FAQs


REGISTRATION

SOLD OUT


DATES

03/Sep/2022 – 13.00: Accreditation and briefing
04/Sep/2022 – 08.00: Official start
09/Sep/2022 – 20.00: Time limit


WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Badlands is designed from our love to gravel, self-sufficiency, bikepacking, the mountains, the deserts and the sea. We just wanted to put all together at the same event. After a few years and many km of exploration, the result is Badlands.

The route is around 85% off-road, most of it without special technical difficulties, both Gravel and MTB are welcome anyway.


IS THERE ANY OFFICIAL ROUTE?

Badlands is a set-route event, this means you must complete the official route from the start to the finish line. If you abandon the route for any reason, you must restart the ride from where left off.
The official track will be sent to the registered riders some weeks before the start.


WHAT ABOUT THE ROUTE?

The elevation gain is an issue to be considered. Just after the start in Granada the route goes into Sierra Nevada, one of the highest mountain range in Europe. After descending to Gorafe, the route reaches again 2.000m height, and after taking the coast in Cabo de Gata it climbs again to Sierra Nevada, with a total gain around 15.000m.

About the weather, be ready for both extremes. Please take in consideration you’ll ride through deserts at temperatures close to 40C but also overnight beyond 2.000m close to 0C.


IT’S EASY TO FIND WATER AND FOOD?

If you prepare the route properly you won’t have any problems to find water and food enough en-route. But remember, try to ride with enough autonomy and to fill your bottles whenever you have the chance.


CAN I BOOK ANY SERVICES BEFORE THE START?

It is prohibited to book services that you will use in Badlands before the start, this includes accommodation. Everything you need during the event can only be booked by your once it starts.


WHAT IF I GET LOST?

Ask local people, use your GPS device or find the route with your mobile…but don’t call home or any base-camp. This is self-sufficiency, use your own power and resources to find the right way.


WHAT IF I BREAK MY BIKE?

Try to fix it by yourself. If this is not possible go to a bike shop using any kind of transport, and after the repair go back to the same point you took the transport from.


ANY PRIZE FOR THE FIRST FINISHER?

Following the bikepacking events tradition, there is no prize for the fastest rider but the honour of being first. Remember that Badlands is not a race. This is a personal ride against the clock, not against others.


DO I NEED AN INSURANCE?

You must have valid liability, death, accident and health insurance valid during the event, covering emergency extraction and repatriation insurance.
You must be also at least 18 before the start.


HOW TO ARRIVE TO GRANADA?

Granada is one of the most populous cities in Andalusia.
The Granada Airport is close to the city center and well connected by Bus.
Granada is also connected with Madrid by Train and Bus, and with Málaga by Bus.