The main goal of the project is to promote 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 – B-HARD.
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 brevet and the first ever gathering of female cyclists in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
For the 2020 edition of the race, the route is 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 another unforgettable cycling experience.
The route 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.
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 offers a self-supported cycling ultramarathon race, official LRM1200 and BRM200 audax/brevet, promotional ride for women and 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 has participated 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!
Don't have a slightest idea of Bosnia & Herzegovina? Check this out:
The event will be taking place from 6th to 10th of June 2020, with start and finish in Banja Luka - a host of the 2021 UCI Granfondo World Championships.
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Just checked back to your thread to see if there was a route yet.
Doesn't look like it, but do keep us posted.
I've got the route mostly ready and I'm preparing updates to post over the coming days and weeks :).
Fresh new info added :).
Added POI - definitely worth a bump :).
This will be super rad!
@cybernck, Go to the Blue Dot Riders club on Facebook. They have a calendar of ultra events. You can enter it in there so more people will see it.
Now is a good time as people who didn't get in TCR may be looking for other ways to explore the Balkans!
Yes, I'm kinda hoping for that, LOL.
Updated with loads more info! :)
I can't quite understand if the route is fixed or if only the CP are fixed.
The route is fixed but you basically don't really have much choice anyway :). And it is a classic self-supported format, though there will be a lot of things included to begin with :). More details to follow shortly. Cheers.
Applications now open!
The race also looks good, hope you get enough interest.
How did this race go? Running in 2020?
It went great, if I dare say so! :)
I'll post some updates shortly.
Yes, planning it for 2020, bigger and better :).
B-HARD 2019 Day 1 Photos
B-HARD 2019 Day 2 Photos
B-HARD 2019 Day 3/4 Photos
B-HARD 2019 B-Women Photos
B-HARD 2019 Debriefing Photos
You might want to get in the Blue Dot calendar again...
I've not updated this topic because of the whole COVID situation but in 2020 we managed to make the race go ahead on a spare date.
I will update this post with info about it, for historical reasons :)
However, this year we are going through with it at the originally planned date, which is from 11th to 16th of June, 2021.
There's still a few days left to sign up and we've got the likes of Ben Davies, Ulrich Bartholmoes and Nathalie Baillon racing this year :).
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