The Yak Attack



Rumble in the Jungle


Pokhara IV

A 4 day mountain bike stage race based entirely around the lakeside city of Pokhara.

Mountain BikING Worldwide

Racing in the world’s most extreme locations

The Mountain Biking Worldwide race series can’t be classified as XC, Marathon or Enduro; they are in a league of their own. Rather than races, they are akin to battles, a battle between mountain biker and Mother Nature.

Each event has its own unique set of challenges and obstacles, supplied by nature and tweaked by Mountain Biking Worldwide, from the altitude of Nepal, to the heat of Sri Lanka.

Mountain Biking worldwide races definitely aren’t for the armchair rider, but they also aren’t just for the elite. Physical fitness, a mental toughness and the tenacity to endure the extreme, are attributes that will get you to the finish line.

If this is you, then choose your war and let battle commence.

"There is no other race with which it can be compared. It is as much an adventure race as it is a mountain bike race."

Neil Cottam , Jan 2014 – participant of 5 years

"I was expecting a pretty cool adventure, and it delivered. The diversity of what we experienced over the last 10 days was just amazing, from the lowlands and foothills going up to the Annapurna circuit, it was awesome"

Cory Wallace, 2014 participant, 2016 and 2017 winner

"The highest mountain pass in the world, 12000m (39,000ft) of vertical climbing, frostbite, snow blindness, routes that are not completely navigable on two wheels—the Yak Attack has every ingredient needed to test the physical prowess of the toughest endurance athletes on the planet, and also make them question their sanity."

Extract from “THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST ENDURANCE CHALLENGES” written by Richard Hoad and Paul Moore, published 2012.

"There is something really special about setting off in the night, doing something tough. Witnessing the sunrise in the Himalayas and at that altitude is awesome and a privilege. The light and the alpine glow on the surrounding peaks is just incredible and no matter how tough it is, it’s impossible not to feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude."

Richard Parks, 2013 participant

"Even though I didn’t finish, thought I was going to have to be heli-evac’d out at one point, and was shitting myself… date one of the best mtb experiences ever….ranks up there with CTR as a true eye opening experience. The Yak Attack is always on the radar!"

Jeff Kerkove, Topeak Ergon Racing Team, 2012 participant

"It isn’t about man versus man, it’s about man versus nature, and nature definitely has the upper hand."

Phil Stasiw, 2007 participant

"For me, and for most of the other international riders, it wasn’t about competing, but completing. Before the five of us successfully completed the 2009 event, only three other non-Nepalese had ever crossed the pass with their bikes without assistance. This is the Himalaya and we’re talking about over 200km of some of the toughest terrain on Earth"

Outer Edge Magazine, 2009

"I skipped down the mountainside using my trusty steed like a kind off off-road arctic zimmer frame. I finally started to feel elated. The whole event had been about getting over this pass; not just the raw physical challenge, but also the mental torture of worrying about altitude sickness and getting lost. I’d done it and it was now downhill all the way!"

Extract from Single Track World Magazine Article, written by Matt Hart, Director of TORQ, 2008 participant

"Two of my team mates, Jeff and Sonya, raced 2012 Yak Attack, and they told me how awesome it was. I have been obsessed with Yak Attack since then."

Yuki Ikeda, Topeak Ergon Rider, participant of 4 years

"I feel extremely grateful that I am able to go back. So far, it has been the most amazing thing I have ever done or seen in my life and now I get to go back!?!?……..the word epic is overused but this race is the definition of it"

Sonya Looney, Topeak Ergon Rider, 2012 & 2013 participant and Female 1st place

"We’re exhausted, but we soon brighten up when we realise we have another two hours of fast downhill ahead of us. The trail is amazing and it’s packed with super fast fireroads and rocky singletrack. I can’t wipe the grin off my face – this is the reason why I’ve come on this trip and it’s worth all the suffering; it’s awesome."

Extract from MBUK Article, written by Rob Jarman, Berghaus Sponsored Athlete, 2007 participant

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The highest mountain bike race on Earth, climbing to the dizzying heights of 5416m above sea level. 5 stages, approx 200km, 6500m of overall altitude gain and a temperature range of +30c to -20c, tests the most hardened of riders. Now in its 12th year, Yak Attack will be going back to its roots with a “Fast and Furious” traverse of the Annapurna circuit.

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Sri Lanka’s premier mountain bike stage race, takes riders from hot and humid jungles, through mountain hugging tea plantations and across the islands highest plateau. Along the way riders will need to wade across rivers, ride through dense jungle, which is home to wild elephants, leopards and snakes, tackle 1000+m climbs and negotiate bone clattering rocky descents.

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Pokhara IV is a 4 day mountain bike stage race based entirely around the lakeside city of Pokhara.

Each stage will take riders on a different loop out into the Himalayan foothills on trails rarely ridden, all of which give outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

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Due to the success of Yak Attack over the years, we have been able to make some small contributions to various causes through our Yak Attack Foundation.

In 2013, we financed some of the top Nepali riders to attend the Asian MTB Games in China, the Langkawi MTB race in Malaysia, and supported Ajay Pandit Chhetri, for 2 seasons of racing in the UK.  In 2015, we financed the top 3 Nepali riders to participate in the  MTB World Cup in South Africa.

From 2017 onwards The Yak Attack Foundation will be concentrating on supporting existing charities in order to maximise any financial contributions.

One of the major beneficiaries will be NCRR – Nepal Cyclists Ride to Rescue. When the devastating earthquakes of 2015 struck Nepal, a group of top national mountain bikers and friends decided to take action to help those less fortunate, and the NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) NCRR was formed. In less than 2 years the team have raised funds for, and co-ordinated the rebuilding of 7 schools in the Shirkabesi region of Nepal.

With these projects now complete, NCRR will be using their expertise to implement further projects for those that are still affected by the earthquakes or other deserving causes, and will need continued international donations in order to bring these ideas to reality.

Other charities close to our hearts are Sneha’s Care Nepal and Animal SOS Sri Lanka, both of whom do amazing non government funded work in caring for the many homeless and injured dogs and cats in their respective countries. A small percentage of race entrance fees goes as a donation to these organisations and the Yak Attack Foundation openly invites others to donate through the respective websites.

In addition to the above. The Foundation will also continue to support the growth of mountain biking in regions that host our races and provide platforms for the development of talented individual riders.


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Phil Evans

Phil Evans

Race Director / Founder

Phil is from Shropshire, UK and has been involved with mountain bikes ever since the late 80’s, when he worked as a cycle mechanic on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Also an intrepid traveller, he has visited numerous countries over the years and has accomplished such feats as cycling the Alaska Highway unsupported, cycling across the West Australia desert to Ayers Rock and a 3 day traverse of the Annapurna circuit, and has now crossed the Thorong La pass in Nepal an incredible 14 times!!

Apart from overseeing the current series of races, Phil is responsible for discovering new and exciting locations to ensure the MTBWW brand continues to push the boundaries for mountain bike adventure racing.

Neil Cottam

Neil Cottam

Hailing out of Denby in Derbyshire UK, Neil is a Mechanical Engineer with an unquenchable thirst for adventures and travel.

He has travelled extensively across Europe and Asia, in particular, as an independent backpacker (over thirty countries); thus far miraculously managing to avoid the attention of Interpol. Neil is now an established veteran of The Yak Attack having first raced it in 2012, he retired with a dislocated shoulder in 2013, and raced again in 2014. Since then he has acted as race sweeper and general dogsbody; he now has the perfect excuse for coming in last everyday.

Neil’s penchant for ultra-endurance challenges (running and cycling) has seen him complete The Everest Marathon, several Ultra-Marathons (100km), and is a three time Strathpuffer 24 hour veteran as a soloist. He is also a dab hand at repairing broken bicycles and  writes a fabulously entertaining adventure/travel/lifestyle blog at

Peter Butt

Peter Butt

Hailing from Perth, in Western Australia, Peter has raced mountain bikes since 15 and started cutting his own trails in the bush about Perth at 13.

With over 25 international mountain bike stage races under his belt, and with highly varying results, Peter gives the team a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Having spent a decade chasing oily riches as a mechanical engineer from the Artic to the Middle East, he has returned for a hiatus to Western Australia.  Here he spends time procrastinating about great bike rides to be completed and more importantly what bike to buy for each one.

Ajay Pandit Chhetri

Ajay Pandit Chhetri

Ajay is 5 times Nepal National mountain bike champion and 5 times Yak Attack winner. He has also raced in many of the worlds higher profile mountain bike races, including the Cape Epic and La Ruta. His wealth of experience on the racing scene makes him an invaluable member of the Mountain Biking Worldwide team during the developmental stage of each race and, as the series expands, Ajay will be overseeing all of our Asia races.

As well as playing a key role in the expansion of the MTBWW series, Ajay also leads the Yak Attack Adventure holidays as well as conducting his own “high performance” tours through his fledgling company, MTB-Nepal.

Not one to sit on his laurels, Ajay will shortly be embarking on a training course to become a TorqFitness accredited coach with a view to passing on his expertise to up and coming Nepali riders. It looks like Ajay is going to have a busy future !!

For a solid performance in a stage race, you need solid specific nutritional support. We’ve teamed up with TorqFitness to bring you the ultimate in race nutrition. Based on average riding times and climatic conditions for each of our races, Torq have developed a bespoke package that will cater for both your energy and recovery requirements.

UK residents can enjoy free delivery on all race packs if ordered directly from Torq, plus an amazing 20% discount on all pre-race orders over £30, with our special Mountain Bike Worldwide discounts codes.

Overseas competitors can enjoy the benefits of having the race packs, or pre-race orders delivered directly to their door or they can even collect their required nutrition at the race location, saving on excess luggage fees

For more information or to order any products from Torq please contact us at

Race pack description

1 x 500grams Energy powder

1x 500grams Recovery powder

1x Box(15) mixed flavour gels

1xBox(15) mixed flavour bars

1x Mixer bottle (for recovery drink)

2 x 750ml drink bottles

UK Price



£80.00 including delivery




Worldwide price

£80.00 +delivery(POA)

(customs charges may be applicable)


Collection in Nepal

£200.00 includes all freight and custom charges


Race pack description

1 x 1.5kg energy powder

1 x 500grams recovery powder

1 x Box(15) mixed flavour gels

1 x Box(15) mixed flavour bars

1 x Mixer bottle (for recovery drink)

2 x 750ml drink bottles

UK Price



£90.00 including delivery




Worldwide price

£90.00 + delivery(POA)

(customs charges may be applicable)


Collection in Sri Lanka

£220 includes all freight and customs charges


Race pack description

1 x 500grams energy powder

1 x 500grams recovery powder

1 x Box(15) mixed flavour gels

1 x Box(15) mixed flavour bars

1 x Mixer bottle(for recovery drink)

2 x 750ml drink bottles

UK Price


£80.00 including delivery





Worldwide Price

£80.00 + delivery(POA)

(customs charges maybe applicable)


Collection in Nepal

£200.00 including freight and customs charges



Visit the Torqfitness website to view the full range of products

Torqfitness have been coaching some of the very best mountain bikers ever since their conception.

Their HQ in Wales contains a dedicated coaching centre, where athletes can be comprehensively fitness tested, educated in all aspects of sports performance and advised of the most suitable training plans their specific goals.

Torq have put together 2 packages for Mountain Bike Worldwide race entrants to ensure they will be in prime condition for their chosen race.

Package 1 is for those riders able to attend the Torq HQ in Wales, for fitness testing etc and will provide the most comprehensive results.

Package 2 is for riders that are unable to travel to the Torq premises but would like to be coached remotely and is available to anybody with an internet connection.

Premium coaching –  for those able to attend the Torq HQ in mid Wales

Full day consultancy including

  • Performance fitness testing
  • Performance education content
  • Discount on Torq products purchased on the day
  • £300

Monthly coaching plan

  • Comprehensive 1 to 1 coach contact
  • Monthly reviewed training plan
  • Individualised training plan
  • On going Torq product discount (20%)
  • £95 per month


Other plans including Premium plus, Premium and a 6 month plan are available, please inquire for more details


Remote coaching package –  for those unable to attend the Torq premises in person


The remote coaching package includes a 4hour Skype performance education program with a Torq consultant split into 2 x 2 hour sessions at £140


The rider will then be required to fitness test themselves by the most optimum method available and input the data in a Today’s Plan training package (details of which will be discussed during the Skype session).


Choice of Today’s Plan


  • 6 Week Personalised Plan: £14.00
  • 8 Week Personalised Plan: £19.95
  • 10 Week Personalised Plan: £24.95
  • 12 Week Personalised Plan: £29.95
  • 16 Week Personalised Plan: £39.99


Learn more about Torq coaching

Contact a member of the team here

Office Address

13 Hinwood Road,

Tel: +44 1743 885 073