The Grand Escape Germany/Austria

24 August 2024 Start/arrival: Wangen im Allgäu (DE)
Registration opens: 02/05/2024
Limited Spots

Pedal between the scenic mountains of the Alps through Europe's most enchanting cycling paths.
On this 600 kilometer route with only 5500 meters of elevation gain, you'll have the chance to discover fairy-tale castles, green pastures, and snow-capped peaks.

Imagine cycling on a bike path surrounded by a magical setting. There are no worries about cars, and you can stand tall and look at your surroundings. What you will see will leave you speechless.

In Bavaria, you will be able to take in some of the most incredible scenery there is: flat green farmland with a backdrop of majestic mountains with snow-capped peaks.

It will be an alpine but accessible adventure thanks to the low elevation gain that will keep you dreaming for several days, along with hundreds of other enthusiasts like you.

Take the first step in your next adventure

Welcome to the inaugural "The Grand Escape Germany / Austria," an event that promises to be an unforgettable bikepacking adventure across some of the most breathtaking landscapes Europe has to offer.

Spanning 600 kilometers and navigating through the heart of the majestic Alps, this route remarkably maintains a modest elevation gain of just 5500 meters, making it accessible yet thrilling for cyclists of all levels.

Imagine riding on the finest cycling paths Europe has to offer. These paths take you away from busy roads, making your ride safe and peaceful. You'll bike next to rivers and through quiet forests, and every part of the route has something new and exciting.

It's a chance to make lasting memories while enjoying a safe and scenic ride.

From the snow-capped peaks of the Alps to the idyllic vistas of Bavaria, the route unfolds like a panoramic tapestry of nature's finest artworks. Each day reveals a new dimension of natural beauty, whether it's the majestic mountains guarding the land or the tranquil lakes mirroring the sky.

These landscapes serve not only as a backdrop but as an integral part of the adventure, offering moments of reflection, exhilaration, and pure joy. It's an immersive experience that connects you deeply with the natural world, making every breath and every turn a discovery.

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EXPLORE YOUR WAY

We believe that traveling by bike changes people.

It changes their perspective on life, the environment, and the world.

But we believe it should be fun, stress-free, and create lasting memories for a lifetime.

We are travelers like you, looking for traffic-free, quiet roads that take us to beautiful places.

The Grand Escape is this desire: a series of road events where there is no competition and speed at all costs but a fulfilling life experience.

In The Grand Escape events, there are no fixed times, checkpoints, final rankings, or outside interference.

You can experience this dream route on your terms, at your own pace.

The route will be a single stage that you can divide as you see fit by choosing where to eat and where to sleep. Absolute freedom.

Complete the route in as many days as you prefer. Do it at your own pace.

No assistance from the organizers. No personal assistance in tow. It will just be you and your bike.

Enjoy the adventure with no stress. There are no final rankings or unnecessary distractions.

The Loop Route

Lake Constance, Munich, Bavaria, the Inn Valley, Innsbruck: these are the places you will pass through. You will enjoy the beauty of the mountains with ease and without monstrous climbs.

We have chosen the best back roads and bike paths to give you a unique experience following your pace. A 600 km loop starting and ending in Wangen im Allgau, a medieval jewel.

Breathe the crisp air of the Alps and feel the warmth of the sun as it dances across meadows and reflects off tranquil lakes nestled among majestic mountains.

Our carefully selected route along secondary roads allows you to pedal in peace, admiring the landscape, exploring ancient villages, and discovering places that quicken your pulse and fill your soul with the joy of adventure.

This is not just a ride; it's an adventure to share, a story of beauty, challenge, and discovery.

This route guides you through living history, where ancient castles dot the landscape, each with its own story of knights, intrigue, and artistry.

The ride through Austria and Germany is also a feast for the senses, inviting you to indulge in the rich culinary heritage of the regions. Imagine the taste of freshly baked Bavarian pretzels, the aroma of hearty Austrian stews, and the refreshing first sip of local craft beer after a day's ride.

This event is not just a cycling challenge; it's a journey through the heart of European culture, where every meal is a celebration and every town a new chapter of history.

This incredible adventure will be shared with hundreds of participants, all united by the same passion for bikepacking.

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Away from traffic

The path you’ll embark upon in The Grand Escape is the culmination of 10 years of adventures around the world.

It’s a route forged from countless rides of discovering the best roads in Germany and Austria to cycle on. You’ll ride away from traffic into the soul-stirring serenity of hidden backroads.

We’ve handpicked  159 kilometers of cycle paths, each leading you through striking scenery that seems magical. These aren’t just paths; they’re our well-kept secrets, ready to be shared with you.

You’ll glide through landscapes on roads that promise peace and a connection to the stunning nature around you.

99% Satisfaction

We know that your time is precious, so our focus is for you to live an unforgettable experience.

These adventures feature people on their first trip, experienced bikepackers, families on vacation, and people looking for something new.

Here's what the riders told us in the past events:

Highlights of the route

Wangen im Allgäu

In the heart of the Allgäu region, Wangen im Allgäu captivates with its well-preserved old town, featuring colorful half-timbered houses, narrow cobblestone streets, and artistic fountains.
Cyclists can enjoy a relaxing break by exploring the many craft stores and local cafes, soaking up the atmosphere of an authentic Bavarian gem.

Munich

The vibrant city of Munich offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition. For participants in The Grand Escape, Munich is a cultural landmark and an opportunity to discover famous attractions such as the English Garden, the Marienplatz, and the Hofbräuhaus. The city is also a starting point for enchanting cycling routes that branch through the Bavarian landscape.

Innsbruck

Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, is distinguished by its impressive Alpine panorama and vibrant cultural and sporting scenes. Cyclists can expect to cross historic bridges, admire the famous Golden Roof, and, for history buffs, visit the Imperial Palace. Innsbruck's location at the foothills of the Alps promises stimulating cycling routes with breathtaking views.

Inn Valley

Following the Inn River, this valley winds through breathtaking alpine vistas, offering cyclists the perfect combination of challenge and natural beauty. The valley is a true paradise for those seeking stillness and inspiration in nature, with the river leading through picturesque Tyrolean villages and pristine green landscapes.

Füssen

Located on the German-Austrian border, Füssen is an enchanted town that seems straight out of a fairy tale. It is best known for the nearby Neuschwanstein Castle. Cyclists can explore the medieval old town, with its painted facades and romantic atmosphere, before venturing onto trails that offer spectacular views of the surrounding castles and mountains.

Mittenwald

Known as the "pearl of the Alps", Mittenwald captivates with its ornate houses and picture-postcard alpine views. This town offers an authentic experience of Bavarian culture, with opportunities to explore local wood crafts and musical traditions. Mittenwald's surroundings offer varied routes for cyclists, from quiet bike paths to more challenging mountain routes.

Registration opens on May 2, 2024 with limited spots
Registration includes:

AN ORGANIZED EVENT

Discover a meticulously organized event that combines adventure and peace of mind.

At The Grand Escape, we believe in providing an unforgettable bikepacking experience that showcases the best of the regions we explore.

Our team has meticulously curated and tested the route for this event, ensuring that you’ll be guided along the most scenic, captivating, and low-traffic roads.

We have been pedaling this territory for years, and our intimate knowledge of the region guarantees that we’ll take you on the finest routes in Bavaria, Tyrol, and other lands.

Join us on this carefully crafted journey, where every detail has been considered. Let us guide you through the breathtaking landscapes and hidden gems of Austria and Germany. Embrace the adventure and immerse yourself in the magic of The Grand Escape.

FULL MEDIA COVERAGE

During the upcoming The Grand Escape, we will not remain idle.

We will consistently be by your side throughout the journey to capture your finest moments with videos and photographs that will narrate the event for those who weren’t fortunate enough to take part.

WE COLLABORATE WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Your adventure with The Grand Escape is deeply rooted in the vibrant communities and stunning terrains we’ve come to know intimately.

Our enduring partnerships with the territories ensure that your journey is more than just a passage – it’s a rich tapestry of cultural immersion and scenic splendor.

The routes you’ll traverse result from close collaboration with these regions, chosen to bring you into the heart of their beauty and hospitality.

Thanks to the alliances we’ve fostered with local stakeholders, every stop is a friendly conversation, every turn a story waiting to unfold. These strong relationships are the cornerstone of your experience, offering an authentic connection to the places and people that make these lands so special.

SAFETY FIRST

We prioritize the well-being of our participants. That’s why we’ve partnered with Whip tracking to provide real-time location updates for each rider throughout the event.

Friends, family, and loved ones can follow your journey from the comfort of their homes, ensuring that you’re never too far from their thoughts and support. This state-of-the-art tracking system not only adds an extra layer of safety but also allows you to share your adventure with those who matter most.

We have meticulously selected the safest roads for this event, prioritizing routes with minimal traffic and the best possible riding conditions. Ride with confidence, knowing that your safety is our top concern as you explore the captivating landscapes of this land.

DIVERSE CULINARY LANDSCAPES

The Grand Escape Austria/Germany is more than a bike adventure; it's a culinary journey across Austria and Germany.
Taste hearty local dishes like Bavaria's cheesy Käsespätzle and Austria's crispy Wiener Schnitzel, accompanied by the region's finest beers and beverages.
Our route highlights fresh, farm-to-table meals that support local farmers, enriching your experience.
Sharing these flavors with fellow cyclists turns meals into memorable moments, making every bite a part of your adventure.
Get ready to explore landscapes and cuisines, making your journey an unforgettable blend of pedal and plate.

FAQ

Medical Certificate

All participants are REQUIRED to submit a valid “Health Certificate for cardiovascular intensive sport activity (cycling races/events)”.

The medical certificate must expire after September 10. Here's a template for non-Italian riders. For Italian residents, the certificate must be "Certificato agonistico per il ciclismo."
If the medical certificate is not compliant, it will be refused and canceled, and the member will have to forward a new compliant one. The medical certificate must be specific for CYCLING. We cannot accept medical certificates issued for other sports such as triathlon, athletics, etc. Anyone who does not comply with this requirement will not be considered regularly registered and will not be entitled to a refund of the registration fee. Each participant must declare in accordance with the D.P.R. no. 445 of 28 December 2000 that the documents forwarded by him are true and correspond to the originals in his possession.

Are registrations limited?

Yes, there are limited spots available for The Grand Escape’s events: the rule is first come, first served. Attention: in the first hours, the site could be slow or unreachable due to the large number of people who carry out the registration procedure at the same time. If this were the case, do not be alarmed and wait 15 minutes before accessing the site again.

How does the registration work?

You don't need to provide documents at the time of registration. It is enough to complete the procedure. Registration will be on bikeadventureseries.com on May 2 at 12 PM CEST, so it's best to create an account now. Each participant must have her/his account. Registration will be open from May 2 at 12 PM CEST to May 22 at 11:59 PM CEST. Registration will be closed earlier when all the slots are filled.

When does the event start?

The event package collection is on August 23, and the collective start is on August 24 from Wangen im Allgäu.

How to get to the starting point

By car: Wangen im Allgäu is easily accessible via major roadways. Check online mapping services (e.g., Google Maps) for directions and estimated travel time based on your departure location.
By train: Wangen im Allgäu has a train station with connections to regional and long-distance routes. Check the Deutsche Bahn (German railway) website https://www.bahn.com/en for schedules and ticket information.
By plane: The closest major airports are Memmingen (FMM), Friedrichshafen (FDH), and Stuttgart (STR). From there, you can take regional trains or buses to reach Wangen im Allgäu.

Are there any pre-arranged stops? Where do I sleep, and where do I eat?

The Grand Escape is defined as a “no-stop” event in the sense that there are no fixed stops but each participant can freely decide where to stop, to eat and to sleep along the way. Our advice is to study the route before leaving in order to get an idea of the possible stops that you will make.

How do I find facilities along the way to eat and sleep? Do you have any agreements with some facilities?

We have no agreements along the way. The best way to find a place at the best price is to take advantage of the technology and, in particular, use Booking.com and Google Maps. The offers that you will find on these two websites are the best in absolute and we would not be able to get these offers even with a possible agreement. Google Maps allows you to understand where an accommodation facility is and how many kilometers separate you from it while booking.com allows you to book online.

Registrations are already closed. is there the possibility of registering the same?

Registering for The Grand Escape after the official registration date is impossible.

I am regularly registered, but I cannot participate. Is there a refund?

As per our regulations, which you must read before registering, there is no refund/ partial refund/transfer of registration to the following year.

Cancellation or shifting of the event

Cancellation – If, for reasons of force majeure that do not depend on the organization but on environmental and / or health reasons at national or international level, the event could not take place, the amount paid at the time of registration will not be refunded but will be considered valid for the next edition. The organization will be entitled, for those who re-register free of charge to the next edition, to a contribution for secretarial expenses and the renewal of the sports card. Shifting of the event – Furthermore, for reasons of force majeure or other serious reasons, which could jeopardize the preparation of the event or the participation in it by a number of people not less than half of the members, the Organization reserves the right to move the place and / or date of the event within the same calendar year. In this case, the registration fee paid will be valid for the event on the rescheduled date, without any additional costs for the members. In this case, it is not possible to move the registration to the following year’s edition.

Questions?

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