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Yak Attack

In spring 2012, cyclist Paul Bolla attempted the Yak Attack – the world’s highest, longest, most intense cycling race. He decided to compete on behalf of a more than worthy cause: his goal is to use the race to raise awareness and money for local Himalayan NGO Mitrata Nepal and the Social Development Center (SDC).

The route is brutal: over 12 days and 10 stages spanning 400km on jeep track, goat track, yak track, snow track, suspension bridges, and sometimes no track, with 12,000 meters of elevation gain and a max height of 5416m, or nearly 18,000 ft. We sent photographer/filmmaker John Huddart to capture the action.

The result: an epic four part series right here on Matador. Stay tuned to watch all the episodes.


John Huddart

On his first venture with the Matador Network, Mr. Huddart soiled his long johns and got frostbite, while chasing cyclists across the Himilayas. The kind of guy who gets a kick out of such pursuits, John is eager for whatever comes next. Back home he makes it to the toilet (almost) every time and finds enjoyment amongst those things that make him sigh, smile and sweat. Namely the landscape of his native British Colombia, green vegetable smoothies and tossing frisbee.


Ian MacKenzie

Ian MacKenzie is the founder and former editor of Brave New Traveler. He now crafts award-winning short films and documentaries that amplify the emerging paradigm. His most recent projects include Sacred Economics, Occupy Love, and Reactor. Visit his website

Series Articles

Yak Attack Part 4: The epic summit

by John Huddart

Yak Attack Part 3: The Donkey Circuit

by John Huddart

Yak Attack Part 2: A bridge too far

by John Huddart

Yak Attack Part 1: The race begins in Kathmandu [VID]

by John Huddart

Photo essay: Yak Attack high-altitude mountain bike race

by John Huddart

Matador sponsors Paul Bolla in world’s highest mountain bike race

by David Miller