Ascend Armenia is a self-supported ultra-distance bikepacking race following a 1,175-kilometre route over a diverse and challenging mix of terrain and surfaces…

When

Date: September 4

Time: 8:00 am

Details

Cost: $295

Event Website

Organizer: Ascend Armenia

Email: info@ascendarmenia.com

Where

Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, Armenia

In 2021, Stephen Fitzgerald and the Rodeo Labs crew were invited to ride bikes in Armenia. Inspired by the diverse climates, landscapes, and people who live there, the idea to create a bikepacking event was born. Ascend Armenia is a new self-supported ultra-endurance bikepacking race following a route based on their trip and supported by several Armenian locals who are excited to show off their country. The event has government support, is owned and insured locally in Armenia, and profits from the race are intended to support the growth of outdoor-related and tourism jobs in the country.

The 1,175-kilometre (730-mile) route features a wide variety of surface types and conditions. From dry heat in the lowlands to high-elevation mountain passes with the chance for sudden and severe weather changes, riders should be prepared for a challenging ride. No single bike is ideal for the entire route. A traditional mountain bike will sometimes more be comfortable than a drop-bar rig, but the latter will be more efficient at other times.