When it comes to a test of wills, the Ironbike mountain biking event is certainly not for amateur hobbyists.Taking place over the Italian Alps, this 8 day race has over 7 stages and covers over 435 miles with an overall climb of a whopping 22,000 metres. With steep inclines, remote trails and 3000 metre, heart-stopping passes, this race boasts as one of the toughest mountain bike races in the world, with a significant portion of participants dropping out before finishing the course. This race demands absolute, physical resilience and mental fortitude, showing you who you are at your limit.
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4. La Ruta de los Conquistadores
Another challenge that tests your metal is the Ruta de los Conquistadores. With only three days to complete a trek that crosses Costa Rica, starting from the Pacific coast and ending at the Atlantic, time is never a luxury with the Ruta de los Conquistadores. Taking you from one side of Central America to the other, this 161 mile race will test you with all manner of obstacles. From five mountain ranges and freezing volcano peaks with stunning views, to humid, biodiverse rainforests full of wildlife, this is one of the most difficult events in the world with climbs totalling 29,000 feet.