The 2017 Holyland Challenge is a self-supported mountain bike race from the north to the south of Israel across the historical landscapes of the Holy Land. Bring your bike and gear and ride, self-supported, as fast as you can to the Red Sea.


Date: April 20, 2017

Time: 8:00 am


Cost: Free

Event Website

There are two HLC races are available; HLC1400 – ending in Eilat, HLC700 – ending in Jerusalem old city.

The self-supported spirit is the key and fundamental code the HLC strives to root as part of its DNA. It is this code among riders that will make this event special in the future along with the magical route.

There is nothing to win or lose in this event just personal experience and the sense of achievement from completing such a challenging ride. Take it as a break from day to day life, go out to the wilderness and experience the feeling of being free from it all. Ride in your style, enjoy and embrace every simple moment and leave all behind. To keep the event a truly bikepacking experience, the HLC requires each rider to bivy at least 50% of the nights in the wild and out of urban and civilized areas.

In order to keep the event in a “racing” spirit and not “sightseeing” touring like style; beginning there is a cut-off period of 11 days will be implemented. All riders wishing to become “finishers” of the HLC must do so within 11 days. After which the Trackleaders HLC tracking system will go offline.

View the route here.

Follow the 2017 race on Trackleaders here.