The 2016 Tour of Sufferlandria

Get it in your diary and prepare for nine straight days of Sufferfest videos. The 2016 Tour of Sufferlandria, the Greatest Grand Tour of a Mythical Nation, is from the 6th to the 14th of February. Official Patrons are Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter and all donations benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation. In 2015, more than 3,000 Sufferlandrians raised $105,000 for the DPF.


  1. The Tour of Sufferlandria is about doing 9 days of Sufferfest videos in a row. You do the rides from the relative discomfort of your own home or in a group at one of our Officially Licensed Facilities.
  2. REGISTER: for the Tour by making at least a $10 USD donation to the Davis Phinney Foundation. For every $10 USD you donate, you earn one chance in our prize pool (so if you donate, say, $100, you earn 10 chances in our prize pool).
  3. Then get on and ride the video(s) for each stage of the Tour on the day specified. You DO NOT have to track or tell us or anyone whether you do the stages or how hard you ride. You are a Sufferlandrian, we trust you will do justice to the course.
  4. Be sure to join in the Tour of Sufferlandria Facebook group -it's the Official Race Village and where all the trash-talk happens. It’s awesome fun.
  5. Once it’s over, you will have accomplished something truly incredible. HONOR, GLORY and VICTORY will be yours.
One week after the ToS, we take all the donations and randomly select winners for the prize pool. Winners will be notified by email and on this page.

    * It’s not really a race – it’s just you against yourself and whether you can push yourself for 9 days straight.

    ** Thanks to the wonders of a round planet and multiple timezones, each ‘Day’ on the Tour of Sufferlandria starts and finishes at the International Date Line. Practically, that means you have a 50 hour window in which to complete each stage. We’ll have a complete breakdown nearer the start of the Tour.


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    THE 2016 STAGES

    The hardest ever start for the ToS begins right in the mountains. Three double video days will challenge the resolve of every Sufferlandrian. The hardest day? Difficult to decide, but stage 8 looks particularly brutal. Remember, each stage starts when that date starts on Earth (Which is GMT+14) and the stage finishes when it's no longer Feb 6 anywhere, anymore. We encourage you to do the stage within your own time zone, but you can do the stage anytime in between the start and finish times listed below.
    Stage 1, Sat 6th Feb: ISLAGIATT
     Start Finish
    Stage 2, Sun 7th Feb: REVOLVER + REVOLVER
     Start Finish
    Stage 3, Mon 8th Feb: THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD
    Stage 4, Tue 9th Feb: TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE
    Stage 5, Wed 10th Feb: THE WRETCHED
    Stage 6, Thu 11th Feb: THE ROOKIE
    Stage 7, Fri 12 Feb: DO AS YOU'RE TOLD
    Stage 8, Sat 13 Feb: AVDP + Nine Hammers
    Stage 9, Sun 14 Feb: POWER STATION + VIOLATOR

    2016 PRIZE LIST!

    We've only just begun putting our amazing prize list together, but here is what we have so far! It's building nearly ever day, so stay tuned for more great prizes.



     1 x Thomson Bike Tours: Tour de France Trip: King of the Mountains Challenge in the Alps. Whoa! Spend the final week of the Tour following three live stages and riding iconic climbs like Alpe d'Huez and Galibier. And, of course, with the hospitality that has made Thomson Bike Tours so famous. Value: $4,895

    WINNER: David Vaughn

    1 x Stages SC3 Indoor Bike. This new bike is taking indoor cycling studios by storm and is only now available to consumers. It's mind-blowingly awesome and we're already jealous of whoever wins it! Value: $2,699

    WINNER: Janis Denning

    1 x Wattbike Pro (or Trainer if you prefer). Official trainer of the UCI, the accuracy, data and capabilities of this incredible bike will take you to new levels of Suffering - and results. And to make sure you look good while Suffering, you'll also get a set of Wattbike Team Kit by Santini. Value: $3,500

    WINNER: Daniel Siddle

    1 x BMC Team Machine SLR03. BMC has won the Tour de France, classics and world championships. Once you get on one, who knows what further GLORY awaits? Value: $2,149 

    WINNER: Donald Edmunds (Palm Beach, FL)

    1 x Scicon AeroTech Evolution TSA Bike Box. It has to be the best bike box in the WORLD. Developed together with World Tour teams, this box is light, strong and easy to pack. Value $1,400.

    WINNER: Christian Puzder






        • 10 x Oakley Glasses (Types TBD) (WINNERS: Kareem Abdel Fattah, Himani Williams, Joe Martin, Jessie Lukasik, Rebecca Eitelberg, Ebe A Boettcher, Barbara Russell of Sioux Lookout CA, Lance Classen, Tiffany Meier of Chicago IL and Mike Riley of Littleton CO)
            • 1 x Dig Deep Coaching 12-week personal coaching plan and nutrition consultation (WINNER: Brittany Taylor Williams)
            • 5 x Velopress Books (WINNERS: David Hengehold, Jason Riley, Brandon Gouin, Alex Fowler and Whitney McClelland)
            3 x 4 packs of Official Tour of Sufferlandria Pint Glasses (WINNERS: Cody Moore, Paul Mackenzie and Ian Adams of Apoka, FL)
            2 x VIP Passes to the Cycling 360 Online Cycling Summit (WINNERS: Stephen MacDonald of Mount Lawley, Australia & Andy Holt)


            Made your donation? Then download our Official Tour of Sufferlandria Race number template, customise it and make it your profile picture on social media..


            The DPF is committed to supporting programs and research that deliver inspiration, information and tools that will enable people living with Parkinson’s to take more control in managing their disease. The DPF was founded in 2004 by Olympic medalist and cycling great, Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at the age of 40.

            OUR TOUR PATRONS

            Davis Phinney is one of our heroes from the 80s, was a professional cyclist who won, amongst other things, two stages of the Tour de France. His wife, Connie Carpenter, was the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in the Women’s Road Race and a World Champion on the track. Davis, who has Parkinson’s disease, set up the Davis Phinney Foundation to help people with Parkinson’s live better lives now. Davis and Connie are our ToS 2016 Race Patrons. Their son is Taylor Phinney of the BMC Pro Team.


            Let me get this right. The Tour of Sufferlandria is simply doing one or more Sufferfest videos over 9 days as listed in the Official Route? Correct.

            Is it a race? No. It is simply you against yourself to see whether you can push yourself for 9 days. We believe you can.

            Where does it take place? In your Bike Torture Chamber, Pain Cave or whatever you call it. Or join a group at one of our Official Sufferlandrian Embassies.

            How do I sign up? You register by making a $10 donation to our partner charity, The Davis Phinney Foundation. For every $10 you donate, you’ll have one chance to win one of the amazing prizes.

              But how will you know I did the videos? We trust you.

              Do I have to do all the stages? Yes. Of course, you can skip one or more. But then you’ll know. And you probably won’t be able to forgive yourself for that.

              For stages with more than one video, do I have to do the videos back-to-back? Yes. You wouldn’t take a break halfway through a Tour de France or Giro stage so why would you expect less of the Tour of Sufferlandria?

              Do I have to do them on the exact dates?  You actually have a 50 hour window in which to do each stage thanks to the wonder of a round planet and multiple time zones. We'll have a countdown clock for each stage so you know what the exact time windows are.

              Do I have to buy the videos in order to complete The ToS? Yes - you can get them through our website or via our app. Otherwise, you’re not really doing a Tour of Sufferlandria, eh?

              I’ve subscribed to the App. Can I use that for the Tour? Yes.

              What kind of bike do I need for this? Can I do it on rollers? As long as you can Suffer on it, we don’t care what kind of machine you use.

              I’m planning on peaking for Paris-Roubaix, the Tour de France and the World Championships. Do you think the ToS is the right prep? Of course! What else are you going to do – Paris-Nice or some easy race like that? C’mon. Let’s get back to the old-school way of preparing for big goals and suffer like greased pigs in January!

              I guess I'm going to get hungry? What do I eat? Check out our nutrition advice for getting through the Tour.


              Tour of Sufferlandria 2015:
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              Tour of Sufferlandria 2014:
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              Tour of Sufferlandria 2013:
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