The Great British Divide is a new unsupported MTB bikepacking event from one end of the country to the other.
It’s not a race, it is an adventure to be completed in a couple of weeks. Travelling from the bottom to the top of Great Britain, at times taking a less obvious route whilst still passing through much of the most beautiful, dramatic and testing terrain the country has to offer.
Mostly off-road and with a distance of 2000km and more 40000m of climbing, this will be a challenge and experience you will never forget.
In July 2022 will you be on the startline for the second edition of the Great British Divide….?
What and When
The Great British Divide is a self-supported ultra-distance bikepacking adventure ride. It is 65-70% off road and requires a mountain bike or ‘monster cross’ style bike to complete.
It starts in Bridge near Canterbury on Saturday 30th July 2022 at 10:00am with the end of the event and the final checkpoint in Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland closing on Saturday 13th August at 6:00pm.
What Does it Cost?
Entry Fee – £275.00 per individual entry (if you have your own Spot Tracker the cost will reduce by £30.00)
We know these type of events seem expensive, and at a glance they are…. They do however come with some big direct costs, with around half the entry fee being spent on stuff you, the rider actually gets. With what’s left we cover our insurance, website, marketing and the manning of the checkpoints. This doesn’t take into account the hours and hours of route research, plotting and test riding. Our main business is corporate events and we make a decent living from that, the Divide is very much about our passion for endurance cycling and creating an event that will be as memorable as it will be challenging for you rather than making a fortune for us. And at the end of the day, two weeks on your bike for less than £300.00 doesn’t sound so bad!
What Do I Get?
Included in the entry fee are –
A bloody great big adventure through all the best bits of Great Britain…
Rental of a Spot Gen 3 Tracker, batteries for it and Live Tracking from Maprogress – This is a really important part of the event from both a safety aspect and from a spectators point of view – ‘Dot-Watching’ as it’s known is a significant part of these events and allows your family, friends and the world at large to follow your progress. This is clever technology but it does come at a cost (about a third of the entry fee) but it is a cost we have to accept and all we do is pass this onto you the participant.
A full GPX track of the route (which will be available in late May/early June 2022) for you to download to your navigation devices and follow.
A personalised cycling cap.
An embroidered event patch and a bike frame sticker (we all love them!)
A t-shirt for all finishers – you will be grateful for at least one clean item of clothing when you are all done!
A charitable donation equivalent to 5% of our profits is shared amongst our 2022 beneficiaries - Cycling UK, the National Parks Foundation and Mountain Rescue England and Wales.
And a little selection of surprises from some of our partners along the route…
The requirements for participation can be found on our website here
Terms, Conditions and Rules
The terms, conditions and rules for the event can be found on our website here