The RACE (Race across Europe)


The toughest non-stop cycling event in the world

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ENTER 2017

Congratulations to Viribus Audax in the teams of 4
Saddle Sand Sea in the Mens Pairs for setting
new records for the RACE across Europe!

Registration for 2017 open!




RACE 2017

  1. Starts Saturday 18 June 2017

  2. Starts in Calais, finishes in Gibraltar

  3. 2934 miles (4722 km)

  4. 7 countries (France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Gibraltar (UK)

Are you looking for the ultimate cycling challenge?

The RACE (Race across Europe) is a once-in-a-lifetime cycling event featuring the very best of riding in Europe. This event requires exceptional teamwork, stamina, energy, strategy and humour to succeed. Don’t let ‘race’ put you off though. If you cycle in a team this challenge is achievable by most people. Those who finish can proudly say that they competed in, and completed, what we think is the hardest cycling event on earth.

The outline

Riders enter solo or in teams of 2, 4, 6 or 8 with a support crew in follow vehicles. You can either organize your own support crew or delegate this to Greenrock.

Cyclists and their crews set off from Calais to Gibraltar along the route set by Greenrock, carrying a satellite tracking device which transmits the rider’s position every 5 minutes. Cyclists will need to ride day and night to reach Gibraltar within the time limit.

the race 2015

Viribus Audax, a team of Physical Training Instructors in the RAF, set a new record with their time of 8 days, 20 hours, 20 minutes and 53 seconds. The riders were Ronan Archbold, Sue Pugh, Nick Hitchman and Philip Morris. They beat the previous team of 4 record, set in 2013 by Team Phoenix, by over 24 hours so massive congratulations to them and their team and we hope they enjoy the crates of beer they have been dreaming of over the last few days!

Paddy Montgomery and Seamus Crawford from Saddle Sand Sea are the first pair to ever complete the RACE, which they did in 11 days, 12 hours, 21 minutes and 4 seconds.

The RACE across Europe 2015 was the first of three events they are competing in – in 2016 they finished the Marathon des Sables and in 2017 they are taking on the Tallisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

New ambassador and team sign up for 2017

The Race Across Europe is off to a flying start for the 2017 edition of the event, with 4 teams registering already from the UK, France and Poland with a mixture of solo, pairs and 4 person team entries.

Equally exciting is the addition of a new member to the team and ambassador to the Race Across Europe in Chris “Hoppo” Hopkinson the exceptional UK ultra cyclist who holds many 12 hr and 24 hr world records as well as RAAM solo finishes amongst his many accolades. Hoppo brings a wealth of in-depth knowledge and experience to the Race Across Europe and we really look forward to developing this special event with him in the future.

Huge congratulations to Pedalling Squares in the teams of 4 for setting a new record for the RACE across Europe!

the race 2016

Despite atrocious wet weather throughout central Europe and strong headwinds in Spain, the Pedalling Squares have set a new record of 7 days, 10 hours and 24 minutes, taking 34 hours off the 2015 record set by Viribus Audax. Brilliant job, guys, well done!    

Huge congratulations to the team from Zurich Insurance who took on the challenge of the RACE across Europe to raise funds for the Zurich Community Trust. You can find their fundraising page here.      

The riders were (left to right in photo) Philip Indlekofer (SUI), Jason Cripps (GBR), Joe Rowe (GBR) and Francis Reardon (GBR).