#SlowBikepackingMovement

Some weeks ago I asked you about non-competitive bikepacking events in Europe, as a way of raising visibility about this alternative event format, so far away from what we’re so used to (at least in Spain, hot-blooded country), but with a growing number of participants who no longer feel identified with the concept of «bikepacking race».

AUGH – Umbria Bikepacking. Watercolour based on a photo by @paolopennimartelli for @alventomagazine

I have considered the following factors in compiling this list, based on all the opinions I’ve received:

  • Offroad events only.
  • Non-competitive, in a broad sense, since not everything that doesn’t look like a race is non-competitive: Tight deadlines, intricate rules or 150+ kilometres per day schedules, that’s not what I mean.
  • A coherent registration fee, no figures to mention…
  • Nights are for sleeping and enjoying your bivouac, tent, or a charming hostel, not for risking night after night just because a dot on an app is about to catch you.

Here we go!

EVENTS & GROUP RIDES:
Torino-Nice Rally | Italy & France
@torinonicerally
Tuscany Trail | Italy
@tuscanytrail
Veneto Trail | Italy
@veneto_trail
Marche Trail | Italy
@marche_trail
Abruzzo Trail | Italy
@abruzzotrail_
Romagna Trail | Italy
@romagna_trail_ethir
Carso Trail | Italy & Slovenia
@carsotrail
Italy Unite Wild Trail | Italy
@italy_unite_wild_trail
Scaramello | Italy
@scaramellogravel
Emilia Romagna Bike Trail | Italy
@emiliaromagnabiketrail
150 S-Miles | Italy
@150smiles
Istra Land | Slovenia & Croatia
@istraland.cc
GranGuanche | Spain
@granguanche.route
Spanish Divide | Spain New!
Pennine Rally | Scotland & England
@rapha_uk
Highland Trail 500 | Scotland
Roam Scotland Rally | Scotland
@roamscotland
SecondCityDivide | Scotland & England
@secondcitydivide
Badger Divide | Scotland
@thebadgerdivide
Devon & Cornwall Trail | England
@_dctrail
The Southern Divide | England
@thesoutherndivide
Calder Divide Trail | England
@calderdividetrail
727 Grand Depart | France
La Grande Draille | France
@peuplesetnature
Bayrisch Lettn | Germany
Steppenwolf | Germany
@steppenwolf030
Taunus bikepacking | Germany
@taunusbikepacking
BAC Trail | Germany & Austria & Czech Republic
@bac_trail
Midnight Sun Gravel | Finland
@midnightsungravel
All Along The Watchtowers | Netherlands

Pennine Rally – Watercolour based on a photo by @cadence_images

Festivals & Gathers:

Also Festivals, Gathers, and Weekend Rides? Initially, I was referring to events where I could spend a few days off, like a holiday trip, but the philosophies I felt in these two-day events were in line with my requirements, so I decided to include them…

Gather Festival |France
@thegatherfestival
AUGH – Umbria Bikepacking | Italy
@umbriabikepacking.it
BAM! | Italy
@bameurope
Lost in Prealps | Italy
@lostinprealps
Orbit360 Gravity Bike Festival | Germany
@Orbit360_
Brother in the Wild | England
@brothercycles
Sisters in the Wild | England
@sistersinthewilduk
Dirt Dash | Scotland & England
@dirtdash_cc
Dirty Boar Bikepacker | Belgium
@dirtyboar
Smugglers’ Path | Belgium
@smugglerspath
Servatius Bikepacking Weekend | Netherlands
@servatiusbikepacking
Graveller | Netherlands
@thisisgraveller
Gravel Weekend | Latvia
ON THE map…

I hope this shows that they’re possible, with a growing interest, and encouraging a more inclusive, more social cycling, with greater environmental or cultural sensitivity to the places we visit. More and more of them!

I’ve already made my choice for 2023, and you?

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Tuscany Trail 2019