Cycling from the most northern to the most southern point on the European mainland crossing different countries, cultures and sceneries. Start your journey at 24 hours daylight up in the north, end your journey at the Mediterranean Sea, with its warm sunny weather with view to the next continent, Africa.
The NorthCape-Tarifa bike adventure is a single-stage, unsupported, 7400km cycling adventure across Europe. The longest bicycle race on the world.
The NorthCape-Tarifa starts every 2nd year:
2022 – 2024 – 2026 – 2028
Next start: June 20th 2024 at 00:01
Krakow – Tarifa / 4300km
some of the highlights:
Col de Tende, Gorges du Verdon (biggest Canyon in Europe, also called “Grand Canyon du Verdon”), Mont Ventoux, Col du Tourmalet, spanish windmills, Pico del Veleta.
The first 45-SouthWest 2023 was a success. Happy finishers.
Next start: June 20th 2025
Find the list of all our events here:
4 distances, 4 finish points
|Start for the|
June 20th 2024 / 00:01
|Lowest route point||-211m, below sea level (minus 211m)|
|Highest route point||3398m, Pico del Veleta|
|Col d’Iseran, 2764m||Highest mountain pass in the Alps|
|Port d’Envalira, 2409m||Highest all year open mountain pass in Europe and highest pass in the Pyronees|
|Pico del Veleta, 3398m||Highest ridable road in Europe|
|Checkpoints/finish points||Helsinki, Bregenz, (Col du Galibier), Nice, (Port d’Envalira), (Pico del Veleta), Tarifa|
|15 countries||Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Italy, France, Andorra, Spain|
An adventure of your lifetime…
More videos you find on the video page.
A safe route…
“The race organizer Andi Buchs had set out not only to make a challenging race, but above all one which was VERY safe. I can count on one hand the number of times I felt I was on a dangerous road over the entire 7,390 km. And that is with fingers to spare.
This really set the race apart from others where the organizers either are not overly concerned about the traffic situations, or allow riders to select their own routes. It is simply impossible to know how safe a road is without being there on your bike, and Andi rode the entire route when planning the race.“
– Christopher Ross Bennett
Read Christopher Ross Bennett’s whole blog about his NorthCape-Tarifa adventure.