The 2015 YakAttack World Challenge series commences on April 13th in the pristine mountains of Patagonia. The series will take XC mountain biking to a new level by pitting riders against a variety of terrains and climates in some of the world’s most inhospitable but scenically breath taking locations around the globe.

The first race, AlpacAttack, promises to deliver a spectacular start to the series, as it traverses a land that contains some of the world’s most active volcanoes.

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700km of diverse trails that include araucaria forest, windswept steppe, volcanic sand, lava fields and Andean gravel roads take riders from the Neuquen province of Argentina to the shores of Lake Villarica in Pucon, Chile.

The 6 day stage race which has been likened to the original “Desafio de los Volcanes”, takes riders into close proximity of Patagonia’s most magnificent snow capped volcanoes, Sollipulli, Llaima, Lonquimay and Villarica, with a resulting 10,000m of climbing required to complete the course.


Stage 4 of the race, which starts and finishes in the town of Lonquimay, Chile and covers 130km and 2800m of ascent, is also open to local riders as a 1 day race, which has been aptly named the 130Krater race.

AlpacAttack, which takes place between April 13th to 18th has already attracted some big name riders including Sonya Ewonus of the USA and Yuki Ikeda of Japan, who are also joined by a strong contingency of riders from the home nations of Argentina and Chile as well as riders from Uruguay, Brazil, UK, Australia, Poland, Hungary, Canada and Korea.


The winner of AlpacAttack gains automatic entry to the last race in the series, the infamous YakAttack which encompasses the Annapurna mountain range of Nepal, and a number of riders have designs on being only 1 of a handful to complete all 3 races in the series.


Entries are still open for AlpacAttack and the other races in the series, Rumble in the Jungle and YakAttack and details of all the races and entry forms can be found on The YakAttack’s website.

Words & Photos: YakAttack PR

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