Liverpool to Edinburgh Mtb Adventure – 17th-22nd May 2020
The Solstice 100 – June 2020
A unique mountain bike experience..
Liverpool to Edinburgh Mtb Adventure
17th – 22nd May 2020
This six day event will follow a route from Liverpool to Edinburgh which is the third 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 Liverpool, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria and The Scottish Borders, the many highlights will include some of the best mountain biking areas in England & Scotland – The Lancashire Fells, The Yorkshire Dales, The North Pennines and The Seven Stanes. Other lesser-known highlights include The Ribble Valley, The Howgills, Hadrian’s Wall Country and ancient drove trails of The Scottish Borders.
Along with the stunning scenery throughout, you will encounter a huge array of trail gems over the 300 mile distance, taking in bridleways, byways, singletrack, woodland, moorland, several trail centres, urban 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 40/50 riders..
Entries will open on 1st December 2019. (NB: Riders who participated in the 1st and/or 2nd legs – Land’s End to Bristol & Bristol to Liverpool, will get priority entry. These riders will receive an invite to enter the event several weeks before it goes onto general sale)
Daily Ride Info (distances and elevation are approximate at the moment)
Liverpool to Ribchester (Ribble Valley)
52miles (84km) – 1,136ft (346m) elevation gain
Ribchester to Dent (Yorkshire Dales)
52miles (84km) – 5,696ft (1,736m)
Dent to Garrigill (North Pennines)
47miles (76km) – 5,508ft (1,679m)
Garrigill to Hawick (Borders)
77miles (124km) – 5,809ft (1,770m)
Hawick to Peebles (Borders)
40miles (64km) – 4,780ft (1,457m)
Peebles to Edinburgh
34miles (55km) – 2,492ft (760m)
Totals; 302 miles (486km) – 25,421ft (7,748m)
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– Entry cost is just £295!
What’s included in the entry cost ?
– 6 days fully supported riding
– 5 nights camping
– Luggage transfers
– 5 buffet breakfasts
– 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 300 mile distance and the 25,000ft 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. Daily distances will be approx 52, 52, 47, 77, 40 and 34 miles respectively.
– 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 the centre of Liverpool on the morning of Sunday 17th May. The ride itself follows and begins with a mass start. The event finishes in central Edinburgh on Friday 22nd May.
– How will I get to and from Liverpool/Edinburgh?
There are many ways to do this.. and a lot depends on where you live. Probably the easiest way is getting dropped off at the start and collected from the finish but even this requires some careful planning! Another way could be, before the event, driving and leaving a vehicle(s) close to the finish, which would mean an easy and hassle-free way of getting home. Both the start and finish locations have excellent main line train links nearby.
– 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?
For the start, any long stay car park close to Liverpool city centre. And for the finish, in or close to Edinburgh city centre. More precise details and info will be released a bit nearer the time. Again, ‘where to park?’ is wholly dependent on where you live or are coming/returning from.
– Can I enter on the day?
No, Last entries will close 14 days (3rd May) before the event.
– Will there be bike mechanics on the course?
Mechanical back-up, which will be carrying plenty of essential spares, is provided and will be just a phone call away. There are also a few bike shops on or close to the route.
– Are you providing any food and drinks?
Yes, we will be providing a buffet breakfast each morning and a daily feed stop which are both included in the entry fee. The breakfast will include cereals, bread, tea/coffee etc. And the feed stops will be well-stocked with sandwiches, savouries, fruit & nuts, crisps, squash etc. Evening meals will be down to you – either a local pub/restaurant or takeaway. If there’s nothing nearby (which will be the case on at least two days) then we’ll arrange menus from food outlets who’ll 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 Liverpool the night before, is there anywhere to camp/stay?
There’s plenty of hotel accommodation to be found nearby especially near the Albert Dock area.
– 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.