This is a cycling challenge with our friends at Albion that celebrates longer days, the hope of springtime and exploration closer to home. It is open to anyone on two or three wheels, and willing to spend 12 hours outdoors in one go.
This challenge is based on 12 hours elapsed time, not riding time. So you could stay in the saddle for 12 hours straight, or for a few hours before finding a place to sleep and pedalling home in the morning.
There are some big prizes on offer from Albion, Outdoor Provisions and komoot. For your ride to eligible, you need to tag Outdoor Provisions and Albion in your Completed Tour and add #12HoursofMay to the title.
Here are a selection of entries for some inspiration. Although many of these Tours are from rides in the UK, the initiative and prizes are available worldwide.
To be kept up to date and get a free komoot region map code to get you started, sign up at 12hoursofmay.cc
We ran a short seminar to answer your questions and give a quick intro on how to take part, you can watch the recording here: komoot.zoom.us/rec/share/OVq6WXg8ELCm1jX6iHXDoGWXWuQOTR-Bqkwg4olDxbmMFZQzN1WeomTFtDf-bh3d.jxXL2qZUXIDTkZ3D
Bikepacking in England is back on the menu 🎉 , so of course we celebrated by the revival of School Night Bivvi Club.
Such a blast to get back to it again, the excitement of heading out after work when everyone else was heading home, climbing on stony Cotswold trails in the setting golden sun, carrying layers upon layers and a nearly full bottle of Jura to help keep us warm as the temperatures plummeted overnight...
I was so glad to wake a little after 5am after a brilliant sleep, for that momentary pause of silence before the dawn chorus got into swing. First the distant pheasant, cooing wood pigeons and trilling blackbird, then joined steadily into a cacophony of sound: robins, tits and treecreepers all joining in too.
After a very causal start, we packed up camp and parted ways, riding back into Bristol with birthday boy Dan very much ready for a hearty breakfast.
These valleys are where the Albion story began. Remote mountain roads. Short, steep, punishing climbs. All four seasons in a day.
Last week we headed back to Mid Wales, to ride what we think is the best 100 mile route in Britain. After a strange few months, it felt good to be in the wilderness again. Rupert, the man behind the Albion lens, took a camera with him in a bar bag on the rides.
(Credit to Dave Barter for designing the Irfon / Elan 175 route which features in his book “Great British Bike rides: 40 classic routes for road cyclists.”)
Full photo story and further routes on the Albion website albioncycling.com/2020/07/dispatches-from-the-mountains-of-mid-wales
Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.
Beautiful and brutal in equal measure, the riding in this part of Yorkshire is easily some of the best on offer in Britain.
As ever when riding in Britain, we encountered all four seasons over two days of riding, giving us a range of conditions to pit the gear against on notorious local climbs including Garsdale Head, Malham Cove, Park Rash and Oxnop Scar.
Full write up over on the Albion site: albioncycling.com/2018/12/gods-own-county
To visit the Lakes is to experience the natural colours and contours of the great outdoors at their most striking. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we were drawn to the region to experience its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells, as they are known locally).
Full write up at albioncycling.com/2018/01/crags-fells-lakes
This Tour would be equally good clockwise or anti-clockwise, but time the short distance on the A82 early in the morning or late in the evening as the traffic will be quieter. There are plenty of loop options when you reach Skye. The full route would be best suited split into two days, but depends how much pain you like! 😈
The 12 Hours Of May challenge reminded me to plan in a Tour I had contemplated for too long. I intended this ride as a long day ride but thought it might be nice to approach it as an overnighter.
Starting in my home town Sint-Niklaas and heading up towards Ghent Canal Zone to enter the Region Meetjesland, gateway to the Belgian Coast, the route took me along waterways and creeks to end up at the North Sea.
My destination was the renewed visitor centre of Het Zwin nature reserve and bird sanctuary, designed by Coussée-Goris-Huyghe architects, a building I’ve been wanting to check out. The covered picnic area was my bivvy spot for the night.
Beautiful scenery along the route, and plenty of wildlife spotting. Weak sunshine and gusting head winds.