For many people, riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats is a challenge in itself. After all, it ain’t just up the road. It spans almost 1000 miles from one end to the other of Great Britain. I know first hand, when I rode the Deloitte Ride Across Britain in 2013 – one of the highlights of my cycling career.
Threshold Sports, the people behind the RAB, have launched a new series of packages for 2017, with the highlight being their new ‘ULTRA’ package, which will take you across the country in a mere 5 days. And besides their England, Scotland and ‘Classic’ packages, they’re also offering a ‘PLUS’ – which basically means you get to stay in a hotel, instead of a tent.
The 2017 Ride will take place from 9th-17th September. The route takes in the most beautiful parts of Britain from barren moorlands to lush green valleys, winding back lanes, stunning coastal roads and majestic highlands. All of the packages are fully supported – a signposted route that’s easy to follow, accommodation, delicious hot food, regular pit stops, mechanical and medical support – and, while Ultra is for serious cyclists, Classic, Plus, England and Scotland are suitable for cyclists of any age and ability.
Designed to suit personal commitments, preferences and cycling experience, your choice of package essentially boils down to if you want to stay in a tent or hotel and far you want to ride.
This is the ultimate endurance British cycling challenge: Lands End to John O’Groats, 969 miles, fully supported, in just five days. It is the first ever ride of its kind designed especially for experienced cyclists and this year will be limited to 50 places.
Considering the average cyclist completes the route in 10-14 days, this is an epic feat of distance and a worthy challenge for an experienced rider willing to take it on. If you choose the Ultra package, you’ll be averaging 193 miles a day as you pedal the length of the UK. The Ultra package includes four nights in a hotel with breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner and, like the other packages, is fully supported with a signed route, pit stops, medical and mechanical services support.
Date: 13th-17th September, 2017 Distance: 969 miles Duration: 5 days Average mileage per day: 193 miles Accommodation: 4 nights in hotels
This is the most popular package for riders who want to cover the route in nine days camping overnight while. It’s the biggest event of this kind in the UK and attracts over 800 riders. Like all the others, the Classic package is fully supported with food, logistics, accommodation, medical and mechanical services so all you need to do is focus on your cycling. Each night you’ll sleep at a fully-prepared basecamp with your own private tent, food and hot showers to rest and get ready for the next day.
Date: 9th-17th September, 2017 Distance: 969 miles Duration: 9 days Average distance per day: 108 miles Accommodation: 8 nights camping
The ‘Plus’ option is for those who would prefer to stay overnight in hotel accommodation instead of camping. Whilst the base camp on the Classic package is extremely comfortable, after a long day in the saddle, you may prefer a bed and a roof over your head. The Plus package includes nine nights in a hotel, breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner, fully supported like the Classic Ride with a fully signed route, pit stops, medical and mechanical services support.
Date: 9th-17th September, 2017 Distance: 969 miles Duration: 9 days Average distance per day: 108 miles Accommodation: 8 nights in hotels
For those who are time pressured or want to build up to the full LEJOG distance, there is now the option to ride the England section of the route. Over five days, the England Package will explore little known back routes through to legendary climbs and descents like Shap in the Lakes, Cheddar Gorge and the stunning scenery of the West country moorland. Each night riders will sleep at a fully-prepared base camp with their own private tent, food and hot showers. During the day, the Ride is fully supported with a signed route, pit stops and medical and mechanical support.
For those who are time pressured or want to build up to the full LEJOG distance, there is now the option to ride the Scottish section of the route. Over five days, the Scotland Package will takes you across rugged mountains, deserted coastlines and some of the quietest roads you will find anywhere in the country. You’ll pass glorious lochs, cycle over majestic Glen Coe and beautiful Caledonian landscapes before taking in the far north of Scotland. As per the other packages,you’ll sleep at a fully-prepared base camp with your own private tent, food and hot showers .
Date: 15th-18th September, 2017 Distance: 440 miles Duration: 4 days Average mileage per day: 110 miles Accommodation: 4 nights camping