Ultra-Endurance Races and Triathlons
The 12 Hardest Races in the World
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Trans Pyr - Spain
While the Alps are arguably Europe's most famous mountain range, it's the steep, rough, and unrelenting Pyrenees that strike the most fear in the hearts of cyclists. Trans Pyr takes the challenge head-on, sending brave mountain bikers on a leg-smashing journey that starts along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in northeastern Spain, and finishes eight days later on the other side of the country in San Sebastian. In between, riders must cross the length of the Pyrenees, traveling 509 miles with 66,601 feet of accumulated climbing. That's like ascending Mount Everest twice, and still having another 8,500 feet to go. Last year's fastest two-man team spent 45 hours in the saddle; the last place squad needed more than 85 hours.
On the web: TransPyr.com