Human Fish Gravel Red Race is a 270 km, and HFG Green Race is 125km long ultra-endurance cycling challenge, held on the gravel roads through the Green Karst and Adriatic region of Slovenia. Gravel riders are solely responsible for their personal well-being, will have to make their own informed decisions, and suffer the consequences of those decisions. If you do not feel you are prepared to meet such a challenge, please consider a shorter Human Fish Gravel Blue course option.
Every rider is responsible for preparing for the competition and is fully aware of the complexity of the competition and the route. He has fully prepared for the demanding conditions and has enough experience to take part in gravel riding. He is aware that the competition takes place in an open natural environment, where a natural phenomena is possible, making the competition more difficult and can affect the bikers’s ability to bike. The gravel riders knows how to cope with natural climatic conditions.
With registration every participant confirms, to know and accept these rules and regulations as well as the below mentioned responsible and ethical principles. Each riders competes at his own risk. The organiser does not take responsibility for competitor’s injuries and damage of their personal equipment.
Human Fish Gravel festival is organised by company LIFE Events (Lajf d.o.o.). Various gravel biking competitions are organised as part of the festival (HFG Red Race, HFG Green Race, HFG Blue Race, HFG Bikepacking across Slovenia) as well as other content (HFG Cycling skills competition.)
The event space is a beautiful Camping Plana near Postojna and Pivka. Address: Selce 66, 6257 Pivka.
HF Gravel Red Race
Starting time for the HF Gravel Red Race is 6am.
HF Gravel Green Race
Starting time for the HF Gravel Green Race is 9am.
HF Gravel Blue Race
Starting time for the HF Gravel Blue Race is 10am.
All riders will be provided their finishing time upon return to the Gravel Village area. The Human Fish Gravel Blue Race finishing time less than 7 hours (5pm). The Human Fish Gravel Green Race finishing time less than 10 hours (7pm). The Human Fish Gravel Red Race finishing time less than 18 hours (11.55pm).
HF Gravel Red Race
Finishing time less than 18 hours (11.55pm)
HF Gravel Green Race
Finishing time less than 10 hours (7pm)
HF Gravel Blue Race
Finishing time less than 7 hours (5pm)
There will be 2 feed zones available en route at approximately 110 and 200 km for HF Gravel Red Race. There will be 1 feed zone available en route at approximately 65 km for HF Gravel Green Race. There will be 1 feed zone available en route at approximately 35 km for HF Gravel Blue Race. Each feed station will aim to provide: water, energy drink, snack foods such as bananas and local cake bars. Feed zones for HFG Red course will also have rack pump, basic tools and lubricants.
The required race kit is applicable to HF Gravel Red and Green distances.
Helmet, Mobile phone, GPS unit, rear light with a flashing mode, front light or headlamp (red course only), emergency First-aid basic kit, survival blanket, pump, multitool, spare inner tube and tyre levers, ability to carry at least 1 litre of water,
The required race kit is applicable to HF Gravel Blue distance.
Helmet, Mobile phone, GPS unit, pump, multitool, spare inner tube and tyre levers, ability to carry at least 0,7 litre of water.
Bike style and equipment preferences will always be as varied and colorful as are the personalities, which will show up for the Human Fish Gravel Race. Gravel or Cyclocross bike is required. We recommend 35-40 mm tires with ratio 50-34 front and 11-32 rear or 38 front and 11-42 rear. Those with mountain bikes in all their varieties can also participate and are very welcome. 81% (red), 82% (green) and 84% (blue) of the course encompasses gravel terrain. The longest gravel section is 49.5km (red), 41.5 (green) long and the longest asphalt section is 9.5km (red), 8.3 (green) long. There are many quick sections with excellent gravel terrain and some sections which are technically demanding, especially those with a less favorable terrain (stony gravel). The red course also has sections which belong in the category of wide single trails and trails across mountain pastures (grassy terrain). The decision of which bike to choose for this particular course is thus left up to you.
A final rider briefing will be made approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the Human Fish Gravel event (Saturday, 15th, 2024). All riders should attend this race briefing.
Full details will be available until 8th September 2024 and will be available for download here.
Cancelation or Termination of the Race
In the case of unfavourable weather conditions (substantial amount of rain or snow, strong risk of storms, ….) the start may be either postponed for a couple of hours, postponed to the next day (Sunday) or cancelled.
Insurance is a matter of each participant. Participants are required to have personal accident insurance, which has to include costs for helicopter rescue actions as well as medical treatment in hospital. The organiser has third-party insurance for the duration of the competition, which covers indemnities of the event and its aides towards third-parties.
Every gravel rider has high expectations and HF Gravel Village is a great place. Above all, it is a perfect experience that combines great gravel stories, expo place, good food and drink. The Gravel Village is a space for socialize with interesting people, gravel industry and stories.
The event venue is Camping Plana & Bar 66, at Selce 66 SI 6257 Pivka.
Part of the Human Fish Gravel race is also a prize draw of € 10.000 in which all registered cyclists participate. The draw will take place, September 10th, at 6 p.m. The main prize is worth € 1,000.
Accommodation & Transfers
If you need an Accommodation at Green Karst this booking can be provided by our partner tourist agency. If you need a transfer or rent-a-car from/to the nearest airport this service can be provided by our partner tourist agency. Please send a request to us.
Responsible gravel race
Responsible gravel adventure race is about the attitude you have and the choices you make when cycling – to respect and benefit the local people, their cultures, economies and the environment. As gravel cycling becomes a truly global industry, we recognise our obligation to operate our race and events in a responsible and sustainable fashion. We’ve worked hard at these things to ensure we are welcomed in the places we all love to visit, meaning local people benefit. We all and our friendly staff and suppliers are trained on these principles, and are the core to delivering sustainable, experience-rich gravel cycling.