vrijdag 5 januari 2018

2023 Event Details

Date: Saturday 06-MAY-2023

Start/Finish: Cafe Barzoen, Warandestraat 42 , B2300 Turnhout
They always have a nice selection of food on the menu, serve a very good cup of fairtrade coffee and have cold beers on tap. Everything you need to refuel after the ride.

All our routes are very dirt road heavy, showing you the fens, forests, fields and heather plains of De Kempen. All routes will be made available as a GPS track (they will not be marked). Our routes are subject to continuous optimisation for more gnar and awesomeness, the 2023 routes have had a big overhaul compared to the previous years routes.

You can choose one of the following routes:

Start times:
200km, 180km: 7h00 to 8h00
150km: 7h00 to 9h00
110km, 65km: 7h00 to 10h00

Registration and costs:

Click here for EVENTBRITE registration: LINK - CLICK HERE

We ask for a small fee to cover our basic costs, there will be no refunds.

The type of ticket you buy/select is for our planning purposes. You will receive all GPS tracks and will be free to ride whatever track suits you on the day of the event.

Included in the fee is a free coffee/tea/soda/lager beer at the finish, GPS tracks for all courses and feed zones (up to 3 or 4 on the longer courses).

The GPS tracks will be emailed to the registered riders in the week prior to the event through the eventbrite portal.
We have chosen to keep things simple. This is an event hosted by riders for riders. No fuss, no gimmicks.

The routes will be GPS-based only, it will not be marked, you will need a GPS device or ride with someone who has one.

There are no showers at the start/finish location. Bring a bike lock to secure your bike at the start/finish.
This is not a race, the course is on public roads, crossroads and intersections will not be secured. You need to follow the traffic code. 
Keep it safe. Be nice, say hi. Don't litter.
Participation is at your own risk.
Come prepared! Make sure your bike is in good order and that you carry essential spares and tools.
Don't underestimate the Kempen. The area may be flat but it 'packs a punch'.
A minimum tire width of 32mm is recommended. If it's dry and dusty a 40mm or wider tire is highly recommended.

Free Parking: Turnhout has 3 free parkings which are all within 1km of the start location:
Boomgaardstraat (near Talentenschool)
Papenbruggestraat (near Stadspark)
Nieuwe Kaai (near Aldi/Dreamland)
See also: https://www.turnhout.be/parkeren-plan

Paid Parking: De Warande has an underground parking 100m from the start. Address: Wezenstraat 10
Turnova also has and underground parking 500m from the start. Address: PJ Brepolsplein 20
See also: https://be.parkindigo.com/nl/parkereninturnhout

Train: Turnhout can be reached by train, the start location is 500m from the train station.

What is the Strada Campina gravel ride?

The Strada Campina is a mixed surface (gravel) ride through the Noorderkempen (Turnhout) and Zuiderkempen (Westerlo) and Limburgse Kempen (Beringen) regions in the north of Belgium.

The routes will take you over the quiet backroads, the lonely sandroads and some nice singletracks of the area. Some asphalt roads will link the good stuff together.

The main waypoints along the routes are some of the many abbeys (each with their own special beer) of the region.

The Strada Campina is a GPS based social ride, not a race. .
The start and finish will be at cafe Barzoen in Turnhout. After the ride you can enjoy a post-ride coffee or beer, and stick around at cafe Barzoen for some more drinks and something to eat while you catch up with the other riders.

What bike to bring? Anything with a 30-32mm or wider tire will work. How many knobs you want on those tires will depend on the weather and your riding style. Gears or singlespeed, drop bar or flat bar, MTB or cross bike, gravel bike or road bike? It doesn't really matter, you can run what you brung and feel most comfortable with.

What terrain will we be riding? The Kempen is known for its sandy soil, fens and woodland. The region is mostly flat with some very short but punchy up and downs. The few singletracks we will be riding can be done on typical cross tires. In dry and dusty conditions a bigger low knob tire is better. Check out our Instagram-page to get an idea of what's coming -click link-

What more do I need? You will need to have a GPS-device so that you can follow the route. The course will not be marked.