Essentials

The Chuysky Trakt ride starts in Biysk on 7th of July, 2017.

No qualification is required.

Number of participants is limited to one hundred.

Registration fee is 7000 ₽ (Russian rubles) till the end of April, and 8000 ₽ from May, 1st till May, 31st.

The registration takes place a day before the start, which is 6th July.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Online registration is closed on 1st February.

The pre-ride registration will take place in Biysk at Altay recreation center on 6th July, from 2 PM till 10 PM. See full details in the Registration and start article.

How to get to Biysk?

It depends on where you come from.

If you come from Altay or neighbourhood such as Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, and Tomsk regions, the website of the Biysk bus station (no English translation, sorry) may be helpful, but we'd bet you already know the best way to get to Biysk from where you live.

Trains are convenient to travel to average distances. You can browse the schedules and buy tickets at the Russian Railways website; please note that Biysk is spelled as Biisk there. For your information, here is a quote from the rules: "Bicycles must be disassembled and packed, and then kept on the baggage shelves so they do not bother other passengers. The fare for each bicycle is as much as for 10 kg of baggage. You may also put your bicycle into the baggage compartment."

The airports nearest to Biysk are: Gorno-Altaysk (code RGK, 82 km from Biysk), Barnaul (BAX, 133 km), and Novokuznetsk (NOZ, 183 km); the nearest international airport that receives flights from Europe is Tolmachevo in Novosibirsk (OVB, about 350 km). For your information, Aeroflot takes bicycles with no additional charge. Please find details at the website of the airline.

The bus route no. 111E connects Tolmachevo with the Novosibirsk-Glavniy railway station and with the Novosibirsk bus station. The bus schedule is available at the website of the bus station (no English translation, sorry), the trains schedule—at the Russian Railways website; please note that Biysk is spelled as Biisk there.

And, finally, there is an special option. You may consider renting a car in Novosibirsk and making your way to Biysk via the R-256 highway, which is also known as Chuysky trakt.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance with planning your travel.

What is included and what is not included in the registration fee?

The registration fee covers the following:

  • Mandatory attributes of a participant: route sheet, frame plate numbers, printed route (if requested by the participant).
  • Validation of the ride and delivery of the route sheet to the rider.
  • Food and service at controls. See details below in the relevant Q&A.
  • Bagdrops. There will be one or two controls where you will be able to send your stuff to. We will explain this later.
  • A commemorative medal—if you finish within the time limit.

What is not included:

  • Your stay in Biysk before the start and after the finish.
  • Spare parts at controls, should you need anything. We will purchase a stock of parts that are usually in demand, such as tubes, tyres, and battery cells; they will be sold at the same prices as we bought them.
  • Event jersey. We are going to offer jerseys; they will be sold separately. Track the news!
  • Taking you from the route. There are no rescuers and no medics among us, we do not have any rescue vehicles neither. Ride with a company, be careful. We will list telephone numbers of emergency services in your route sheet.

Controls

There will be 13 controls on the route, not including start and finish. Most controls will be tent camps. See full details at the Route page.

What facilities will be available at controls?

All controls except "Katun" will offer drinks and hot meals. The food will be simple but we'll do our best for you to not have to think about food while you are on your way to the next contol.

Most controls will have a place to sleep.

Will I be able to charge my electronic devices at controls?

That may be possible but is not really probable. Please do not count on that. A typical control will be tent camp, and there will be no reliable sources of electricity.

Consider taking a power bank with you or sending it to the "Chuya" control.

On the back: The valley of Yaloman River

The valley of Yaloman River. Photo by Alexey Zyryanov