If you leave the route at some point, you must return to that point and continue from there. If the route recording is incomplete, the participant might be disqualified. Each tracker will be checked by the organizers at the finish.    

The RULES

Bikepacking events have their specific rules. Participants' styles might differ but some rules remain the same for everyone. You will find more by clicking bellow.