Advices for participants

1000km Balkan Challenge – Biking Checklist

The Two Essentials

  • Bike
  • Helmet

Basic Clothing Choices

  • Long Sleeve Baselayer (thermo layer)
  • Long sleeve cycling jersey
  • Padded thermo bib tights (or padded shorts + tights)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Footwear suited to bike’s pedals
  • Cycling socks
  • Buff / bandanna / skullcap / ear covers

Clothing Options for Variable Weather

  • Rainwear (including waterproof pants)
  • Wind stopper
  • Insulation layer(s) for cool air (long sleeve cycling jacket)
  • Weatherproof, full-fingered gloves
  • Arm/leg warmers
  • High-visibility vest (with reflective inserts)
  • Cycling toe covers / cycling shoe booties

Gear Options

  • Hydration pack
  • Water bottles with cages
  • Saddle (underseat) bag
  • Cycling computer
  • Headlight
  • Taillight (with blinking option)
  • Lock

Core Repair Items

  • 3-4 Spare tubes (and/or patch kit)
  • Pump / CO2 inflator (with 4-5 cartridges)
  • Valve adaptor (Presta to Schrader)
  • Tire levers
  • Cycling multi-tool (with Allen wrenches)
  • Extra tyre (to be stored in the support team’s car)


  • Eye protection (sunglasses or clear lenses)
  • Identity Card / Passport
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cash (EUR) / Credit Card
  • Lip balm
  • Performance food/gels/drinks
  • Anti chafing cream
  • Baby wipes (popular for cleanups)
  • Survival blanket
  • Map / GPS
  • Cell phone with Roaming
  • Camera
  • Bib number

! Contrary to popular belief, the biggest problem with most winter cycling is not keeping warm. The hard part is keeping cool. Cycling in any weather generates a great deal of excess heat. The first mistake of newbie winter cyclists is to dress too warmly. Try not to sweat too much. If you find that you are getting warm to the point of sweating, unzip or peel off a layer. Once you soak your clothing, it loses much of its effectiveness.

! Many of you have skiing experience. Try dressing as you would for skiing at that temperature and modify your gear as you see fit. Just make sure that your outfit is aerodynamic.

! If you are out for a long time, bring extra gear. As you become tired, you’ll be colder and you’ll appreciate the extra warmth. You might bring some of those toe warmers.


Running tips for the 1000km Balkan Challenge

There are only 13 days untill the start of our adventure. There are not a lot of training that you can do, but we tried to put toghether some advices to help you in your quest ?

  • Try and do some easy runs, to get used to the pace of a 60km race.
  • Zero workouts 4-5 days before the 60 km race. Just an easy jog 3-4 km the day before (to prepare muscles)
  • The start of the 60 km are slow, do not start to fast, it’s a 60km race not a sprint.
  • Muscle heat cream (Ice Power Hot) before running the 60km might be a good ideea. We strongly recommend to test it out before hand, not on the day of the 60k.
  • Nothing new on race day 60 km, from nutrition to clothing, socks and shoes. Everything should be tested out in the workouts.
  • Split the distance into small chuks, do not think about the whole distance
  • Positive Thinking is very important. You could try to listen to music if it helps lift your spirit.
  • During the 60km, we will do refreshments stops at about 4-5 km. Try to not spend more 5 minutes at the stop (for whatever reason).
  • After leaving the refreshment point walk for 1-3min, then ease into running again.
  • if it’s available try to run on the earth/grass strip on the side of the road, it’s better for your joints

Good luck!

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