GBDURO is a self-supported bikepacking enduro from Land's End to John O'Groats on road, gravel, singletrack, and everything in between. Unlike a conventional MTB enduro the timed stages are slightly longer… the 2000km route is split into 4 timed stages of ~500km/stage; lowest aggregate time over the 4 stages 'wins'... nothing. The inaugural ride will start on 22 June 2019. See the GBDURO (theracingcollective.com/gbduro.html) website for more details.
We'll be riding the new GB Divide (gbdivide.net) route which links Britain's wild places with its rich industrial past. Much of it is on road so you'll need a setup that rolls well, whilst also dealing with the rough stuff on gravel tracks and bridleways; the surface of which range from heaven to hell and everything in between. A gravel/adventure bike with minimum 35mm tyres is recommended.
The route is about cutting lines through mountains and experiencing the many micro cultures that make up a complex little island. This collection gives you an insight into some of the things you’ll experience along the way.
The route will be released publically via the GB Divide (gbdivide.net) page by 1 Jan 2020 for anyone to give it a go. To be informed of developments please sign up to The Racing Collective’s Mail list via theracingcollective.com/join.htm
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Mountain Biking Highlight
Lying in the saddle between Pen y Fan and Fan y Big, the Gap has long been a focal point for mountain biking in the Brecons.
Best ridden from south to north, the climb is straightforward and the descend down the other side exhilarating; rock steps at the top add spice, but it's technically not too demanding after them. It's an awful lot of fun. though. But at 600m, it can get pretty blowy if the weather's poor!
Road Cycling Highlight
The Daddy of UK mountains. 11/10 in Another 100 Greatest Climbs - "England's Ventoux". Careful on the lower slopes as it's easy to burn too much energy there. The last 2 miles of this climb to the highest paved surface in England is on beautiful closed roads. It's savagely steep in places and relentless. The view at the top will either be of nothing past your feet or of the whole world. A MUST for any road cyclist in the Cold Dark North
The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift in the world. This feat of engineering stands at 115 feet tall and, using the power of eight domestic kettles, transfers boats 79 feet (24 metres) through the air between the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Union Canal. Boats must then ascend another 36 feet (11 metres) through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. There is a visitor centre here with facilities and information on the Wheel.