The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges

The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges

by Richard Hoad, Paul Moore


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The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges profiles 50 of the most extreme marathons, triathlons, bike rides, adventure races, climbs, open-water swims and other iconic endurance events from around the world. Breathtaking full-color photographs and insider commentary from top athletes will thrill endurance athletes, extreme sports addicts, and outdoor adventurers of all stripes.
Across the world seemingly ordinary people are undertaking extraordinary challenges that will push their minds and bodies to achieve the impossible – by sea, bike, foot, or sled. For many, these once-in-a-lifetime experiences become strangely addictive. From the Badwater Ultramarathon in the unforgiving heat of Death Valley to the South Pole Race in the freezing wilderness of Antarctica, there is an unbreakable drive in these tenacious competitors to see just how far they can push themselves.
The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges is a truly inspiring and beautiful collection of what the human body can achieve when racing to the limits. With full-color amazing imagery and every detail of these cruel challenges, plus stories from competitors who have lived to tell the tale, this book is a wonderful testament to those who face Mother Nature and survive.
Arrowhead 135 | Leadville 100 | Western States 100 | Catalina Channel Swim | Race Across America | Manhattan Island Marathon Swim | Tevis Cup Ride | 24-Hour Track Race | Iditarod | Yukon Arctic Ultra | Yukon Quest | Badwater Ultramarathon | Furnace Creek 508 | 6633 Extreme Winter Ultra Marathon | Ultraman World Championships | Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race | Patagonia Expedition Race | Jungle Marathon | La Ruta de Los Conquistadores | Norseman | Red Bull X-Alps | Trans Europe Footrace | Al Andalus Ultimate Trail Race | Ö Till Ö | La Haute Route | Enduroman Arch to Arc | Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race | English Channel Swim | Race Around Ireland | Iron Bike | The Mountainman | Spartathlon | Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon | Cadiz Freedom Swim | Cape Epic | Tour d’Afrique | Comrades Marathon | Dusi Cano Marathon | Marathon Des Sables | Great Wall Marathon | Yak Attack | Crocodile Trophy | Coast to Coast New Zealand | The Extreme World Races South Pole Race | Woodvale Challenge | 4 Deserts | Volvo Ocean Race | Adventure Racing World Series | Freediving | Vendée Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934030912
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Richard Hoad is a qualified triathlon coach, regular competitor in triathlons of all distances and a sub-10 hour long-distance triathlon finisher.

Paul Moore is Head of Digital at one of the UK’s largest triathlon magazines, Triathlete Europe. He is also a keen triathlete and competes in numerous multisports events around the world.

Table of Contents


1. Norseman
2. Red Bull X-Alps
3. Trans Europe Footrace
4. Al Andalus Ultimate Trail
6. La Haute Route
7. Arch to Arc
8. Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race
9. English Channel Swim
10. Race Around Ireland
11. Iron Bike
12. The Mountainman
13. Spartathlon

14. Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon
15. Cadiz Freedom Swim
16. Cape Epic
17. Tour d’Afrique
18. Comrades Marathon
19. Dusi Canoe Marathon
20. Marathon Des Sables
21. Great Wall Marathon
22. Yak Attack

23. Crocodile Trophy
24. Coast to Coast New Zealand

North America
25. Arrowhead 135
26. Leadville 100
27. Western States 100
28. Catalina Channel Swim
29. Race Across America
30. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
31. Tevis Cup Ride
32. Ottawa 24 Hour Track Race
33. Iditarod
34. Yukon Arctic Ultra
35. Yukon Quest
36. Badwater Ultramarathon
37. Furnace Creek 508
38. 6633 Extreme Winter Ultra Marathon
39. Ultraman World Championships
40. Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race

South America
41. Patagonian Expedition Race
42. Jungle Marathon
43. La Ruta de Los Conquistadores

44. The Extreme World Races South Pole Race

45. Woodvale Challenge
46. 4 Deserts
47. Volvo Ocean Race
48. Adventure Racing World Series
49. Freediving
50. Vendée Globe


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“Fantastic! The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges brings every event to life with incredible stories and photographs. Having spent decades on many of these courses myself, it gave me goose bumps to see them captured in such vivid detail.” — Ian Adamson, 7x Adventure Race World Champion, 3x ESPN X-Games Medal Winner, 3x Guinness World Record Holder for Endurance Kayaking

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