End of June we announced the date of our Bordercross
event. So here we are very close to the date and yes it will happen. We had here 3 months of hot temperatures and sunshine so I am sure we will have rain and cold weather but let's stay optimistic! Here is how the plan looks like.
Some general points to start with: You should bring all your own equipment and if you have a Garmin or something similar then please bring that. We send you the route as well as exact address of the start once you confirm participation. It's not a classic guided tour - the Garmin will be your guide. We will try to form two groups - but you never know you might have to find your way back on your own. We will never be more than 1.5 hours away from the OPEN office so both days will be a loop .
Unfortunately Gerard will not be able to join us but Sebastian will join us also.
You will have to carry your own food for the day. There are a few places you might be able to buy something but not to many especially on Sunday. Bring enough water bottles also. You should be able to ride with your own water for at least 2.5 hours. There are some fountains on our way to fill the bottles up.
The ride will be limited to 20 people for each day (you can also come for one day only). Saturday after the ride we hope to go for a swim in the Rhine river if the weather is good. So bring your swimming gear also. Saturday we have a dinner organised for the participants that stay for both days.
You should be a good, fit and experienced rider.
We meet at 9am at the OPEN office in Basel. It's gonna be a long ride that day so your fitness level should be quiet good. I checked out the route last week and I had a flashback: It was like when you had to write something in school about a vacation experience or so and you were told not to write more than two pages... I had always more than 2 pages.
The same happened to me checking out the route of this day. The first part of the route I had in my head and then as I always say "I got lost in a controlled way". While I ride I don't care about time. I have made many enemies like that as I normally can not really tell how long a ride is as I never measure them.
But this one of course I measured. We start in Switzerland and ride for about 30 minutes in Switzerland. Then we cross the border to France for about 2 hours to come back to Switzerland and ride in the Jura mountains. Total distance is 95km and ascent is 2100m. 85% is gravel or trails. Riding time (without any pause) between 6 and 7 hours depending on your fitness level.
We meet at 9 am at the OPEN office in Basel. We only ride for a couple of minutes in Switzerland and then we cross the border to Germany where we ride most of the time heading into the black forest hills. This day distance is 65km and ascent of 1400m. 90% is gravel or trails. Riding between 4.5 and 5.5 hours depending on your fitness level.
I think it will not take long to get the 20 people together and you really need to have a good fitness level. Send me a mail asap (firstname.lastname@example.org) and if you need a place to stay let me know and then I can send you some recommendations.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE Thursday 23rd of August
Hope to see you soon.