Racers in the Yak Attack, a brutal route where some stages are only 33% rideable.

Matador Sponsors Paul Bolla in World's Highest Mountain Bike Race

Nepal Miscellaneous Cycling Yak Attack
by David Miller Feb 29, 2012
Paul Bolla is attempting to become the first international rider to complete the Yak Attack — a 10-stage, 12,000m-gain race through the Himalaya — for a second time.

IT SAYS SOMETHING about this race that none of the international riders who previously completed Yak Attack have come back for a second time.

Rider Paul Bolla

This year Matador, is supporting rider Paul Bolla, the only international rider to compete for a second time. Paul is is a former aid worker in Nepal; his goal is to use the race to raise awareness and money for local Himalayan NGO Mitrata Nepal.

The route just looks 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.

Matador’s shooter John Huddart left for Nepal today and will be documenting the race in a series of web videos here at Matador. Please stay tuned, and check Paul’s personal donations page to help support the ride.

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