4-day EPIC

The ultimate race for any serious rider. Wild. Rugged. EPIC!

The 4-day EPIC stage race adventure through the wild Carpathian mountains in Romania is set to be an exciting and life changing experience. We welcome both UCI, seasoned and amateur riders to experience the stunning scenery, a challenging race, a friendly & relaxing atmosphere at the end of the day and the high standard services of an Olympic level Race Village.

The 4-day EPIC includes a Prologue, which is an optional qualifying race, and 3 daily stages. The Prologue (Thursday, September 21) is an XCO-type qualifying race whose results will be used to determine the competitors order at the Start line for the 1st stage. Each of the 3 stages is run on a distinct cycling route: Stage 1 on Friday (September 22) – 58 km, with 2140 m of climbing; Stage 2 on Saturday (September 23) – 54 km, with 1830 m of climbing; Stage 3 on Sunday (September 24) – 45 km, with 1780 m of climbing.

4 days
of EPIC proportions
157 km
of pure challenge
5,750 m
elevation gain

The whole length of each course will be marked by a highly experienced team led by Romanian multiple mountain bike national champion, Razvan Juganaru. Check points, aid & technical stations and nutrition points are available throughout each course.

PROLOGUE - Thursday, 21 Sep. 2017

Start & finish: Cheile Gradistei Fundata, the Race Village

Set in the vicinity of the Race Village, the XCO-type qualifying race will determine the start line positions of the first stage. The race is optional and does not contribute to the general rankings.

Course details

  • Distance: 6 km
  • Elevation: 110 m
  • Difficulty: 1 out of 5
  • Max. stage time: TBA

Technical characteristics

  • Trails & single track: 40%
  • Wild mountain roads: 20%
  • Gravel roads: 20%
  • Asphalt: 20%

STAGE 1 - QUEEN STAGE | Friday, 22 Sep. 2017

Start from: Sinaia, next to Peles Castle, the Royal Palace
Finish at: Cheile Gradistei Fundata, the Race Village

The first stage of CARPATHIAN MTB EPIC starts in the city of Sinaia, near the Peles Castle, build more than 140 years ago by Carol I, the first King of Romania. The competition route will reveals points of important significance given the history of the region. The race follows the Royal Road and sets you on a challenging climb of the Bucegi Mountains, right up to 2,000 m. You will pass by the Piatra Arsa sports facility – the only one at this altitude in the country, and then charge the mountain plateau where you will discover some of the most important and rare natural monuments in Europe: Babele – 2,292 m, two big stones compared with a couple of old ladies given their shape, and the Sfinx, a megalith resembling a human head. The plateau offers amazing sights of the Prahova Valley an the entire Transylvanian Highlands.

The climb offers breathtaking views as you will reach Omu Peak at 2,514 meters, the highest in Bucegi Mountains. The journey continues to Gavanele Peak – 2,493 m and follows the tracks of an old border on Drumul Granicerilor which separated Romania from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 19th century. Next you will reach Batrana refuge and Saua Strunga – a pass 150 years old between Brasov and Dambovita counties. The descent leads you through incredible landscapes straight to Poiana Gutanu beneath the western slope of Bucegi Mountains, and then, to the Finish line, at the Olympic level Race Village – Cheile Gradistei Fundata.

Course details

  • Distance: 58 km
  • Elevation: 2,140 m
  • Difficulty: 5 out of 5
  • Max. stage time: TBA

Technical characteristics

  • Trails & single track: 30%
  • Wild mountain roads: 20%
  • Gravel roads: 40%
  • Asphalt: 10%

STAGE 2 - Saturday, 23 Sep. 2017

Start & finish: Cheile Gradistei Fundata, the Race Village

The second stage starts right from the Race Village and takes you through local villages Sirnea and Pestera. As you advance, the horizon will be filled with a panorama of the Bucegi Mountains’ western slope and Piatra Craiului Peak. The route will traverse areas of karst formation and push you towards Cheile Pisicii and Zarnestilor Steeps at 1,830 meters, all deserving your admiration. Next, the meadows and hills of Piatra Craiului await to be conquered, leading in fast descent to the Cheile Dambovicioarei – 754 m. The last portion of the course is filled with technical roads and hand-cut single tracks, followed by a spectacular ascent on forest roads through Valea Cheii, right up to Fundata and the finish line at the Race Village.

Course details

  • Distance: 54 km
  • Elevation: 1,830 m
  • Difficulty: 4 out of 5
  • Max. stage time: TBA

Technical characteristics

  • Trails & single track: 45%
  • Wild mountain roads: 25%
  • Gravel roads: 20%
  • Asphalt: 10%

STAGE 3 - Sunday, 24 Sep. 2017

Start & finish: Cheile Gradistei Fundata, the Race Village

While being the shortest of the 3 stages, the last part of this epic adventure is filled with impressive vistas, challenging tracks and pure MTB experiences. Right from the start, after a couple of ups and downs, you begin the ascent from Moeciu on rugged roads, through a rocky scenery, right up to the Bucsa Peak – 1,845 meters, which separates Bucegi from the Leaota Mountains. There you will be welcomed by a great feeling of victory and some astonishing views over the large and mysterious valleys.

Some say that stones whisper to all those who venture into these wild regions of the Carpathians. Others say that just by being there you will catch a glimpse of a world raw and uncompromised. What we know for sure is that the Carpathians will challenge you and the only way to respond is to fight back and ride strong.

The track follows the plateau to reveal another side of the Saua Strunga pass at 1,909 meters altitude and set you once again on a picturesque descent that leads right up to the Race Village. The finish line awaits: the excitement, the cheering crowd, the gruesome struggle and a gratifying sense of victory!

Course details

  • Distance: 45 km
  • Elevation: 1,780 m
  • Difficulty: 4 out of 5
  • Max. stage time: TBA

Technical characteristics

  • Trails & single track: 50%
  • Wild mountain roads: 20%
  • Gravel roads: 20%
  • Asphalt: 10%