Inca Divide claims being the world’s toughest bike race; the ultra race took place for the first time in 2017. The pure facts emphasize that this is a hard core race. The participants can expect a distance of more than 3,500 kilometers and 63,000 meters altitude; this race is performed in self-support mode which means no external help for the participants.
17 participants from 10 countries met for the first race in Ecuador’s capital Quito to face the challenge. The time limit was set to a maximum of 26 days for reaching the finish line. Finally only 6 riders made it to Cuzco in Peru. Besides the great distance which is comparable to that of Tour de France, the riders had to face temperature differences from -5° to +40° Celsius.
Rodney Soncco from Peru was best at coping with these challenges. He won the premier race after 16 days, 21 hours and 15 minutes. The two Ecuadorians Felipe Borja (19 days, 14 hours, 53 minutes) and Mario Villegas (20 days, 10 hours, 8 minutes) took three respectively four days longer and finished as second and third.
The follow-up race is planned for July 2018 by the initiators Axel Carion and Andreas Fabricius. Some modifications are, however, planned. The two are real experts when it comes to ultra cycling, and both just set up an impressive world record in ultra cycling: they crossed the South American continent in self-supported mode; a distance of more then 10,000 kilometers in less than 50 days, 9 days faster than the current world record. Find more information at: http://bikingman.com/en/the-record/
Their latest project promises to be a real adventure: BikingMan Oman 2018, view here a short video by Andreas Fabricius:
Check out this video clip for getting an impression of the incredible countryside of the race Inca Divide: