GBDURO

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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

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

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    Altnabreac station

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Fascinating little train stop in the middle of the highlands which is largely inaccessible by vehicles (bikes or by foot is perfect) which is request only. Possibly the most remote station in the UK?!

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    The Oykel Bridge Hotel

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Maybe your last food stop for a while!?

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    Dundreggan to Tomich

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Absolutely spectacular gravel road section between Dundreggan (South) to Tomich (North), just looking on the map you can see how wiggly it is across the moorland! Enjoy the well surfaced gravel up and over the peak of Càrn Mhic an Tòisich.

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    The Corrieyairack Pass

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    The Corrieyairack Pass has somewhat legendary status in these parts. It climbs up to 2,526 feet (770 meters) and forms part of a network of military roads built in this area by General Wade in the 18th Century.

    It links Fort Augustus and Laggan, the rivers Spey and Tarff. Good luck passing through on this one either by mountain bike or foot, it's a beast!

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    Loch Ossian

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    Loch Ossian is a 3 mile (5 kilometer) long Loch on the Corrour Estate on Rannoch Moor, just two kilometers from Corrour train station. It's a beautiful area, served by wide and rocky gravel roads. Stay in the Loch Ossian YHA if you're in the area and enjoy dinner at the Corrour Station House inn.

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    Pennine Bridleway South of Colne

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Incredible gravel riding along here, with twisting turning singletrack and loose gravel climbs, a real treat!

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    Patagonia store Manchester

    Bike Touring Highlight

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    Sugar Loaf railway station

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Famed for being the most geographically remote station in Wales, it can get a bit hectic nowadays receiving an average of five passengers a month.

    Source: Wikipedia Commons

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    Wayfarer Memorial Traverse

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    Great bit of gravel riding. It’s rocky so rideable in the winter time. However it’s pretty wet!

    Tip by
    Liam
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    Dunkery Beacon

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Welcome to the top of the world! Well, at least Somerset. We may not be blessed with mighty mountains in the South West, but it's still certainly and achievement to climb Dunkery Beacon at 1705 feet (520m), whether that's by foot, or by bike, on road or off. Be prepared for more fierce weather if you're planning a trip up here as it can be much more blustery and cold up here than in the Exmoor valleys. There's a great off road trail up from Exford - have you tried it?

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    The Gap

    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!

    Tip by
    Barney
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    Great Dun Fell

    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

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    Clifton Suspension Bridge

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    The easiest way in and out of Bristol by bike. Usually quiet and leads straight to Ashton court and some nice roads out of Bristol. Can be used to head to the Mendips or over towards Weston Super Mare and Clevedon.

    Tip by
    James
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    Bwlch Y Groes

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Number 91 on Top 100 Climbs...

    Tip by
    mp.33
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    Falkirk Wheel

    Hiking Highlight

    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.

    Tip by
    Dan

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