Trans Pyrenees

The Trans Pyrenees Race is a self-supported, 1,500-km ultra-endurance cycling race traversing some of Europe’s hardest mountain passes, from Biarritz, in southern France, to Spain’s most easterly point, Cap de Creus, and back again. Along the way, riders must stamp their brevet cards at three control points and complete six parcours—but aside from that, everything else is fair game.

They plan their own routes and work out food and water stops, sleeping as much or as little as possible. The result is a scattering of riders across a vast distance of harsh, unforgiving terrain, from gravel paths to open roads in the high peaks of the Pyrenees.