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What is ARTIC all about?

The ARTIC challenge is something different. It is not just about riding motorcycle routes through spectacular landscapes, you have to stop for a series of challenges during the ride, which in the end, will give you a password to unlock the next route.

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It takes place in Spain – each year is a new location! – and it’s not a race, so you can ride the routes at your own pace. But after completing each route, you receive a stamp in your ARTIC passport.

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You can participate in the ARTIC challenge with any type of motorcycle because there are two different challenges: Trail and Road. We entered the Road Challenge with a team of four REV’IT! riders consisting of myself, our Spanish Sales Agent, Jose Manuel, and two REV’IT! dealers from Pamplona and Granada.

We were itching to ride after seeing all the beautiful roads in the area. Roc, from our training school partner, Enduro Park, offered me a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled to use on the day of the challenge. How could I say no to that offer?!

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Let the good times roll

It was finally time to ride on Saturday morning. But after opening the curtains in the hotel, it was raining cats and dogs.

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Not what I had hoped for but still a great day to ride nonetheless. When we arrived at the location of the start it was still raining hard. Pretty much everybody was wearing a rain suit. Only the riders with GORE-TEX® suits were brave enough to battle the elements without any additional rain gear. That said, I got the keys to the Desert Sled, we studied the first map from the organization and then hit the road.

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The weather gods smiled upon us and the rain stopped half an hour after the challenge started. We topped up our fuel tanks at a local fuel station and removed our rain suits because the sun started peeking through the clouds. We reached the first challenge that involved crossing a river in our underpants! Hopefully that was the first - and last - moment of the day that we had to get wet.

Fortunately, we kept dry during the next challenges that were connected by beautiful roads with even more beautiful vistas along the way. I had a permanent smile on my face riding the nimble and torquey Desert Sled on the twisty backroads. Life is good riding a motorcycle in the Pyrenees.

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I definitely wasn’t the only one enjoying myself! Looking at the smiles on the faces of my fellow participants, they were having a pretty good time, too.

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Smiles in the mountains

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Up into the mountains

After stopping for a quick lunch in the town of Broto, we finished the last challenge of the first stage and handed over our passwords at the checkpoint. We earned the first stamp in our passport and received the map for the next segment: Route North.

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The Northern route in the direction of Panticosa was really beautiful with its hairpin corners, high, rocky mountains, fast-flowing rivers and big blue lakes. Unfortunately, the weather was taking a turn for the worse as the sun disappeared behind the clouds and it started getting colder.

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Heading West

We finished more challenges, received a new map and headed westward. After riding to the city of Jaca, we headed into the mountains for the final checkpoint. The environment looked completely different to the last two routes. It’s unbelievable how many different landscapes the Pyrenees have to offer. We enjoyed the beautiful views and the monasteries of San Juan de la Peña on the way to the final checkpoint.

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It was time to head back east to the finish in Biescas. Tired but satisfied, we reached the finish and received the final stamp in our ARTIC passport. After the finish, everybody shared their stories during the dinner in the challenge hall. What a day! Some were even awarded prizes for the completed challenges.

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During the ride back to Barcelona the next day, I couldn’t help but smile thinking about the great days we had in the Pyrenees.

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The ARTIC challenge is all about riding beautiful roads, completing fun challenges along the way, while enjoying the amazing scenery and having a fun with great people. If you have the opportunity to enter an ARTIC challenge in the future, we highly recommend you to do it. You won’t be disappointed.


The organization is working on a new challenge in the South of Spain, probably in October.

Keep an eye on www.artic-zone.com for more updates.