FAQ

Jeroboam Bike Festival

Jeroboam essentials

What is Jeroboam?

Jeroboam is Europe’s top gravel and adventure cycling event!

Jeroboam is a gravel ride?

Jeroboam is more than a gravel ride — you choose your own ‘ride size’:

  • 300 km adventure gravel self-supported
  • 150 km gravel ride
  • 75 km gravel ride
  • 37,5 km social ride

(You can also choose your bottle size of Franciacorta bollicine: jeroboam 300, magnum 150, standard 70, demi 37,5: it’s better after the ride!)

What can my family do while I’m riding?

Franciacorta region is one of the most beautiful in Italy, famed worldwide for its bollicine wine. The historic cities of Brescia and Bergamo and the wonderful Garda and Iseo lakes are within easy reach of Erbusco.

Of course we also have the 37.5 km Family ride, which they can do on the Saturday while you ride, or you can all do it together on Sunday.

Arrival and parking

Camp area and accommodation

Jeroboam has a large camp area with showers, just behind the Event Center. Lago d’Iseo has many camping sites and some accommodating camper vans. Search here.

Showers

There are showers at the Event Center.

Registrations

Registration for all rides opens at 4 PM on Friday (until 10 PM) and at 6 AM on Saturday.

Start

The start of all the rides at the Event Center in Erbusco.
All riders of Jeroboam 300 km must be at the start before 06:45 AM.
A final rider brief is held at 06:50 AM.
For details of other departures, see the “Schedule”

Who should ride the Jeroboam 300?

This is not your everyday gravel ride: J300 is technical and demanding.
You must be prepared to pedal 300 km with 6000 meters of climbing in two days, mostly on mountain gravel roads. J300 is for strong and experienced riders.
All riders should be aware this 300 km event is a rugged adventure.

What is the ideal bike for Jeroboam 300?

A gravel bike with wide tires is your perfect Jeroboam tool, or a XC MTB.
Do not even think about using a road bike.
If you do it on a fat bike, you are a hero!

What is the ideal bike for the Magnum 150 and Standard 75?

A gravel bike or MTB.

What do I need to ride J300?

The course is not being marked throughout, so all riders must have a GPS device for navigation (this is not the GPS tracking device to locate the riders!).
Also required are:

  • helmet
  • waterproof jacket with taped seams
  • front and rear lights
  • GPS tracking device (provided by the organization)
  • food and water
  • spare tubes, tools, and pump (or CO2 inflator)
  • Tent, bivvy bag or equivalent if you plan to sleep outdoors

Are there some refreshment points?

Jeroboam300

There are two refreshment points along the way, before and after the most difficult part.

You’ll find food, shelter and a warm welcome!

Magnum 150 and Standard 75

There is one official refreshment point on the route, and lots of places to buy food and water if you need them.

Is there is a time cut for J300 riders?

Jeroboam is an experience to enjoy. It’s not just a race!
However, for safety reasons, there is a time cut before the halfway point. If you don’t get there by the appointed hour, you must return to the starting point. We’ll give you an enjoyable bail-out route to return to the Event Center in Erbusco.
Latest arrival time in Erbusco is 6 PM on Sunday — meaning you have a total of 35 hours to complete the J300.

Is there mechanical assistance?

Jeroboam 300, 150, and 75 are not races.
Mechanical assistance is only provided at the start.
In an emergency, you can call the staff numbers below.

Is there medical assistance?

Yes, at the second refreshment point.
In an emergency, you can call the staff numbers below.
For medical emergencies, call 112.

There are several hospitals nearby.

Is there a GPS tracking service?

Yes, the riders of J300 will receive a GPS tracking device provided from the organization and will have to keep it for the whole ride and give it back at the end.

The finish

All rides finish at the Event Center in Erbusco.
You can check riders’ position using the app that the organization will choose to track them.
Please ride with care on public roads in and around Erbusco.

Finally…

  • look out for one another
  • respect the environment
  • pace yourself — it’s a long way
  • remember to have fun
  • and please ride respectfully at all times!

Please prepare yourself and your bike for the event, whichever distance you’re riding! Yes there is support on the course, but you are primarily responsible for your own welfare.