A unique mountain bike experience..
Edinburgh to JOG Mtb Adventure
15th – 21st May 2022
This seven day event will follow a route from Edinburgh to JOG which is the fourth and final leg of a brand new off-road version of the iconic Land’s End/John O’Groats currently being created by us at Mtb Epics UK.
Riding through Lothian, Stirlingshire, Perth and Kinross, Highland, Sutherland and Caithness, the many highlights will include some of the best mountain biking trails in Scotland – the Corryairack Pass, Rannoch Moor, Gleann Mor and Loch Choire to name a few..
Along with the stunning scenery throughout, you will encounter a huge array of trail gems over the 410 mile distance, taking in mountain passes, bridleways, byways, singletrack, moorland, woodland and more..
Make no mistake, this is a tough route for bike and rider, with a high technical aspect in some sections and many steep trails, up and down, laden with rocks and roots..
The remoteness on some sections of this event mean only very limited facilities can be found. For this reason, we are keeping numbers low and limited to around 25/30 riders..
Daily Ride Info
Queensferry to Callander
80 miles (129km) – 4,918ft (1,499m) elevation gain
Callander to Corrour
65 miles (105km) – 7,223ft (2,202m)
Corrour to Fort Augustus
49 miles (79km) – 4,062ft (1,238m)
Fort Augustus to Contin
53 miles (85km) – 5,439ft (1,658m)
Contin to Lairg
65 miles (105km) – 4,672ft (1,424m)
Lairg to Melvich
58miles (93km) – 2,428ft (740m)
Melvich to JOG
40 miles (64km) – 2,070ft (631m)
Totals; 410 miles (660km) – 30,812ft (9,391m)
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What’s included in the entry cost ?
– 7 days riding
– 6 nights accommodation
– Luggage transfers
– 6 buffet breakfasts/packed lunches
– Fully detailed OS maps
– GPX files
– Water and feed stops
– Phone/gadget charging facilities
– Bike wash facilities
– Use of workstands and tools
– Public liability insurance
– Event T-shirt
– How hard is this event?
The 410 mile distance and the 30,000ft of elevation gain is a challenge on its own. With a large part of the route being off-road and with plenty of opportunities to test your mtb skills, together will make this event a pretty tough ride for most.
– What type of bike do I need?
A short-ish travel mountain bike is best – either hardtail or full suspension. A CX/gravel bike is probably not suitable, mainly because of the many gnarly rock sections that could destroy your pride and joy! Whatever your choice, your bike will need some decent off-road tyres and be in good working order.
– When and Where does event start and finish?
Registration and luggage handover will take place in Queensferry on the morning of Sunday 15th May. The ride itself follows and begins with a mass start. The event finishes seven days later in JOG on Saturday 21st May.
– How will I get to and from Edinburgh/JOG?
Both the start and finish locations have train links nearby. Details on transport and logistics will be sent out a little nearer the time.
– What do I need to bring?
A checklist will be sent out around one month before the event. Entrants will be allowed a tent (a pop-up one is a good choice as it’s quick to put up and take down), a foldable camping chair and a hold-all type bag or similar containing everything you’ll need like clothing, bike gear, sleeping bag, mattress etc..
– Where will I park?
In Queensferry, anywhere close to the sea front near the Forth crossings.
– Can I enter on the day?
No, event is now full!
– Will there be bike mechanics on the course?
No, due to the remoteness of the route and potential poor phone signals.There are however a few bike shops on or close to the route. These will be listed in the ‘route info document’ sent out nearer the time.
– Are you providing any food and drinks?
Yes, a breakfast will be provided each morning, either by us or by the accommodation. There will be no feed stops due to remoteness and large distances by road, but a packed lunch will be provided. Both are included in the entry fee. Evening meals will be down to you – either a local pub/restaurant or takeaway. If there’s nothing nearby, then we’ll arrange menus from food outlets who will deliver.
– What happens if I need to abandon?
You and your bike will be collected and taken to the next overnight stop/finish line to be re-united with your gear.
– Will event run in bad weather?
Yes, for example if part of the route is flooded, a diversion will be in force.
– I’m planning on arriving in Edinburgh/Queensferry the night before, is there anywhere to camp/stay?
There’s plenty of hotel accommodation to be found nearby. Details on this a little nearer the time.
– Can friends and family join me?
Of course! Get in touch with us when you book and we will strive to arrange any accommodation needs. We will produce an info sheet for spectators detailing the best viewing and meeting places en-route if required.