What is The Distance?
We are branding this event ‘Self Supported with benefits’ as it really does not conform to any current event format.
The event focuses on the growing trend in rackless touring, but with a unique twist.
There event is not a race but more a sociable challenge.
From a single start point each rider will visit a series of checkpoints throughout the day. How they get between the checkpoints will be dependent on their rate of progress … there are up to 3 route options at every checkpoint and your arrival time will determine which route option you are given.
Simply the faster you are the further you ultimately ride.
Oh and you won’t know the routes until you get to the checkpoint and you won’t know your ultimate destination until you get there … fun? We think so.
Some will ride 100+ miles, some closer to 60 miles, but all will arrive to hot food, a comfortable camp and even a gin bar. The overnight gives an opportunity to relive the day with friends old and new.
Where do we go?
The Distance is to take place in the Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway. The event will require riders to travel a combination of on and off road routes, in a self supported manner.
All riders will begin at Colvent Public Hall, Colvend, Dalbeattie, DG5 4QD.
At each checkpoint, the next section of route will be supplied. This will be a printed map and where checkpoint facilities allow, a GPX. Riders won’t be told which variant they are following just how far to the next checkpoint – the faster they go the further they will ride.
Along the way, a brevet card will be completed and they will be encouraged to note key points of interest – proof (if needed) that they have travelled that route.
The end goal is an overnight camp … pack your sleeping bag and shelter.
The following day all riders will follow the same route back to the start.
What do we do there?
Riders have to carry a sleeping bag and some form of shelter (tent, tarp, bivi). Food will be provided at the overnight stop, so you need not carry cooking equipment. There will be catering available on site to provide riders with a hot meal and drinks on Saturday evening (included in entry cost).
There will also be hot showers, bike spares available for running repairs and a covered social area with bar, music etc.
Sunday’s return loop will be past beaches, cafes and a midday ice cream stop – distance approximately 50 miles. Riders will be encouraged to make it a relaxed, sociable experience.
The Distance brought to you with
“If ‘a challenge is one where the outcome is uncertain’, then this is slightly different, because a relatively comfortable, sociable night is the certainty. However, an adventure to get there is guaranteed.
I’ve always been a head down racer but now, I look for new challenges and with the bigger tyres and carrying capacity coupled with the developments of sleeping and bike packing kit has meant this becomes easier, simpler and lighter. Have bags will travel. I like to when I’m not racing stop and explore, taste the local food and drink and generally have a great time experiencing the joy of discovery by bike, it just so happened that focal events had a plan and location to make this a reality.”
Bruce Dalton, Kinesis Brand Manager