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‘The Distance’ Bikepacking Event: Kit Hire

We've teamed up with The Distance - an overnight bikepacking event in Galloway, Scotland - to offer free entries with our recently launched bikepacking kit hire packages...

The Distance is taking place in the Dumfries and Galloway region of the UK, specifically the Galloway Forest Park, which has been selected due to the presence of suitable trails and the added feature that the area is a designated dark sky park.

“The general concept for the event is a non-competitive adventurous challenge, within a sociable weekend of riding. The test of riders will come from trying to complete the full route, and the adventure from not knowing where you’ll finish up. Several intermediate checkpoints will guide riders to longer or shorter legs (using time cut-offs), with the aim of all riders arriving at an overnight camp hopefully all within an hour of each other. Some will ride 90+ miles, some 60, but all will arrive to hot food, a comfortable camp and even a Gin bar with an opportunity to relive the day with friends old and new. In short the faster you go the further you have to ride to the overnight” Focal Events

Riders will travel a combination of on and off-road routes, in a self-supported manner. At each checkpoint, the next section of route will be supplied, on printed map and if required, GPX. Riders won’t be told which variant they are following – the faster you go, the further you ride. Along the way, a brevet card needs to be completed and you will be encouraged to photograph key points of interest – proof (if needed) that you have travelled that route.

Riders will have to carry sleeping bag and shelter (tent, tarp, bivvy bag). Food will be provided at the overnight, so there is no need not carry cooking equipment. There will also be hot showers, bike spares available for running repairs and a covered social area with bar, music etc. Sunday will see a return to the start on gentle, scenic minor roads, past beaches, cafes and a midday ice cream stop – distance approximately 40 miles. Riders will be encouraged to make it a relaxed, sociable experience…

HIRE OPTION 4 (1+2):