Eight International events for your 2013 calendar

David Arthur David Arthur

Last week I put together a roundup of some of the best UK events that we at Bike Magic reckon should be on your 2013 riding calendar. If you’re also looking for a riding trip abroad, you’re well catered for as there are now many great events and races around the world just waiting to be ridden.

We’ve included a mix of endurance stage races and a few of the emerging enduro races for a good mix for you.

Event: Fruita Fat Tyre Festival – 25-28 April, Fruita, Colorado

A long-running event this one, and celebrates its 18th edition this year. Enjoy a weekend packed with a trade expo, party,Belgium Beer Garden and riding on the hundreds of miles of Fruita singletrack.

More about it here.

Trans Portugal
Trans Portugal

Event: Trans-Portugal Garmin, 4-12 May, Portugal

A nine stage race covering a mighty distance of 1,150km from Braganca to Sagre, all within the stunning landscape of Portugal, this is a must for any endurance riders. It’s a proper point-to-point stage race as well, as you ride the length of the country, starting in the north and finishing in the south. Prepare for average days of 125km and over 2700m of climbing.

More about it here.

Event: TransPyr, 6-13 July, Pyrenees, Spain

Starting on the Mediterranean coast and finishing at the Atlantic Ocean, this 820km stage race challenges riders to eight stunning days of riding across the Pyrenees. The website describes the route as being “ tough climbs, technical sections, but even not cyclable but particularly playful.” Sounds good to us.

More about it here.

 

Megavalanche... Raced it? Fancy giving it a go? It will never leave the list of 'must-do' bike events.
Megavalanche… Raced it? Fancy giving it a go? It will never leave the list of ‘must-do’ bike events.

Event: Megavalanche, Alpe d’Huez, France, 8-14 July

One of the maddest events in the world, but also one of the most exciting and fun times you’ll ever have on two wheels. The event has been running for over 10 years and last year saw the biggest ever participation by British riders. The combination of amazing trails, good weather and the insanity of a mass start on snow at over 3000m is strangely appealing.

More about it here.

The Enduro World Series is open to all riders.
The Enduro World Series, just like the Italian Super Enduro, is open to all riders.

Event: Enduro World Series, Enduro Des Nations, Val d’Isere, France, 24-25 August

The Enduro World Series brings together seven established enduro events from around the world and puts them under one umbrella giving a new cohesiveness to the emerging enduro format of racing. The Trophy of the Nations round has been running for many years and uses the Superenduro format, two days of racing with timed special stages that are mostly downhill, with only 10% uphill. Transfers are not timed. This event sees teams of three racing for the national title, as well as an overall title.

More about it here.

Leadville...are you tough enough?
Leadville…are you tough enough?

Event: Leadville Trail 100, 10 August, Colorodo

This ride really needs no introduction. Famously competed by the now disgraced Lance Armstrong, on paper this stacks up as one of the toughest single day races in the world. The distance is 100 miles through the Colorado Rockies and you start at an altitude of 10,000ft, climbing to over 12,424ft, this is an event to test your lung capacity like no other.

More about it here.

Event: Roc d’Azur 10-14 Oct, France

A classic season closer. A popular long-running event that has been attracting Brits for many years, in 2013 the event celebrates its 30th birthday so even more reason to stick this event on your list of must do rides. It’s a five day celebration of mountain bike and includes a huge trade expo (making it France’s biggest bike show) and a 55km single-loop marathon. Such luminaries Christoph Dupouey, Bart Brentjens and Tim Gould have won the event in the past. There’s shorter and less competitive rides also on offer.

More about it here.

Jerome Clementz raced in Ireland last year, and the series proved to be one of the most welcoming for all levels of rider.
Jerome Clementz raced in Ireland last year, and the series proved to be one of the most welcoming for all levels of rider.

Event: Gravity Enduro Series, Ireland, Various dates and locations

A five date series taking place in Ireland, this is a popular series and attracted international starts, like Jerome Clementz, last year. Two day events with practice on Saturday and racing on Sunday, the courses are usually 25km with five timed stages. The stages are run simultaneously so you can start in any order you like.

More about it here.

Which of these will you be attending, which do you wish you were attending, and what other events would you put on your own list?

Let us know in the comments box below.

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