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Fat Viking 2023

Fat Viking 2023

Starts: 24:00, 28 January, 2023

With three distances on offer, this fat-biking snow race gives riders the chance to tackle the elements. Suitable for experienced cold weather cyclists, this adventure is the best way to kick off the season.

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Location: Geilo, Norway

Length: 50/100/150km

Elevation: 1090/2010/3160m

Atlas Mountain Race 2023

Atlas Mountain Race 2023

Starts: 17:00, 3 February, 2023

The 2023 Atlas Mountain Race is back at the start of the year, so very soon after the last edition. With plenty of climbing this race takes riders into remote locations on their off-road bikes.

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Location: Marrakech, Morocco

Length: 1,302km

Elevation: 20,200m

Terrain: Off-road

Race Around Rwanda 2023

Race Around Rwanda 2023

Starts: 02:00, 5 February, 2023

The Race Around Rwanda is back, 2022 saw riders flock from around the world to tackle the 1000km race around the country. This one is for the fast roadies.

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Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Length: 1,000km

Elevation: 15,000m

Terrain: All-road

Tour Aetearoa 2023

Tour Aetearoa 2023

Starts: 24:00, 15 February, 2023

Tour Aetearoa, New Zealand's 3000km bikepacking odyssey. A long race, but a scenic one following a combination of tracks, trails, paths and lanes on many of NZ's Great and Heartland Rides.

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Location: Cape Reinga, Aetearoa

Length: 3000km

Elevation: 37,000m

Terrain: Gravel

Iditarod Trail Invitational 2023

Iditarod Trail Invitational 2023

Starts: 24:00, 26 February, 2023

The race of many disciplines with a foot race, bike race and ski race. We'll focus on the bike races, both the 350 mile and the 1000 mile versions as our riders cross the Alaskan wilderness on their fat bikes.

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Location: Knik Lake, Alaska

Length: 565/1,600km

Elevation: 2600/5000m

Terrain: Snow

The Unknown Race 2023

The Unknown Race 2023

Starts: 22:00, 6 April, 2023

This inaugural race around Lyon is a free-route that's adopted an unusual format: the first CP will only be revealed one hour before the start and the second CP at CP1. Into the unknown these trusting souls go!

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Location: Lyon, France

Dales Divide 2023

Dales Divide 2023

Starts: 08:00, 7 April, 2023

This 600km route traverses two of the UK's National Parks: The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. Unsurprisingly, the April weather in the North of England can easily help define this race.

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Location: Arnside, UK

Length: 670km

Elevation: 8,100m

Terrain: Off-road

DEAD ENDS & dolci 2023

DEAD ENDS & dolci 2023

Starts: 04:00, 28 April, 2023

The five checkpoints are situated in very remote, beautiful areas of Ticino, Switzerland, each at the end of a dead end road. This is certainly one for the grimpeurs with a sweet tooth!

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Location: Bellinzona, Switzerland

Length: ~500km

Elevation: ~9,000m

Terrain: Gravel

Italy Divide 2023

Italy Divide 2023

Starts: 05:00, 29 April, 2023

Italy's original mixed-terrain event is back for another year's racing. A season opener for off-road European riders, it's always a great watch as many riders have kick-started a fruitful season from these hillsides.

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Location: Pompei, Italy

Length: 1,250km

Elevation: 22,000m

Terrain: Gravel

BikingMan Portugal #5

BikingMan Portugal #5

Starts: 03:00, 1 May, 2023

A loop of Portugal's Algarve and Alentejo regions with their countless plains and hills that run towards the ocean provide the perfect backdrop for a warm welcome and a great event.

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Location: Faro, Portugal

Length: 1,000km

Elevation: 12,000m

Terrain: Road

Seven Serpents 2023

Seven Serpents 2023

Starts: 24:00, 6 May, 2023

A free-route race between seven checkpoints from Slovenia through Croatia and its islands into Trieste, Italy via gravel and secondary roads.

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Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Length: 850km

Elevation: 16,000m

Terrain: Gravel

The Southern Divide - Spring Edition 2023

The Southern Divide - Spring Edition 2023

Starts: 24:00, 11 May, 2023

This Southern Divide of the UK from Land's End on the Atlantic to London's River Thames uses ancient byways, mining trails, woodlands, military gravel roads, canal paths and a bit of single-track, all sewn together with a few bits of tarmac.

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Location: Lands End, UK

Length: 614km

Elevation: 7,700m

Terrain: Gravel

The Wild West Country 2023

The Wild West Country 2023

Starts: 09:00, 12 May, 2023

The Wild West Country is a display of some of the finest roads in the South West of England and ticking off some National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty via some short sharp climbs and winding lanes.

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Location: Tetbury, UK

Length: 825km

Elevation: 12,000m

Terrain: Road

Gravel Birds 2023

Gravel Birds 2023

Starts: 22:00, 12 May, 2023

A loop of the untouched Alentejo region in Portugal will take riders along the many hills of the region, the Guadiana Valley, to the Atlantic coast and inland again.

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Location: Alentejo, Portugal

Length: 750km/270km

Elevation: 7,500m/3,000m

Terrain: Gravel

Hellenic Mountain Race 2023

Hellenic Mountain Race 2023

Starts: 06:00, 13 May, 2023

For this inaugural event, riders will leave the famous perched monasteries of Meteora and head to the north and west of Greece, to the steep, forested slopes of the Pindus Mountains. Hike a bike and mediterannean hospitality have been promised.

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Location: Meteora, Greece

Length: 938km

Elevation: 29,000m

Terrain: Off-road

Kromvojoj 2023

Kromvojoj 2023

Starts: 18:00, 13 May, 2023

A Spanish ultra-distance adventure designed to be ridden at your own pace, an antidote to the high speeds of modern life.

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Location: Reus, Spain

Length: 1,400km

Elevation: 24,000m

Terrain: Road

Race Through Poland 2023

Race Through Poland 2023

Starts: 14:30, 20 May, 2023

The fifth edition of Race Through Poland returns to crossing borders once again with the start and finish in Poland and the 4 checkpoints and parcours in Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic.

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Location: Wisła, Poland

Length: ~1,500km

Elevation: ~25,000m

Terrain: All-road

MittelgebirgeClassique 2023

MittelgebirgeClassique 2023

Starts: 24:00, 21 May, 2023

Back for its second edition, this event crosses between Germany and France which takes riders over 40 mountain passes in the middle mountains (Mittelgebirge) ranges of the Palatinate Forest, Black Forest and Vosges.

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Location: Neustadt, Germany

Length: 1,100km

Elevation: 24,000m

Terrain: Road

Andean Raid 2023

Andean Raid 2023

Starts: 24:00, 23 May, 2023

In the heart of the Inca culture, the route travels from the high mountains of Cusco to the Cordillera de Vilcanota with its highest point in Abra Jahuaycate (5,070m).

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Location: Cusco, Peru

Length: 617km

Elevation: 13,000m

Terrain: Gravel

All Points North 2023

All Points North 2023

Starts: 23:00, 26 May, 2023

Northern England's free route race offers a dotwatcher's delight as riders meander between the 10 checkpoints on the rugged and exposed countryside of The North. This year's edition includes some out-and-back checkpoints and some unavoidable tough climbs.

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Location: Sheffield, England

Length: ~1,000km

Elevation: ~12,000m

Terrain: All-road

Highland Trail 550 2023

Highland Trail 550 2023

Starts: 07:00, 27 May, 2023

One of the original European bikepacking races and notoriously one of the hardest on the calendar, the HT550 is back for another year of hike-a-bike, bad weather and all that the Scottish Highlands can throw at the hardy souls.

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Location: Tyndrum, Scotland

Length: 880km

Elevation: 16,000m

Terrain: MTB

BikingMan Corsica #6

BikingMan Corsica #6

Starts: 04:00, 29 May, 2023

Corsica is a a mountain emerging from the sea and this mythical island is a jewel of the Mediterranean Sea. Riders will ride past enchanting beaches, the Balagne region and through the desert of Agriates to finish with the final bouquet the Cap Corse.

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Location: Biguglia, Corsica

Length: 1,000km

Elevation: 18,000m

The Great British Escapade 2023

The Great British Escapade 2023

Starts: 16:00, 1 June, 2023

A weekend event starting in the South East of England taking in many a bridleway and byway, with the famed North and South Downs en route.

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Location: Canterbury, Kent

Length: 480km

Elevation: 8,000m

Terrain: Off-road

Trans Balkan Race 2023

Trans Balkan Race 2023

Starts: 06:00, 2 June, 2023

Riders of the second TBR will pass through the stunning National Park of the Dinaric Alps, crossing from Slovenia into Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and finallu Montenegro via trails, gravel roads, and a little tarmac.

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Location: Sežana, Slovenia

Length: 1,350km

Elevation: 27,000m

Terrain: MTB

Pedalma’s Madrid to Barcelona 2023

Pedalma’s Madrid to Barcelona 2023

Starts: 16:00, 2 June, 2023

This event takes riders on the lesser-known roads between the two largest cities of the Iberian Peninsula, visiting the rugged River Mesa Valley and Daroca, the city with a long history of various civilisations.

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Location: Madrid, Spain

Length: 700km

Elevation: 7,000m

Terrain: Road

Heading SouthWest 2023

Heading SouthWest 2023

Starts: 24:00, 4 June, 2023

An offering of Portugal's diversity to the ultra-community; this race leads riders from the centre of Portugal through mountains, plains and then south to the Algarve coast.

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Location: Coimbra, Portugal

Length: 1,100km

Elevation: 15,000m

Terrain: Road

Hydra Epic VI 2023

Hydra Epic VI 2023

Starts: 09:00, 2 July, 2023

The Hydra Epic trail traverses Baltic countries from north to south, from Estonia, through Latvia to Lithuania over technical cross country singletracks, gravel sections and everchanging forest roads via four checkpoints.

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Location: Tartu, Estonia

Length: 1,700km / 1,000km / 500km

Elevation: 14,000m / 8,000m / 4,000m

Terrain: Gravel

Past races

Across Andes 2022

Across Andes 2022

Started: 23:00, 26 November, 2022

ACROSS ANDES TRACKING: This race traversing South America’s cordillera has served racers and dotwatchers with some of the most exquisite landscapes and tales of racing. For the 2022 edition the route is largely unchanged, much to our delight!

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Location: Chile

Length: 1,030km

Elevation: 15,000m

Terrain: Mixed-terrain

Rhino Run 2022

Rhino Run 2022

Started: 05:22, 21 October, 2022

RHINO RUN TRACKING: Rhino Run describes itself as an immersive ultra-endurance expedition with a mandatory donation to the Masaka Cycling Club in Uganda. An all-star cast are set to race this inaugural event.

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Location: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Length: 2,750km

Elevation: 27,100m

Terrain: Mixed-terrain

Arizona Trail Race 2022

Arizona Trail Race 2022

Started: 14:00, 20 October, 2022

A stalwart of the MTB bikepacking calendar including a traverse of the Grand Canyon, the Arizona regularly attracts some of the strongest off-road racers and has remained true to its original low-key self-supported ethos.

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Location: Arizona, USA

Length: 1300km

Elevation: 25,000m

Terrain: MTB

Two Volcano Sprint 2022

Two Volcano Sprint 2022

Started: 03:00, 12 October, 2022

A staple of the ultra calendar which has become the European season finale, 2VS is Juliana Buhring's offering to the ultra world and initiative to promote eco-sustainability in South Italy. A road route between Mount Vesuvio and Mount Etna with some spicy climbs and terrain in between.

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Location: Mt. Vesuvio, Italy

Length: 1,600km

Elevation: 36,000m

Terrain: All-road

Poco Loco 2022

Poco Loco 2022

Started: 07:00, 8 October, 2022

Poco Loco is a 3 race bonanza from Montpellier to Barcelona. With a 700km gravel and road race and a monster 1700km road race.

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Location: Montpellier, France

Length: 700/1700km

Elevation: 15,000m/19,000m

Terrain: Road and Gravel

Arkansas High Country Race 2022

Arkansas High Country Race 2022

Started: 07:00, 8 October, 2022

A race that was designed to "showcase the natural features and the beautiful human environments of these highlands" - Chuck Campbell, race creator.

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Location: Arkansas, USA

Length: 1,600km

Elevation: 24,385m

Terrain: Gravel

Atlas Mountain Race 2022

Atlas Mountain Race 2022

Started: 07:00, 1 October, 2022

ATLAS MOUNTAIN RACE TRACKING: Back for its second edition, the Atlas Mountain Race treats riders with some spectacular Moroccan vistas, Berber villages, Atlas mountain tracks and some notorious hike-a-bike.

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Location: Marrakech, Morocco

Length: 1,165km

Elevation: 23,000m

Terrain: MTB

Trans Pyrenees Race 2022

Trans Pyrenees Race 2022

Started: 05:00, 30 September, 2022

Trans Pyrenees Race Tracking: With four control points and two parcours, riders take on 1500km of the most spectacular and remote scenery in the Pyrenees from the Bay of Biscay on France's south west coast to the Balearic Sea on the south east and back again.

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Location: Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

Length: ~1,500km

Elevation: ~30,000m

Terrain: Gravel

ROUGH & READY - The Southern Divide 2022

ROUGH & READY - The Southern Divide 2022

Started: 07:00, 22 September, 2022

ROUGH & READY TRACKING: This inaugural mixed terrain, gravel bike friendly adventure takes in the stunning scenery of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire, and then finishes off in the woodlands, moorlands, river & canal trails of the home counties towards London.

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Location: Land's End, Cornwall

Length: 614km

Elevation: 7710m

Terrain: Mixed Terrain

FURTHER EAST  2022

FURTHER EAST 2022

Started: 06:00, 17 September, 2022

FURTHER EAST TRACKING: FURTHER EAST takes riders deep into the East of England on a gravel epic. Flat and fast; blink and you'll miss it.

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Location: Cambridge, UK

Length: 685km

Elevation: 3,980m

Terrain: Gravel

Cotswolds 200 2022

Cotswolds 200 2022

Started: 11:00, 9 September, 2022

COTSWOLDS 200 TRACKING: Join the MTB Epics UK team on this wild ride across the Cotswolds! Hosting both a supported and unsupported version, we'll follow the unsupported riders as they traverse the off-road tracks along this nook of England.

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Location: Cotswolds, UK

Length: 322km

Elevation: 6480m

Terrain: MTB

SUCH Bike 2022

SUCH Bike 2022

Started: 08:10, 7 September, 2022

The Swiss Ultra Cycling Challenge is a free-route ultra where riders have to pass through all 26 cantons (states) and additional checkpoints dotted around the country. The race always starts on a Wednesday at 10.10am at any train station in Switzerland and finishes at the Bundesplatz in Berne.

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Location: Switzerland

Length: 1000km

Elevation: 10,000m

Terrain: Road

Badlands 2022

Badlands 2022

Started: 06:00, 4 September, 2022

A race renowned for its diverse landscapes and attracting some names well known from within and outside of the sport. From deserts to forests, coasts to summits, Badlands has it all. And all the drama.

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Location: Granada, Spain

Length: 750km

Elevation: 15,000m

Terrain: Gravel

Pure Peak Grit 2022

Pure Peak Grit 2022

Started: 09:00, 3 September, 2022

PURE PEAK GRIT TRACKING: One for the climbers. A formidable road route linking together every categorised climb in the Peak District National Park, and the 'Greatest 100 Cycling Climbs' around it. Riders will face endless hills and spectacular vistas, all while battling the inner torment of Déjà vu. For the hardy, a sub-48 hour completion is the goal.

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Location: Sheffield, UK

Length: 600km

Elevation: 13,500m

Terrain: Road

Race from the Rocks 2022

Race from the Rocks 2022

Started: 20:22, 2 September, 2022

RACE FROM THE ROCKS TRACKING: A change to the usual route from an Aussie coastal town to Uluru, 2022 sees the race start in Sydney Opera House and finish in Adelaide. There's set to be less outback riding than usual but the rough terrain is still on the menu.

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Location: Sydney, Australia

Length: 2,010km

Elevation: 18,280m

Terrain: MTB

Further Perseverance 2022

Further Perseverance 2022

Started: 07:00, 26 August, 2022

Camille McMillan's original Further race kicks off with a typically unorthodox start from the Refuge de Ruhle, a pyreneen refuge at an altitude of 2,185m to which riders will need to make their way to the day before. There's never a dull moment at a race organised by Camille McMillan.

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Location: French Pyrenees

Length: ~500km

Elevation: ~15,000m

Terrain: Mixed-terrain

Colorado Trail Race 2022

Colorado Trail Race 2022

Started: 10:00, 14 August, 2022

An original of the world of bikepacking, the Colorado Trail Race is a low-key mountain bike race through the Colorado Rockies. Notorious for its tough terrain and elevation, the CTR is not for the faint of heart.

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Location: Durango, Colorado, USA

Length: 850km

Elevation: 23,000m

Terrain: MTB

Bentang Jawa 2022

Bentang Jawa 2022

Started: 23:00, 13 August, 2022

Back after a stellar inaugural event last year, Bentang Jawa is back as the first unsupported ultra cycling race across Java Island, Indonesia.

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Location: Jawa Island, Indonesia

Length: 1,500km

Elevation: 16,000m

Terrain: Road

GBDURO22

GBDURO22

Started: 07:00, 13 August, 2022

It's often referred to as the "scrappy rolling picnic through Britain's ever changing landscapes", in more detail it's a four-stage mixed terrain race from the Southern-most tip of England up to Scotland's John O'Groats with three checkpoints in mid-Wales, the Pennines and Scottish Highlands.

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Location: Land's End, UK

Length: 1,970km

Elevation: 26,700m

Terrain: Mixed-terrain

TransIbérica 2022

TransIbérica 2022

Started: 23:00, 12 August, 2022

A free-route race starting and finishing in Bilbao which requires riders to tick off the 10 checkpoints and parcours across Spain, including one French Pyreneen CP and a gravel parcours in the Spanish Pyrenees.

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Location: Bilbao, Spain

Length: 3,300km

Terrain: Road

Silk Road Mountain Race 2022

Silk Road Mountain Race 2022

Started: 14:00, 12 August, 2022

Kyrgystan offers one of the wildest and most inhospitable environments for a bikepacking race with its often harsh and unpredictable mountain weather, contrasted with the warmth of the local hospitality.

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Location: Kyrgyzstan

Length: 1.900km

Elevation: 34,500m

Terrain: Mixed-terrain

London Edinburgh London 2022

London Edinburgh London 2022

Started: 05:00, 7 August, 2022

The world acclaimed audax London Edinburgh London is a 1540km self-supported cycle ride across the United Kingdom, between the iconic capital cities of England and Scotland.

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Location: London, UK

Length: 1540km

Elevation: 14,500m

Terrain: Road

Great British Divide 2022

Great British Divide 2022

Started: 09:00, 30 July, 2022

The second edition of the Great British Divide is set to be wildly exciting; big names, high passes, rough terrain, unreliable ferries and undoubtedly a good sprinkling of the notorious British weather.

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Location: Canterbury, UK

Length: 2,000km

Elevation: 40,000m

Terrain: MTB

Basajaun 2022

Basajaun 2022

Started: 24:00, 29 July, 2022

The inaugural edition of Basajuan from the organisers of TransIberica and Transpyrenees takes riders through some of the Basque Country's undiscovered paths and its vastly diverse landscapes.

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Location: Vitoria, Spain

Length: 760km

Elevation: 15,000m

Terrain: Gravel

Transcontinental No8

Transcontinental No8

Started: 20:00, 24 July, 2022

Europe's most iconic bikepacking race is back for its eighth edition. Between the start in Geraardsbergen, Belgium and finish in Burgas, Bulgaria, riders must navigate themselves between four checkpoints.

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Location: Geraardsbergen, Belgium

Length: 4,000km

Elevation: 40,000m

Terrain: Road