About The Round Denmark Bike Race

The 'Round Denmark Bike Race' is a non-profit unsupported bike race. There are no commercial interests behind the scenes. All members, of the planning team, are volunteers and do not get paid for their hard work. The race was concieved during the spring of 2017. After watching the Indian Pacific Bike Race and Trans American Bike Race, initiative was made to make a similar Danish race.

Denmark has a long tradition of bicycle touring. The next logical step would be an unsupported bike race, which would visit some of the same beautiful places as bike tourists normally go.

The race runs all the way around major parts of Denmark. The lack of mountains is compensated by the sheer beauty of the Danish lanscapes. The route is laid out on rolling hills, along the ocean coast and through traditional fishing towns, farmland and forests. Riders will be challenged by both winds, along the coastal roads, and hills on the way inland through the Jutland (Jylland in Danish) peninsula.

Untraditionally, for an unsupported bike race, five different ferries have to be used during the race. This puts an extra dimension on timing the race perfectly to fit the schedule of the crossings. More can be read about ferries in the Athlete Guide.

Important documents:

Version number shows the latest revision. Make sure you always have the latest version of the Athlete's Guide.

You will have to sign the Waiver of Liability as well as the Personal Cunduct Declaration - at the registration right before the racebriefing (7th of July, 2018). Download both documents and make yourself familiar with them. If you do not agree to sign them, you will not be able to participate.

An old mill
Forest Road
Rolling Hills

Register for the inaugural race of 2018

The inaugural race will start, at Hamlet's Kronborg Castle in the city of Elsinore (Helsingør in Danish), on Sunday the 8th of July, 2018 at 8:00 CET (24 hour timeformat).

The race is limited to 200 participants. So be in time, if you would like to secure a slot. Registration is now open. Registration will be closed on the 31st of March 2018 or when all slots have been allocated to participants.

Racebriefing will be on the 7th of July 2018. Venue and time to be announced later.

Rules of the race:

Rules of the 'Round Denmark Bike Race' is an adaptation from the Trans American Bike Race.

§1. Every rider has the responsibility to read and learn the Rules of the race. As well as reading and becoming familiar with the entirety of the latest version of the Athlete's Guide.

§2. Finish time cutoff: Sunday the 29th of July 2018 at 12:00. If you decide to ride for longer, it is outside the scope of this competition and will not be timed.

§3. No complaining about the rules. No exception. They are as close, to the bikepacking ultra-racing ethos, as possible.

§4. Aim: To cycle, self-supported and as fast as possible, along the predetermined route as linked to in this guide/on the website.

§5. Who can participate: Anyone, over the age of 18, who would like to race.

§6. Racing: Attempts are intended to be as solo or pairs. All racing is self-supported, self-timed as one long time trail. The clock runs non-stop from the moment of GO. The challenge is complete upon arrival at the end of the predetermined route. There are no required checkpoints or designated restperiods on the course.

§7. To complete the route, a rider/riders may resupply food, equipment, rent a room, rent a hut, sleep at caravan parks, launder clothing and service of their bike at commercial shops along the way. The intent is to ride unsupported between towns, and function self-supported when in towns. Any services utilized must always be commercially available to all challengers and not pre-arranged. No private resupply and no private lodging. Whatever racedirectors might hand you of small treats, during the race, is permitted in the spirit of friendly Danish ”hygge” (cosiness).

§8. Outside assistance with navigation, lodging or resupply (especially receipt of supplies from non-commercial shipper) are prohibited.

§9. Family and friends may visit riders, on route, but can in no way provide food, drink, material support or shelter. Support car is prohibited.

§10. In the event of a serious mechanical problem, that renders a bike unrideable, a rider may be assisted by motor vehicle in moving backwards, forwards, or directly off the route. A rider may also receive assistance returning back to the location where they left the route. The moment they rejoin the route, any forward assistance is prohibited, even if a rider has already ridden that stretch prior to leaving the route. The intent of this rule is to encourage riders to exhaust self-rescue options first, and ensure any rider, who must hitchhike, will still ride the entire course (+ a few ”penalty” miles).

§11. Shipping/receiving supplies (to the course): In the name of equal opportunity for international riders and to minimize the ‘footprint’, challengers are encouraged to race as reliant as possible on commercial services along the route. However, in advance of a start, competitors may cache food or equipment resupply at Postnord services only, care of general delivery. Typical practice is to ship a replacement chain and fresh bike shorts to the halfway point on route.

§12. Once the race clock begins, riders may be assisted by a third party in receiving emergency repair/replacement items only. Food resupply is not considered an emergency. Emergency items must be shipped using a commercial shipper such as USPS, UPS, Fed-Ex, DHL, etc. Items may not be delivered privately by family, friends or even anonymous persons. Items may only be shipped to a commercial address (P.O., hotel, bike shop, restaurant etc.), provided that address is equally available to all racers. Use of a private address (residence) along the route is forbidden. Utilizing any form of social media for help (ie. conjure ‘trail magic’) is also forbidden.

§13. GPS navigators are essential. The GPX ROUTE IS THE GOSPEL. GPS trackers are required for racing. Final rankings will be based on GPS tracking data. Mobile phones are permitted. Social media is actively encouraged, but within the spirit of the race. Best applied as a way to send messages out, not so much back in.

§14. The Round Denmark Bike Race is a web-administered, do-it-yourself challenge based on the purest of wagers: the gentleperson’s bet or agreement. Nothing to win or lose but honor.

§15. Any non-electric powered bike is allowed. Even those that aren’t allowed in traditional grand tours (HPV etc..) - as long as it is not powered by some kind of engine – electric or fueled.

§16. There are no checkpoints or officials on course – though racedirectors will be driving on route, for the first week, to catch up with people and do some video for social media.

§17. Riders alone are responsible for their safety.

§18. Riders alone must police their conduct and report any race discrepancies, to racedirectors, for further penalty actions – in the spirit of good sportsmanship. Time penalties can be given for taking the wrong roads and thereby gaining an advantage. Penalties are calculated accordingly and will be added to the finish time.

§19. There is no mechanism to communicate to riders on course.

§20. Riders alone are responsible for communicating with their loved ones.

§21. Updates to the dispatch are time-delayed and not intended to ensure rider safety.

§22. Online GPS tracking is also not intended to ensure rider safety. It is for info-only, and validation of course compliance.

§23. Relegation: The Round Denmark Bike Race reserves the right to relegate a rider from the Classification for confirmed rules violations.

§24. No rider will be notified of possible relegation mid-race. It is the sole responsibility of all riders to know the rules, police themselves, and in cases of course deviation, recognize their error + correct it before proceeding on route. Ideally any rider who defaults on any part of rules 2 through 5 will honorably scratch from the race. The Round Denmark Race is a do-it-yourself challenge - racers alone must police themselves.

§25. It is the rider’s responsibility to know and observe local laws.

§26. Riders must act in the spirit of self-sufficiency and equal opportunity for all racers. If a racer voluntarily scratches mid-race, yet continues on to finish the race, their individual tracking page will remain online/updated for informational purposes.

§27. Mandatory items. Any missing items will result in not getting permission to start until items are required:

  • Each rider must bring his or her own SPOT Gen 3 or SPOT Trace.
  • Each solorider, or pair, should bring a sufficient first aid kit. Including cleaning wipes, compression bandages, bandaids, gaze and tubefix.
  • Each rider should bring and wear a mandatory reflex vest between 22:00 – 5:00. Not wearing one will result in disqualification.
  • Each rider should bring and wear an aprroved helmet, at all times, while riding. This should be a CE approved or similar.
  • The supplied racenumber should be worn at all times while riding (will be given to you during ”check-in”).
  • Each bike should be equiped with adequate front and rearlight which can be seen at a distance of a minimun of 2 km – According to The Danish Traffic Act. To be used from dusk till dawn without exception. Not using the lights, will result in disqualification and could result in a fine from police.

§28. Raceorganizers can never be held accountable for any injury, or other loss, a participant may experience. All racing is at one's own risk and responsibility. Riders are responsible for having correct inssurance that cover illness, hospitalization, stolen bike and belongings and damage to other people or people's belongings.

Specific rules for pairs:

Apart from the above, the following applies for pairs.

§28. Pairs are self supported units, allowed to share any and all resources within the units. The rules are the same as for solo riders with one all encompassing exception: That support is allowed between the paired riders. The unit may share resources, navigation duties, as well as being allowed to draft and tow etc… Paired riders are essentially joined across the country. Pairs have to travel exclusively with each other and have to be in viewing distance, of one another, at all times. Riders must reach the end of the route before the pair is deemed finished.

§29. Paired racers may not draft other pairs/solo riders or interfere with solo riders in any way.

§30. Paired riders must each carry a tracker. If one of the riders quits the race, the other is allowed to continue to finish and may be ranked with an asterisk denoting paired travel.

§31. To clarify, paired riders start together, ride together, and hopefully finish together. Drafting is allowed between the pair as well as sharing all other resources. These features are what distinguish paired riders from solo riders.

Rules are incorporated into the Athlete's Guide.

The coast
Randers Fjord Farry
Skagen Lighthouse
Sønderborg harbour

Spotting and The Official Route:

Embeded rider spotting:

Link to the spotting homepage: Round Denmark Bike Race Location Page

Route Segments

Please observe the following: The general route is as shown above. It has been divided into 11 segments and two alternative night routes - to make it easier to download and install on your GPS unit. Consider it as one long route.

Route segments:
Segment 1: Helsingør to Rødvig
Segment 2: Rødvig to 1st Farry
Segment 3: 1st Farry to Kolding
Segment 4: Kolding to Sæd
Segment 5: Sæd to Hvide Sande
Segment 6: Hvide Sande to Slette Strand
Segment 7: Slette Strand to Grenen (The top of Denmark)
Segment 8: Grenen (The top of Denmark) to Udbyhøj Vasehuse
Segment 9: Udbyhøj to Himmelbjerget
Segment 10: Himmelbjerget to Odder
Segment 11: Odder to Farum (Finish)
Nightroute Thyborøn: Thyborøn to Agger via Struer
Nightroute Hals: Hals to Egense via Aalborg

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