Location

The event HQ will be revealed soon.

Facilities

  • Event registration, with rider briefing and route GPXs etc
  • Toilets
  • Nearby pubs/restaurants for dinner etc
  • Shops
  • Showers
  • Friday night camping
  • Car Parking nearby

Course Navigation

The Distance route is divided into several sections. GPX tracks of all route sections are uploaded here a week prior to the start.  Map sections will be given out at checkpoints (details to follow).  Navigation will not be difficult, but it will be the responsibility of the rider.

Everyone will follow the same route for section 1 (which should take 1.5 to 2.5 hours), at the end of which there will be a staffed checkpoint where you will be given instructions for section 2 (which GPX to load and follow or map to use). The route (and distance) of section 2 and each subsequent section, will be determined by the time at which you arrive at the checkpoint. Arrive earlier and the next section will be longer. The most ‘enthusiastic’ riders may be given extra sections to enjoy. Saturday’s ride will vary from approx 80 Km to 130Km (50 to 80 miles).

At each checkpoint (and at some intermediate locations) riders will fill in their brevet card, by recording some information or by having the card stamped by a marshal.

The aim is to get everyone to the overnight location for dinner at around 6pm on Saturday, along with the other ‘benefits’ (see below).

 Everyone will follow the same route back to the Start/Finishon Sunday.  This will be approximately 40Km (25miles) and a GPX route will be supplied.

Entries

Entry fee for The Distance 2019 is £65. Entry includes;

  • Camping, hot dinner and breakfast at the overnight
  • Showers
  • Bar and social space at the overnight
  • Parking at start/finish
  • Coffee/tea at start
  • Course maps and GPX
  • Marshal team backup

In addition to the standard entry fee, riders can also purchase;

  • Additional food and drink throughout the weekend

Any queries on entries please contact us via the contact form or contact@focal.events

On Route Support

The Distance is a self supported ride (the benefits are earned at the overnight). There will be no feed stations, but the route is planned to pass ‘re-supply/re-fuel’ opportunities.

Marshals will have emergency supplies and some mechanical support.

Start Times

The event will have a starting window from 8am to 9am. Riders can choose to start any time within this hour, but must have already registered to ride and be at the start line 20 minutes early for a final rider briefing and updates to the event.

Rider Briefing

In an effort to ensure every rider is well informed please review the detailed rider briefing which will be emailed to all riders in early May (please check the email address used for your entry profile).

This presentation should be viewed prior to sign on. However, we will make an effort to present this information at the Event HQ.

Please email us at contact@focal.events should you have a query regarding your entry.

Required Kit

The required kit is the minimum that must be carried.

  • Sleeping bag and mat*
  • Overnight shelter (tent, bivi and/or tarp*)
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Survival blanket
  • Waterproof jacket (as a minimum taped or welded seams)
  • Warm hat or buff type head covering
  • Front and rear light (rear with a flashing mode)
  • Mobile phone
  • Food for the duration of the ride. Cooking equipment is not required, but can be taken
  • Ability to carry at least 1 litre of water

* This equipment can be transported to the overnight for a donation of £10 to charity (tbc)

Recommended Kit

Bike with 33c or larger tyres.  The courses is designed to favour gravel bikes or XC MTBs, but any off-road capable bike in good working order can be used

  • GPS navigation and spare batteries if required
  • Spare long sleeve base layer and socks
  • Spare brake pads
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Multitool
  • Pump, it is recommended a standard pump be carried to supplement any C02 inflators.
  • Chain links
  • Chain lubrication
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Food for the time you are riding.

Make sure that you carry essential spares and have the ability to undertake rudimentary repairs of your bike; parts of the route are remote.

Checkpoints

The Distance is a time limited adventure. We will aim to keep you riding for 8 hours or so –just long enough to earn dinner. The distance you travel will be determined by your enthusiasm to cover the miles.

The weather conditions can be variable and navigation is your responsibility. To ensure the safety of all participants a strict set of cut off times will be in place for each checkpoint, after which shorter route options will be given. We reserve the right to vary these cut off times based upon weather conditions and other adverse influencing factors.

If the rider, for whatever reason, cannot continue they must make every effort to contact event staff on the numbers provided on route map and brevet card. In a non-emergency, we will do what we can to assist, but you will have ensured you have sufficient equipment and supplies to spend the night outdoors.

The Overnight Site

The location of the overnight camp will not be communicated to riders in advance of the start. At the overnight there will be:

  • Ample level, grassy ground upon which to sleep
  • Clean drinking water, toilets and showers (if you really must…)
  • A hot meal (meat and vegetarian options) and hot drink
  • Breakfast and hot drinks for Sunday morning.
  • A bar and social area (bring some cash!)
  • Bike spares and mechanic support (charged to rider)