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12 Hours of May 2021 Winners and Honourable Mentions


12 Hours of May 2021 Winners and Honourable Mentions

Bike Touring Collection by Outdoor Provisions



163:51 h

1,623 mi

102,375 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, …

  • 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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  • 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 …

  • 09:16
    92.4 mi
    10.0 mph
    10,050 ft
    9,975 ft

    1 - Norwood Edge
    2 - Hartwith Bank
    3 - Greenhow Hill
    4 - Park Rash
    5 - Arkleside (Gravel)
    6 - Trapping Hill
    7 - Two Stoops
    8 - …

  • 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 …

  • 11:42
    167 mi
    14.3 mph
    11,775 ft
    12,475 ft

    The goal: c.700km round the north of England, ticking off 10 checkpoints and climbing over 8000m.
    First ever through-the-night ride which was kind of awesome, with sunrise somewhere near Sedbergh.
    Crippling knee pain set in near Windermere so I had to call it a day at St Bees, 4 checkpoints and 270km in but it was still an enjoyable experience

  • 11:29
    137 mi
    11.9 mph
    7,125 ft
    7,125 ft

    Sure. I left Midlothian at 5 am in the rain and met Naomi at Edinburgh city center to catch the 6 am train to Helensburgh. We tried to catch some …

  • 12:18
    19.5 mi
    1.6 mph
    850 ft
    700 ft

    I chose this route because it is local to where I live, varied and inclusive. You could ride this 20 mile route on almost any kind of bike you want. …

  • 13:17
    160 mi
    12.1 mph
    6,225 ft
    6,025 ft

    Thanks Yall! Yeah not gonna lie was pretty sloppy in places!

  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • 12:35
    131 mi
    10.5 mph
    8,975 ft
    9,000 ft

    I work for a Scottish company that makes disinfectant. Before Covid I spent a week every two months in our factory and worked from home / out with customers the …

  • 08:27
    125 mi
    14.8 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,575 ft

    Ey up Kitty, just letting you know we picked this ride as an honourable mention for the 12 Hours of May, we particularly enjoyed the sketches!

    It's been added to the Winners and Honourable Mentions collection. Hope you fancy another go next May 🙌

  • 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! 😈

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    1,623 mi
  • Duration
    163:51 h
  • Elevation
    102,375 ft
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12 Hours of May 2021 Winners and Honourable Mentions