Around The World: Supporting the Global Cycling Scene

Supporting events to happen all over the world is a key part of our community philosophy. We’re proud to sponsor a number of events that allow people outside of Europe and North America to experience bikepacking races without having to cross continents, something that is becoming increasingly important as “no-fly” events become more common. While we recognise there is still a long way to go before bikepacking races become truly geographically accessible, there are a handful of trailblazers making the blueprint for others to follow…

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Cyclist on a cliff edge looking at the sea

 

At Apidura, we believe in supporting events that make our sport more inclusive, accessible and sustainable – an approach which has led to long-term support of races like The Transcontinental and Badlands. But to truly be guided by these principles, we need to ensure that we’re also supporting events in emerging race scenes all over the world, especially outside of Europe and North America. 

Here, we shine a spotlight on the events making it possible for local riders to experience high profile, competitive racing without the barriers associated with the cost of travel and impact on the environment.

Across Andes

Cyclist with icy mountain in the background

Starting and finishing in the very south of Chile, Across Andes is a race that truly takes riders to the end of the world. Passing through the ancient valleys of Patagonia, climbing the Andes mountain range and riding parallel to the Pacific coast, the 1000km gravel route is unrivalled in terrain. Last year’s winner, Andrés Tagle, who is a local rider, finished the route in challenging conditions in a blistering 47 hours. 

Bentang Jawa

Two cyclists riding over a bridge

While Indonesia already has a burgeoning audax and ultra-distance scene, it was the organisers of Bentang Jawa who first saw the potential of putting on an actual bikepacking race. Gearing up for the fourth edition in 2024, the 1,500km route runs from east to west of the island of Java, taking in coastal roads, hard mountain climbs and rainforest. 

Le Tour de Frankie

Mountains

Le Tour de Frankie is the youngest of our supported races and the first of its kind in Mexico, racing through the backcountry on gravel and paved roads and passing active volcanos. Starting in Mexico City, the route winds its way down to the coast in Puerto Escondido, giving riders a real taste of what this country has to offer. Attracting a number of local riders, this race will continue to have an important role in shaping the ultra-distance scene in Mexico.