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Das Warten hat ein Ende

08.05.2022

Endlich geht es los! Wir können es kaum erwarten in wenigen Stunden mit 100 Starter:innen vor dem Bernauer Steintor zu stehen! Endlich zeigt sich, ob unser monatelanges Planen und Scouten Sinn gemacht hat.

Das große Interesse am Steppenwolf freut uns mega! Das liegt wohl auch an dem neuen Shorttrack, den wir eingeführt haben. Neben dem technisch anspruchsvollen Wildtrack wollen wir so vor allem Gravelbiker:innen und Neueinsteiger:innen eine Möglichkeit geben teilzuhaben. Und der Track ist großartig geworden! Knapp 500 km mit tollen Aussichten, kleinen Herausforderungen und jedem möglichen Untergrund. Gleichzeitig ist der Wildtrack tendenziell sogar schwerer geworden. Dreißig zusätzliche Kilometer im Tollensetal und ein paar frische Trails auf Usedom sind nicht die einzigen Neuheiten. Insgesamt hat sich gut die Hälfte der Strecke zum letzten Jahr verändert.

Was außerdem neu ist sind zwei zusätzliche Checkpoints! Wir freuen uns in Mecklenburg auf unfassbar gastfreundliche Leute getroffen zu sein, die uns auf ihren Höfen aufnehmen!

Auf Instagram werden wir die Tage live vom Steppenwolf berichten. Wir sind sehr gespannt, wie der Track euch allen gefallen wird! Auf eine großartige zweite Austragung des Steppenwolfs für uns alle!

Wir sehen uns in der Steppe!

Scoutingbericht: Nur noch sechs Wochen!

30.03.2022

Wir waren an den letzten Wochenende unterwegs zwischen Berlin und Usedom um die beiden Tracks für den Steppenwolf22 zu scouten. Es war noch ziemlich kalt – das Wasser in den Pfützen war gefroren – aber dank wolkenfreiem Himmel brannte die Sonne schon ganz ordentlich.

Auf dem Shorttrack haben wir schicke neue Gravelabschnitte und Pavé-Sektoren in der Schorfheide gefunden, dazu sanfte Hügel mit Edelplatte in Mecklenburg. Der Weg hin nach Usedom sollte ganz gut wegrollen – die Schwierigkeiten haben wir uns eher für das Ende aufgehoben!

Dafür wird der Wildtrack wirklich „wild“. Einrollen ist dieses Jahr nicht. Die letzten Stürme haben außerdem viele Bäume über die Wege gestürzt, bike & hike wird dieses Jahr großgeschrieben. Von Woldegk zur Ostsee gibt es dazu 100 km komplett neue Strecke. Die Hänge vom Oderbruch kommen dieses Jahr dafür ganz am Ende. Der krönende Abschluss von ca. 691 harten Kilometern.

In sechs Wochen ist es so weit. Dann gehts für alle in die Steppe. Wir freuen uns unfassbar!

Our concept for 2022

09.12.2021

In less then a month we will open registration for #Steppenwolf22. Time to introduce our concept for next year!

The premiere of Steppenwolf this year was an incredibly beautiful experience for us! We really had a lot of fun with all of you and that remains the most important thing for us. That's why there is no reason for us to change anything in the basics: Our codex, ethos (some lovingly call it a pamphlet) and the basic direction of the route remain the same. We want to establish the Steppenwolf as an unsupported bikepacking challenge between Berlin and Usedom, as a wild and solidary ride from the metropolis to the sea and back.

The only point where we would like to change something is the lack of diversity in our starting field. The Steppenwolf should be for everyone, so we want to make it possible for more riders to join. That's why there will be two routes next year: The Wildtrack, which will challenge all riders over 700 km with root trails, short ramps and pavé, and the easier Shorttrack over 500 km, which leaves out technical trails, rolls a bit better and can score with two ferry rides.

Whether you finish the Steppenwolf22 in 48 hours or seven days is completely up to you. However, since it is dangerous for different people to bivy wildly, we have organized three checkpoints tailored to the short track, where you can bivy safely if necessary. They divide the shorttrack into four stages from 105 to 130 km long. This is also where the wild track and the short track meet, so there is a chance to meet other riders around the campfire.

We are very happy to have already found three suitable and beautiful places for this! Don't expect much more than a soft meadow, a bath and running water, we want to keep the character of bikepacking.

In the next few days we will publish details about the tracks, the registration and everything around it. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions! Otherwise: See you soon in the steppe!

#Steppenwolf22

27.10.2021

Save the date: Today we have announced the date for the second edition. Steppenwolf 2022 will take place from May 12-15. We will keep some things like start and finish in Bernau, as well as the most beautiful parts of the route. But there will also be some news. Besides the original "wild track" - which will remain at 650-700 km and just as challenging - there will be an easier "short track" over 450-500 km. This way we want to make the Steppenwolf accessible to more riders. For this we will scout some new routes in the next weeks. Stay tuned!

Incredibly beautiful premiere

29.09.2021

Today Gerhard W., the last rider of the Steppenwolf premiere, crossed the finish line - and was one of only 11 finishers. This is the official end of the Steppenwolf. It was a wonderful premiere, where almost everyone got their money's worth in different ways. What it was for all 30 starters: A pretty tough one! Starting with the "Märkischer Bergwanderweg" over the cobblestones of Chorin and Strasburg, over the headwind before and behind Usedom to the endless root trails from Feldberg. We already knew the track was tough, but some underestimated the Brandenburg Ice Age landscape. Nevertheless, the fastest tempo bolters made it to Bernau in under 48 h, a total of seches Fahrer*innen reached by Saturday evening already the Eismanufaktur in Bernau. Others enjoyed the landscape and - if there were any - the local specialties along the way. A total of 12 starters had to stop early due to damage (derailleur hanger, navigation, broken rim) or physical reasons (knee, fall into a drainage ditch, exhaustion). Nevertheless we had a great time with all of you at the different stops and the checkpoint on Usedom.

Soon one or two reports from riders will also appear here. We only have to say thank you to all helpers, to SpotWalla, to the ice cream factory "Alte Post" in Bernau and also to all starters for the good cooperation! See you again next year!

We are ready - are you?

20.08.2021

The route is scouted, the final preparations are underway and already almost 50 people are registered for the premiere of the Steppenwolf! We are ready and incredibly looking forward to the adventure.

Currently we are still tinkering with the roadbook, have banners printed and are preparing the start and finish location in Bernau. At the latest two weeks before the start you should get all information from us by mail.

Because we keep getting questions about the choice of wheel and tire width: The Steppenwolf is not a walk in the park. Due to the relatively dry summer, there will be some short pushing passages with under 40 mm, in addition, the trails around Bad Freienwalde, on the steep coast of Usedom and around Feldberg are not to be underestimated. The whole thing is rounded off with a few excellent pavé sections where you are happy about any comfort. We are excited to see which bikes we can welcome you with on September 23rd!

Markus & Jonathan