From the 31st of August up to the 1st of September 2019 the fourth edition of the VOTEC Gravel Fondo will take place.
Your favorite Gravel event continues to move north. After the Black Forest was taken under the tires in all directions in the past three issues, it is now time for a new area. Get ready for new gravel slopes, vast pine forests and majestic views in the Palatinate Forest. Not only home of Saumagen, liverwurst and wine Schoppen, but also training ground of cycling legends like the Bölts brothers or marathon professionals Karl Platt and Wolfram Kurschat.
Enjoy the Palatine hospitality and discover with us the “Tuscany” of Germany. Our home base for our Gravel Weekender will be the Forsthaus Annweiler. From there, we will start our tours and meet on Saturday evening for the traditional barbecue. For the “real” outdoor fans, we will also have camping facilities available on the grounds of the forester’s lodge. All those who want to extend the vibe of the weekend and want to visit the Eurobike afterwards can join the VOTEC Gravelroad to Eurobike. All information coming soon at this point.
Get one of the limited starting places already and sign up for the waiting list. Anyone who has already registered will be given the opportunity to book their starting place one week before the official ticket pre-sale starts. Sales will start in early February.
More detailed information about the timetable, route profile coming soon at this point.
Please note: at the end of this page, you will find the FAQ section some recommendations for accommodation near the forester’s lodge.
The VOTEC Gravel Fondo is not a cycling race with competitive character, we see it as a casual ride in a beautiful setting. It is open to anyone who has the necessary sporting skills to cover challenging tracks on mixed terrains. A license or club membership is not required. Be aware that the tracks are never closed off or secured with marshals- please stick to the traffic laws. The underground of the course varies characteristic of a gravel event: asphalt, gravel, forest roads and light trails. A gravel or cyclocross bike is best for the trails. Specially designed STRAVA-Segments along the route offer the opportunity to compete in the ranking of the Strava App.
On Saturday, the 31.08.2019 roundabout 100 km with ca. 2000 HM to climb will wait for you. Those who prefer a shorter trip can choose the approx. 60 km long route option with approx. 1300 HM. On the way, there will be refreshment stations to recharge your energy and for those who are looking for a sporty challenge, STRAVA segments are set up to let off steam. After the tour there will be a big barbecue and we will enjoy campfire atmosphere together at the Forsthaus Annweiler.
On the following Sunday, 01.09.2019 the Forsthaus Annweiler will be our basecamp again and after a coffee and a small breakfast snack we will have prepared two route options for you for a hang-over ride. Provisionally planned 60 km with 1300 HM and alternatively 40 km with 800 HM for those who dived to deep into their wine glas the evening before. Whether alone or with your new friends, you can once again absorb the Palatinate Forest atmosphere and can explore the finest gravel roads. Don´t worry you wan´t starve on the way we will provide you with some fine rocket fuel.
The tracks will be sent by e-mail to all registered participants one week before the event as a GPX file and published in the Gravel Fondo Strava Club. The participant is responsible for the fact that he / she has saved the routes with the help of a mobile device or a cycling computer or similar and with this can leave the official route at any time. Our partner WAHOO will have some ELMNT GPS-bike computers with route data to borrow for the two days on site.
Preliminary route data
Follow the VOTEC Gravel Fondo Club on Strava.
Our only rule is – dropbars only. The most fun on the routes are gravel and cyclocross bikes with tire widths around 38mm. But you can be with a 29er Monstercrosser or with your Roadbike with robust 30mm tires (take enough spare tubes in that case). Gravelbiking means for us #onroadoffroadrepeat 🙂