This ultra-endurance stage race is the first of its kind. It’s more than a race to the finish — it’s about a meaningful interaction with people and place. You’ll be pushing your limits, but not without taking in some of the endless opportunities to learn about and interact with Icelandic culture. Between your long days in the saddle, you will visit museums, meet locals who run traditional sheep farms and take part in Icelandic traditions like hot pot soaking and sea swimming.
The full route follows the Westfjords Way – a bikepacking route established with the help of the Westfjords Tourism office and scouting team Chris Burkard, Lael Wilcox, Rue Kaladyte, Payson McElveen, and Nichole Baker. It totals 930 km [580 mi] and each stage ranges from 220 to 255 km [130 to 160 mi].
Riders will track their time by submitting time-stamped photos when starting and ending each stage. The winner will be decided based on the fastest overall time excluding time spent at cultural connections. Each stage will have a recommended start/ end time but at the end of the (very long) day, it’s up to you what time you start and how long you spend at each stop.
Cultural Connections set the WFWC apart from all other races.
Riders will start and end each stage with a time-stamped photo at specific locations. To finish each stage, riders will be required to stop at two of the Cultural Connection points. These are checkpoints where ride time is paused — just take a time stamped photo before and after the break. It might be a museum or a hot pot — and it’s up to you to choose what you want to experience or learn about the culture of the Westfjords. Links and descriptions for all the Cultural Connection options will be updated in the weeks leading up to the race, so check back for updates!
The entry fee Includes:
Entrance to the race, race expo and after party (your first drink is on us!)
A local Icelandic meal at the end of each of the four stages
Tents available for use at the end of each stage
Riders are responsible for:
Travel, accommodation/campground fees, and all other food expenses
Ensuring you have the correct gear to be safe and successful. Required gear list and recommended packing list coming soon!