The Yak Attack was listed in the top 5 “World’s Most Extreme Bike Races” In What Mountain Bike Magazine, December 2010.
The Yak Attack has also featured in:
– Men’s Fitness
– Outer Edge
– Sports Soho
– Bikeboard Poland
ALSO FEATURED IN THE “RACE TO THE POLE” SERIES ON CHANNEL 5
The Yak Attack featured in the Mpora’s round up of the “6 Toughest Mountain Bike Endurance Races on the Planet”. Mpora.com, June 2014
Here’s what a few of our participants, past and present, had to say about The Yak Attack:
The Yak Attack is by far the most scenic race I’ve been to, riding through the heart of the largest mountains on Earth and into the hidden world of an old Buddhist kingdom. A region rarely visited with stunning mountain peaks, true mountain people and a mystical sense of being on a different planet.
I first came across the Yak Attack in an article online 6 or 7 years ago and it instantly joined my list of must-do adventures. The Yak Attack is billed as the highest and one of the toughest mountain bike races in the world. It’s 10 days long, spans 350km, accounts for 15000m of climbing (with a high point of 5416m) and covers 17 mountain passes over 3600m. Even on paper it looks tough!
The Yak Attack. What the hell… 10 days, 350km, 15000m of climbing, a high point of 5416m AND 17 mountain passes over 3600m! It’s by no means the longest of distances, but the altitude and steep terrain is the real challenge. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the race so the organisers created a brand new route up into the Kingdom of Upper Mustang. As soon as I saw this route I was hooked, we only cover four days of the same terrain from last year with six days of new terrain which made it familiar but excitingly unknown.
What an incredible race, an amazing country and a challenge like no other. The 2015 Yak Attack (6-14th November) was an eight stage mountain bike race that took us as high as 5416m (17770ft) above sea level. We climbed over 12000m (40000ft) over 400km of rough terrain ranging from amazing singletrack, pot holed jeep tracks, village walking trails, skinny landslide cliff-sides, snow, ice and alpine goat trails.
“The highest mountain pass in the world, 12000m (39,000ft) of vertical climbing, frostbite, snow blindness, routes that are not completely navigable on two wheels—the Yak Attack has every ingredient needed to test the physical prowess of the toughest endurance athletes on the planet, and also make them question their sanity”
“There is something really special about setting off in the night, doing something tough. Witnessing the sunrise in the Himalayas and at that altitude is awesome and a privilege. The light and the alpine glow on the surrounding peaks is just incredible and no matter how tough it is, it’s impossible not to feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude”
“For me, and for most of the other international riders, it wasn’t about competing, but completing. Before the five of us successfully completed the 2009 event, only three other non-Nepalese had ever crossed the pass with their bikes without assistance. This is the Himalaya and we’re talking about over 200km of some of the toughest terrain on Earth”
“I skipped down the mountainside using my trusty steed like a kind off off-road arctic zimmer frame. I finally started to feel elated. The whole event had been about getting over this pass; not just the raw physical challenge, but also the mental torture of worrying about altitude sickness and getting lost. I’d done it and it was now downhill all the way!”
”We’re exhausted, but we soon brighten up when we realise we have another two hours of fast downhill ahead of us. The trail is amazing and it’s packed with super fast fireroads and rocky singletrack. I can’t wipe the grin off my face – this is the reason why I’ve come on this trip and it’s worth all the suffering; it’s awesome.”
“The Yak Attack is something; it was the most beautiful, the toughest event, I have ever done. It’s not only about racing, it is also the experience. In other races, I compete against people but this race is not only about fighting against people, it is also the nature, the environment, everything. Going over the pass, that was the craziest thing I have ever done on the bike; it could be the highlight of my life.”