I found this article and thought it was appropriate to include in my report since I am competing in one of their "toughest" races in the world, the Breck Epic. A few other races on the list that are familiar among us Americans is the BC Bike Race, Leadville 100 Run, and Kona Ironman Hawaii. Another race that was listed on the site and one in which I hope to participate in next season is the Trans Pyr; an 8-stage mtb race through the Pyranees mountains in northern Spain. The race covers over 500 miles and almost 67,000ft of climbing...Ouch! Hopefully more on this later
For this article here is the Breck Epic...
The 12 Hardest Races in the World
Breck Epic - Colorado
The crux of the six-day Breck Epic mountain bike stage race comes on day five during the grind up Wheeler Pass, a craggy ribbon of trail that rises above treeline on the west side of the event's host city Breckenridge, Colorado. While much of the trail is rideable, there's a sustained section of soul-crushing hike-a-bike. "That's the moment of dread for most of our racers," says event director Mike McCormack. "The sense of accomplishment from surviving that is pretty huge." Same goes for the rest of the 240-mile race, which never dips below 10,000 feet, has 37,000 feet of total climbing, and crosses the Continental Divide four times.