adventure racing

The Indian Pacific Wheel Race: Once-in-a-lifetime adventure or folly for the foolhardy?

When the clock strikes 6:00am in Fremantle, Western Australia this Saturday morning, around 70 cyclists will start a race across Australia that will take the best of them nearly two weeks to finish. The Indian Pacific Wheel Race (or ‘Indy Pac’ for short) has no prize money, no trophies, and no massive crowds – just …

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Race to the Rock: The documentary

The 2016 Race to the Rock was the inaugural edition of a 2,300 kilometre self-supported race from Adelaide to Uluru in the dusty heart of the Australian outback. The attrition rate was huge, the conditions unforgiving and the terrain remote. The race threw everything at riders, including rain, cold nights, hot winds, rocky terrain, swarms …

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The Tour Divide: The hardest bike race on Earth?

There’s been plenty of excitement in the past week as the riders of the 2016 Trans Am settle in for their solo trek across the United States. But the Trans Am isn’t the only solo ultra-endurance bike race happening in the U.S. at the moment. The Tour Divide, an unsupported mountain bike race from Canada …

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Pan American Rouleur: Riding from Argentina to Alaska

The Pan-American Highway network stretches more than 30,000km from the southern tip of South America all the way to northern reaches of North America. Riding the length of this network represents a colossal challenge; a challenge that Austrian ultra-endurance cyclist Helmut Pucher is about to attempt. In recent years Pucher has completed several epic journeys …

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Pushing the limits: why long-distance adventure racing is on the rise

Racing bikes over long distances isn’t new. Early editions of the Tour de France routinely featured stages of 400km+ and randonneuring has been around for well over a century. Indeed, the most famous randonnée (or brevet) of them all, the 1,200km Paris-Brest-Paris, began in 1891 and existed as a race for 60 years before switching …

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The Transcontinental Race: crossing Europe by bike in 16 days

Over the past few weeks Swiss rider Alain Rumpf has been posting to our Instagram account with inspiring photos from the Transcontinental Race, a self-guided solo adventure across Europe. Now safely back at home having completed the 4,000km+ journey from Belgium to Turkey, Alain took the time to share some of the highlights and lowlights …

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Transcontinental Race: Equipment set-up and other stuff to geek-out on

Earlier this week we introduced the Transcontinental Race and Alain Rumpf’s intent to take the adventure head on. In Alain’s last article before he heads off towards Turkey tomorrow, he takes us through his bike and equipment set-up and the unique features need in order to take on this epic journey.   The last few days have been …

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The Transcontinental Race: rediscovering the roots of cycling

If you’re feeling saturated with the Tour de France and want to follow a story that’s much more pure, I’m happy to introduce you to the Transcontinental Race. For the next two-and-a-half weeks we’ll be following Alain Rumpf’s self-supported journey from Belgium to Turkey in this event that’s sure to capture the imagination of everyone …

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Following Jesse Carlsson and the 2015 Trans Am bike race

We just finished following the Giro d’Italia which, to most cyclists, would appear to be one of the ultimate tests of cycling endurance. The Grand Tours are “made for TV” events, but there are many lesser-known bike races that don’t have helicopters following and race reports promptly published each day. The Trans American bike race …

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100 Cols in 10 Days | The Cent Cols Challenge

Call me insane but my idea of a perfect holiday is one where a challenge is set and by the time I get through to the other side there’s a sense of achievement like no other. I want an experience that I’ve had to earn; something that no beach holiday can provide. I’ve heard lots …

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