The Distance

THE DISTANCE

NORTH YORKSHIRE 22.08.20 – 23.08.20

WHAT IS THE DISTANCE?

Hosted by Bombtrack Bicycle Company, supported by Ortlieb and Teravail in 2020.

We are branding this event ‘Self Supported with benefits’ as it really does not conform to any current event format.

The event focuses on the growing trend in rackless touring, but with a unique twist.

The event is not a race but more a sociable challenge.

From a single start point each rider will visit a series of checkpoints throughout the day.  How they get between the checkpoints will be dependent on their rate of progress and the style of riding they choose. From ‘adventure roads’ to mountain bike trails, there are up to 3 route options at every checkpoint and your arrival time will determine which route options are open to you.

Simply the faster you are the further you ultimately ride… or as we like to view it, the more sociable you are the shorter the distance to the comfort of camp.

Oh and you won’t know the routes until you get to the checkpoint and you won’t know your ultimate destination until you get there … fun?  We think so.

Some will ride 80+ miles, some won’t reach 50 miles, but all will arrive to hot food, a comfortable camp and a complimentary gin cocktail (don’t worry, there’s beer too).  The overnight gives an opportunity to relive the day with friends old and new.

 

PACK A SLEEPING BAG AND SHELTER!

The Distance will require riders to travel a combination of on and off road routes, in a self supported manner.

All riders start together along a set route to the first checkpoint.

At each checkpoint, the next section of route will be unveiled. This will be a printed map and GPX. Riders won’t be told which route they are following – just how far to the next checkpoint. The faster they go the further they will ride.

Along the way, a brevet card will be completed and they will be encouraged to note key points of interest – proof (if needed) that they have travelled that route.

The end goal is an overnight camp … pack your sleeping bag and shelter.

The following day all riders will follow a single, much shorter  route back to the start.

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THERE WILL ONLY BE 150 PLACES AVAILABLE.
  • The most unique and fun packed event we’ve ridden in years. So much more than just bikepacking, The Distance is a social bike ride, a party and a treasure hunt all rolled into one!

  • The Distance is one of Red Bull’s

    ’10 Gravel Events You Should Enter in 2020′

All routes are created equal… But some are more equal than others.