Happy 2020 everyone! I can hardly believe it, but I regret to have to tell you that the 5th anniversary of MB400 is already sold out! Registration barely went live and already I had to close it due to the big demand. I am sorry for everyone that wanted to ride and didn't manage to get a spot but also am very proud that apparently the idea of MB400 appeals to so many of you cyclists. Now it could very well be that some slots will open up again the coming months. To apply for a spot on the waiting list, please send a mail. If slots open up, this will be communicated through this website, instagram and facebook. That's it for now, now it's training time!
Ladies first! Officially registration for this year's MB400 is due the 01st of January 2020. However, to ensure a more equal field of participants we came up with a few ideas. One of which is the following: if you don't identify as cis-male, you can now register. There is a special Facebook group for all enquiries in this regard. No facebook account? No worries, just send us a mail!
Denn der Mensch, der zur schwankenden Zeit auch schwankend gesinnt ist, der vermehret das Übel und breitet es weiter und weiter.
June 26th is the anniversary of the death of Maurice Brocco called Coco, a early to mid 20th century road racer after whom the Leipzig based cycling project is named. For the 5th time already, we will be leaving Leipzig on June 20th ready to take on a tour in his honour, just like road racers back in the days used to: cycling many miles without the streets being fenced off.
This year is MB400s 5th anniversary. No worries, it won't be a 500 KM route this time, but we did think of some things to sauce up the challenge. The route isn't completely confirmed just yet, but let's just say our fascination for hillier and mountaineous terrain hasn't faded.
We will set up four different checkpoints along the route. The tour starts and finishes in Leipzig. Further information concerning the other checkpoints will be be released soon.
Every checkpoint will provide a place to rest and some food to fuel your body and mind. Motorised transport to the next checkpoint or train station will be available if needed along the road.
Roter Stern Leipzig
Checkpoint #4: TBA
Roter Stern Leipzig
All I need
We’re looking forward to seeing you ride!
To make for a smooth, safe and fair journey, please make sure you have the following gear on you:
- Appropriate bag. Handlebar rolls and saddle bags are advised, as they provide the most comfort. A rucksack can get heavy on the shoulders and the backside over time.
- Helmet. For your own safety, no discussion.
- Lights on your bike. That means red rear light and a good front light. Flashing LED’s are no good at the front – so think torch. You will be riding in the dark along unlit roads. You may encounter banks of thick fog and you really don’t want oncoming cars not to be able to see you.
- Mobile telephone. At the beginning of the event you will receive a list of phone numbers including the ones of the organising team and the people in charge of the checkpoints. Most important is that of the support vehicle, which is the first to call in case anything goes wrong along the road in between the checkpoints. Please call 112 in case of serious injury.
- Food and drink. Food will be available at every checkpoint. However, make sure to also have food with you on the go and most importantly: enough to drink –that you have either brought yourself, or picked up along the way during breaks and checkpoint timeouts. Keep in mind that there will be sections of more than 80 km where there are no checkpoints.
- Tools with at least a puncture repair kit, spare tubes and a pump.
- Maps of the route you expect to follow. At the start you will receive copies of street maps for the cities you will visit, marked with the addresses of the checkpoints. Besides that, you should bring your own national maps for the route between the cities. It is of course advisable to study the route between these before you start.
- Clothing appropriate to the expected weather conditions. Remember it can rain at night and it will feel colder when you are tired.
- Cycle computer. Your cycle computer will be checked at start and finish. Strava is also possible but make sure you can track the whole ride with your battery!!
- Basic first aid kit.
- It’s advisable to not ride alone; if something goes wrong you can rely on the support of others.
- Wear a helmet.
- Stay hydrated, don’t wait until you are thirsty.
- Eat before you get hungry.
- Take your mobile phone with you and keep it on you at all times, so you can be contacted if necessary.
- If you don’t have proper lights (which we will check at the start) you will either have to buy them at the start or be excluded.
- There will be a support vehicle following the route which you can call in case of emergency. If you happen to become stranded between cities with a broken frame – call the event central. Not that you will be offered a new bike, but you will be picked up and taken to the next checkpoint or train station.
- If you have to give up on the way, call the event central. For your safety and our nerves it is important to know where you are!
- Officials in the support vehicle or at the checkpoints are instructed to decide whether you are in a fit enough condition to continue or if there is enough time to realistically finish in time. Sometimes participants are in no condition to make this decision for themselves. Perhaps you have failed to keep up with the time schedule, maybe it is just obvious that you are physically unable to continue safely on the journey. Please respect the officials, they are there to help you.
- You can leave your luggage at the start/finish, keeping in mind you pin a note with your number on it. We can't send you your bag when you cannot make it to the finish, but we can keep it safe for you, if we know whom it belongs to.