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Great sporting events (for amateurs)

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What are some great sporting events around Europe people have taken part in and would recommend? Maybe slightly less well known than the famous events like the London marathon, étape du Tour, Patrouille des glaciers etc. Looking for some ideas…
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https://english.finlandiahiihto.fi/
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Not as competitor.

Great North run, Newcastle
Man vs Horse, Wales
Le jog, Lands end Jon O Groats, or the reverse both as cycling, not event as much as challenge.
Coast to coast "C2C" run or cycle, more challenge I think but maybe event.

Obviously all UK, but must be some quirky-ish events Europe wide.

Also Bog snorkeling, may be related to man vs horse.
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29029 - I think its in Vermont. 36hr limit on doing the equivalent ascent of Everest but in Vermont. So its running up a mountain 17 times.
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Finnish wife carrying championships.

Also Finish competitive saunaing.
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Ones I've done (and were mostly type 1 fun).

Heb challenge. This is now a bit different from when I did it in 2008, when it was 5 and a half days and the full length of the Outer Hebrides
Three Peaks cyclocross. It should be back again for 2022. Not sure if it'll be over-subscribed. If so, I think places will be allocated based on experience
Skimo Scotland. Not sure I'd travel for Switzerland for it. I consider it worth it from York if there are 2 races on a weekend, and a reasonable chance most of the course will have snow
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@BobinCH, my son does half triathlons and normally does a few competitions a year in Scotland, would expect there to be quite a few throughout the UK .
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@BobinCH, the Inferno defo worth doing once, at least, and if you are a glutton, the Super Drei (belalp-Hexe, Inferno, Allalin). I'm afraid we broke the Super Vier Twisted Evil
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Jungfrau Marathon.

https://www.jungfrau-marathon.ch/en/
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How about a Swedish Classic?
https://ensvenskklassiker.se/vara-klassiker/en-svensk-klassiker/
Google translate does a reasonable job on the page.

60/90 km cross country ski, 315 km bike ride around Vättern, 3 km open water swim and 30 km run. To be done in one year, theoretically.
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andy from embsay wrote:
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ooh I like the look of that one! Have you done it?
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Can’t run due to gammy knees so marathons and triathlons out for me
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@BobinCH, I haven't - lots of my mates have and rave about it. It used to go right round the island following the coast but they now go along the Tramantura then back along the plain and do a loop down the east coast. The last feed stop apparently involves paella and beer...
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@BobinCH, and a bit closer to home the Fred Whitton and Etape du Dales (which always used to be a week apart - doing the double was "testing"...).
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Haute Route Alps. Six days of fun on your bike. Nice to St Gervais this year.
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The fellsmans hike .(62 miles, 11k ft climb).
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The fellsmans hike .(62 miles, 11k ft climb).


That was this weekend. Pain in the bum getting parked for the rugby!
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@BobinCH, I haven't - lots of my mates have and rave about it. It used to go right round the island following the coast but they now go along the Tramantura then back along the plain and do a loop down the east coast. The last feed stop apparently involves paella and beer...


I’ve done Soler to Pollenca via Sa Calobra and loved it. Superb roads and scenery
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@BobinCH, if anything I'd say the bit south of Soller is more scenic - climbs aren't so gnarly but Deia, Valdemossa etc are stunning bits of coastline.
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This company do some great biking days in C2C in a day which I've done and was a superbly organised event over some iconic climbs and also Wales in a Day

https://www.openadventure.com/
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@BobinCH, BCBR , British Columbia bike race , multi day stage race over 7 -- 8 days riding some of the best single track in western canada , great challenge for riders of all skill levels , did it in 2015 , loved every minute , not overly technical but a very good test of stamina Toofy Grin

oops , didn't see the Europe limit to ideas , sorry still worth a look


http://youtube.com/v/TmBGyh4SPj8


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What about playing the most famous golf course in the world, St Andrews
Any of the 5 cycling classics
Walk the Tour du Mont Blanc route

..Nick
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A few cycling events I’ve enjoyed -

The Amstel Gold - an early season sportive, various options up to the full 250km and basically the same route as the pro race except the start and finish are in Valkenburg rather than Maastricht. Great weekend, ride it on Saturday then drink beer and watch the pros on the Sunday.

The Styrkeproven - a 540km ride from Trondheim down to Oslo. 5,000 riders, mid-summer so doesn’t get fully dark.

Paris-Brest-Paris - the 1200km granddaddy of all audaxes. Brilliant atmosphere and support on the road, complete contrast with most audaxes!
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Also the Beaujolais Marathon and Half Marathon is very fun! Mid november, hope for mild weather, enjoy the wine en route and bottle of wine and a saucisson in your goodie bag for later
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21 Ports Andorra https://www.andorra21ports.com/registration/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItr2b9tbB9wIVMJBoCR022AdkEAAYASAAEgISvvD_BwE

Trent 100. 100km paddleboard challenge on the river Trent.
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Pea_Shooting_Championships

World Pea Shooting Championships.

Multiple World Champion right here..... Cool
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@Klamm Franzer, woah, you kept that one quiet!
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@Klamm Franzer, not sure whether it says more aboht me, you or SH in general but there are plenty of impressive feats and events listed so far........yet only one that I have felt the need to follow the link or google and find more about. Cha-pea-u
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@Sharkymark, not sure I did! wink

@toyah807, probably the only one here where you can buy all of the equipment on the day and enter for less than a tenner! Plus, they have decent beer and a raffle.
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Chase the Sun https://www.chasethesun.org/

Ride from sunrise to sunset across the country on or around the longest day
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Man v Horse - best atmosphere by far of any event I’ve taken part in. I could list a whole load more epic events, but they all require you to ride a horse either for a stupidly long distance or at great speed. Biggest sense of achievement was completing the Raid Centaure, a 100km orienteering race, at night in a forest in a blizzard. The French stewards gave us brandy to keep us going! Eh oh! I love a good novelty sports event. When I’m too old to orienteer on horse, I’m told there are events you can do in a classic car.
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Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees https://www.andorraclassicmtb.com/
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I've done the Eroica a couple of times, 220km on gravel roads on an old bike.

https://forum.bikeradar.com/discussion/13071633/tr-2016-leroica-in-gaiole-myths-and-realities


http://youtube.com/v/afTztbS7nUY

and 2017


http://youtube.com/v/Z7nZhXNoTks

I would go back but what with Covid etc it has not been possible.
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how about the redbull 400 in le praz?
http://youtube.com/v/rdoWg9M2rzE
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Cheese rolling looked great fun when younger but now looks completely barmy. Still the event is coming up soon
https://www.carnifest.com/coopers-hill-cheese-rolling-2022/

There's always shin kicking too
https://www.olimpickgames.co.uk/shin-kicking/
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https://www.trailrunningmag.co.uk/articles/news/race-report-bike-run-ski-triathlon/
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@kitenski, World Champs held in Andorra. Seems anyone can enter too… https://www.andorrawintertriathlon.com/
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I'd vaguely looked at the idea of the winter triathlon, and there are a few variations:

The original, and the one with world champs and recognised by World Triathlon, seems to be as per hammerite's post ( https://www.andorrawintertriathlon.com/ ), which is run, MTB, cross-country ski

I think there's another permutation where ice skating replaces the MTB

And then there's kitenski's post for road bike, run, skimo (vertical), which I think is more of a one off
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A mate did the Marathon des Sables, basically 6 marathons in six days, across the Morroccan desert. Sheer lunacy if you ask me. Oh, i think hou have to carry your food or something silly like that.
If that wasn't enough, there is a swimming race across the bosphorus i think!

On a more sane note, i'd thought of the mtb race megavalanche, which is Alpe D'Huez, top to bottom.
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