B-HARD  Ultra Race & Brevet

Center for Better Quality of Life

B-HARD Ultra Race & Brevet

12th to 16th of June, 2019

11th of June: 80 km promotional ride in Banja Luka county (non-binding).

12th of June: Assembly of the riders, technical check of the bikes, event briefing in the evening

13th of June: Riders roll out at 7 AM CET. Detailed starting schedule is to be posted prior to the event start.

16th of June: The deadline for successfully completing the course is at 10 AM CET, followed by finishers ceremony and party at noon.

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

Inspired by the Transcontinental Race and their ventures into Bosnia & Herzegovina, an avid cyclist going by the name of Nikica Atlagić (aka cybernck) came up with an idea of a route 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.

The demanding 1030 km route (round-trip) with 14000 m of elevation gain (as [over]estimated by RWGPS topographic map) and has been carefully crafted to present B&H “in a nutshell” and is passing through National Parks, along rivers, lakes and waterfalls, over ski-centers and UNESCO World Heritage sites and generally stunning (and hilly!) terrain.

The main goal of the project is to set up both unsupported and fully supported multi-day cycling tours as an official tourism offering of Banja Luka, the host city, with the pinnacle being an annual and very challenging self-supported ultracycling race with just 75 hours allocated for competitors to successfully complete the course.

Aside from the race, the same route will be used for equally demanding and official ACP BRM1000 randonneur / audax / brevet event, which will run under different rules and with entirely separate classification. The time limit for getting a homologated BRM ride is also 75 hours, as per ACP rules.

Why is B-HARD a unique event in the world of ultracycling?

In the wave of new ultra races popping up around the globe, this event is different in a way that it has been specifically designed to boost positive image and promote tourism of a very underestimated yet beautiful country, rather than be “yet another ultra race”.

The event combines a self-supported cycling ultramarathon with an official ACP audax/brevet, with an option of a fully supported touring version too – so something there is something for everyone, although the main focus is on the prestigious race.

The route has not just been plotted out to be “extreme” or “epic” for its own sake (though it definitely comes across as both) – but the man behind it all is going to participate as a rider himself, as a sort of quality assurance.

And the last but not the least, the event is organised by a non-profit organisation, so everything we manage to score in terms of sponsorship and other kinds of support will be passed on to the riders, including cash prizes!

Self-supported Ultra Race

B-HARD self-supported cycling ultramarathon (or shorter: ultra race) follows a fixed route on roads not closed for traffic (which assumes following all road traffic rules & regulations) 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

Prizes fund is likely to increase over the course of the next couple of months but as it stands, the winner will receive a 300€ cash prize, courtesy of our partner indivisual studio.

Ultra race is open to everyone who believes that they have an ability to complete the course but some experience in ultra-distance riding is advisable.

Entries now closed!

ACP BRM1000 Brevet

B-HARD randonneuring BRM1000 brevet is an official ACP sanctioned event and it follows a fixed route on roads not closed for traffic (which assumes following all road traffic rules & regulations) with obligatory time controls at designated checkpoints. The type of riding complies with all ACP regulations (drafting is 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 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 (optional extra)
  • complimentary refreshments on all checkpoints
  • full course lunch at CP3 and CP6
  • common sleeping place at CP4
  • finishers diploma for riders that successfully complete the course
  • homologation of brevet card

Entry for the brevet assumes that you’ve done a few ACP-sanctioned events in this and last year.

Entries now closed!

Touring Ride

Unsupported or fully supported touring edition of B-HARD for individuals and groups, consisting of semi-supported 5-day arrangement with accommodation and food. More details and pricing on request.

250 km Single-day Brevet

250 km brevet aka B-SHORT is a non-ACP event and it follows the B-HARD route up to CP3 (FINISH for 250 km ride).

Each of the participants will receive the following:

  • road manual, brevet card and GPX file of the route
  • insurance premium for rider injuries
  • local SIM card with GPRS data plan (optional extra)
  • complimentary refreshments on CP1 and CP2
  • full course lunch and hotel accommodation with breakfast at CP3 (FINISH)
  • finishers diploma for riders that successfully complete the course
Apply here!

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.

Never heard of Bosnia & Herzegovina? Take a look at this video!