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EPIC RIDES AROUND THE WORLD

by Marty Clermont August 11, 2016

EPIC RIDES AROUND THE WORLD

We’re always on the lookout to bring some of the world's most epic bike rides to you. Maybe you’re not ready to tackle them right now but you might want to set your sights on one of them in the future. There’s nothing wrong with having a dream or two. Or maybe you’re planning a holiday and would enjoy watching portions of a race or getting a spot to view the finish line.

We’ll introduce you to some of the most challenging and enjoyed races in different parts of the world. There are just so many out there so the offerings in this humble blog are merely scratching the surface.

Milan-San Remo - Northern Italy
This is a 298 km road route billed as the longest 1 day race. It was incepted in March 1907 and is still going strong. Over the years there have been some modifications made to the trail. It’s generally long and flat with just one major hump before you glide to the seaside towns of the Riviera. You’ll enjoy unbelievable coastal views. Count on strong winds and unpredictable weather. Sprinters almost always win this race.

BC Bike Race - Cumberland to Whistler
Unfortunately, this race is already sold out this year. It’s a much loved mountain bike race with this year’s event hosting 600 participants from 30 countries. Basically it’s a tour of BC’s scenic west coast. You start at Cumberland, move on to Powell River, Sechelt and then to the North Shore for it’s ladder bridges and rocks. Squamish provides riders with their favourite course which prepares them for Whistler to test single track skills. Get your tickets now if you want to participate next year.

La Ruta - Costa Rica
This is a 259 km coast to coaster in beautiful Costa Rica. The route starts on Jaco Beach on the Pacific and ends at Hacienda El Rodeo on the Atlantic. It’s a multi stage route which can be done in 3 days. The terrain is gruelling with over 29,000 feet of climbing (ouch). The Spanish conquistadores took this same route and it took 20 years. The route crosses five mountain ranges and has riders heading up a 12000 foot volcano. This route is for professionals only. So keep practicing.

Race Across the US
This 4828 km race starts in Oceanside, California and ends in Annapolis, Maryland. That’s longer than the Tour de France. Racers aren’t required to sleep. They just catch a nap whenever they can on the way. It’s open to both solo and team riders. It’s known as the world’s toughest endurance race. The course crosses many mountain ranges and is known by many as The Mountain of Misery. The calories burned on this ride are staggering. Would you go to those lengths to burn calories?





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