29th of JUNE 2024
A truly unique gravel event in Andermatt, Switzerland! A breathtaking event course, delicious food and festival vibes. Octopus Gravel in Andermatt is the meeting point for gravel enthusiasts and mountain lovers.
Imagine the main event area to be the head and body of the Octopus, and the climbs to be the arms. All 7 arms are dead-end gravel climbs and lead back to the main event area, giving you the possibility to rest, have some food and drinks, listen to some great beats and check out the event expo, before then tackling the next segment.
Decide the amount of riding yourself! Challenge yourself and find out how many of the 7 gravel climbs you can do in a day. On top of every climb you receive a stamp. The maximum amount of riding would be 155km with 4450 vertical gain.
Let’s race! Octopus Gravel also offers 4 timed climbs between 4km and 6km in the spirit of a special race and gives points for the Gravel Earth Series. There is a women’s category and a men’s category, the fastest will receive prizes.
JOIN US to aLL ACTIVITIES
5pm-9pm Bib number collection
7pm Gravel Talk
8pm Cycling Movie Night
6am Bib Collection opens
8:30am Start Octopus Gravel
6pm Cut off time
7pm Live music starts
8pm SCOTT challenge final
8:30pm Podium ceremony & After party
10am Schwalbe hang-over ride (optional)
11am SCOTT hang-over ride (optional)
40 - 45 mm tires & tubeless recommended
Fast rolling cross country tires recommended
Possibility to charge in the
Andermatt is known as the mecca of road riding in Switzerland. It is the door to some of the most impressive road climbs in Europe, such as Gotthard, Furka, Susten, Grimsel or Oberalp. However, you will soon discover during the event that Andermatt offers even more spectacular dead-end gravel roads. You’ll find yourself immersed in an unexplored dreamland.
There are different levels of accommodations in Andermatt.
Event area: For campervans you can camp directly in the festival area :). We will provide outdoor showers and toilets. Costs 10CHF to the owner of the parking.
Camping: Andermatt Camping is considered as one of the most beautiful located camping spots in Switzerland. The rate is 13 CHF a night. Either for tent or camper van. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel Radisson: Directly located next to the event area is the Radisson Blu. The luxury hotel offers a great discount of 20% for participants by booking directly on their website with the code: OCTO24
Sust Lodge: The bike hotel has everything needed for a cycling vacation. Best is to contact them directly via email@example.com by mentioning Octopus for special rates.. www.sust.ch
Hotel Crown: The luxury hotel with bike storage room offers 10% discount for participants. A room for two people costs 271 CHF a night. Reservation directly via firstname.lastname@example.org by mentioning Octopus. www.hotel-crown.ch
There are plenty of more hotel options or mountain huts in the area.
Yes, you can.
No, it is cristal clear that you have to expect on coming traffic at all times and should never cut corners. On all segments where you ride in both directions, the road will be at least 2m wide. There is no timing for downhill sections.
No, the course consists out of smooth gravel fire roads, rough tarmac, and easy single trails. There is one optional descent for more advanced riders.
Up the Gotthard trail some experience with steep bumpy trails will help you, but if you don’t make it you can easily push your bike for that part.
Yes, he first three women and the first three men will receive some great prizes.
Of course, you should have a valid health, travel and liability insurance.
155km and 4450hm of climbing. Most participant will not do 4-5 of the 7 climbs, but we recommend that you give it a try to do it all. Every meter of the course is worth the effort.
You will have the following three options: