The Yak Attack Mountain Bike Series
Racing in the world’s most extreme locations
The Yak Attack series of mountain bike races can’t be classified as XC, Marathon or Enduro; they are in a league of their own. Rather than races, they are akin to battles, a battle between mountain biker and Mother Nature.
Each event has its own unique set of challenges and obstacles, supplied by nature and tweaked by The Yak Attack, from the altitude of Nepal, to the heat of Sri Lanka and the ferocious winds of Patagonia.
The Yak Attack races definitely aren’t for the armchair rider, but they also aren’t just for the elite. Physical fitness, a mental toughness and the tenacity to endure the extreme, are attributes that will get you to the finish line.
If this is you, then choose your war and let battle commence.
The highest mountain bike race on Earth, climbing to the dizzying heights of 5416m above sea level. 9 stages, approx 500km, 15000m of overall altitude gain and a temperature range of +30c to -20c, tests the most hardened of riders. Now in its 11th year, Yak Attack will be taking the race into Upper Mustang for a second time.
Sri Lanka’s premier mountain bike stage race, takes riders from hot and humid jungles, through mountain hugging tea plantations and across the islands highest plateau. Along the way riders will need to wade across rivers, ride through dense jungle, which is home to wild elephants, leopards and snakes, tackle 1000+m climbs and negotiate bone clattering rocky descents.
Pokhara IV is a 4 day mountain bike stage race based entirely around the lakeside city of Pokhara.
Each stage will take riders on a different loop out into the Himalayan foothills on trails rarely ridden, all of which give outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
Due to the success of Yak Attack over the years, we have been able to make some small contributions to various causes through our Yak Attack Foundation.
In 2013, we financed some of the top Nepali riders to attend the Asian MTB Games in China, the Langkawi MTB race in Malaysia, and supported Ajay Pandit Chhetri, for 2 seasons of racing in the UK. In 2015, we financed the top 3 Nepali riders to participate in the MTB World Cup in South Africa.
From 2017 onwards The Yak Attack Foundation will be concentrating on supporting existing charities in order to maximise any financial contributions.
One of the major beneficiaries will be NCRR – Nepal Cyclists Ride to Rescue. When the devastating earthquakes of 2015 struck Nepal, a group of top national mountain bikers and friends decided to take action to help those less fortunate, and the NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) NCRR was formed. In less than 2 years the team have raised funds for, and co-ordinated the rebuilding of 7 schools in the Shirkabesi region of Nepal.
With these projects now complete, NCRR will be using their expertise to implement further projects for those that are still affected by the earthquakes or other deserving causes, and will need continued international donations in order to bring these ideas to reality.
Other charities close to our hearts are Sneha’s Care Nepal and Animal SOS Sri Lanka, both of whom do amazing non government funded work in caring for the many homeless and injured dogs and cats in their respective countries. A small percentage of race entrance fees goes as a donation to these organisations and the Yak Attack Foundation openly invites others to donate through the respective websites.
In addition to the above. The Foundation will also continue to support the growth of mountain biking in regions that host our races and provide platforms for the development of talented individual riders.
Race Director / Founder
Phil is from Shropshire, UK and has been involved with mountain bikes ever since the late 80’s, when he worked as a cycle mechanic on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands.
Also an intrepid traveller, he has visited numerous countries over the years and has accomplished such feats as cycling the Alaska Highway unsupported, cycling across the West Australia desert to Ayers Rock and a 3 day traverse of the Annapurna circuit, and has now crossed the Thorong La pass in Nepal an incredible 10 times!!
Apart from overseeing the current series of races, Phil is responsible for discovering new and exciting locations to ensure the Yak Attack brand continues to push the boundaries for mountain bike adventure racing.
Hailing out of Denby in Derbyshire UK, Neil is a Mechanical Engineer with an unquenchable thirst for adventures and travel.
He has travelled extensively across Europe and Asia, in particular, as an independent backpacker (over thirty countries); thus far miraculously managing to avoid the attention of Interpol. Neil is now an established veteran of The Yak Attack having first raced it in 2012, he retired with a dislocated shoulder in 2013, and raced again in 2014. Since then he has acted as race sweeper and general dogsbody; he now has the perfect excuse for coming in last everyday.
Neil’s penchant for ultra-endurance challenges (running and cycling) has seen him complete The Everest Marathon, several Ultra-Marathons (100km), and is a three time Strathpuffer 24 hour veteran as a soloist. He is also a dab hand at repairing broken bicycles. He also writes a fabulously entertaining adventure/travel/lifestyle blog at www.chasetherainbow.co.uk.
Hailing from Perth, in Western Australia, Peter has raced mountain bikes since 15 and started cutting his own trails in the bush about Perth at 13.
With over 25 international mountain bike stage races under his belt, and with highly varying results, Peter gives the team a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Having spent a decade chasing oily riches as a mechanical engineer from the Artic to the Middle East, he has returned for a hiatus to Western Australia. Here he spends time procrastinating about great bike rides to be completed and more importantly what bike to buy for each one.
Ajay Pandit Chhetri
Ajay is 5 times Nepal National mountain bike champion and 5 times Yak Attack winner. He has also raced in many of the worlds higher profile mountain bike races, including the Cape Epic and La Ruta. His wealth of experience on the racing scene makes him an invaluable member of the YakAttack team during the developmental stage of each race and, as the series expands, Ajay will be overseeing all of our Asia races.
As well as playing a key role in the expansion of the Yak Attack series, Ajay also leads the Yak Attack Adventure holidays as well as conducting his own “high performance” tours through this fledgling company, MTB-Nepal.
Not one to sit on his laurels, Ajay will shortly be embarking on a training course to become a TorqFitness accredited coach with a view to passing on his expertise to up and coming Nepali riders. It looks like Ajay is going to have a busy future !!