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12 Hours of May by Albion & Outdoor Provisions – your best rides


12 Hours of May by Albion & Outdoor Provisions – your best rides

Bike Touring Collection by Outdoor Provisions



329:05 h

3,230 mi

245,500 ft

In May 2021 Albion and Outdoor Provisions came up with an idea to bring the community together. We created a cycling challenge that celebrates longer days, the hope of springtime and exploration closer to home – open to anyone on two or three wheels, and willing to spend 12 hours outdoors in one go.

This challenge was based on 12 hours elapsed time, not riding time. It was amazing to see everyone share their rides: from those who could stay in the saddle for 12 hours straight (or a little longer), to those who used the opportunity to go for their first wild camp or bikepacking adventure.

This Collection draws together and celebrates some of our favourite submissions. From incredible feats of endurance to historical tours of the countryside. From wild nights out under the stars to adventures shared with family and friends (and dogs!).

Thank you all for being a part of #12hoursofmay and see you again next year!

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Tours & Highlights

  • 12:13
    54.8 mi
    4.5 mph
    5,475 ft
    5,400 ft

    My #12HoursofMay ride celebrated the Peak District's big birthday, the UK's first National Park established 70 years ago in 1951, by passing 70 ancient, veteran and notable trees en route, …

  • 11:27
    148 mi
    12.9 mph
    13,050 ft
    13,100 ft

    The forecast promised big things for the weekend and didn’t disappoint, delivering 12 hours of sunshine for riding in the Lakes. In preparation for Hell of the North West in …

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  • 09:21
    142 mi
    15.2 mph
    6,525 ft
    6,625 ft

    Our day started badly: we were due to set off at 6.30am, but instead, I woke up at 6.30am, swore and stumbled around, tried to eat something and managed to …

  • 15:22
    173 mi
    11.3 mph
    15,925 ft
    15,200 ft

    Starting in Cardigan on 31st and riding to Talybont-on-Usk - seemingly via every valley and reservoir in Mid Wales. Sleeping in a field just off the old coach road between Llanwrthwl and Newbridge-on-Wye, leaving only an enormous grassy crater as a clue to my rest.

  • 12:32
    190 mi
    15.1 mph
    13,925 ft
    13,425 ft

    Well, why drive to the in-laws when you can cycle via Snowdonia? An early start and a grey roll out through the Cheshire plains gave way to brilliant sunshine as …

  • 06:03
    24.7 mi
    4.1 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,025 ft

    (Walked the footpath section to Win Hill summit)

    Win Hill and Hope Cross has been my go to riding destination during all the lockdowns as I am fortunate enough to …

  • 17:29
    166 mi
    9.5 mph
    32,900 ft
    32,800 ft

    Probably the least impressive route possible for #12HoursOfMay but it felt pretty unique spending 22 hours on the same climb. Witnessing everything come to life at different times was fascinating; …

  • 15:30
    47.5 mi
    3.1 mph
    4,100 ft
    4,225 ft

    Bit of a nightmare! Had everything planned and train booked from Sheffield to Lancaster to do an epic overnighter on the Way of the Roses C2C leaving Saturday morning... Suddenly …

  • 02:11
    10.6 mi
    4.9 mph
    1,050 ft
    975 ft

    This trip has been a long time in the making, and the #12hoursinmay challenge provided just the incentive to get out and get it done.
    While not a big ride for many, this was an epic adventure for my 9yo son and I.
    Lot of planning, kit tests, shakedowns, false starts, failed attempts and tears of frustration have preceded this trip.
    A wonder full memory made brighter by a rare break in this month's endless rain and wind.

  • 02:55
    27.4 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,550 ft

    The return leg was an early start at dawn. Night was clear and light pollution was low so it was possible to see satellites passing

    I did not expect such …

  • 11:39
    204 mi
    17.5 mph
    10,275 ft
    10,425 ft

    Well done mate !

  • 14:17
    134 mi
    9.4 mph
    5,950 ft
    5,925 ft
  • 18:18
    207 mi
    11.3 mph
    16,625 ft
    16,575 ft

    Bit late to the party of #12hoursofmay as lost a few weekends to moving house.

  • 10:49
    165 mi
    15.2 mph
    11,100 ft
    11,300 ft

    My work very generously gave us all Friday off to have a "Mental Health Day" I couldn't think of anything else I would rather do than send it cycling. We …

  • 18:48
    252 mi
    13.4 mph
    12,775 ft
    12,875 ft

    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! 😈

  • 17:35
    102 mi
    5.8 mph
    7,825 ft
    7,925 ft

    Two days of bikepacking adventures in South Wales... Saturday, a leisurely start (due to CV19 vaccination at 08:30), and with the forecast looking good until 3pm we set off from …

  • 05:34
    49.1 mi
    8.8 mph
    6,175 ft
    6,125 ft
  • 06:40
    95.7 mi
    14.4 mph
    8,175 ft
    8,250 ft
  • 11:16
    114 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,900 ft

    I loved the simplicity of 12 Hours of May, so I was immediately excited to start planning my route and free up a 12 hour window. I had wanted to …

  • 12:06
    88.5 mi
    7.3 mph
    4,300 ft
    4,475 ft

    I can't believe this is all on my own doorstep! I'm absolutely falling in love with gravel riding, it feels like a proper adventure. The route was great, lovely sections along the ridgeway and some spectacular views of the countryside, also I learnt a lot about the chalk carvings which was pretty cool! 🙂 I must have been wearing my lucky pants to because despite some ominous clouds at points I managed to avoid getting rained on all day! 😂

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    3,230 mi
  • Duration
    329:05 h
  • Elevation
    245,500 ft
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12 Hours of May by Albion & Outdoor Provisions – your best rides