Start your cycling adventure from the northernmost to the southernmost point of the European mainland, traversing diverse countries, cultures, and landscapes. Begin your journey under the 24-hour daylight in the north and end it at the sunny Mediterranean Sea, offering breathtaking views of the next continent, Africa.

The NorthCape-Tarifa bike adventure is a single stage, unsupported cycling challenge covering 7400km across Europe, making it the longest bicycle race in the world.

REGISTER for the 2024 edition

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
Finish Helsinki
1753km / 15,000vm
Finish Bregenz
4070km / 28,000vm
Finish Nice
5370km / 48,100vm
Finish Tarifa
7400km / 80,000vm
Start for the
4th edition
June 20th 2024 / 00:01
CategoriesSingle rider
Pair riders
Recumbent bikes
Time limitNone
Lowest route point-211m, below sea level (minus 211m)
Highest route point3398m, Pico del Veleta
Col d’Iseran, 2764mHighest mountain pass in the Alps
Port d’Envalira, 2409mHighest all year open mountain pass in Europe and highest pass in the Pyronees
Pico del Veleta, 3398mHighest ridable road in Europe, 7000km from the start
8 checkpointsHelsinki in Finland
Hill of Crosses in Lithuania
Bregenz in Austria
Col du Galibier in France
Nice in France
Port d’Envalira in Andorra
Pico del Veleta in Spain
Tarifa in Spain
4 finish pointsHelsinki in Finland (1753km)
Bregenz in Austria (4070km)
Nice in France (5370km)
Tarifa in Spain (7400km)
15 countriesNorway, 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.


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