Glorious Gravel

Off:Roader Transylvania

Dates

25th - 30th Sep

Difficulty

3.5/5

Distance

450 kms

Ride Overview

Come ride this fascinating corner of South East Europe full of pretty villages, picturesque castles, rolling hills & friendly locals. Far from the beaten track, this 4.5 stage gravel ride explores the real Romania with epic riding by day and evenings spent with friendly locals in rural villages.

The riding takes us onto some stunning, smooth gravel, quiet back-roads & off roading on wide hard packed grass trails and singletrack. The terrain is varied with some rolling hills but nothing too tough. Each stage is fully signed with regular checkpoints so you can ride at your own speed and is suitable to anyone comfortable riding consecutive 100km days.

 

Book now: Deposit £199 | Private Single £1,599 | Shared Twin / Double £1,399

Highlights

  • Glorious Gravel: Our route takes in a mix of old country lanes (still gravel), tarmacked back roads and singletrack with epic views throughout.

 

  • Local culture: Each evening is spent in family run hotels serving excellent local food and wine. The village give a fascinating insight into rural Romanian life.

 

  • Fit for a King: Our second night is spent in the Saxon village of Viscri where King Charles III owns property and has supported a revival of traditional crafts.

Included in Ride Package

Accommodation

5 nights in comfortable, family run hotels. Choose private single, shared twin (2 beds) or shared double (1 bed) rooms.

Airport Transfers

Fly into Cluj (CLJ) and our friendly team will be there to collect you on arrival day and drop you back when you leave.

4 Epic Stages

And a prologue! From the start line to finish line, the route is fully signed on stunning gravel & back roads.

Meals

Bring some money for drinks in the evening but our package includes 5 dinners, 4 lunches & 5 breakfasts.

Checkpoints

Real food and mechanical support are waiting for you every 35km with a mix of sports bars, fruit and local specialties.

Luggage

We move your overnight bags from hotel to hotel each day and provide a day bag to collect at lunch with spare kit etc.

Stages

We start the ride with a short 28km prologue to make sure the legs & bike are in good condition for bigger rides to come.

This stage starts with a quick first 10km and then a gravel false flat and a short climb with around 70% off road to give you a taste of everything to come in the next four stages.


Distance: 28km
Elevation: 340m
Ride Difficulty: 1/5
Technical Difficulty: 2/5

Our first stage takes us into the Transylvanian Hills and has the most elevation of all of the 4 stages (1,650m). 

It’s a ride of two halves with just a couple of short hills in the first 45km and then a lumpy back nine. Almost all of the second half in the hills is on gravel with only one major climb (3.5km at 5%) and lots of rolling terrain before our finish in Viscri.

Distance: 94km
Elevation: 1650m
Ride Difficulty: 4/5
Technical Difficulty: 2/5

Our first 100km day takes us west from Viscri. Unlike yesterday’s rolling stage, today is mostly fast & flat with five climbs to get over.

The longest climb is at 66km ( 4km at 7%), topping out at over 800m – our highest point of the week. We finish in the picturesque one road village of Talisoara for a night in a castle.

Distance: 103km
Elevation: 1500m
Ride Difficulty: 3/5
Technical Difficulty: 2/5

The longest stage of the week at 138km as we head south and then east to the beautiful fortified Saxon town of Biertan.

Half of this stage is on paved roads and there are long sections of fast, flat riding. The main action comes near the end with a 6km gravel climb before a fast descent to the finish line.

Distance: 138km
Elevation: 1330m
Ride Difficulty: 4/5
Technical Difficulty: 2/5

Our final stage takes us north back to where we started. It’s probably the easiest stage which your tired legs will well appreciate!

The ride today is spikey with some long, flatter sections and five punchy climbs (including one at 3km & 6%). The final 10km is quick before a pasta party & beers at the finish line.

Distance: 88km
Elevation: 1150m
Ride Difficulty: 2.5/5
Technical Difficulty: 2/5

Event Overview

Our Off:Roader series are non-competitive, designed to take you off the beaten track with a group of friendly, supportive riders. The whole event is social starting on arrival day with a gentle prologue and a cold beer all together at the finish line.

Each evening we eat together and have a ride briefing where our UK event manager goes through the next stage & our Romanian hosts talk us through the region we will be riding through.

The routes are fully signed – we start in groups of 25 and you will soon settle into a small peloton of riders going at a similar speed to you. 

Our team are on hand at every step of the way – at the start line, riding on the route, at regular checkpoints and always a phone call away if you need anything. We take delight in our reputation of providing multi stage rides of a lifetime and nothing is too much trouble to ensure you have a great time.

Accommodation & Meals

This ride is set in rural Transylvania and some nights we stay in small villages with not a massive amount of tourist infrastructure. This is part of the appeal of the ride but please set expectations accordingly (not all rooms will come with a Corby Trouser Press!)

Our hotels are all family run and range through the week from comfortable to lovely. One of the hotels has a nice wellness centre but the real star of each property are the friendly staff who are very excited to be hosting this event.

In the evenings we all eat together in a local restaurant. We will send across a menu of what we will be eating before departure and there will be options for vegans & all dietary requirements.

Equipment & Packaging

We will send a full packing list but late September in Transylvania is similar to May in Mallorca – we should get warm sunny days but mornings & evenings can be fresh so knee & arm warmers will be useful as well as normal layers (gilet, wind-proof jacket etc). We don’t go high in the mountains so we are unlikely to get extreme conditions.

Evenings are casual but bring a jacket and don’t forget to pack swimmers. You will need to bring one small sided item of luggage which we will take from hotel to hotel and you will get a small day bag on arrival where you can pack extra clothing etc to collect at the second checkpoint.

The ride takes in a mix of gravel roads, tarmac and some off road sections on dirt / grass. It is ideal for gravel bikes with all rounder tyres (35mm plus).

Event Program

25th Sept (all day): Arrive into Cluj airport, see below for transfer times.

 

25th Sept (4pm): Prologue (28km) starts.

 

25th Sept (7.30pm): Pre Ride briefing & dinner.

 

26th Sept: 8.30 to 9am stage start. 7.30pm briefing & dinner

 

27th Sept: 8.30 to 9am stage start. 7.30pm briefing & dinner

 

28th Sept: 7.30am to 8am stage start. 7.30pm briefing & dinner

 

29th Sept: 8.30 to 9am stage start. 7.30pm briefing & dinner

 

30th Sept: Departure day, see below for transfer times.

FAQs

We will be adding one more when all the 2023 flights are released but on 25th Sept we will be running transfers at 9am (for anyone staying in Cluj on 24th) & 1.40pm (for arrivals up to 1pm).

On 30th Sept we have one transfer leaving Cund at 2.15pm and arriving at the airport at 4pm (suitable for any flights after 6.30pm).

Transfers take approx 1hr45

We are not offering rental bikes for this event.

Yes, in the checkout there is a box to put whoever you want to share a room with. If you are booking a double room (2 people, 1 bed) please select 2 people in the checkout.

You can secure your place with a deposit of £199. This is non-refundable so we strongly suggest you get travel insurance before booking (you can also purchase cancellation insurance in the checkout).

Full payment is due 3 months before departure (June 25th), we will send you a reminder when this is due.