Orbit360 – How to orbit
The cancellation of so many bike events in 2020 due to the pandemic didn’t mean the end of cycling for us. We rather saw it as a new beginning: we wanted to share the best routes in Germany with our cycling community. From that moment on, Orbit360 was born, the first unsupported adventure series where riders can compete against each other – safely and in an exciting new format!
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The Orbit360 Gravel Series is designed as a solo challenge. We were trying to include a team category as well, however, due to technical requirements this won’t be possible for the 2020 season. If you want to ride with friends we are happy to see you riding as a supporter.
We will also have a male, female and open category.
5 STEPS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE OFFICIAL ORBIT360 RANKING
- Register on our website. It is very important that you are registered as either “Racer” or “Orbiter” BEFORE you start your first orbit!
- Check out the routes.
- You can ride as many of our Orbits as you want! Simply choose a time and starting point along your favourite Orbit and collect points for each completed track.
- When you have completed a ride – upload it on komoot, rename your ride (your name, your state of your Orbit and total time) and tag our Orbit360 account as a participant.
- You will be included in the official Orbit360 ranking (Updates on Thursay and Monday evening.
The concept of the Orbit360 Gravel Series 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.
Points will be awarded for three different categories:
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 300 points.
Second, one finish is great. But once finishing the first route, why not push further. Finish three Orbits or more and you will get another 1.000 bonus points.
Last but not least, we are very curious who can be the fastest to set the top time for each Orbit. We award extra points for the first 10 positions in the following order (+ 300 points for finishing):
Given the fact that there is no mass start and riders can pick there own day and starting time, we will cover highlights throughout the season for fans and spectators through following channels:
1. Frequent updates, leaderboard and specials on our website
2. Highlights and ongoing Updates on Instagram
3. Exclusive Orbit360-podcast by Johanna Jahnke along the race-season
There won’t be any checkpoints on the route. We will proof your ride with a GPS-tracking tool to make sure that all riders followed the route. You are thinking about cheating? Just don’t. Life is a boomerang, what you give is what you get…
Please make sure to carry enough batteries for your navigation device with you. Some routes might take longer than a standard device might be able to record. Also keep your phone working at all times in case something happens.
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.
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. The route must be followed clockwise. In order to achieve a position in the ranking, you must follow the route in its entirety. Deviations are only allowed for savety or legal reasons (e.g. construction side, road blocks, flooded areas, fallen trees etc.).
1.2 If riders leave the route (for example to buy food at commercial stores) you have return to the exact point where you left the route and continue the ride.
1.3 The track will be provided on our partners website komoot or can be downloaded on our website.
1.4 Ferry services are not allowed unless the route explicitly suggests it.
2. RIDE UNDER YOUR OWN POWER
2.1 It´s a solo race. No drafting allowed.
2.2 All forward travel overland must be human powered (i.e. no e-bikes).
2.3 It´s simply you and your bike, that´s it.
3. RIDE SAVELY AND RESPONSIBLY
3.1 Helmet and front/ rear lights are 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.
4. BE SELF-SUFFICIENT
4.1 No 3rd party support as well. All food, drinks and equipment must be carried with you or acquired at commercially available services. Plan your route appropriately, check for resupply points and opening hours beforehand.
4.2 Booking or organizing any logistic support before the start is not allowed. No pre-arranged services allowed.
4.3 No friends and family support (also not mentally). They must not show up on the route during your ride.
4.4 No en-route service is provided by the organizer.
5. ONE ACTIVITY, BUT NO TIME LIMIT
5.1 It´s a single stage race. The route must be ridden in one attempt.
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 GPS device must not be turned off during the ride.
5.4 The ride must be uploaded on komoot and linked to our Orbit360 partner account (tag us as participant) at least three days after the ride.
6. MAINTAIN EVIDENCE OF THE RIDE
6.1 All rides must be recorded via a GPS device and be uploaded on 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.
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 The organizer can impose time penalties for violations which will be decided once the ride has been linked.
8. RESPECT YOUR ENVIRONMENT
8.1 Don´t only “leave no trace”, but also “leave the place better than you found it”. This does not suggest that you are supposed to clean up everyone’s trash. It´s still a race. But if it happens that you stop and find an empty can or packaging papers feel free to take it and dispose it in the next bin. This will contribute to the overall conditions of the trails.
8.2 The rides might lead you to remote areas. Usually that´s the home of animals. Respect them and be quiet when approaching them.