Yakety Yak

Here’s what a few of our participants, past and present, had to say about The Yak Attack:


“There is no other race with which it can be compared. It is as much an adventure race as it is a mountain bike race.”

Neil Cottam , Jan 2014- Participant of 3 years.
View the full blog HERE.

“I was expecting a pretty cool adventure, and it delivered. The diversity of what we experienced over the last 10 days was just amazing, from the lowlands and foothills going up to the Annapurna circuit, it was awesome”

Cory Wallace, 2014 Participant
View Cory Wallace’s appearance on the YA official Video – View Cory Wallace’s full blog HERE


“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”

Extract from “THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST ENDURANCE CHALLENGES” written by Richard Hoad and Paul Moore, published 2012.

“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”

Richard Parks, 2013
Read Richard’s full report HERE


“Even though I didn’t finish, thought I was going to have to be heli-evac’d out at one point, and was shitting myself…..to date one of the best mtb experiences ever….ranks up there with CTR as a true eye opening experience. The Yak Attack is always on the radar!”

Jeff Kerkove, Topeak Ergon Racing Team, 2012 Participant

“It isn’t about man versus man, it’s about man versus nature, and nature definitely has the upper hand.”

Phil Stasiw, 2007 Participant

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”

Outer Edge Magazine, 2009


“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!”

Extract from Single Track World Magazine Article, written by Matt Hart, Director of TORQ, 2008 Participant

”Two of my team mates, Jeff and Sonya, raced 2012 Yak Attack, and they told me how awesome it was. I have been obsessed with Yak Attack since then.”

Yuki Ikeda, Topeak Ergon Rider, 2013 & 2014 Partcipant


“I feel extremely grateful that I am able to go back. So far, it has been the most amazing thing I have ever done or seen in my life and now I get to go back!?!?……..the word epic is overused but this race is the definition of it”

Sonya Looney, Topeak Ergon Rider, 2012 & 2013 Participant and Female 1st Place

See Yuki and Sonya’s full blog HERE

”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.”

Extract from MBUK Article, written by Rob Jarman, Berghaus Sponsored Athlete, 2007 Participant


“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”

Extract from YA official video, Yuki Ikeda, Participant 2014
See the full video HERE

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 feature in:
– Men’s Fitness
– Outer Edge
– Sports Soho
– Bikeboard Poland
– Bike.de
– Cyclingmagazine.ca


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