The Road To Nowhere 2013

Jun 13, 2013 1 Comment by

The Road to Nowhere Mountain biking event in Bansko is back. Pre race registration is on Friday 26th July. MTB race days are Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July.

More info at The wearing of a helmet is compulsory.

James Hughes, the organiser, tells me that he expects a record turnout of mountain bikers for the event which is now in its fifth year. For 2013, the race starts and will be hosted at the convenient location of Bansko Royal Towers (“BRT”). Located just across the river from the gondola lift.

BRT is a hotel with a swimming pool, garden, restaurant. They have a special 100 lv for two night accommodation deal for this event or 135 lv the three night deal. Includes breakfast. Price are based on a one bedroom apartment, not per person. A bargain!

The race showcases some fine mountain tracks and is yet another step in helping establish the Bansko region as a valid mtb destination.

On a personal note, my shoulder inpingement problem set me back in early April. The condition severely restricts arm movement and sadly prevents me from taking part.

But I have good news.

Now, after fourteen weeks and after mri scan, physio and steroid injection, I’m getting a little more movement back to my left, and right arms. The long road to mtb fitness is not here yet, but hope it will be is.



There will be prizes for at least the 1st and 2nd positions in all the categories

  • Youth under 16
  • Juniors 17-18
  • Under 23 (19-22)  1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes
  • Elite (Men)  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th prizes
  • Masters 30+  1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes  (not open to riders part of a team registered with the UCI)
  • Women (all ages)  1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes


Entry fee

15lv (€7.50 approx) entry per person includes entry number for the two days’ racing.


The trails

27th July — Day 1   41.6 kilometres (25,85 miles)

(click on link below for full GPS trace)

Altitude range

1,562 feet (Altitude from 2,769 feet to 4,331 feet)
Total climb 3,819 feet
Total descent 3,786 feet


28th July — Day 2   25.57 kilometres (15.89 miles);jsessionid=3DDABAD952CB63613678DED3BCBFC15E?fileId=bjmnnbbskxmkoqdl

Altitude range

1,083 feet (Altitude from 2,579 feet to 3,661 feet)
Total climb 1,378 feet
Total descent 1,545 feet



If you would like help booking a room in Bansko please contact James on for more hotel deals in Bansko priced from 15lv per person per night B&B.


Tip of the day

WARNING: Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Be prepared. If clouds in the mountains are building up early in the day, then thunderstorms later on are likely. When overdevelopment (building clouds) happens, they will darken. Be very quick to get down from high points. If there is an anvil shape to the cloud, then this is a thunder cloud. Known as a cumulonimbus cloud. Expect strong winds from a gust front followed by hail, thunder, lightening and torrential rain.

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One Response to “The Road To Nowhere 2013”

  1. Bansko tourist information says:

    We are now at the stage of organising Marshals for the Road to Nowhere MTB race. If you are in Bansko on the weekend (27th & 28 July) not looking to take part and would like to volunteer some of your time could you please let Glynis Morgan know via facebook: or private message so we can pass on your details?

    Every little helps

    Bansko tourist information

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