If you enjoy local mountain bike trails, why not consider riding on some of the world’s famous tracks for professionals and amateurs? We have compiled a guide to some of the toughest races in the world. Your local personal travel manager can help you make the necessary travel arrangements.
The Crocodile Trophy
The annual Crocodile Trophy race is held in Australia every October and consists of nine stages over nine days. It attracts some of the world’s strongest mountain bikers and also caters to amateurs. The race stretches over an incredible 1,200 km of Australia’s northeast, with participants competing against their personal best. The first stage is 5-lap stage from Cairn to Smithfield. The last stage is 56km from Hope Vale to Cooktown. Only the first two stages are open to everyone. To all the mountain bike enthusiasts out there, prepare for severe pedal pushing through the wild lands of Australia.
La Ruta de los Conquistadores
This is known as one of the toughest races in the world, open for both professional and less experienced riders. The race crosses the land of Costa Rica from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea. Held every year in October, the race runs over the course of three days. The 310 km route crosses 5 mountain ranges with a total climb of approximately 9 km. The first stage is approximately 110km from Jaco Beach to San Jose. The last stage is 120km from Turrialba to Puerto Limon. It is famous partly due to the rich diversity of wildlife and nature encountered during the ride. It is an experience of a lifetime where the physical and mental challenge is softened with the wildlife that comes out to say hello.
The annual Cape Epic race takes place in South Africa and spans over eight days, 800 km and approximately 15 km of climbing over some of the most significant mountain passes in South Africa. It starts in the last week of March, ends in the first week of April and is open to professional and less experienced riders. The exciting difference of this race is that it must be entered and completed in teams of two. All riders sleep in tented race villages that are set up prior to arrival and taken down immediately after the start each morning. The race kicks off with a 22km prologue in Durbanville and final stage 54km from Stellenbosch to Lourensford Wine Estate. Find yourself a teammate and contact your personal travel manager to organise an unforgettable journey through the mountains of South Africa.
Find out more from your local, personal travel manager. Visit http://www.travelmanagers.com.au/ptm-search/