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Carpathian MTB Epic

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Location:
Romania
Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Entries open: 28 Jan 2019
Event dates:
1 Aug 2019 - 4 day event
± 10 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
MPG Romania
Race Director:
Tudor Mocuta
Email:
events@mpg.com.ro
Website:

MTB at its best, deep within the wild Carpathian Mountains, in Romania!

Discover the country of Dracula and immerse yourself in a world ancient and unspoiled. Carpathian MTB Epic is the ultimate 4-day old school MTB stage race, offering all-inclusive packages, with a SOLO / individual race format.

Carpathian MTB Epic returns for the 3rd edition in 2019, with new tracks and an authentic MTB experience, between the 1st and 4th of August. Registrations are OPEN for all passionate, professional and amateur cyclists at special prices starting with 28 January 2019, on carpathianmtb.ro/en. The event is featured in the S2 category of the International Cycling Union (UCI), giving performance athletes access to 80 UCI points.

Carpathian MTB Epic delivers 4 days of pure mountain biking with over 173 kilometres of pedalling and 8.050 meters of climbing in the heart of one of the last genuinely wild regions in Europe – the Carpathian mountains in Romania. Participation is complemented by the all-inclusive experience, which covers everything from accommodations in the Olympic level Race Village to nutrition & meal plans, complete race services on site and on course and top it all with a high quality relaxation & entertainment programme. We invite you, between the 1st and 4th of August, in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains for a journey that will reshape your mountain biking foundations.

Amateur participants who are not yet ready to cope with 4 days of racing can opt for the 1-Day Challenge event, being scheduled on the 4th of August, on a shorter route, 43 km long and with 1,800 meters of climbing.

Since its first edition, the Carpathian MTB Epic event has been quickly labelled as one of the most spectacular competitions in Europe, due to the special aura of the lands, the full package of services, the exceptional promotion and the quality of the organization. Athletes from over 22 countries join us each year for an unforgettable journey that is all about pushing your limits to the edge, building character, forging new bonds of friendship with passionate riders and experiencing the most EPIC tracks labelled by participants as iconic and breath-taking.

Entries are open exclusively online, on carpathianmtb.ro. Special fees are available for cycling clubs affiliated with National Federations and for large groups of riders.

Rediscover the true nature of mountain biking!

Carpathian MTB Epic – Wild. Rugged. EPIC.

1-4 August 2019, Cheile Gradistei Fundata, Romania

2018 BEST OF MOVIE

2018 RECAP SHOW

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RIDER EXPERIENCES

ARIANE LÜTHI, 2018 CMTBE winner, 5 x Absa Cape Epic winner

“It is actually a very beautiful race and very, very technical, very hard. It was very tough, but absolutely beautiful. It is proper MTB.”

FRANS CLAES, UCI Marathon Series Winner 2017

“It’s really wild there, but I wanted these extreme conditions. That’s why I love mountain biking!”

PEETER PRUUS – Carpathian MTB Epic Champion 2018, Estonia

“I didn’t expect this, it was hard! It was so steep and unbelievable. The race was really spectacular.”

GUSTAV LARSSON, Olympic Champion

“I think Carpathian MTB Epic is really nice. The stages are so cool because they are so hard. But that’s how mountain bike should be like.”

CORY WALLACE, 2 x Canadian Marathon Champion

“The race was wild and rugged. The trail reminded me of Canada, just as wild. It was real mountain biking, rough trails, steep climbs and the descent off the top was amazing. This is one of the best races I’ve done. It was an amazing.”

JOVANA CRNOGORAC – National champion cross-country & cyclo-cross, Serbia

“It’s really tough and it’s a really hard race! The nature is beautiful and this place is amazing! The organization is really high level, I have to be honest.”

Weather conditions

Season: Summer

Route Information

Distance:
173km
Ascent:
8050m

Terrain

rough, mountainous, valleys, steep climbing, peaks, plateaus

Technical Rating: 8

Stage details

Day
Distance
Ascent
Route
1:
10km
550m
2:
43km
2150m
3:
60km
2850m
4:
60km
2500m

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R10083 to 11637 / EUR649-749

The standard price for the 4-day EPIC race includes a full-service package, with accommodation - 3 nights during August 1-4, meals and race services. Upgrades are available for purchase separately, during the registration process. Full description of the all-inclusive packages are available on the official website: click here.

Race reviews

https://www.imbikemag.com/features/carpathian-mtb-epic-2018-challenging-and-epic/
130 participants from 25 countries descended on the resort of Fundata in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, for what was to be an epic adventure, where joy and pain would be felt in equal measures during this challenging race. IMB sent its battle-hardened endurance athlete, Hannah Attenburrow to investigate…
https://www.bike-magazin.de/bike_junior_team/bike-junior-team-carpathian-mtb-epic--teil-2/a39655.html
Adventurous racing for Pirmin Sigel from the BIKE Junior Team powered by Bulls: The U23 rider races through the stage race Carpathian MTB Epic through Romania and reports daily. Prologue race report.
https://www.bike-magazin.de/bike_junior_team/bike-junior-team-carpathian-mtb-epic--teil-3/a39660.html
Adventurous racing for Pirmin Sigel from the BIKE Junior Team powered by Bulls: The U23 rider races through the stage race Carpathian MTB Epic through Romania and reports daily. Stage 1 race report.
https://www.bike-magazin.de/bike_junior_team/bike-junior-team-carpathian-mtb-epic--teil-4/a39662.html
Adventurous racing for Pirmin Sigel from the BIKE Junior Team powered by Bulls: The U23 rider races through the stage race Carpathian MTB Epic through Romania and reports daily. Stage 2 race report.
https://www.bike-magazin.de/bike_junior_team/bike-junior-team-carpathian-mtb-epic--teil-5/a39681.html
Adventurous racing for Pirmin Sigel from the BIKE Junior Team powered by Bulls: The U23 rider races through the stage race Carpathian MTB Epic through Romania and reports daily. Stage 3 and conclusion.
http://www.corywallace.com/2018/08/romanian-adventures-the-carpathian-mtb-epic/
Overall the experience in Romania was top notch. The organizing crew put on a great race and the atmosphere was nice as every stage started and finished in the same race village. The riding reminded me of the old TransRockies classic in Canada, a nice change from all the new school berm filled, smoothed out IMBA trails …
https://www.imbikemag.com/features/untamed-trails-in-romania-racing-the-carpathian-mtb-epic/
Never one to pass up an opportunity for wild nights out – usually on a remote and lonely mountainside somewhere in a deepest, darkest wilderness – Cat Sutherland took to the trails of Romania to feast on a grueling diet of altitude gain, river crossings and wild descents …
https://www.bodudek.com/reviews/carpathian-mtb-epic/
As I’m doing like 30-35 races a year in one big mix of running and biking events, I happen to know the quality of the races – at least at Balkan. I’ve done quite a few in Greece, but for some reason I never had the pleasure to race for glory in Romania. That said I’ve always wanted to see, what that would be like, so there were no really second thoughts, when I accepted the invite from a fellow athlete …

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