May 5 – May 6 all-day

Audax from the west of London to Chepstow and back, with a 27 hour time limit.

Distance 407km.

Climbing 5760m.

Organiser London-Wales-London

This Is Not A Tour
Jun 2 – Jun 3 all-day

Gnarly Welsh Audax in the spirit of the late Mike Hall.

Distance 300km or 400km.  Both have fast (27 hours) or slow (40.5 hours) time limits.

Climbing 4,000m or 6,000m.

Organiser This Is Not A Tour

London Gnarbital II
Jun 30 – Jul 1 all-day

Loosely following the M25 around London by bridleway, byway, tow path, b-road and cycle path. Two days’ riding, with a wild bivvy half way around.

Distance 270km.

Climbing 2,000m.

Organiser Laurence

Meet at a secret location on Friday night 29th June, from 7pm to whenever you can get there after work.  We’ll camp the night there then put any bulky or heavy camping gear away in cars before we head off riding, taking just bivvy kit with us for the Sat night.

It’s anti-clockwise this year, so we’ll head off west through Herts, into Bucks, then Berks and into Surrey.  We’ll occasionally pass convenience stores, pubs  and cafes but best to bring snacking food with you.  How long we have to stop depends on the rate of progress we make.  It’s a no-drop ride, and we’ll be waiting at every track split or road turn-off to regroup, to ensure that no-one gets left behind.

Saturday night will be a wild bivvy, roughly half the way round, depending on far we get.  We’ll plan to eat in a pub beforehand and make our bivvies after it gets dark.  So you’ll need bivvy kit and bike lights.

Sunday we’ll make an our way back to the start.  First into Kent, crossing the Thames at Dartford by using the Highways Agency to take us through the tunnel, then the rest of the way through Essex.  I’ll have a couple of route options up my sleeve to vary the route length or adjust the track/road ratio, depending on how we got on the day before.

So route subject to change on the fly. Will also depend on what the weather leading up the day has done for surface conditions, plus pesky HS2 construction blockades and availability of beer and pie etc.

Optional bivvy back at the start on Sunday night, to save anyone having to drive after two long days’ riding.  Nothing booked, to keep options open, but I’m reasonably confident we’ll be able to wing that one.

Camping the Friday night at the start costs £12pp. £5 each is requested in lieu of an entry fee, which we’ll donate to World Bicycle Relief in the club name.

Guests would need to be prospective members for our BC insurance. No obligation to join but that only works for their first couple of Cranks rides. After that they’d need to sign up.

Related Reading

What is an Gnarbital

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My Bikepacking Overnighter Kit List

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Dunwich Dynamo XVII
Jul 28 – Jul 29 all-day

Gloriously daft annual mass unorganised ride, through the night from Hackney to Dunwich, for no reason whatsoever.

Distance 180km one way, 360km both ways.

Climbing 700m one way, 1400m both ways.

Organiser Southwark Cyclists

South Downs Way CANCELLED
Aug 18 – Aug 19 all-day

Two day MTB ride along the SDW, with an overnight bivvy halfway.

Distance 170km.

Climbing 3,500m.

Organiser Dickie

3rd Torino-Nice Rally
Sep 3 – Sep 11 all-day

Self-supported mixed surface bikepacking adventure from Turin to Nice, taking in some of the iconic climbs, high altitude tracks and strade bianche of the Franco-Italian Alps.

Distance 750km.

Climbing 20,000m.

Organiser Torino-Nice

Revolve 24
Sep 15 – Sep 16 all-day

Brands Hatch endurance races. Team relays, pairs and solos over 6 hours or 24.   Organiser Revolve24