More than 300 participants, nice weather, brilliant atmosphere.
"Hungarian–Serbian Tandem" – a true success.
Thank you for joining us on this special day.
More than 300 participants, nice weather, brilliant atmosphere.
Thank you!

More than 300 participants, nice weather, brilliant atmosphere – these were the main features of the “Hungarian – Serbian Tandem” Bicycle Tour held on Saturday, 21 September.

It was great to see how cycling could bring together people of all generations and cyclists of different nations. The youngest rider on the fascinating route was only one and a half year old while the eldest was almost 70.

During the ride, the participants from the two countries were truly at a two-wheel distance from each other, all going in the same direction for the achievement of the same goals, and for a brighter future for the whole region.

This amazing event – held within the framework of European Cooperation Day - celebrated the benefits and achievements of European Territorial Cooperation. During the tour everyone could experience that good neighbours may indeed create common future.

Do not forget to check out the latest photos of the event at the newly opened photo section. You are also very welcome to send us your pictures of the event. Visit our Facebook page and share your photos!

Many thanks once again to all riders and supporters. We hope to meet on our common roads again.

Wishing you all the best,

The Programme is co-financed by the European Union
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Event

Join us on 21 September for an extraordinary bicycle tour across the border.

8:00MórahalomRegistration and press registration starts. During the registration process each participant is kindly asked to check the personal data given beforehand, during the online registration. After the registration is complete, participants will receive the gift bags and some refreshments. Please note that a toilet is available in the 'Aranyszöm' Cultural Centre for all participants.
9:30 - 10:30MórahalomBilingual Opening Ceremony and press conference followed by a brief training on safety and the tour itinerary. All  participants are asked to put on their visibility vests and the bags for safety purposes.
10:30MórahalomTour kick-off. The bikers will be led by police escorts and accompanied by the Emergency Services, and the route will be indicated by signs as well. All participants are kindly asked to follow road regulations and the instructions of the tour escorts.
11:30ÁsotthalomUpon arrival to the Border Crossing Station, refreshments and toilets will be available on the Hungarian side of the border.
11:30 - 12:30Ás-BV border crossingBorder crossing administration. Pleas note that EU citizens must have a valid ID and non-EU citizens must have a valid passport. Participants will be escorted through the border in 20 people groups by police ecorts on a first come, first served basis. The groups continue the tour individually, without waiting for everybody to make the border crossing.
14:00PalićArrival of the participants  though the park to the Grand Terrace by Lake Palic. Upon arrival each participant will receive a package including refreshments.
14:00 - 15:00PalićBilingual Closing Ceremony and press conference.
15:00 -16:30PalićCultural and art program by local performers and closing of the event. After the closing, each participant may leave individually.
Please note that the Ásotthalom–Backi Vinogradi border crossing station is open only till 7 p.m. each day.

Useful information

Giveaways

Every registered participant is awarded with some practical biking essentials to enjoy a more pleasant and safe tour.
Among other presents, the welcome package includes: a raincoat, a safety vest, and a bicycle bottle.
REGISTER NOW to have all of those relics.

Packing list

What to take with you before you leave home
  • ID must haves: ID card, passport, health insurance card,
  • Some light food & drink,
  • Sunglasses & sun cream,
  • Bicycle lights
  • Bicycle reflectors
  • Cell phone
  • Some cash or credit card (The preferred currency is Hungarian Forint – HUF in Hungary, and Serbian Dinar – RSD in Serbia).

And most importantly: Make sure your bike is in a proper condition (brakes, tires and lights).

Organizational issues

Some “good to know facts” about the event
Preliminary registration is compulsory. You can register for the tour here in this website. The registration is free of charge.

Participants must be present at the agreed excursion meeting point not later than 120 minutes before departure.

Participants have to bring their own bicycle. Bicycle rentals are not available.

Participants are responsible for having adequate travel insurance covering accident, personal injury and loss of luggage.

You are responsible for ensuring that all necessary travel documents are valid and effective and in your possession for the entire tour.

Our tour is physically active and the demands vary depending on the specific itinerary. As such, good physical and mental health are essential for the enjoyment and safety of our tours.

Our tours do not include accommodation or transport from the point of tour departure through tour completion.

Safety issues

Please keep in mind that you take this tour at your own risk and you are responsible for your own safety. However, the following safety measures go along the bike tour:

  • Police escort,
  • Auxiliary police assistance in Hungary,
  • Medical assistance and ambulance,
  • Traffic regulation with directional signs and personal assistance,
  • Technical assistance in case of tire or defects other technical difficulties.

For children under 18 years, a consent letter from parents is needed for traveling abroad.

A Letter of Consent for paticipants under 18 years of age can be downloaded here.

Safety tips: what you could do to make your trip smoother & safer

Use your head: Always wear a helmet.

Dress for the weather: Dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes. Please put on the special safety vest can be found in the welcome pack for easier identification.

Obey traffic signs and signals: You must follow the rules of the road even if you ride a bike... The route of the tour is signposted on board.

Right On: As a rule, it is best to ride in the direction of traffic, staying as far to the right as is practical.

Never ride with headphones: Be open to hear what happens around you.

Keep both hands ready to brake: You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since brakes are less efficient when wet.

Use hand signals: These signals tell everyone what you intend to do.

Directions

Starting point: Mórahalom, Aranyszöm Cultural Centre  

How to get there:
GPS Coordinates: 46.215875, 19.889491

By car, driving from Budapest towards Serbia: on the motorway M5, you have to leave the motorway at the exit Szeged-Nyugat (Szeged-West), then turn right at the crossroads and drive towards Baja on road 55 following the road signs. Mórahalom is 12 km away from there. Arriving in town, with the coach station on your right and next to the church you reach a roundabout. Take the exit at the roundabout into Röszkei út (Röszkei way).
By car, driving from Serbia towards Budapest: on the motorway M5, you have to leave the motorway at the exit Szeged-Dél (Szeged-South), then turn right at the crossroads and drive towards following the road signs. Mórahalom is 10 km away from there. Arriving in town from Röszke you reach a roundabout. Take the exit at the roundabout into Röszkei út (Röszkei way).
By train: Arriving in Szeged, at the railway station take bus number 11 or 83 and get off at Mars tér stop. At Mars tér stop you can see the coach station on the opposite side of the road. At the coach station, board a direct coach to Mórahalom at the stop number 1, 2 or 3. If you travel with your bike, please check weather accompanied cycles are allowed to carry on train cars of the rails of MÁV & Zeleznice Srbije. From Szeged to Mórahalom, you can on a bike path.
By coach (bus): Traveling by coach from North- and East-Hungary you arrive at the coach station in Szeged. At the same station,
you can change for direct coaches to Mórahalom.
If you ride a bike, you are lucky. On the Szeged – Domaszék – Mórahalom – Ásotthalom route and between Palić and Subotica you can ride on a bike path.

Contact

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