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TORTOUR - 1000km around SWITZERLAND
Aug
16
to Aug 18

TORTOUR - 1000km around SWITZERLAND

  • Schaffhausen Switzerland (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Riding non-stop, day and night, I will ride with my 3 team mates Andrin, Jürg and Nello to overcome the 1,000 kilometres route over several Alpine passes.

Mastering this challenging adventure takes blood, sweat and tears – but the unique cycling experience and feeling of achievement is worth it!

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ITALY DEVIDE - from ROME to Lake Garda
Apr
25
to Apr 30

ITALY DEVIDE - from ROME to Lake Garda

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The ITALY DEVIDE is a 900km self supported non-stop bikepacking adventure with 25’000m difference in altitude. It follows fast rolling gravel roads with quite a few technical MTB trails (Via degli Dei/Monte Baldo).

It will allow to explore the wild and remote parts of Italy with a nice mix of history along the trail. During this adventure starting at 8 PM in the historical center of Rome, I will cross Siena, Florence, Bologna, Verona, Mantova.

Follow my bikepacking race adventure

Departure in Rome, Italy is scheduled for Wednesday 25. April 2018 - 19:30 P.M.
In perfect conditions I plan to arrive in Torbole - Lake Garda after 4 - 5 days of self-supported more or less non-stop riding.

Click here for live tracking (will only be activated for 2018 few days before the race)

Click here to follow me on my path (training and journey to Rome)

 

I will take my time to enjoy the beauty of bella Italia and eat great food and also drink some nice wine, but only after I crossed the finish line at Lake Garda.

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Frühlingsausstellung (Spring Exhibition), SWITZERLAND
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Frühlingsausstellung (Spring Exhibition), SWITZERLAND

Timely to the new season, Radsport Marquart presents the new bicycles and trends.

OSPA bike will be exposed fully packed as it will race the ITALY DIVIDE end of April 2018.
After some refinements for 2018, the OSPA looks even sharper. Come and find out what I've changed.
Mark will be there on Saturday and give a first review of his experiences during the initial 10'000km of the OSPA. 

Don't miss the "gratis Bratwurst".

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Snow Bike Festival - Gstaad SWITZERLAND
Jan
18
to Jan 21

Snow Bike Festival - Gstaad SWITZERLAND

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The Snow Bike Festival is a 4-day mountain biking stage race that takes place in the snow covered Swiss Alps. The event has seen competitors from across the globe congregate in the stunning region of GSTAAD (Switzerland), creating a genuinely international atmosphere. The world’s first UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) race on snow sees professional mountain bikers and aspiring amateurs from around the world head to the trails and slopes around GSTAAD, to compete in a unique mountain biking environment.

http://www.snowbikefestival.com

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3-Day Bikepacking with Nello
Oct
5
to Oct 8

3-Day Bikepacking with Nello

As my best body and bike mate Nello became father shortly after our Tortour Cyclecross race in February,  our mutual bike endovers were rare this year. In a 3 day bikepacking tour I will introduce Nello to new and fascinating way to travel "bikepacking".
We have no fix plan and will mainly try to follow the best possible weather and have as much fun as possible. 

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NAVAD-1000 - 1000 km self supported non-stop
Jun
17
to Jun 24

NAVAD-1000 - 1000 km self supported non-stop

  • Romanshornerstrasse Kreuzlingen, TG, 8280 Switzerland (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

1000 km and approx. 30'000 meters of climbing from Romanshorn on the lake Constance down to Montreux at the Lake Geneva shore. The Navad-1000, the first Bikepacking-Event in Switzerland. Bikepacking, does not need support cars, no mechanics, no crew members, no road-closures, no marshals and no signposts.

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24h World Championship - Team of 2 - Finale Ligure - ITALY
Jun
2
to Jun 3

24h World Championship - Team of 2 - Finale Ligure - ITALY

The most epic MTB 24h race of the world combined with the biggest bike festival and riders village in Europe.

The event draws thousands of Rider from all around the world to ride and enjoy the beautiful path that characterizes this event. In fact the trail represents the perfect synthesis of the beautiful trails of the famous Finale Ligure: Narrow single tracks into the wild Mediterranean vegetation with amazing see views. 

Get an impression > here

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Bike Days - Soloturn
May
6
to May 7

Bike Days - Soloturn

Bike Days is the bigest Bike Festival in Switzerland. Beside the expo with an impressive number of  exhibitors, there are show- and fun-events, workshops, parties and last but not least the XC races with top international cracks and others e.g. OSPA and its rider ;-).

The plan

I pan to doe  a nice bikepacking tour to the festival on Saturday (approx. 65km). This will be an exellent opportnity to get used to my bikepacking gear. If the weather is not too nasty I will tour with all the gear that I will use for the Navad 1000 in mid June. Before and after pro races I will hang around the expo where I will surely meet some bike mates and other nice people.

On Sunday afternoon is the moment of truth, OSPA and its rider will have to prove its strengts in tough field of amateur racers.

After the race is before the race, this is why Iwill give anoher challange to my tired legs by cycling back home (another approx. 65km).

I look forward to an coll event and hope for nice weather.

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Bike to work - Schlossrued <> Zürich
May
1
to Jun 10

Bike to work - Schlossrued <> Zürich

bike to work is a Swiss wide health promotion campaign, that I will participate with my OSPA bike.  

Each year 54,000 commuters pedal to work by bike in May and June. Through bike to work about 1,800 companies strengthen their staff's team spirit and fitness, while supporting sustainable mobility practice.

The plan

The most direct way from my home in Schlossrued to my current Project work in Zürich is about 45km and 1000m elevation gain one way. Back and forward this makes a bit more than 4 hours cycling and 90 km / 2000 m e.g. The goal is, to cycle to work twice a week what is all I need to stay in shape ;-) 

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TORTOUR Cyclocross - SWITZERLAND
Feb
10
to Feb 12

TORTOUR Cyclocross - SWITZERLAND

  • Spinnerei Lettenstrasse Glattfelden, ZH, 8192 Switzerland (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

TORTOUR Cyclocross is the first multi-day cyclocross gravel stage race in the world and had its premiere in 2016.

Participants from currently 15 nations already registered for the new ultra-cycling race in 2017 and must overcome a 200 km route with approximately 3000 metres of ascent across demanding terrain – all in challenging winter conditions.

Watch the trailer of the event and look sharp for the yellow/white/red jerseys. http://tortour.com/cyclocross/

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OSPA Project Announcement/Presentation
Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

OSPA Project Announcement/Presentation

The OSPA project will be introduced in a presentation, similar to a new product launch. However, the audience can expect a very personal introduction about the ignition of the idea and the interesting journey in the still early phase of the experiment.

Please note:
Registration is required! This will help setting-up the location and organizing enough snacks and drinks for the Apéro and Pizzas afterwards.

Program

  • 6:30 p.m  - Arrive and grab a drink, 
  • 7:00 p.m. - Welcome 
  • 7:15 p.m. - OSPA project & OSPA bike presentation followed by a Q&A session
  • 8:15 p.m. - Pizza and driks, sound, bike-talks and party-time  
  • open end


 

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Budapest - Bratislava - Vienna / HU, SK, AT
Jan
2
to Jan 3

Budapest - Bratislava - Vienna / HU, SK, AT

  • Margit híd Budapest Hungary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A probably pretty "chilly" ride on my way back home from the festive days in beautiful Budapest. If anyone is interested to join for a part or full distance, just send a message to info@ospa.bike. This ride will be my first real test for the OSPA bike and provide an excellent opportunity to use my bikepackings from Ortlieb Waterproof

Depending on the recovery level from the famous new years party with my Hungarian friends and the weather conditions (especially temperature) this ride of slightly more than 300km will take me 2 or 3 days.   

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AsiaCenter BÚÉK Kupa - Budapest, HUNGARY
Jan
1
1:00 PM13:00

AsiaCenter BÚÉK Kupa - Budapest, HUNGARY

Small charity race to sweat the alcohol out of the body and get 2017 started. 

The collected money will be given to he foundation "St. Francis in Deva (Transylvania), supporting orphans and children from the lowest social level.
Today there are about 2400 children in over 80 different care facilities. In total, approximately 5000 children have been given a safe new home since the company was founded 22 years ago.

Learn more on the website szentferencalapitvany.org

 

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