The following tables contain most of the self-supported, ultra-distance (> 1,000 km) bikepacking races that follow a single-stage format in which the clock never stops. Please Contact Me if you notice any errors or you know of an event that should be added that meets those criteria. There are lots more events that are shorter than 1,000 km, but the list is already too long!

The events are classified as to whether the terrain is generally (paved) roads, gravel (unpaved roads), MTB (off-road trails), or snow, but this only gives a very rough idea.

There are also good lists at Apidura, Bikepacking.com and Bikepacking.net.

Certain ultra-distance cycling events that don’t meet the criteria for the main tables are listed separately towards the bottom of this page.

2023 Ultra-Distance Bikepacking Races

January-April start dates

Start date
(d/m/y)
Event Region Distance
(km)
Terrain Previous
Edition
Notes
03/02/23 Atlas Mountain Race Morocco 1300 MTB 01/03/20 From the same creators of the Silk Road Mountain Race, so it’s likely to be a very tough route.
05/02/23 Race Around Rwanda Rwanda 1000 Road 29/01/22 Circular route around this high-altitude central African nation.
26/02/23 Iditarod Trail Invitational Alaska, USA 1600 Snow 27/02/22 The original bikepacking race and still the longest fat-bike race in the world. Started in 1987 using a much shorter route, but has used the current format since 2000.
10/03/23 Hoved Ting Germany &
Denmark
1000 Gravel 12/03/22 Organized by the same people as the previous TransCimbrica race, but has a new route and new name, but still starts in Hamburg and goes through Denmark.
18/03/23 Indian Pacific Wheel Ride Australia 5500 Road 19/03/22 Goes across the southern part of Australia between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It started as an organized race in 2017, but became an unofficial “Ride” in 2018.
03/04/23 Classics Story – The Northern Way Belgium, France & Netherlands 1200 Road 11/04/22 Includes many cobbles and climbs made famous by pro’ cycling’s Spring Classics races.
07/04/23 Monaro Cloudride 1000 Australia 1000 MTB 15/04/22 Traverses the ridgetops of the Great Dividing Range in south-eastern Australia.
28/04/23 A-cross The 5 Belgium 1200 MTB 31/07/22 Mainly around Belgium, but sections in the 4 bordering countries. There are also 3 shorter versions.
29/04/23 Italy Divide Italy 1200 Gravel 23/04/22 The route starts in central or southern Italy and goes up to the Alps.
29/04/23 Gravel Tro Breizh France 1200 Gravel 30/04/22 Mixed surface route over the hills and along the coast of Brittany.
2024 Race Around The Netherlands Netherlands 1900 Road 30/04/22 It would be difficult to find a flatter event than this, but the wind can be a major factor. Next event in April 2024.

May start dates

Start date
(d/m/y)
Event Region Distance
(km)
Terrain Previous
Edition
Notes
01/05/23 BikingMan Portugal Portugal 1000 Road 02/05/22 Includes the Algarve mountains and Atlantic coast.
07/05/23 Pacific Coast Bike Race Express 750 USA 1200 Road 01/05/22 Follows the California coast from Sacramento to San Diego. Longer version from Portland, OR in September, see below.
11/05/23 Race Across Belgium Belgium 1000 Road 26/05/22 Includes many mythical roads and locations around Belgium.
20/05/23 Race Through Poland Poland 1200 Road 21/05/22 Free choice of route between various checkpoints.
21/05/23 MittelgebirgeClassique Germany & France 1100 Road 29/05/22 Mountainous loop through the Black Forest and Vosges mountains.
26/05/23 All Points North England, UK 1000 Road 02/06/22 Free choice of route between 10 checkpoints.
29/05/23 BikingMan Corsica Corsica
(France)
1000 Road 06/06/22 Short race with non-stop climbing on the Mediterranean island.

June start dates

Start date
(d/m/y)
Event Region Distance
(km)
Terrain Previous
Edition
Notes
02/06/23 Trans Balkan Race Slovenia-Montenegro 1300 MTB 03/06/22 Mostly off-road through 4 Balkan countries and many national parks.
08/06/23 TransAtlantic Way Ireland 2500 Road 09/06/22 Generally follows Ireland’s Atlantic coast along tiny, scenic roads.
09/06/23 Tour Divide Canada-USA 4400 MTB 10/06/22 Race along the Rocky Mountains from Canada through the USA to the Mexican border. It started in 2008 and had evolved from the slightly shorter Great Divide Race, which ran from 2004-10.
09/06/23 B-Hard Ultra Race Bosnia-Herzegovinia 1200 Road 11/06/22 The route is designed to promote the country’s “natural and historic beauties”, with several different race formats offered.
11/06/23 TransCanada Bike Race Canada 12500 Road 11/06/22 Currently the longest self-supported race the world, traversing all 10 Canadian provinces and 1 territory.
11/06/23 Taunus Bikepacking Germany 1000 Gravel 12/06/22 Convoluted route through the small Taunus mountain range north of Frankfurt.
17/06/23 Hope 1000 Switzerland 1000 MTB 18/06/22 The first bikepacking race in Switzerland, started in 2015 and previously called the Navad 1000.
17/06/23 Race Around The Netherlands GX Netherlands 1900 Gravel New event Gravel-biking version of the well-established Race Around The Netherlands.
20/06/23 Krakow Tarifa Poland-Spain 4000 Road New event The route crosses Europe from NE to SW, including the Alps and Pyrenees.
22/06/23 Solstice Sprint UK 1000 Road 16/06/22 The route will include 10 control points across the West Midlands, Wales and south-west England.
24/06/23 Italy Unite Italy 1900 Road 24/06/22 Linking 11 Italian regions from the far south-east to the north-west.
24/06/23 1000.si Slovenia 1000 Road 25/06/22 The route circumnavigates this beautiful country.
24/06/23 BC Epic 1000 B.C., Canada 1000 MTB 25/06/22 Generally follows the Trans Canada Trail for over 1000 km in the Rocky Mountains of southern British Columbia.
24/06/23 TransPyrenees France &
Spain
1000 Road 25/06/22 Traversing the Pyrenees mountains between the Atlantic and Mediterranean. A separate event to the one organized by LostDot in the autumn that has a very similar name.
24/06/23 Swiss Bike Adventure Switzerland 1300 Road 02/07/22 Loop around Switzerland, including the Alps and Jura mountains.
26/06/23 BikingMan France France 1000 Road 27/07/22 A loop from the Mediterranean around the souther French Alps, including Cime de la Bonette & Mt Ventoux.
28/06/23 North Race Westphalia Germany 1000 Road 17/06/21 Riders plan their own route between 13 checkpoints throughout this region in the west of Germany.
Not yet
announced
Loudání Českou krajinou Czechia 1000 MTB 01/06/22 One of the oldest events in Europe, started in 2008. The challenging route is not announced until the start of the race.
Not yet
announced
Trans Am Bike Race USA 6900 Road 05/06/22 First run in 2014, it goes from Oregon to Virginia along the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail.
Not yet
announced
Trans Mni Sota Wheel Race Minnesota, USA 1900 Road 18/06/22 The route visits all geographic regions in the state.
Not yet
announced
Bike NonStop US USA 5700 Gravel 19/06/22 Portland, OR to Washington, DC on mixed surfaces including a lot of gravel rail-trails.
2024 North Cape Tarifa Norway-Spain 7400 Road 20/06/22 The route crosses western Europe from the northern to the southern tip. One of the longest organized events. Next event in June 2024.

July start dates

Start date
(d/m/y)
Event Region Distance
(km)
Terrain Previous
Edition
Notes
02/07/23 Pan Celtic Race France & UK 2200 Road 03/07/22 Through various Celtic regions in the UK, Ireland and France, with a different route each year, often including 1 or more ferries.
02/07/23 Trans Alba Race Scotland, UK 1600 Road 02/07/22 Around Scotland, including a lot of the west coast and a couple of islands.
05/07/23 Race Across Czechia Czechia 1100 Road 02/07/22 Across Czechia from west to east on many minor roads and some mountainous regions.
09/07/23 3 Peaks Bike Race Austria-France/Spain 2000 Road 09/07/22 Traverses the Alps, including 3 checkpoints on classic passes.
15/07/23 La Sea To Peak France 2100 MTB 16/07/22 From the western point of France on the Atlantic coast to deep in the French Alps.
19/07/23 Ardennes Monster Belgium 1000 Road 20/07/22 The route involves almost constant climbing through the Ardennes hills, including lots of hidden gems.
22/07/23 Trans Alpes France-Italy 1200 Road 09/07/22 Loop around the French and Italian Alps. Previously called La Baroudeuse, Paved.
22/07/23 Baroudeuse Unpaved France 1000 Gravel 16/07/22 Circuit around the southern French Alps.
22/07/23 North Cape 4000 Italy-Norway 4000 Road 23/07/22 Crosses Europe from the south to the far north.
23/07/23 Transcontinental Race
Official, Ride Far
Europe 4000 Road 24/07/22 The most iconic race of this style and one of the first, starting in 2013. Normally goes from NW Europe to SE Europe via various checkpoints with a free choice of route in between.
Not yet
announced
Vistula 1200 Poland 1200 Gravel 02/07/22 Mostly follows the Vistula river through Poland.
Not yet
announced
1000 Miles Trans Czecho-Slovakia Czechia &
Slovakia
2600 Road 03/07/22 Route that goes all the way around these two nations, from west to east and back again.
Not yet
announced
TransDolomitics Way Italy 1200 Road 06/07/22 Covering lots of classic climbs in the Dolomitic Alps in northern Italy.
Not yet
announced
TransOst Challenge Germany-
Romania
2800 Gravel 10/07/22 Crosses eastern Europe to the mouth of the great Danube river via several mountain ranges. A shorter, 1800 km version is an option.
Not yet
announced
Mishigami Bicycle Challenge IL, WI, MI,
IN, USA
1800 Road 23/07/22 A full circuit of Lake Michigan.
Not yet
announced
20K UltraTrail MTB Italy &
France
1000 MTB 29/07/22 20,000 metres of climbing on many high-altitude old military roads near the Italian-French border.

August start dates

Start date
(d/m/y)
Event Region Distance
(km)
Terrain Previous
Edition
Notes
05/08/23 Great British Divide UK 2000 MTB 30/07/22 From south-east England to the Highlands of Scotland with lots of off-road and trail riding. There is also a shorter version of 1400 km.
07/08/23 BikingMan Aura France 1000 Road 08/08/22 Loop through the volcanic region of the Massif Central in France.
13/08/23 Alaska Divide Alaska, USA 1700 Gravel 14/08/22 From Anchorage to Deadhorse through some very remote regions.
19/08/23 TransIberica Spain &
Portugal
2700 Road 13/08/22 Several checkpoints around the Iberian peninsula, including Europe’s highest road up the Pico del Veleta.
21/08/23 Big Sky Spectaculaire Montana, USA 1500 Gravel 22/08/22 Loop through SW and Central Montana, with about 40% of the route on gravel roads.
23/08/23 UB30: Around Tatras Czechia, Slovakia & Poland 1000 Gravel New event Free choice of route between 30 checkpoints in the Tatra Mountains.
24/08/23 Liège-Paris-Liège Belgium & France 1000 Road New event The route includes some of the famous Belgian cobbles.
Not yet
announced
Silk Road Mountain Race Kyrgyzstan 1700 MTB 12/08/22 Covers many dirt roads and trails in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
Not yet
announced
French Divide France 2200 MTB 06/08/22 Goes from the Belgian to the Spanish borders on many gravel roads and trails.
Not yet
announced
GB Duro UK 2000 Gravel 13/08/22 Across the length of Britain, with half of the route off-road.
2024 Austrian Extreme Bike Race Austria 2800 Road 13/08/22 Starting & finishing in SE Austria, the route includes all the challenging terrain of Autria and “some hidden special places”, mostly paved roads with a few gravel paths. Next event in August 2024.

September start dates

Start date
(d/m/y)
Event Region Distance
(km)
Terrain Previous
Edition
Notes
01/09/23 Terra Australis Australia 6250 MTB 01/09/22 Ride from the northern to the southern tip of Australia’s east coast.
02/09/23 Bohemian Border Bash Race Czechia, Germany & Poland 1300 MTB 28/05/22 The route follows various mountain chains that made up the old Bohemian border.
04/09/23 BikingMan Euskadi France 1000 Road 05/09/22 The route explores the French side of the Pyrenees mountains.
06/09/23 Swiss Ultracycling Challenge Switzerland 1000 Road 07/09/22 Plan your own route to visit every one of Switzerland’s 26 cantons, finishing in the capital of Bern.
10/09/23 Pacific Coast Bike Race USA 1200 Road 01/05/22 Follows the US Pacific coast from Portland, OR to San Diego. CA. Shorter version from Sacramento, CA in May, see above.
13/09/23 North Star Bicycle Race Minnesota, USA 1000 Road 14/09/22 From St. Paul, MN to the Canadian border and back along US Bike Route 41.
24/09/23 Iberica Traversa Spain 1800 Gravel or Road 25/09/22 Crosses Spain with different routes for gravel bikes or road bikes.
25/09/23 BikingMan Brazil Brazil 1000 Gravel 26/09/22 Challenging loop NE of Sao Paulo.
Not yet
announced
Race To The Rock Australia 2000 MTB 03/09/22 The starting location and route of the race varies each year, but it traditionally finishes at Uluru (aka Ayers Rock) in central Australia.
Not yet
announced
Panache Rally: Brussels-Nice Belgium-France 2200 Road 11/09/22 Originally designed to link the 2019 (Brussels) and 2021 (Brest) Tour de France Grand Depart cities. The route has since evolved, but still goes from Belgium to France. Various checkpoints linked by self-navigation.
Not yet
announced
Trans Pyrenees Race France &
Spain
1500 Road 30/09/22 Traversing the Pyrenees mountains between the Atlantic and Mediterranean and back again. Organized by Lost Dot, the same team as the TransContinental Race.

October-December start dates

Start date
(d/m/y)
Event Region Distance
(km)
Terrain Previous
Edition
Notes
08/10/23 Morocco Bike Adventure Morocco 2400 Gravel 08/10/22 The route crosses Morocco via the Atlas mountains with different routes for gravel bikes or road bikes.
19/10/23 Holyland Bikepacking Challenge Israel 1450 MTB 22/10/22 Goes from the north to the south of the country on some rough but rewarding routes.
27/12/23 The 03 New Zealand 4000 Road 27/12/22 Complete tour of New Zealand’s South Island.
Not yet
announced
Two Volcano Sprint Italy 1000 Road 12/10/22 Across southern Italy and Sicily, linking the two volcanoes of Vesuvius and Etna.
Not yet
announced
Arizona Trail Race Arizona, USA 1250 MTB 20/10/22 The race started in 2006 using a much shorter route, but has used the current format since 2010.
Not yet
announced
Across Andes Chile &
Argentina
1100 Gravel 27/11/22 Traverses the forests of Patagonia through Chile and Argentina.
Not yet
announced
The Munga Mountain Bike Race South Africa 1000 MTB 30/11/22 Through the semi-desert Karoo region of South Africa.

Ultracycling Races & Time Trials

Upon first hearing about bikepacking races, many people compare them to supported ultracycling races like the Race Across AMerica (RAAM). The general length and the fact that the clock never stops are similar, but races labeled as ‘Ultracycling’ have a very different nature due to participants being required to have one or more support vehicles.

This website focuses on unsupported cycling / bikepacking. Cars are generally unnecessary in most people’s everyday lives and the world would be a better place if people used them less – we would be healthier, the planet healthier and cyclists safer. Cars are definitely not needed to assist someone who is riding a bike, even when they’re riding very far. In addition, the cost of participating in supported races is excessively high due to the support crew costs (for costs of unsupported races, see the Bikepacking Race Costs & Budget page). For further discussion of this distinction, see this blog post: Unsupported vs. supported ultra-distance bike races.

Most ultracycling races are listed on the World UltraCycling Association website. Some of these events now have a category for self-supported riders without support crews, and so are listed below:

Start date
(d/m/y)
Event Region Distance
(km)
03/06/23 Race Across Italy Italy 2,000
11/06/23 Race ACross Europe Europe 4,700
22/06/23 Race Across France France 2,600
15/07/23 Race Around Poland Poland 3,600
25/08/23 Hoodoo 500 Utah, USA 800
Not yet
announced
Race Across Germany Germany 1,100
Not yet
announced
Giro d’Italia Non-Stop Italy 4,000
Not yet
announced
Silver State 508 Nevada, USA 800

12-hour and 24-hour time trials often involve loops around a circuit, so some of them can be done without external support or at least without a support vehicle.

Ultra-Distance Cyclosportives / Gran Fondos

Typical cyclosportives are designed to take average cyclists about 4-8 hours, and so are challenging and involve long distances but cannot be classified as ultra-distance. Some longer events include more than 300 km of distance and/or 5,000 meters of climbing in a single ride, many of which are listed below. In these events, riders receive support from the organizers at certain locations and group riding is allowed.

Event Country Distance Climbing Notes
AlpenBrevet Switzerland 276 km 7,000 m
Audax Alpine Classic Australia 320 km 5,500 m
Unbound Gravel Kansas, USA 320 km 3,000 m Mostly gravel/dirt roads; 560 km version with limited spaces. Previously called Dirty Kanza.
Dragon Ride Wales Wales, UK 296 km 4,600 m
Liège–Bastogne–Liège Belgium 273 km 5,200 m
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge New Zealand 320 km 3,200 m 2 lap “Enduro” version of the more popular 1-lap ride.
Mallorca 312 Spain 312 km 5,000 m
Midnight Sun Gravel+ Finland 677 km 4,800 m More than half of the route on gravel/unpaved roads. 1000 km version to be launched in 2023.
Milan – San Remo Italy 302 km 2,000 m
Sjælland Rundt Denmark 328 km 2,000 m
Styrkeproven Trondheim-Oslo Norway 568 km 3,600 m
Trafalgar Way England, UK 530 km 5,500 m
Tour du Mont Blanc France, Switzerland, Italy 330 km 8,300 m
Tuscany Trail Italy 500 km ? The most popular MTB bikepacking race in Europe is around central Italy and started in 2014. More of a bikepacking race than a cyclosportif, but it’s too short to be listed in the above table and too important not to get mentioned somewhere on this page.
Vätternrundan Sweden 315 km 1,500 m
Wysam 333 Switzerland 333 km 3,200 m

Audax / Randonneur / Brevet / Centuries

The main difference between cyclosportives and audax/randonee/brevet events is that the latter are intended to be non-competitive and non-timed. Often, some support is provided by the organizers at the checkpoints and they range in distance from 200 km normally up to 1500 km, with a reasonable number of events in the 300-600 km range. The most important events are Paris-Brest-Paris in France and London-Edinburgh-London in the UK. There are also some longer events, like the 2100 km long Length os Sweden Sverigetempot.

See the list on Wikipedia for other audax rides. Some such rides are suggested in the comments to this post on the TCR Facebook page. Ciclo Fachiro organizes many rides in Italy, including some that are over 2,000 km long.

In the USA, “century rides” (100 miles / 161 km) are common and there are some double centuries (200 miles / 322 km). These have a similar format to many audax rides. The Wikipedia page lists some of the larger and more famous such rides.

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