#rideFAR

No given route. No borders. No time limit.

Are you ready for the Orbit360 season kick-off? It will be tough, it will be long and it might get cold. But overcoming your comfort zones will be even more rewarding this time.

When

05.03. - 03.04.2022

Where

Planet earth

Who

Everyone

Distance

90km/ 180km/ 360km

The Idea

Cycling is social. So are we. Let‘s ride for a reason!

#rideFAR is about being social, with a fair degree of a challenge.

This challenge is not only about competition, it is about using the extraordinary distance, that we – as passionate cyclists – cover every year, for a good cause. The donation-based entrance fees will be used to support cycling related charity organizations. Our partners VOTEC, komoot, CRAFT and ENJOYYOURBIKE will contribute by adding another 10% of the rider’s donation.

 

BERLIN - Are you ready
for the Orbit360 Peloton

When

3rd of April 2022
90 km - 10 am
180 km - midnight or 8 am
360 km - midnight

Where

Berlin

Distance

90 km
180 km
360 km

The IDEA

We would like to finish this year's #rideFAR challenge with you and are happy to welcome you in the Orbit360 peloton.

The PLAN

360 km - We will ride two 180 km loops. The first loop will head towards the south and the second towards the east. After the nightrider from 0 am - 8 am we will meet Jost and Fridolin, who scouted the second route, and join them towards the east. We will be back at 4 pm. Holly will join the Orbit360 cosmos and will offer coffee and cake at our first re-supply stop (5 am).
180 km - You have the choice between a night ride (0 am - 8 am) or a smooth ride during the day (8 am - 4 pm)
90 km - Join the sprint distance and be at Prinzessinnengarten at 10 am.

HOW FAST IS THE ORBIT CIRCLING?

We don't want to chase a world record. But we don't want to dawdle either. Total Time for both 180 km loops will be 8 hours meaning we will ride with an average speed of 23km/h. Short breaks at gas stations are included. If you get exhausted, just let others do the (front) work. We will try to leave no one behind! The total time for the 90 km distance will be 4,5 hours (20 km/h average)

AFTERPARTY

Our friends from Faradgang welcome you to the Afterparty in front of the workshop in Prinzessinnengarten. Snacks and drinks will be available. Also, we will sell Orbit360 merch. All money will be forwarded to the nonprofit organizations that we support with the #rideFAR challenge.

#isthisgravelanymore?

Don't worry, no single tracks this time. We promise! We will ride on roads with little traffic. Also, some fast-rolling gravel paths will be included. You should be fine with 35 - 40 mm tires.
The 90 km sprint distance will be 99% tarmac.

THE ROUTE(S)

Check out the #rideFARpeloton Berlin collection on komoot.

Join the Karma Party!

Your participation fee will be donated to people who pass on a piece of self-determination, freedom and quality of life to others through mobility.

 

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Faradgang

“Most of us take it for granted, for others it´s quite the opposite: a working bicycle! As a non-profit charity with a fondness for cycling and determination to help others, Faradgang e.V. invites people in need to repair unwanted bikes, thereby fostering selfdetermined mobility in our communities. Taking part in our projects, workshops and events, participants learn how to use, repair and maintain their new bikes, which we understand as a monumental step for freedom and self-empowerment. Based in Cologne and Berlin, Faradgang e.V. tries to have a positive impact on people who need support due to financial, social, political or health reasons. Bicycles for everyone!”

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Bikeygees

“The #BIKEYGEES e.V. offers cycling lessons for women and girls. This includes not only practical cycling training, but also multilingual traffic lessons and bike repair basics. We started in September 2015 as a small empowerment project, and in the meantime we have grown into a non-profit association for educational and integration work. We help to break down borders: origin, religion, status are unimportant. Every woman in the world should be able to cycle. And may. We finance ourselves as much as possible through donations and can only do our work together with our many volunteers, whom we thank with all our hearts.”

 

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Velafrica

“Since 1993, Velafrica has been collecting unwanted bikes and shipping them to partner organisations in Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Gambia. Annually, approximately 50 shipping containers containing over 20.000 prepared and roadworthy Swiss bicycles arrive in Africa. They facilitate access to school and education, medical facilities and workplaces and help with the transport of heavy loads. In addition to mobility, Velafrica promotes the development of bicycle workshops and the training of mechanics. Jobs and income opportunities are created in bicycle assembly, repair and sales.”

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World Bicycle Relief

Our mission is to create access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities in developing regions of the world where distance is a challenge.

The lack of efficient, reliable transportation adversely affects economic and social development in regions where distance is a barrier. Bicycles are a simple mode of transportation that are essential to creating long-term sustainable change in developing regions around the world. A high-quality bicycle in a developing rural area is a powerful, cross-cutting intervention that immediately improves livelihoods and educational and healthcare outcomes.

#rideFAR_ukraine

Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund

“Eight years of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has already killed thousands of civilians and put millions in need of humanitarian assistance. Nearly 400,000 Ukrainians have fled Ukraine in response to Russia’s invasion, and up to 4 million could follow. All donations to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund will support humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled. GlobalGiving’s local partners are bringing relief to terrified and displaced communities, and they need resources to continue their life-saving work.

Go Solo or join the Peloton

There are two categories: Solo and Peloton.

All participants are required to respect the spirit of unsupported bikepacking races.

All participants registered as SOLO are required ride without any third party assistance. No drafting allowed.

All participants registered as PELOTON are free to chose their own group no matter the size of the group. Drafting is allowed as well as help and assistance within the Peloton. Your names will be listed individually in the ranking.

SOLO

Rules Solo

- no drafting
- no outside support
- no accompinament allowed
- riders will be listed in the Solo ranking

PELOTON

Rules Peloton

- drafting allowed
- assistance within the peloton is allowed
- no group size limitations
- riders will be listed individually in the Peloton ranking

The How-To

TAKE THE LONG WAY

All rides must require the minimum distances of 90km, 180km or 360km. We will not consider shorter ride in the overall ranking. Accurate route planning is necessary. We highly suggest to ride a few extra kilometres.

CREATE AN ACCOUNT

To register for the events, you will first have to create your own account. Check Login box in the menu.

ADD YOUR KOMOOT USER ID

Add your komoot user ID to your account before you submit your tour. This is very important to be included in the ranking!
Click on the setting symbol in the upper right corner.

REGISTER

...and receive a free komoot region bundle voucher. Each rider has to register no matter of you ride Solo or join the Peloton.

PLAN

Plan your own Orbit with a distance of 90km, 180km or 360km. There are no limitations to road surfaces.

RIDE

Ride Solo or join the Peloton.
You ride is completed when you reached the point where you started.

UPLOAD & TAG

Upload your route to komoot and tag Orbit360 as a participant.

RENAME YOUR RIDE

For Solo: #rideFARsolo
For Peloton: #rideFARpeloton

KARMA PARTY!

You have just ridden for a reason. We will update the ranking twice per week.

Questions?

Check out the Manual or text us to info@orbit360.cc

The Scoring System

Do we like riding fast and set new records? Yes.
Is it the most important goal for us? No!

The concept of #rideFAR is simple: ride your bike and push your own limits while helping people who are in need.

There will be a time-based ranking. We will also feature the most creative rides and stories in a best-off collection.

The Rules

All rules are designed to support the spirit of unsupported races. Riders of the Orbit360 are expected to be self-sufficient and must follow these rules at all times whilst riding.

Rule # 1 RIDE YOUR OWN ROUTE

  • Your ride is completed when you reached the point where you started by covering a minimum distance of 360 / 180 / 90 kilometres.

1.2 It’s the rider’s responsibility to plan a save and appropriate route.

Rule # 2 RIDE UNDER YOUR OWN POWER

2.1 No drafting for solo riders (other than Peloton).

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.

Rule # 3 RIDE SAVELY AND RESPONSIBLY

3.1 Helmet and front/ rear lights are mandatory. Wear a reflector jacket in darkness.

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 No 3rd party support. 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. Pair riders are allowed to support each other.

4.2 Booking or organizing any logistic support before the start is not allowed.

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

Rule # 5 ONE ACTIVITY, BUT NO TIME LIMIT

5.1 It´s a single stage challenge. 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 You also need to keep your device recording the whole time.

Rule # 6 MAINTAIN EVIDENCE OF THE RIDE

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

5.2 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.

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

Rule # 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 time challenge. But if it happens that you stop and find an empty can or packaging papers we encourage you to take it and dispose it in the next bin. This will contribute to the overall conditions of the roads.

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.

Rules

All rules are designed to support the spirit of unsupported races. Riders of the Orbit360 are
expected to be self-sufficient and must follow these rules at all times whilst riding.

Rule # 1 RIDE YOUR OWN ROUTE

1.1 Your ride is completed when you reached the point where you started by covering a minimum distance of 360 / 180 / 90 kilometres.

1.2 It’s the rider’s responsibility to plan a save and appropriate route.

Rule # 2 RIDE UNDER YOUR OWN POWER

2.1 No drafting for solo riders (other than Peloton).

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.

Rule # 3 RIDE SAVELY AND RESPONSIBLY

3.1 Helmet and front/ rear lights are mandatory. Wear a reflector jacket in darkness.

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 No 3rd party support. 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. Pair riders are allowed to support each other.

4.2 Booking or organizing any logistic support before the start is not allowed.

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

Rule # 5 ONE ACTIVITY, BUT NO TIME LIMIT

5.1 It´s a single stage challenge. 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 You also need to keep your device recording the whole time.

Rule # 6 MAINTAIN EVIDENCE OF THE RIDE

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

5.2 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.

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

Rule # 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 time challenge. But if it happens that you stop and find an empty can or packaging papers we encourage you to take it and dispose it in the next bin. This will contribute to the overall conditions of the roads.

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.

FAQ

We wanted to make use of all the kilometres that we ride together. The idea was to combine a challenge that will push your limits by doing something good in a community. That’s Ride For A Reason.

The race window is open between March 5th to April 3rd. In this period, you can ride your DIY challenge. Don’t forget to tag the Orbit360 account after you have uploaded your ride on komoot.

No, this time it’s your choice. Road, Gravel, MTB – that’s up to you.

There will be three distance categories: 360 km, 180 km and 90 km. The “Orbit-loop” has to be closed, i.e. the ride is finished when you reach the point where you started. Accurate route planning is necessary.

We will ask you for a donation-based entrance fee to support our three bike-related charity organizations: Faradgang, Bikeygees and Velafrica. That’s why this event is called Ride For A Reason!

Yes, just join the Peloton and ride with as many friends as you like.

There will be one ranking considering the fastest times. We are really looking forward to see how fast you can ride, but keep in mind that this event is about #ridingforareason. Go out, be creative in your route planning and have fun. Together with our partners we will feature the most creative routes and most exciting stories. Take on your adventureand win awesoem prices from our partners.

Yes, of course. You will be considered in the overall ranking AND in the Fixed Gear/ Singlespeed ranking.