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Pedals de Foc Non Stop: MTB Ultra Marathon


Lee Parish, 30th January 2017

Now in its 12th edition, the PDF endurance event is a challenging 213km route in the high mountains with an accumulation of 6,200m of climbing. The scenery is breath-taking and truely unique as you circumnavigate the d’Aigüestortes National Park, riding at an average altitude of 1,600m but passing over mountains as high as 2,268m. The route is not technical and is designed to be flowing.

Els Encantats mountain peak

When - What - Where

Winning times are around 10.5 hours (see the results for 2016) for the full 213km. It's long, so the organisers offer you the option of splitting the route into 2 days, taking care of your luggage and booking your accommodation. Registration takes place on the 30th June and it will be a mass start on Saturday 1st July 2017.

Off-road tracks in Val d'Aran

The start and finish point is at Vielha, the captial of Val d'Aran, just 45minutes drive from us. If you would like to take part in this event, we can help with logistics, entry and transport.

Check out the official website for more information including a route map, profile, rules and the programme.

Ultra Distance European Championships for 2017

For the first time, the European Championships will be held on this course:

2017 MTB Ultra-Marathon – Elite & Masters - Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes (ESP), 1 July

The MTB UltraMarathon in Numbers

  • Start: Vielha 05:00h
  • Finish: Vielha
  • Total distance: 213 km
  • Positive climbing: 6,200 m
  • Maximum altitude: 2,268 m (Col de Portella Blanca)
  • Minimum Altitude: 973 m (Llesp, Valle de Boí)
  • Average altitude 1,600 m
  • Type of terrain: 61% forest tracks, 31% fire roads, 8% road
  • Longest climb: Col de Triador (2,140 m) - 12 km average gradient 7.5%
  • Hardest col: Col de Serreres 1,355 m, 3.8 km average 9.3% / Col de Peranera 1,595 m, 9 km averaging 7% (3 km averaging 9%)
profile of the course