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.
The 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… or as we like to view it, the more sociable you are the shorter the distance to the comfort of camp.
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 80+ miles, some closer to 50 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 (probably) in and around the old county of Westmorland – think west of Kendal. The event will require riders to travel a combination of on and off road routes, in a self supported manner.
For 2019 we plan to offer a choice of rougher trails (think MTB) and less technical all road/off road routes (think gravel).
At each checkpoint, the next section of route will be unveiled. This will be a printed map and/or 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 – 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 a single, much shorter 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 and Sunday morning (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 much easier – distance approximately 25 miles. Riders will be encouraged to make it a relaxed, sociable experience.
If you don’t fancy/have time for the return ride on Sunday, there’ll be an option for friends to drive and meet us at the campsite, join you for dinner and post ride socialising, and give you a lift back to the start.