Just a few weeks to go now and it's time for a new edition of MB400. On the 26th of June a time span of 5 weeks will start where everyone that registered (registers) can try their luck on this year's course. Like last year it will be a solo effort for all. Small groups are allowed, as long as it's in line with current regulations. Because the event will take place over a time span of 5 weeks, registration will be possible until the 22nd of June. Obviously there'll be little time left to find a good day to ride.
MB400 will be taking you far into the east this year. The first checkpoint will be on the border of the Lausitz area in Bad Erna. From there the route takes you through the Calauischer Kreis towards Chóśebuz. Then the trip continues straigth through the Serbski sydlenski rum to Hnašecy. The last checkpoint before the finish in Leipzig will be just west of the Elb river in Großkagen. The exact coordinates will be sent to everyone after finishing registration
Last year's route was very selective with its many climbing kilometers. Albeit very beautiful geographically, it's not necessarily only beautiful in the mountains. And thus, mixing our route types up a little, we opted for a route that's a tad friendlier for all ye non-climbers. This route being more flat, riders will be facing other challenges like head winds for multiple kilometers. We're looking forward to seeing all tricks to cope with this year's challenges. Will more people ride with aero clip-on bars and high rims? Will there be less solo riders? And will these solo riders be able to finish inside the time limit? In the end a route as long as this one will always remain selective. Even with perfect weather and 100% wind in your back Greg Lemonds words remain true: "it never gets easier, you just go faster".
With 2020 almost behind us (finally!) we are eagerly anticipating the new year. Will this virus that has been spooking the whole world be restrained? Will we manage to stay united and deal with the economic struggles concerning this virus? And what will happen outside the relatively safe borders of Europe? All questions that remain open for now. Which doesn't mean we'll be twiddling our thumbs, but rather organise another MB400 instead.
We've been able to learn a lot from last year. What mode the event will follow, we cannot say yet. We can say however: in some way MB400 will happen in 2021! From January 1st 2021 registration will be open for all. We opted for a different registration mechanic this year, to even out some glitches of the past years. Details can be found on the registration page, but in short: start slots are to be drawn from a lottery pot. We hope for a registration that is fairer and less stressful for all.
Until then, stay healthy and see you in 2021!
Corona has the world in its fangs. MB400 is budging, naturally. But not far. We've been working hard on a solution and found one in the self-supported bike racing stories of our little world. No limits to participants this year: everyone is free to register. But self-supported means no supported checkpoints, no support cars, no start/finish area. Instead there will be four checkpoints comprised of a box with a stamp and hand sanitizer. Your stamp card will be mailed to you. To make things easier, we decided on a timespan of app. one month, from the 20th of June until the 26th of July. The route can be joined on any point as to avoid unnecessary travelling. GPS Tracking is mandatory, as is uploading your track to komoot. They kindly offered to help us out, something we are absolutely delighted about!
With komoot on board, we finally have the solution we wanted: a podium for people to come together, albeit digitally. If you tag the Maurice Brocco 400 account in your ride, it will added to our collection. This way everyones routes will be visible, making it real easy to get an idea on what's going on! More honey: komoot is giving away vouchers for the region of choice you want to start from (and finish in, of course). As long as the route starts and ends at the same point, you will be able to transfer it to your GPS device. It then doesn't matter if the route exist that region, as long as it enters back. So that's it. All is different, but we just change with it, do the best we can.
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!
The idea is you can plan yourselves. Thanks to our partner komoot it couldn't be easier! To find out what the 2020 edition looked like: click here!
This year's checkpoints are roughly set. More detailed information will follow shortly.
Roter Stern Leipzig
Chóśebuz / Cottbus
Hnašecy / Gnaschwitz
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:
MB400 goes into the next round and once again everything is different. Due to the ever growing attention for MB400, we opted for a different registration process this year. Our resources being limited, drawing the participants from a lottery pot is the most fair way to ensure everyone a fair chance of joining the event.
So, if you want to be added to the pot, please fill in the form. Needless to say, there are equal slots for those who identify themselves as being female and male. All those who don't identify themselves as one of these genders will automatically get a space on the start list after notifying us through the comment field. A truly equal division of start places is a bit difficult - we are already delighted to have played a role in pushing for a more equal field of riders and we are quite certain the demand will surpass our capacity. As far as further genders are concerned: we have no way of calculating the demand therefore can't specify a number of start places. We simply don't know what to expect in terms of registrations hence we opted for the easy way: just join!
After registrering, you will be added to the lottery pot. The draw will be at the 4th of April. By then we also hope to be able to tell you more about the mode of this year's race. If the situation around the Corona virus is still precarious, we will opt for last year's COVID-mode which proved to be a good alternative. In this case, the draw will be cancelled as we will be able to let everyone start anyway.
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