Balaton Bike Derby

Balaton BIke Derby 2024 by Hester's Life

Balaton loop with extras: the Balaton Bike Derby!

Hungary’s longest gravel event awaits you with beautiful panoramas, romantic vineyards and brilliant forest trails. A real joy ride! It is an alternative Balaton loop, without the crowd of tourists, full of experiences.

Between 23 and 25 August 2024, the biggest bike adventure of the summer on Lake Balaton will return with E-bike and pairs participation in addition to the traditional and individual categories.






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day time limit

A carefully planned route of around 380 km, guaranteed to be a great experience.

A FollowMyChallenge tracker, where your friends and loved ones can follow you 0-24, and where you can see who’s around you. You can get last year’s tracker replay by clicking here .

A goodie-bag with useful accessories and presents from sponsors

→ Refreshments at 2 points along the route and a hot meal + drink at the finish

Unique finisher’s merch

Photos of the event





The terrain: The Balaton Bike Derby route leads mainly on terrain, mainly on wide, relatively easy roads. The proportion of sections where advanced technical skills are required shall not exceed 2% of the total length. Since this is not a race, many people get off in these parts with safety in mind and push the bike
Ascents: There are about 10 short but steep ascents on the route that are categorized as very hard These sections are marked in advance in the route file so that you can prepare individually / as a team.

a basic level of training is required, it can be accomplished with peers by anyone who has the right bike. You can read about recommended bicycle choices in another question.
Individual: advanced cycling training is required You need to be able to cover 130 km per day.

At the Balaton Bike Derby, we recommend starting with a bike with at least 35-40 mm wide tires. The wider the tire, the better the comfort. The most comfortable solution is a mountain bike with 2 “(50mm) tires. The gravel bike is also very popular and is also suitable. We also recommend 40-45 mm tires.

The pairs category is simple: you will be given a tracking device (GPS tracker) which you must carry around the course together, no switching. You will appear as a team on the GPS tracking page of the event.

The preliminary manual of the Balaton Bike Derby will be sent out to the starters approximately before the start of the event. 30 days.

Yes, however, teams in which at least one pedelec E-Bike participant will qualify as an E-Bike team.

In the case of a team start, it is necessary to appoint a team captain who will handle the entry-related administration, including the payment, for the entire team. After a successful team entry, the team captain will receive an email with instructions on what other team members need to do. You can find a more detailed description in the team tickets.

This year’s start and finish will be announced in the spring. Final route, downloadable gpx file is expected at the end of the licensing process, early August.

If you are unable to attend the event, please indicate this in writing to with a reference to your order ID.

– We will refund 100% of the ticket price within 14 days of purchasing the ticket
– After that, we can no longer refund, but tickets can be transferred to another rider.

We will only do this by email confirmation, please do not initiate this by phone / in person.

We are waiting for your question to the e-mail address, we will try to answer it as soon as possible.