Threshold Sports, organisers of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, have introduced packages for riders who want to tackle only part of the route.
The full nine-day John O’Groats to Land’s End ride takes place from June 8-16, tackling a 960 route from the tip of Scotland to the foot of England.
However, riders who are short on time or training can now also select to ride the four-day Scottish section, on June 8-11, or the five-day English section, on June 12-16.
Those who want to experience the terrain north of the border will ride a 424-mile route from John O’Groats to Carlisle, taking in some of the most remote riding in the UK via the Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe. Entry costs £950 per person.
The 539-mile English route starts a stone’s throw from the Scottish border and heads south through the Lake District, over Shap Fell, through the Midlands and the Welsh borders and then on to Devon and Cornwall. Entry costs £1,150.
The packages will run alongside the full Deloitte Ride Across Britain and will use the same infrastructure and support team. Riders will set off each day with the same group tackling the full end-to-end challenge and will have access to the same mechanical, medical and logistical. The packages include nightly basecamps with meals, massages and laundry.
Nick Tuppen, head of events at Threshold Sports, said: “Britain has some of the best scenery and riding in the world, but it’s not always easy to get the time off to see it all. These four and five-day packages allow people to take just a few days holiday and uncover whole areas of Britain they don’t know about. Depending what people fancy they can choose leg-busting miles over Glen Coe humming the Braveheart theme tune, or clocking up the miles across Dartmoor followed by a full Devonshire cream tea in base camp.”