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!
And suddenly, everything's different. This year, MB400 will follow a new recipe, due to Corona virus. There will be neither checkpoints with food and drinks, nor people hanging around, cars following the riders, a central start nor any of those things we love so much that make out MB400. Times like these ask for a different approach.
Obviously, cancelling would have been easy. But instead MB400 will be planned as a self-supported event. That means no food at checkpoints, but a little box with a stamp and hand sanitizer. The route can be joined at any point, as to prevent useless travelling. And because this year komoot has decided to help out, there is a virtual space where the event can be followed and participants can share their rides and experiences.
Also, there's more time to ride this year's MB400. From the 20th of June until the 26th of July, all registrants can try to finish their version. On the 26th of July the "winners" of this 5th edition of MB400 will be democratically chosen via IGTV, Facebook Live and Zoom.
Whoever wants to join: go for it! Since the machinery isn't as heavy as usual, registration has opened again. Register through the site and you will receive a postcard serving as your stamp card.
The organisation is very happy we didn't have to cancel and instead found a way, to make something like this happen in these challenging times. We wish you all a wonderful journey!
The idea is you can plan yourselves. Thanks to our partner komoot it couldn't be easier this year! We prepared some examples: click here!
Roter Stern Leipzig
Team Grizzly RC
Oberwiesenthaler Str. 8
Kleingartenverein "An der Fasanerie"
Jugenhaus Roßwein e.V.
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: