The Servatius Bikepacking Weekend

About

Ride, eat, sleap, repeat

The Servatius Bikepacking Weekend's maiden edition will be held in May 2018. This 3-day gravel cycling event in the beautiful hills of Zuid-Limburg (NL), the Belgian Ardennes and the German Eiffel,  will start at the Vrijthof in Maastricht, right in front of the Basilica of Saint Servatius. The finish will be on Maastricht's scenic Market square. 

The adventure is fully self-supported with a social character. The only price at the finish is a hot meal and a cold Belgian beer! Feel free to ride alone or team up with your fellow bike packers. Sharing the cold drink afterwards is encouraged though. And since the ride is self supported, make sure to bring reliable mechanical gear. You will also have to carry your own camping equipment and additional food & water. What we will do for you, you wonder? The organization will provide you with a GPX file of the route, senic camping locations & a hot meal on day 1 & 2. 

When

  • Group departure: May 19th, 10:30 Basilica of Saint Servatius, Maastricht.
  • Finish: May 21st, Drinks start at 16:00 at Maastricht Market Square.
 
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Route

The route mainly follows gravel roads and forest tracks and has some single track and bicycle lanes included. We will guide you trough the scenic hills of Zuid-Limburg (NL) and into the Northern Belgian Ardennes. We will then cross the border into Germany's Eiffel area. Because we like to explore the roads less travelled, the route requires a mountainbike or CX/gravel bike. Don’t worry, we will make sure the route does not require Peter Sagan-like bike handling skills.

The total route will be about 300KM and over 2000 meters of climbing.  It is divided into three stages of which day 2 will be the longest. How you go through the day is completely up to you, so you can take the occasional coffee and lunch break. We will indicate some nice picnic spots on the GPX track. We will make sure the stage end with a hot meal and a few cold beers waiting for you.  The route will not be signposted, so the organization will provide a GPX file is to all participants a few days before the start.

 

 

Camping

After a long day in the saddle, you'll finish at a lovely campsite where we will set up camp for the night. The camping locations will be beautiful, remote, but simple. We will make sure the campsite has, at the minimum,  running water and a few toilets. But because we all like a bit of adventure, we will not guarantee a hot shower. We'll try to guarantee a campfire instead.

Since this is a Bikepacking weekend you'll need to carry all your gear including a tent or bivvy bag on your bicycle.

If you don't own the necessary camping gear and bikepacking bags, we offer a rental option. Please visit our rental page for more information.

 

 

 

 

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Food & drinks

Each night our outstanding camp cook will prepare a simple, but filling meal for all participants (vegetarian possible). Don't forget to bring your own plate, mug and utensils!

We will also offer unlimited tea, coffee & hot water at the camping location. In the afternoon and evening we sell a few cold beers to enjoy after a long day in the saddle.

All other food & drink's you will need during the weekend (breakfast, lunch, snack) should be taken care of by yourself. There are no individual cooking facilities at the campsite, but we can provide you with boiled water for things like oatmeal or instant noodles.

The route will regularly pass through towns with supermarkets where you can resupply, but please keep in mind that they can be closed on Sunday (especially in Germany).

 

 

 

Costs & registration

To keep this first edition of the Servatius Bikepacking Weekend personal, we offer place for up to 20 participants.

The costs of entry, which included a.o. the costs for the campsites and 2 hot meals, for the first Servatius Bikepacking Weekend are: €75 (exc. service fee)

Buy your ticket now at our Eventbrite page.

 

Contact

If you have any questions, please do ask them. We can be reached by email and on Facebook and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Email: servatius@bikepackingweekend.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Servatiusbikepacking/