The Tuscobia Winter Ultra is a run, bike or ski event held on the Tuscobia State Trail in Northern Wisconsin, and a qualifying event for the Iditarod Trail Invitation…
JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit is a 60km or 200km bike race on a network of groomed snowmobile trails. Groomed is relative. In 2021 we are offering ALL NEW RACE COURSES. Those courses are being finalized and information and maps will be released later this fall. A 60km or 200km human-powered winter race on a network of groomed snowmobile trails. Groomed is relative. This is a backcountry event that will require some experience and winter survival skills. You will be challenged, humbled and rewarded in many different ways. The 200km distance course will not be marked and you will need to navigate by GPS or map and compass. The 60km will be well marked. If you can read a map you will have no problem following the route. You will need to be self-sufficient and carry all your own gear, food, and water, although there will be checkpoints and aid stations. This event was created to help people gain experience and learn about backcountry winter travel. We feel everyone needs that chance and we do not require a resume of races to do the 60km or 200km distance, although past winter travel experience is strongly recommended. Please understand that temperatures of 20 below are not uncommon. The snowfall average at 6300′, your low point, is over 200″ and over 300″ at your high point of 8300′. Snow is guaranteed!
The Arrowhead 135 is a winter ultra for hikers, skiers, and bikers in Northern Minnesota with an average finish rate under 50%… The Arrowhead 135 is recognized in the book “The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges” by Richard Hoad and Paul Moore as one of the 50 toughest races in the world. It is a human powered Ultra Marathon taking place in the coldest part of winter in the coldest city in the lower 48 states. Our average finish rate is less than 50%, the finish rate for new racers is much lower. 2019 finish rate was 35%. 135 miles Deep Winter across Northern Minnesota on rugged, scenic Arrowhead State Snowmobile Trail from Frostbite I-Falls to Tower, MN Fortune Bay Casino. Pick your mode of transport at start: bicycle, ski or foot. This is our 16th year of Arrowhead – we attract some of the best winter ultra-athletes in the world. Event image by Cass Gilbert
The Mule Trail is approximately 630 kilometers long across the length of Costa Rica, from its southern border in Panama to the northern one with Nicaragua… In 1601 during the Spanish colonization a narrow, commercial route, barely capable of handling horse and mule traffic was officially completed. Once opened, the route connected Costa Rica to the neighboring ports of Portobelo, Colombia and Panama in the south and by doing that creating a commercial artery all the way north to Mexico. The Mule Trail Race loosely follows what is left of that trail and with some creative licenses uses mostly rustic, gravel and dirt roads instead of portions of the original trail that evolved into major roadways in the evolution of Costa Rica as an independent republic. Almost 14,000 meters of climbing, around 630 kilometers in length, dozens of river crossings, four micro-climates, two international borders, one race. Like the 2020 event, the 2021 Mule Trail will have three different route options: full route (630km), mid route (450km), and short (280km).
The annual YOTA (Your Own Trail Adventure) is a team-based, self-supported navigation challenge across the Negev desert in Israel. Y.O.T.A is an unofficial mountain bike navigation couples challenge that will take place for the third time in January 2021 across the Negev desert in Israel. Participants in the event will need to plan their route and ride through it, collecting checkpoints along the way. The winning pair will be the one who managed to arrive to the finish line while collecting the highest number of points (some checkpoints will have higher points than others) and within the event time frame. Event image by Nicholas Carman
For 2021, Fat Viking invites the entire world to participate in their global fat bike challenge… In 2021 we need to do things differently, but we are NOT doing things halfway! We invite the WHOLE WORLD to a «GLOBAL EDITION» of FAT VIKING 2021! Join! Become a super-spreader and spread the vibe (not the virus). Make your friends join too! Ride your fat bike wherever you are on the original race weekend and become a finisher of the global FV edition (FV50, FV100, FV150)! We will even send you a finisher sticker if you do well. The rules are simple: Join the Global Fat Viking 2021 on the Facebook EVENT site. You’ll find the link on www.fat-viking.com. Start riding Friday 29th of January 2021 at 12pm (12.00) and finish before Sunday 30th of January 6pm (18.00). You need to ride a FATBIKE (3.8 inch or more tire width, manufacturers label). Ride a wherever you want, create your own course. Ride unsupported (no support crew, but feel free to make use of commercially available shops and institutions on your way). You are allowed to sleep and eat at home! FV50 finisher = you have ridden 50km. FV100 finisher = you have ridden 100km FV150 finisher = you have ridden 150km between Friday 12pm and Sunday 6pm. Your ride needs to be documented both in length (picture of gps display, Strava, etc) and in style (at least 5 pictures of yourself and/or your bike in several locations, at least one picture of you wearing a face-mask). Documentation needs to be published on the EVENT site (NOT the race discussion group!). You are yourself responsible for your safety. You need to make sure you obey to all rules and regulations that apply to the country and place where you are riding. Mandatory gear: face-mask, disinfectant and everything you need to keep yourself well and healthy and of course everything needed in regard to traffic rules, infection control etc. For those of you who are in Geilo on race day: we will try to get the 2020 race course rideable (push-able) or release a gpx file with an alternative option. Please promise that you will come back to Geilo in 2022!! Bring your friends.
The Race around Rwanda (RaR) is an ultra endurance cycling event that will lead participants over a spectacular route around the beautiful Rwandan countryside… The Race Around Rwanda is a self-supported, solo, single stage race around the fabulous Rwanda (land of a thousand hills). The hilly course consist of about 20% gravel roads, with a total distance of 1,000 km and an elevation gain of 17,000 meters. The second edition of the Race Around Rwanda bikepacking race features even more gravel! 1,000km (of which 400 are gravel) and 17,000 meters of elevation gain in the heart of Africa for the most unforgettable self supported ultra race of the year!
The Atlas Mountain Race, sponsored by PEdALED, is a fixed route, unsupported, single-stage cycling race from Marrakesh to the Atlantic coast… Event photo by Lian van Leeuwen The Atlas Mountain Race is a fixed route, unsupported, single-stage cycling race that starts in Marrakesh, crosses the Moroccan Atlas before taking riders through the Anti-Atlas and on to Agadir. The clock does not stop and there are no prizes. It follows gravel, single and double track and old colonial pistes that have long been forgotten and fallen into disrepair. There is very little tarmac. There is some walking, and at times there is great distances between resupply points.
The coldest ultra endurance event on the planet following the Yukon Quest Trail, one of the world’s toughest sled dog races. The Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra will follow the Yukon Quest trail, the trail of the world’s toughest Sled Dog Race. The marathon finishes at Muktuk Adventures just off the Takhini River. The 100 mile racers will go from Whitehorse to Braeburn. The 300 mile racers will keep on going all the way to Pelly Farm. There they will leave the river to turn around and go back to Pelly Crossing on the farm road. The 430 mile participants go all the way to Dawson City. *Event image provided by Derek Crowe.
The Actif Epica is a challenging winter adventure on the Crow Wing Trail near North America’s geographic centre—Winnipeg, Manitoba. Actif Epica is a self supported ultra endurance event in extreme trail and weather conditions. It promotes health benefits associated with outdoor activity in winter and celebrates southeastern Manitoba communities and the surrounding prairie along the historic Crow Wing Trail. The race starts in Emerson (200km), Ridgeville (162km) or St. Malo (120km) and finishes at The Forks, Winnipeg. Icy temperatures, windswept trails, big skies and huge landscapes await participants as we Celebrate Human Resilience.
The GranGuanche is an off-road route across the Canary Islands in Spain. Pick one of three routes, ranging from 620km to 800km… Granguanche is a bike route across the canary islands. Aimed to discover the archipelago’s ever-changing landscape and rich heritage, a chance to wander in the mountains, swim in the ocean and sleep under the stars. It’s a ride to the next ferry that goes island to island, east to west. The route is planned in three options for any choice of bike and terrain: rough off-road for mountain bikes, smooth unpaved for gravel bikes and tarmac for road bikes. Riders can choose between three route options resulting in three categories and three final rankings: TRAIL route starts in La Graciosa harbour and finishes in La Palma – Santa Cruz. GRAVEL route starts in La Graciosa harbour and finishes in El Hierro – puerto de la Estaca. ROAD route starts in Lanzarote – Mirador del Rio and finishes in La Gomera – San Sebastian.
The Iditarod Trail Invitational is the world’s longest winter ultra marathon by fat bike, foot and ski and follows the historic Iditarod Trail from Knik to Nome. One of the most challenging experiences on the planet, participants brave extreme physical, environmental and mental challenges as they work their way along the historic Iditarod Trail on bicycle, foot or skis. Requiring self-sufficiency and the considerable resilience to make it through up to 30 frozen days and nights, the Iditarod Trail Invitational has built its reputation on notoriously inhospitable conditions and minimal outside support. For an incredibly detailed account of RJ Sauer’s Iditarod Trail journey, check out our featured story; When The Trail Goes Cold.