EDINBURGH to JOHN O’GROATS MTB ADVENTURE
– 15th to 21st MAY 2022 (confirmed)
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A fantastic mountain bike experience..
Edinburgh to John O’Groats Mtb Adventure
15th – 21st May 2022
This seven day event will follow a route from Edinburgh to John O’Groats 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, Stirling, Perth and Kinross, Highland, Sutherland and Caithness, the many highlights will include some of the best and remote mountain biking trails in Scotland.
Along with the wild and stunning scenery throughout, you will encounter a huge array of trail gems over the 423 mile distance, taking in mountain passes, singletrack, woodland, moorland 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 20/25 riders..
Daily Ride Info (distances and elevation are approximate at the moment)
Edinburgh to Callander
79miles (127km) – 4,471ft (1,363m) elevation gain
Callander to Corrour
73miles (117km) – 6,160ft (1,878m)
Corrour to Fort Augustus
47miles (75km) – 3,799ft (1,158m)
Fort Augustus to Contin
53miles (85km) – 4,947ft (1,508m)
Contin to Lairg
64miles (103km) – 4,248ft (1,295m)
Lairg to Forsinard
53miles (85km) – 1,928ft (587m)
Forsinard to John O’Groats
54miles (86km) – 2,375ft (724m)
Totals; 423 miles (681km) – 27,928ft (8,512m)
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– Entry cost is just £400!
What’s included in the entry cost ?
– 7 days fully supported riding
– 6 nights accommodation
– Luggage transfers
– 6 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 423 mile distance and the 27,000ft 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 South 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 John O’Groats on Saturday 21st May.
– What do I need to bring?
A checklist will be sent out a little nearer the time.
– Can I enter on the day?
No, Last entries will close 1 month before the event starts.
– Will there be bike mechanics on the course?
No, due to the long distances involved, riders will need to carry the essentials!
However, spares, tools, workstand and cleaning equipment etc. will be available at each overnight location.
– Are you providing any food and drinks?
Yes, we will be providing a buffet breakfast each morning and a daily feed stop or packed lunch which are both included in the entry fee. The breakfast will include cereals, tea/coffee etc. And the feed stops will be well-stocked with sandwiches, savouries, fruit & nuts, crisps etc. Evening meals will be down to you – either a local pub/restaurant or takeaway.
– 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.
– 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.