Top 3 Mountain Biking Races in the World
Written by Vira Sadlak, Avid Cyclist
April 18, 2019
Want to test your limits? Look no further!
Mountain biking has no shortage of insane rides to push yourself to your extremes.
The below selection are all about the top 3 mountain biking races which represents some of the most challenging and yet most spectacular mountain biking races in the world. Read on!
Cape Epic in South Africa
Where: West Cape, South Africa
When: 15 – 22 March, 2020
The total distance of 658 km, 13,530 m. of climbing, four consecutive days of riding 100 km, 600+ teams… I guess they call The Absa Cape Epic a “Tour de France of mountain biking” for a reason.
Held in South Africa, this race is open for both professional riders and amateurs. Don’t be fooled by the “amateurs” part though: in 2018 almost a fifth of the participants didn’t make it to the finish line.
Cape Epic is a team race. An average of 600 + duos take part in the race annually. All duos will have to stick together until the end of the race, otherwise their finish will be disqualified.
Entry team fees for 2020 are USD $6,290. The price includes tent-village living, showers, medical support, bike cleaning services, and mechanical support.
Cape Epic is exciting, it is world renowned and, well, it is EPIC. Made to test you or break you, this race definitely worth traveling for!
Hero MTB Himalaya Bicycle Race
Where: Indian Himalayas, India
When: September 26 – October 03, 2019
Lauded by some as one of the most challenging cross-country marathon style MTB races in the world, Hero MTB Himalaya definitely should be on your “Ride Before You Die” bucket list.
The race spans over 600 km and promises nine days of a tough route and scenic views.
Hero MTB Himalaya Bicycle Race is known for its challenging tracks across the rugged Himalayan terrain. You will have to pedal through hard uphills, mud, sand, off-roads and village backroads. Adding to the fun, is 50,000 feet of elevation gain!
The race costs about $1000 per person, which includes a race fee, campsites, and food along the race.
If you want to test your limits, definitely give Hero MTB Himalaya Bicycle Race a try!
Where: Whistler, Canada
When: August 9-18
August 9-18 – the countdown is on! Very soon Crankworx will bring together mountain biking talent from all over the world!
Born in beautiful British Columbia back in 2004, Crankworx has grown into one of the biggest mountain bike festivals in the world!
From enduro racing to epic dual slalom battles, from the best MTB slopestyle tricks to contests for young riders – this festival is the ultimate nine days celebration of all things MB!
Crankworx is definitely a highlight of a mountain biking year. The festival is packed full with down-hill biking contests, live concerts, kidsworx, fun expos, and art exhibitions.
The season-defining conclusion of the biggest MB festival in the world is the FMBA Slopestyle World Championship. World’s most renowned riders will bring their A-game into the playground. Believe us, you don’t want to miss this!
Now you have them, the top 3 mountain biking events in the world.