Almost 200 hundred kilometers of spectacular views, beautiful climbs, and fast descents await you in Gravel Epic Slovenia. This bike race is a perfect mix of tarmac and forest roads. Plus, you can enjoy the amazing Slovenian countryside and the amazing Triglav National Park.

Founded in 2019, Gravel Epic is one of the most waited gravel races around the world. There are different destinations every year. In 2020 this is Slovenia, in 2021 the race will take place in Switzerland and Marrakech.

Due to Covid, Gravel Epic Slovenia was canceled for 2020.

Quick Details

  • Race types: Epic or Exploration Courses
  • Duration: 5/10 hours
  • Normal prices: €199 pp.
  • Early bird prices: €160 pp.

Epic Course

  • 185 km
  • 4 300 m ascent
  • Technical level 5/10
  • Difficulty level 7/10
  • Expected median finish time 10 hours
  • Early Bird Price: €169 (until Mar 8, 2020)
  • Regular Price: €199

Exploration Course

  • 107 km
  • 2600m ascent
  • Technical level: 5/10
  • Difficulty level: 5/10
  • Median finish time: 5 hours
  • Early Bird Price: €169 (until Mar 8, 2020)
  • Regular Price: €199

Entry Fee Includes

  • Race entry to either Epic or Exploration course
  • GPX track for navigation
  • Timing services including KOM special section
  • Gravel Epic water bottle
  • Food and drinks at feed stations
  • Organic cotton finisher shirt
  • Finisher medal & party
  • Medical support during and immediately after the race
  • Mechanic on site

Where does the race take place?

Just outside of Bled with its world-famous lake lies the Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps, Slovenia. The Julian Alps are a dream come true for road bikers, mountain bikers, and now also gravel grinders.

The city offers the perfect mix for outdoor enthusiasts and their families. While you are racing, your family can enjoy the best of Slovenia.


Required kit

  • Cycling computer or GPS device.
  • Redtail light
  • Front light
  • Minimum of two water bottles of water or sports drink
  • Two spare inner tubes, tyre levers, and a pump or CO2 cylinders
  • A cell phone to contact the organizers or authorities. Phone numbers are in your race kit.

Make sure you have the skills to carry out basic mechanical repairs on your bike, such as repairing a flat, changing a tire, fixing a broken chain. We will not send a mechanic to you on the course to fix your bike.

Suggested kit

  • Waterproof jacket (as a minimum taped or welded seams)
  • Multitool
  • First aid kit
  • Chain links
  • Spare rear mech hanger

FAQ

What is Gravel Epic?

  • Gravel Epic is a solo, non-stop endurance challenge on Epic Gravel roads in Epic Countries!

Who can participate in a gravel epic?

  • A rider who is looking for an endurance challenge in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

What is the minimum age to participate?

  • The minimum age for participants is 18 years.

What is gravel grinding?

  • Gravel riding is adventure riding! It combines the best elements of road and mountain biking!
  • It brings us back to the roots of cycling and brings us back to nature! 

What bike do I need?

  • You will need a gravel bike to participate in the official race. MTB is allowed, but only out of competition.
  • A gravel bike is any bike with drop handlebars without full suspension.
  • Gravel bikes can usually accommodate tire widths of up to 40 - 45 mm and have disc brakes.

What tire should I ride in a gravel epic event?

  • We recommend tubeless tires, nothing less than 35 mm in width.

What gear ration I should ride?

  • We recommend at least a 1:1 ratio, though for most riders a 0.90 (38 – 42) or less is the preferred choice.

Is the race open to traffic?

  • The roads are not always closed to traffic and you are obligated to follow the local traffic laws, instructions by the police and our volunteers.

Is there a time limit to complete the course?

  • Yes, time limits will be announced closer to the event and during the race briefing.

What is the course?

  • The Gravel Epic races courses are a mix of tarmac, gravel, and forest roads.
  • Everything can be safely ridden with a Gravel bike though some sections are more technical than others and you may choose to walk these sections.
  • The official, final GPX track will be sent to the participants closer to the event.

Are there any feed stations along the course?

  • Yes, we will have feed stations along the course, however you are required to carry at least 2 bottles of water and some snacks with you at the start.

Di I need a racing license from a national cycling association?

  • No, you do not need any license!

Do I need a medical certificate?

  • A medical certificate is not required but we highly recommend a physical exam by a doctor to ensure that you are healthy and fit to participate in an endurance event.

Can I transfer my entry to another race?

  • It is possible to transfer your entry to another race up until one month prior to the race. An entry can only be transferred once.

Can I transfer my entry to another rider?

  • No, a transfer to another rider is not possible.

Is a GPS device required?

  • Yes, a GPS device such as a Garmin 1030, Wahoo Explorer, and similar cycling GPS devices are required.
  • We will give you a data file with the course which you need to upload to the device.
  • The course will only have minimal course markings and without a GPS device, you will not be able to complete the course.
  • Please ensure that your GPS device has sufficient battery for the event or carry a power bank so that you do not run out of battery during the event.

If I bring my family, will they have anything to do?

  • Gravel Epic events are for the whole family. Our event destinations were carefully chosen so that there are plenty of activities for the whole family.

What should I bring with me?

  • We will send an email to all participants prior to the race with a detailed list of required and suggested equipment.
  • At a minimum, you will need water bottles, food, front & backlight, tools including a chain tool, puncture repair sets, pump, and a helmet.