TBT Race (The Transilvania Mountain Bike Trail Race)

An epic race through 6 UNESCO medieval fortified churches in Transylvania:

Saschiz -Viscri -Criț -Meșendorf-Cloașterf -Bunești

TBT Race, 5th Edition
18August 2018

Participants

1.200 participants
2.000 spectators
250 crew
Total 3.450 people

Programme

3 days
a touch of history, Saxon rural traditions,crafts and culinary experiences

Media Coverage

Radio: news, various shows
Live TV cameras
Authorized drones
Authorized photgraphers

Social Media & Live Coverage

Over 60.000 followers Over 25.000 viewers

Transilvania Bike Trails

The unspoiled beauty of the area needed to be promoted at the national and international level, therefore starting with 2011 we have built the first 104 KM mountain-bike trails in Romania, to have a base for the sustainable tourism in the area.
This network of mountain-bike trails links together eight Saxon villages (Viscri - Bunești - Criț - Meșendorf - Cloașterf - Saschiz - Archita - Daia), with their beautiful landscapes and fortified churches in our region, and the most important touristic attraction, the medieval city of Sighișoara.
The goal of this project was to develop an innovative green Mountain Bike Trails (MTB) network, built by local people so providing employment and “ownership”, to bring responsible tourists into the area, increase local incomes and improve long-term prosperity in these communities.
Objectives were to:
1. Prepare a 100 km mountain bike network linking 8 villages in 5 comunes to each other, and to the UNESCO World Heritage Site city Sighisoara.
2. Prepare a tourism strategy for the mountain bike network and all products and services linked with the network, so that additional benefits are developed linked to the network.
3. Awarness-raising for green tourism linking urban with rural areas, using festivals, websites, mobile telephone apps, to attract high-income, responsible tourists who will appreciate the landscape and be pleased to support its continued good management by local people, as well as enjoy the recreational experience.

Educational purspose

Along the trails information boards about nature are placed, aiming to educate the tourists about the rich biodiversity of the area.

Project Outcomes

The MTB network has vastly increased the number of responsible tourists, who use the area sustainably, appreciate its natural and cultural values, stay in the area and contribute to the local economy.
The project has strengthened the relationships in the local network, between tourism service providers, (not only guest houses, but also local artisanal food producers), Town Halls and local communities. It has increased local and public appreciation of the cultural landscape.

About the trails

The tracks are cobblestone to avoid mud, are easy to follow, are built 80% through the forest and can be used throughout the year, except for snow periods.

Disclaimer

The trails are suggested only as routes, which appear suitable for bicycling, based on available data. A particular trail’s current conditions should be evaluated for the trail’s suitability for the bicyclist’s own experience and physical fitness. Users are advised to discuss their planned route and ride with a knowledgeable person just prior to beginning their outing.
For additional info please contact our Tourist Information Centre in Saschiz.
Mountain bike riding is dangerous and can lead to serious injury! You ride at your own risk, either alone, or in a group.

TBT Race

Transilvania Bike Trails Race (TBT Race) is a mountain-bike race that takes place annually in the area starting and finishing in one of the 8 villages that are part of this network.
The aim of the race is to promote the trails and, at the same time, is an opportunity to explore the local Saxon history and culture. Before and after the race, the visitors have the opportunity to explore the area and indulge into its particular charm. We organise different activities and walking trips, meeting the local producers and craftsmen.
The trophies and medals of the race are handmade by our skilled local craftsmen.
TBT Race is more than just a cycling contest. It is part of our ongoing effort to protect and preserve a unique cultural landscape in Europe.
For more information about the TBT Race, please visit our dedicated website: www.tbtrace.ro.
Partner

Platinum - 15.000 Euro

Race day

  • mention of sponsor's name by the MC during the competition
  • 5 minutes speech on the podium before awards ceremony
  • 3 expo tents with 3 water jets for cleaning bicycles atthe start / finish area
  • 8 flags or banners atthe start / finish area (produced by sponsor)
  • logo placed on the panel behind the prize podium
  • logo insert in Live Transmission
  • 30 free registrations for partner's participants

Websites & Social Media

  • presentation news on website
  • presentation news on Facebook pages of ADEPT Transylvania Foundation,TBT Race, NoMadTeam
  • logo placed on the official website of the race
  • dedicated presentation on website and social media (video produced by the Partner)

Promo materials

  • mention in press releases
  • logo embedded in the produced materials (banners, press layout, posters)
  • logo inserted into participants' contest numbers (visible in pictures and the contestants keep them as reminder by hanging them on personal wall-of-fame)
  • logo on the diplomas received by volunteers

Promo materials

  • 25 wood-laser bicycle trail signs for directions, branded with logo (visible during the entire tourism season)
  • branded tools/items  in 3 pit-stop locations (tools will be available on the TBT network during the entire tourism season)
  • inclusion of partner's promotional materials in promotional packs
  • inclusion of partner's giveaways in the kit

Video production

  • logo in the final race movie

 

Partner

Gold - 10.000 Euro

Race day

  • mention of sponsor's name by the MC during the competition
  • 2 expo tents with 3 water jets for cleaning bicycles at the start / finish area
  • 6 flags or banners atthe start / finish area (produced by sponsor)
  • logo placed on the panel behind the prize podium
  • logo insert in Live Transmission
  • 20 free registrations for partner's participants

Websites & Social Media

  • presentation news on website
  • presentation news on Facebook pages of ADEPT Transylvania Foundation,TBT Race, NoMadTeam
  • logo placed on the official website of the race
  • dedicated section for Partner's presentation on website

Promo materials

  • mention in press releases
  • logo embedded in the produced materials (banners, press layout, posters)
  • logo inserted into participants' contest numbers (visible in pictures and the contestants keep them as reminder by hanging them on personal wall-of-fame)
  • logo on the diplomas received by volunteers

Promo materials

  • 15 wood-laser bicycle trail signs for directions, branded with logo (visible during the entire tourism season)
  • branded tools/items  in 3 pit-stop locations (tools will be available on the TBT network during the entire tourism season)
  • inclusion of partner's promotional materials in promotional packs

Video production

  • logo in the final race movie

 

Partner

Silver - 5.000 Euro

Race day

  • mention of sponsor's name by the MC during the competition
  • 1 expo tents with 3 water jets for cleaning bicycles at the start / finish area
  • 4 flags or banners at the start / finish area (produced by sponsor)
  • logo placed on the panel behind the prize podium
  • logo insert in Live Transmission
  • 10 free registrations for partner's participants

Websites & Social Media

  • presentation news on website
  • presentation news on Facebook pages of ADEPT Transylvania Foundation,TBT Race, NoMadTeam
  • logo placed on the official website of the race

Promo materials

  • mention in press releases
  • logo embedded in the produced materials (banners, press layout, posters)
  • logo inserted into participants' contest numbers (visible in pictures and the contestants keep them as reminder by hanging them on personal wall-of-fame)
  • logo on the diplomas received by volunteers

Promo materials

  • 10 wood-laser bicycle trail signs for directions, branded with logo (visible during the entire tourism season)
  • branded tools/items  in 3 pit-stop locations (tools will be available on the TBT network during the entire tourism season)
  • inclusion of partner's promotional materials in promotional packs

Video production

  • logo in the final race movie

 

TBT Related Publications

Good practice guide for local and wider use in the building, maintaining and managing of mountain bike trails. Romanian only
Local Tourism Strategy. Romanian only
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Mountain Bike map - 1:50,000 map of Transilvania Bike Trails (sheet numbers 1 & 2 – double sided
TBT Flyer
TBT Flyer

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