The Bohemian Border Bash Gravel Cycling Adventure will welcome you into Bohemian-Sachsen Switzerland National Park for the third time in 2021. The Camp is a multi-day Gravel Bike Riding Event organized in the heart of one of Central Europe's most beautiful National Parks, on the border between Germany and the Czech Republic. You will be amazed by sandstone pinnacles and rocky gorges, wild streams, and winding roads. You will find real paradise, a cycling destination you will fall in love with. The #BBBC is not a race, but rather a collection of inspiring rides. Yes, this event is not about speed. It is rather about sharing the love of cycling with likeminded people, having fun, making friends, riding bikes of course, and drinking beer of course :-) The #BBBC was created to share the picturesque riding this lesser-known region has to offer and to bring together like-minded gravel bikers for a long weekend packed with camaraderie on & off the bike.

Distance travelled

742 mi

Time in motion

72:04 h

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  1. BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH planned a gravel ride.

    November 26, 2020

    118 mi
    7.2 mph
    10,975 ft
    11,475 ft

      2. Klingenthal to Furth im Wald; 188kmHoorah! This section will take you through the Geographical Center of Europe. Upper Palatine Forest / Oberpfälzer Wald / Český les (EN, DE, CZ)
      Political turmoil has reshaped this region over the last half-century, leaving a unique environment. Most of this area was vacated after the forced expulsion of its predominantly German inhabitants after World War II. Then, until the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, it was part of the Western Border Zone of then Czechoslovakia, virtually uninhabited. As a result, to this day the area is only minimally affected by human activities - remaining a mosaic of quiet deep forests, meadows, and forests.

      • November 26, 2020

  2. BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH planned a gravel ride.

    November 17, 2020

    205 mi
    8.2 mph
    14,375 ft
    15,050 ft
    Matthias likes this.

      4. Český Krumlov to Choceň, CP2; 322 km The route from CP1 will be relatively flat for the first 80 kilometers after you leave behind the city of Český Krumlov and the Vltava river. Enjoy the respite.You'll then be heading towards the Třeboňsko region, itself designated a UNESCO MAB biosphere reserve in 1977. This area has been shaped by humans since the 12th century. By resculpting & adjusting the natural water system into hundreds of individual ponds - 460 in total - the region evolved a distinct character, becoming an important source of farmed fish. Alongside one of those ponds that you pass, you can find an Iron-curtain memorial, and the northernmost point of Austria at the same time. Cycling northeast from here, our route will generally follow the border between Bohemia and Moravia - the two largest historical Czech lands that make up the modern Czech Republic. First crossing a natural region called Czech Canada, named for its climate extremes of hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Next, you'll roll through another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town of Telč, renowned for its Italian Renaissance architecture. Then, more than 130 kilometers of Bohemian forests & fields later you'll find CP2 in the small 13th century King's market town of Chocen.

      • November 26, 2020

  3. BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH planned a gravel ride.

    November 13, 2020

    151 mi
    7.6 mph
    13,200 ft
    12,300 ft
    Matthias likes this.

      1. Start to Klingenthal, 243 kmThe race begins, as is tradition, in the "Bohemian Border Bash Camp", the same familiar location as our annual BBB Gravel Camp.The first kilometers of the route will lead you through Bohemian and, shortly after, Saxon portions of the National Park in our Border Bash backyard. Please do use caution when you pass through the town of Bad Schandau where you will cross the river Elbe. It's the last big town you'll see for a while, and signals where your first climbing will soon begin.Elbe Sandstone Mountains / Elbsandsteingebirge / Labské pískovce (EN, DE, CZ)
      The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are the mountain range straddling the border between the state of Saxony in southeastern Germany and the North Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, the first big hills you'll encounter on the trip around Bohemia.
      Onward you go towards the Ore Mountains. Better hope for good weather, there are plenty of chances for exposure and quickly changing conditions here.Ore Mountains / Erzgebirge / Krušné Hory (EN, DE, CZ)
      Next up are the Ore Mountains, a natural region that has defined the natural border between Bohemia and Saxony for over 800 years - from the 12th to 21st centuries. Today, the border between the Czech Republic and Germany runs just north of the main crest of the mountain range, making the German side seem rolling, while the Czech climbs (and descents) seem to last forever. The climate of these higher regions of the Ore Mountains is characterized as being distinctly harsh.

      • November 26, 2020

  4. BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH planned a gravel ride.

    November 11, 2020

    138 mi
    6.7 mph
    16,550 ft
    15,150 ft

      5. Choceň, CP2 to Špindlerův Mlýn; 237kmFrom CP2 the route follows the river valley before climbing up into the Eagle Mountains, at the start of the Bohemian-Silesian border.Eagle Mountains / Adlergebirge / Góry Orlickie / Orlické hory (EN, DE, PL, CZ)
      This mountain range located mainly in northeastern Bohemia now marks the natural Czech border with Poland. This entire region has maintained its original natural character over the centuries... with gentle rolling hills, dense forests, and meandering rivers winding through valleys.
      Table Mountains / Heuscheuergebirge / Góry Stołowe (EN, DE, PL)
      Next up, you'll ride along the 42km sandstone range of the Polish Table Mountains. Uniquely the only such sandstone formation in Poland, you'll see the layered towers we are more familiar with around our basecamp, highlighted by picturesque sheer rock ledges.
      Adersbach-Weckelsdorfer Felsenstadt - Adršpašsko-teplické (DE, CZ)
      Another beautiful region to ride with more unusual clusters of sandstone formations, back on our Czech side of the border. You'll skirt the most touristy parts here, heading west back towards the highest of Czech mountains.
      Giant Mountains / Riesengebirge / Krkonoše (EN, DE, CZ)
      The northern half of the Czech-Polish border and which divides the historic regions of Bohemia and Silesia runs along the main ridge of Krkonose. The highest peak, Sněžka / Schneekoppe is the tallest mountain in the Czech Republic (1603m). It features an unusually alpine environment above treeline, thanks to the exposed nature of the mountains to wind & weather blowing in all the way from the Baltic Sea. You are sure to still see a snow-capped Snezka, even this late in spring. The river Elbe springs from this mountainous region, and this section will be very tough to ride, especially on tired legs this late in The Race. You might even still encounter snow on your own crossing here. Be prepared for frequent weather changes, the main ridge is unpredictable - one of the most wind-exposed areas in Europe.

      • November 26, 2020

  5. BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH planned a gravel ride.

    October 13, 2020

    91.3 mi
    6.8 mph
    8,750 ft
    10,175 ft
    Mikkel Holtov and Hagbard like this.

      6. Špindlerův Mlýn to the finish; 147 km Isergebirge / Góry Izerskie / Jizerské hory (DE, PL, CZ)
      The Jizera Mountains form the last, most northern section of the Czech-Polish border, and will guide you home towards the start of our Bohemian circuit. Named from Celtic-origins of the Jizera/Iser river which rises at the southern base of the highest peak in this shorter range - the 1124m mountain Smrk, itself simply the Czech name of one of many large spruce trees on the mountaintop. This range stretches from the Lusatian Mountains beneath where Germany, Poland & the Czech Republic come together (Lužické hory / Zittau Mountains) in the northwest, to the Krkonoše in the southeast. The weather conditions here are characterized by above-average annual precipitation. You still have your rain jacket, right?
      From Jizerske hory, the route will take you to "Three Corners" - the spot where the Czech Republic, Germany, and Poland meet. Then, crossing the smaller Zittau Mountains, you'll finally arrive right back where you started. Welcome back to camp, and more importantly to our finish line in Bohemian Switzerland!

      • November 26, 2020

  6. BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH planned a gravel ride.

    October 13, 2020

    116 mi
    7.3 mph
    11,425 ft
    11,150 ft
    Hagbard likes this.

      3. Furth im Wald to Český Krumlov - CP1; 178 kmBohemian Forest / Bayerischer Wald / Šumava (EN, DE, CZ)
      As a border region, the Bohemian Forest has had a complicated history, as well. In the 20th century, it was also part of the Iron Curtain, and large areas were stripped of human settlement, leaving scars on the landscape that remain today. But even before that, settlement had already been sparse. For centuries thick forests dominated over human dwellings and pathways. These unique circumstances led to the preservation of plenty of unspoiled nature and several forest ecosystems relatively unaffected by human activity on both sides of the current border, now dotted with natural tourism hot spots both in winter & summer. Sumava is made up of heavily forested mountains (and some major recent invasive bark beetle devastation) with average heights of 800-1400 meters.
      This section ends in the beautiful medieval town of Český Krumlov where you'll find CP1, at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.

      • November 26, 2020

  7. erwinsikkens_com and 2 others went gravel riding.

    September 12, 2020

    97.8 mi
    11.7 mph
    10,625 ft
    10,925 ft
    Marcel Jans, Karl Vogel and 39 others like this.
    1. erwinsikkens_com

      Shimano and Gravel Union invited me to visit the BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH gravel ride in Bohemian Swiss, a beautiful national park at the Czech German border.The area is a combination of some of Europes oldest forests, small mountains, beautiful rock formations sticking out of the ground and above all, loads of crazy beautiful hardpack gravel roads and fun forest paths.BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH was due to Covid-19 the first genuine gravel event I visited since March this year, and it was a great one to restart my gravel year again. BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH consists of either the big bash, a 300 km ride to ride in 2 days, or a combination of 2 rides... THE BLIND BASH on Friday and THE BASH on Saturday. I did the latter. THE BASH is the main event of the BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH weekend and gravel festival and may well be one of the toughest rides I've done this year (including the 323 km long Dirty Kanzelled ride I did earlier this year). The ride however was as amazing and beautiful as it was hard to ride. With more than 3200 meters in altitude and almost 160 km, me and Jon Woodroof finished the ride approximately one hour after darkness set in at evening. After finishing, some nice food, loads of pivo (beer) and obviously a big fire was waiting for us.
      BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH is truly worth the trouble of traveling, as it's one of the leading gravel events out there on the Gravel Union calendar.

      • September 17, 2020

  8. Toby and BOHEMIAN BORDER BASH went gravel riding.

    September 12, 2020

    95.7 mi
    11.1 mph
    10,425 ft
    10,700 ft
    Jonathan, Frank Bueltge and 8 others like this.
  9. Jonathan and 2 others went gravel riding.

    September 12, 2020

    81.2 mi
    11.6 mph
    8,050 ft
    8,050 ft
    Peter K., Laura and 6 others like this.
  10. Gravel Collective and 4 others went cycling.

    September 12, 2020

    74.5 mi
    11.2 mph
    7,325 ft
    7,350 ft
    Scorpio, Maisch and 25 others like this.
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