#BADLANDS

MANIFESTO


Badlands is conceived to be a personal challenge, a collective adventure designed from our deep love to Cycling, Bikepacking, Self-sufficiency and all values conveyed through Mike Hall and his legacy.
SELF-SUFFICIENCY

The food, drink and belongings must be carried or acquired unplanned en-route. The planned assistance and drafting are prohibited.

ONE STAGE NON STOP

Once Badlands starts the time doesn’t stop, even while the rider is resting, what makes the strategy and the self-knowledge essential.

LIVE EVENT TRACKING

The riders must carry a satellite tracker, this will make possible to everyone to follow Badlands on the official website and social networks.

NAVIGATION

The riders must follow the mandatory route. It is recommended a deep study of the local orography, cities, weather and a strong adaptive capacity.

RESPONSIBILITY

Badlands use open roads. The riders must comply with local traffic laws. The helmet, lights and a reflective vest at night are mandatory.

HONORABLE AGREEMENT

The honorable agreement is inherent to bikepacking events. The organization can apply time penalties based on evidences, but only the riders by themselves can ensure a fair event.

RULES

RULE #1
LEAVE NO TRACE

You will ride across some fragile ecosystems and protected areas, leave nature unchanged.

RULE #2
RIDE SAFELY, RIDE RESPONSIBLY

Badlands uses public ways open to traffic, you must always know, observe and comply with local laws. Riding motorways is not allowed.

Helmet and front+rear lights are mandatory. It is also a legal requirement to wear a reflective vest when riding at night. It is strongly recommended to wear bright clothing during the ride.

RULE #3
RIDE UNDER YOUR OWN POWER

Badlands is about you and your bike, that’s all.

Drafting is not allowed. This means you can’t explicity follow any rider or vehicle which could give you an aerodynamic aid (this rule shall not apply during the neutralized start or for pairs category riders). If for any reason you ride at the same pace as another rider, you must do it side-by-side.

RULE #4
BE SELF-SUFFICIENT

Food, drink and belongings must be carried by you or acquired unplanned en-route. You are responsible for you own safety and logistics.

Booking accommodation or any logistic support before the ride is not allowed. Support crew or virtual base-camps are prohibited, but unexpected and unrequested help en-route is allowed.

The pair is considered as a rider itself, they can share all the resources between themselves but external assistance is not allowed. If one of the riders scratches the pair will be considered DNF, but the other rider can keep cycling and be considered Finisher.

It is strongly recommended that you bring: bivvy bag, SOS Kit, sunscreen, electrolytes and winter clothes.

RULE #5
INVENIAN VIAM

“I shall either find the way or make one”

You must follow and complete the official track. If at any point for any unexpected and justified cause this is not possible, just find your way and return to the route when possible.

You can also temporarily leave the route (to find food, rest, etc), but you must return to the same point you left off to continue the ride. In case of a medical or mechanical emergency use any kind of transport you need and return to the exact point to continue the ride.

The organisation will send you the Handbook and the track files some weeks before the start. You must strongly prepare and study it.

RULE #6
CONTROL YOUR TRACKER

Satellite tracking is just a service to follow the riders online: you are fully responsible for ensuring the correct use of it. Turning off the tracker or long periods of inactivity without reporting to the organisation will imply penalties.

A refundable deposit will be required for each tracker against loss or damage.

RULE #7
TAKE YOUR TIME, BE ON TIME

You will be punctual at the accreditation, the briefing and the start.

After the official time limit you can’t expect any official service or support, but your ride can go on: just return the tracker, relax and enjoy your route.

RULE #8
TAKE OUT YOUR OWN INSURANCE FOR THE EVENT

You must have valid liability, death, accident and health insurance valid during the event, covering emergency extraction and repatriation insurance.

Be aware that all liability rests on you. The organisation won’t provide you any kind of insurance for the ride and will not held liable for any damage whatsoever that may occur directly and/or indirectly to you or other parties.

RULE #9
RESPECT THE STAFF

Badlands is possible thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of all our staff, volunteers, local people and sponsors. Please be nice to them, they have been working hard spending their time and effort to support this adventure.

Follow the crew indications, they just will do it just for your safety and the good progress of the ride.

RULE #10
ACT HONORABLY

The organisation can impose time penalties for violations which be decided once the ride is finished. But this shouldn’t happen.

When people ask us how can we ensure riders comply with the rules, we always answer the same: we can’t. The honorable agreement is inherent to bikepacking adventures. This can be a fair ride, it just depends on you.