Race Manual

The Orbit360 Gravel Series 2021

postponed until further notice

About the Orbit360 Gravel Series

The Orbit360 Gravel Series is taking on the next season with improved routes and a new scoring system! Choose your Orbits out of 18 different routes and collect points. The Gravel Series will run for ten weeks, and during this time, riders can start at whatever time and location along the Orbit they want. Tracking via komoot, completed Orbits will be listed in the virtual leaderboard that will determine the season rankings.

Please read the race manuel and make sure to understand the rules.

The How-To

REGISTER

...and receive a free komoot region bundle voucher.
For pair: Both riders have to register.

Click here and add the Orbit360 as a friend.

RIDE

Ride solo or duo. As many Orbits as you want. Can you ride all of them?

UPLOAD & TAG

Upload your route to komoot and tag Orbit360 and your fellow rider (for pair riders) as a participant.

RENAME YOUR RIDE

For solo: your FULL name, name of the Orbit

For pair: your FULL name, name of the Orbit, team name, your fellow riders FULL name

CHECK THE RANKING

…and find your name(s)

Notice: Renaming your ride is very important! Without there is no chance your Orbits will be considered.

Categories

We teamed up this year, meaning that for Orbit360 Gravel Series 2021 you cannot only ride solo, but also join with your best mate. Plan your rides together, suffer together, enjoy the beautiful landscapes together, but always keep in mind that it is going to be tough. Will your best mate be prepared for this or do you rather ride solo?

Additionally, Orbit360 prepared the ranking for some more filter options:

Pair Riders Information

Riders in the pair act as a unit and may share food, equipment, information and resources between themselves and help each other including riding in each other’s slipstream but no support is to come from outside the pair and resources cannot be shared with anyone outside the pair. 

IMPORTANT: Both riders have to record and upload their ride and tag the Orbit360 komoot account as participant.

Men

Female

Diverse

Solo

Pair

Regular < 40 y.

Senior > 40 y.

Gravel Bike

Fixed Gear / Singlespeed

The Scoring System

Orbit360’s Gravel Series concept is simple: Ride a route and collect points. The more routes you ride, the more points you can collect. Each route is worth equivalent points and has the same scoring system. Participants can ride a route as often as they want with the fastest time being included in the ranking. Even though, participants can ride as many Orbits as they want, only the first 8 Orbits will be considered for the official Orbit360 ranking.

Points will be awarded for three categories:

Finishing Points

First, many riders will have to push their limits to finish a route. It’s long and hard, it’s fun but also challenging. Finishing a route is a great achievement and will be rewarded with 500 points.

Series Points

One finished ride is great. Once finishing the first route push further and gather more bonus points.

3 finished Orbits = 1.000 bonus points on top
6 finished Orbits = 2.000 bonus points on top
8 finished Orbits = 3.000 bonus points on top

Leaderboard Points

We award extra points for the first 30 positions in the following order:

 1. = 1.800 pts
 2. = 1.680 pts
 3. = 1.560 pts
 4. = 1.440 pts
 5. = 1.320 pts
 6. = 1.200 pts
 7. = 1.080 pts
 8. = 984 pts
 9. = 888 pts
10. = 792 pts
11. = 720 pts
12. = 648 pts
13. = 576 pts
14. = 528 pts
15. = 480 pts
16. = 432 pts
17. = 384 pts
18. = 336 pts
19. = 288 pts
20. = 264 pts
21. = 240 pts
22. = 216 pts
23. = 192 pts
24. = 168 pts
25. = 144 pts
26. = 120 pts
27. = 96 pts
28. = 72 pts
29. = 48 pts
30. = 24 pts

Ride, Ride,
Collect, Benefit

Your chance to earn some sponsor benefits! If you complete Orbits (Routes) you profit form our partnerships.

🎖 = 8 Orbits (Votec Gutschein 20%)

🪐 = 6 Orbits (Komoot Premium Account)

🚀 = 3 Orbits (Conti Gutschein 40%)

As an example: Joseph completed three Orbits. He ranked in the top 30 twice. As 7th and as 5th. With the third Orbit he unfortunately ranked out of the top 30. Joseph will end the Gravel Series with a total score of 4.900 points (3x 500 points for completed Orbits + 1.000 bonus series points + 1.080 leaderboard points + 1.320 leaderboard points). His friend Linda completed seven Orbits but did not ranked top 30 at all. She ends up with a total scoring of 5.500 points (7x 500 pts Finishing Points + 2.000 Series Points for completing seven Orbits).

Checkpoints and validation of your rides

There are no checkpoints en-route. Riders have to follow the entire route (please make yourself familiar with the spirit of unsupported cycling races). We expect all riders to be fair with each other and we will not check your routes for accuracy since weak GPS-connections and bad weather conditions would make it almost impossible. This is YOUR ride and your responsibility.

If there’s ambiguity on the rules or you don’t know what to do; then you should ask. If you think you did something cheeky but you didn’t mean it – tell us, explain why and we will find a solution.

Communication with the Orbit360 HQ

All race enquiries should be made using the official email address: info@orbit360.cc
We might not be able to answer questions asked over Instagram and other Social Media channels.

Please remember to avoid messaging Raphael Albrecht on his Instagram account. This is his personal account and not related to Orbit360.

If you have questions that might be interesting for other riders too, please use our Facebook discussion group to get in touch with the intergalactic Orbit360 community.

Rules

All rules are designed to support the spirit of unsupported races. Riders of the Orbit are expected to be self-sufficient and must follow these rules at all times whilst riding.

Rule # 1 STICK TO THE ROUTE

1.1 Choose your own start at any point of the route and follow the route until you reach the point where you started.

1.2 To get a Ranking place you must ride the route in its entirety.

1.3 Any deviations from the route are only permitted for safety or legal reasons (e.g. flooded areas, fallen trees, etc.).

Any deviation must be presented to the organizer without being asked.

1.4 If participants leave the route (e.g. to buy food in a supermarket) they must return to the point where they left the route and continue the ride from there.

1.5 The use of ferry connections and services is not permitted unless expressly provided for in the route.

Rule # 2 RIDE UNDER YOUR OWN POWER

2.1 The Orbit360 Gravel Series is a solo or duo challenge. No drafting for solo riders (other than pairs with their partner).

2.2 All rides must be managed with the rider’s own muscle power.

Rule # 3 RIDE SAVELY AND RESPONSIBLY

3.1 Helmets and front/ rear lights as well as high visible clothing are a mandatory.

3.2 Watch out for others when sharing the same path. Reduce speed and give them a smile.

3.3 Riders must know and observe all local traffic laws.

Rule # 4 BE SELF-SUFFICIENT

4.1 Any assistance from third parties is prohibited.

4.2 All food, drinks and equipment must be carried with you or acquired at commercially available services.

4.3 Plan your route appropriately, check for resupply points and opening hours beforehand.

4.4 Booking or organising assistance for the trip, prior to departure is not permitted.

4.5 No en-route service is provided by the organizer.

Rule # 5 ONE ACTIVITY, BUT NO TIME LIMIT

5.1 The Orbit360 Gravel Series is a one stage race.

5.2 You can rest or sleep as much and wherever suits you. However, bear in mind break times add up quickly and can add significantly to the elapsed time.

5.3 The recording via a dedicated GPS device must not interrupted at any time of the ride.

Rule # 6 MAINTAIN EVIDENCE OF THE RIDE

6.1 All rides must be recorded via a GPS device and must be uploaded to komoot and linked with the Orbit360 account.

6.2 The GPS device can be a dedicated cycling/ navigation computer, fitness watch or smartphone with location services – essentially anything that allows you to record an activity on komoot.

6.3 Essentially, participants are allowed anything that can record an activity on komoot.

Rule # 7 RIDE IN THE SPIRIT OF SELF-RELIANCE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

7.1 Riders may accept legitimate unplanned offers of food, drink or shelter but must not go looking for it. Any help received must not be solicited in any way. Help is regarded as “trail magic” if any other riders would have the same possibility to receive this kind of assistance.

7.2 Any assistance received must not have been requested at any time.

7.3 Assistance is considered independent if other participants would have the same opportunity to receive it.

7.4 The organizer can impose time penalties for violations which will be decided once the ride has been linked.

Rule # 8 RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT

8.1 Do not just “leave no trace”, but also “leave the place better than you found it”.

8.2 The routes may take you to isolated areas, which are usually home of animals. Respect them and be quiet when approaching them.

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