Posted by Miles Arbour
Two Berliners, Bengt Stiller (@bengtstillerphotography) and Raphael Albrecht (@cylingrapha), veterans of races like the Silk Road and Atlas Mountain Races, have just launched what they’re calling Orbit 360, the first unsupported, ultra-endurance gravel series in Germany. As a response to cancelled events all over the world, the idea is to bring back ultra-endurance racing to Germany in a safe and exciting way. Between July 4th and September 6th, riders will complete as many of the 16 loops, or orbits, as possible—a route for each German state. Each orbit is created by a member of the community, and riders are able to start and finish each loop at any point along the route, as long as it is ridden clockwise.
Riders collect points based on the number of Orbits they complete. Riders may attempt an Orbit more than once, but only their best time will be counted and awarded points. Top ten placings for each Orbit will gain additional points, and the season total will determine the final standings and the winner of “Germany’s 1st Gravel Series.” In order to be included in the official Orbit 360 ranking, participants must register on the Orbit 360 website.
Each loop is 270km long and made up of 75% gravel and 25% pavement. In total, the series is 4,320km long.