B-HARD  Ultra Race & Brevet

Center for Better Quality of Life

B-HARD Ultra Race & Brevet

6th to 10th of June, 2020

Preliminary schedule:

3rd of June: 80 km promotional ride in Banja Luka county.

4th of June: 80 km promotional ride in Banja Luka county. Assembly of the riders, technical check of the bikes and event briefing in the afternoon.

5th of June: Assembly of the riders, promotional event and ride in the afternoon.

6th of June: Riders roll out at 6 AM CET. Detailed starting schedule is to be posted prior to the event start.

9th of June: The deadline for successfully completing the course is at midnight.

10th of June: Finishers ceremony and debriefing at 11 AM.

Project by:
Center for Better Quality of Life

Route designed by:
Nikica Atlagić cybernck

Social media presence and website by:
indivisual studio

Cover photo by:
Srđan Vujmilović Photography

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Why is B-HARD the hottest new event in the world of endurance cycling?

Everything’s ready for the 2nd edition of B-HARD Ultra Race & Brevet!

In the wave of new ultra races popping up around the globe, our event is different and unique in a way that it has been specifically designed to boost positive image and promote tourism of a very understated and beautiful country, rather than be “yet another ultra race”. The 1200 km route has been carefully crafted to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina “in a nutshell” and passes through National Parks, along rivers, lakes and waterfalls, over 1984 Winter Olympics ski-centers, by UNESCO World Heritage sites and generally over stunning (and hilly) terrain.

Although unsupported in its essence, it’s not a hardcore survival task but a perfect blend of our traditional hospitality, sightseeing and cycling – we sincerely believe it will be an amazing and unforgettable cycling experience, both for expert and novice endurance riders alike. Why? Because advanced ultra-distance cyclists will be able to focus on riding efficiently while those only getting into this sport will find it a very convenient way to enjoy this discipline, be it in a race or in a brevet ride.

Even though the route is far from easy (cue the name B-HARD), it has not just been plotted out to be “extreme” or “epic” for its own sake – though it definitely comes across as both. B-HARD has been created by riders for riders, so you basically won’t get anything that we wouldn’t want for ourselves. On the contrary, a lot of things were taken into account in order to make it the best cycling experience possible.

The event offers a self-supported cycling ultramarathon race (aka ultra race), official LRM1200 and BRM200 brevet/audax rides, promotional road cycling ride for women and an option of a fully supported 4-stage touring ride – so there is something for everyone, although the main focus is on the prestigious race.

And the last but not the least – B-HARD is wholeheartedly organised by a non-profit organisation, with the goal of promoting cycling and tourism in the region, so all the resources are passed on to the riders, meaning you get a lot for your money. In fact, we’d go as far to say that B-HARD is the best value event of this kind on the planet!

So… what is B-HARD exactly?

Inspired by the Transcontinental Race and their venture into Bosnia & Herzegovina during the year 2018, an avid cyclist going by the name of Nikica Atlagić (aka cybernck), multiple National Road, Time Trial and Hillclimb Champion turned endurance cyclist, came up with an idea of an ultra-distance road cycling ride that would promote Bosnia & Herzegovina’s natural and historic beauties and present a great challenge for anyone interested in pedaling hard for several consecutive days.

One of the main goals of the project was to set up and promote unsupported and fully supported multi-day cycling tours as an official tourism offering of Banja Luka, the host city. The pinnacle of the project was a very challenging self-supported ultracycling race and brevet, that the man behind of it all had participated as a rider himself, as a sort of quality assurance. Having received excellent reviews from experienced ultra-distance cyclists that have attended the event, it has developed into an annual stand-alone event.

The inaugural 2019 edition had seen the riders brave a demanding 1040 kilometer route with 12750 m of elevation gain within 75 hours time limit.  The event was also an official ACP BRM1000 randonneur / audax / brevet, which had run under different rules and with entirely separate classification. The time limit for getting a homologated BRM ride was also 75 hours, as per ACP rules. Apart from these two categories, we also held a 250 km single-day ride and the first ever gathering of female cyclists in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

For the 2020 edition of the race, the route has been improved and elongated to 1200 km with 90 h time limit and three brand new checkpoints. This, along with an even more elaborate organisation of the event, will make for an unforgettable cycling experience. You can continue scrolling through the slides on here for a virtual tour of what you could be experiencing in real life but also check the photo galleries of the actual ride.

B-RACE – Self-supported Ultra Race

B-RACE is a single-stage non-stop self-supported cycling ultramarathon (or shorter: ultra race), which follows a fixed 1200 km asphalt route on roads not closed for traffic (which assumes following all road traffic rules and regulations, including the use of helmet) with obligatory time controls at designated checkpoints. The type of riding is basically individual time-trial (no drafting allowed) and no 3rd-party outside assistance is permitted, other than that provided by the organiser and commercially available services. Deviation from the route is allowed for purposes of sightseeing, accommodation and similar but the ride needs to resume from the point where the rider had left the route.

Each of the participants will get the following:

  • race manual, time control card and GPX file of the route
  • lease of GPS tracker for live online tracking of the rider
  • insurance premium for rider injuries
  • local SIM card with GPRS data plan
  • complimentary refreshments on all checkpoints
  • full course lunch at CP3 and CP6
  • common sleeping place at CP4
  • finishers medal for riders that successfully complete the course
  • trophy for the winner

Choose B-RACE if you would like to test your mental and physical endurance, have no issues with riding as a “lone ranger” and consider stop-watch your enemy. B-RACE is open to everyone who believes they have an ability to complete the course but some experience in ultra-distance riding is advisable.

Early bird pricing until further notice is 90 EUR*
Reserve your spot now to get the best deal available!
Please only apply when you are ready to follow up with the payment.

*Net price without money transfer fees; Non-refundable but with a name-change possibility at a surcharge, depending on the time of action.

Apply for B-RACE now!

B-1200 – LRM1200 Brevet/Audax

B-1200 is an LRM1200 brevet – an official LRM sanctioned event and it follows a fixed 1200 km asphalt route on roads not closed for traffic (which assumes following all road traffic rules and regulations, including the use of helmet) with obligatory time controls at designated checkpoints. The type of riding complies with all LRM regulations (drafting is allowed) and no 3rd-party outside assistance is permitted, other than that provided by the organiser, commercially available services and between riders themselves. Deviation from the route is allowed for purposes of sightseeing, accommodation and similar but the ride needs to resume from the point where the rider had left the route.

Each of the participants will receive the following:

  • road manual, brevet card and GPX file of the route
  • lease of GPS tracker for live online tracking of the rider
  • insurance premium for rider injuries
  • local SIM card with GPRS data plan
  • complimentary refreshments on all checkpoints
  • full course lunch at CP3 and CP6
  • common sleeping place at CP4
  • finishers medal for riders that successfully complete the course
  • homologation of brevet card

Choose B-1200 if you like team spirit, socialising and have a “finishing is winning” mentality. To ensure you are fully up to the spirit of randonneuring, B-1200 requires qualifications in form of successfully completed ACP brevet of at least 300 km or LRM brevet of any kind in the past few years or a start at PBP 2019.

Early bird pricing until further notice is 90 EUR*
Reserve your spot now to get the best deal available!
Please only apply when you are ready to follow up with the payment.

*Net price without money transfer fees; Non-refundable but with a name-change possibility at a surcharge, depending on the time of action.

Apply for B-1200 now!

B-TOUR – Fully Supported Touring Ride

This special fully-supported ride package for individuals and small groups is designed for road cycling enthusiasts who are not really into full-on ultracycling but still want to have an amazing cycling experience and explore our country. This package will be available throughout the season on customised dates but riding as a part of B-HARD will be a special treat!

You will get to tour the whole 1200 km in 4 days and visit all the checkpoints but ride fully supported and in four stages of approx 150 km in length each, riding the most entertaining parts of the route and avoiding riding at night, carrying all your baggage or having super-short sleepovers.

On the contrary, you’d have a designated technical-support vehicle actively following you, carrying your stuff and shuttling you between the stages, with pre-arranged accomodation and food. Basically, you just need to show up at the start ready to ride and the rest is our concern.

More details and pricing on request.

B-WOMEN – Road Cycling Promo Ride

While all the options for riding are equally available to both men and women, we have created a 124 km round-trip asphalt route exclusively for promotion of women’s road cycling and as such it’s designed for female cyclists with any kind of a bicycle, that would like to get out of their comfort zone and expand their limits, while riding together with like-minded women.

This ride is also a part of B-HARD, with a common start and a visit to CP1, with complimentary refreshments, insurance for injuries and tech-support vehicle.

B-WOMEN will be a sponsored ride with no admission fee and the registrations will open closer to the date but you can pre-register your interest to stay up to date with all the news and developments.

B-200 – BRM200 Brevet/Audax

B-200 is a BRM200 brevet – an official single-day BRM sanctioned event which follows a fixed 223 km asphalt route on roads not closed for traffic (which assumes following all road traffic rules and regulations, including the use of helmet) with obligatory time controls at designated checkpoints. The type of riding complies with all BRM regulations (drafting is allowed) and no 3rd-party outside assistance is permitted, other than that provided by the organiser, commercially available services and between riders themselves. Deviation from the route is allowed for purposes of sightseeing, refreshment and similar but the ride needs to resume from the point where the rider had left the route.

Each of the participants will receive the following:

  • road manual, brevet card and GPX file of the route
  • insurance premium for rider injuries
  • complimentary refreshments on both checkpoints
  • finishers diploma for riders that successfully complete the course
  • homologation of brevet card

Choose B-200 if you would like to expand your limits, have a single-day tour of Banja Luka region and be a part of the whole B-HARD experience with a common start and a visit to CP1 and CP2!  This ride doesn’t require any qualifications but at least some experience in riding for more than 4-5 hours is advisable.

B-200 will have a small starting fee and the registrations will open closer to the date but you can pre-register your interest to stay up to date with all the news and developments.

We will also run a standalone B-200 event on 9th of May, which will have its own informational page and application process. Stay tuned!

Do not wait and miss your chance – apply for B-HARD now!

Where the heck is Bosnia & Herzegovina and how can I get there?

There is a number of airports in the region to allow you to reach the start line from virtually anywhere in the World but being located in the heart of Europe – it’s not too long a drive either. Or you could simply cycle down here :). In any case, we stand at your disposal for any transportation or accommodation info you may require.

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