Options to complete just Scottish or English legs, plus nine-man Team Challenge

Organisers of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain have announced that the 2013 edition of what with 700 cyclists has become Britain’s biggest group ‘End to End’ ride will be held between 8 and 16 June next year. They have also said that separate packages will be available for the Scottish and English legs for those who don’t have time to ride the full  John O’Groats to Land’s End route.

Emphasising the fully supported nature of the ride, which is now entering its fourth year, Nick Tuppen, head of organisers Threshold Events said: “We are proud of the extreme lengths we take to support our riders.On Deloitte RAB there is no lugging heavy kit, no need for complex route planning and no worry of where you will sleep each night.

"Our crew of over 150 ensures that when your bike, body or stomach begins to grumble, we are there with exactly what you need, when you need it.”

The event does not follow the typical route followed by End to End cyclists, instead deviating at times to take in challenging and spectacular roads not usually travelled in a ride of this type, and which makes the full route 960 miles.

The full nine-day package costs £1,750 (see below for full details of what’s included), will follow the same format seen last year, is expected to sell out quickly.

The four-day Scotland Package, meanwhile, costs £950, finishing in Carlisle, where the five-day England Package, costing £1,150 starts off to carry on along the route south.

There is also a nine-person Team Challenge available, with teams splitting into three groups of three riders, each of which ride three consecutive days. Each day, the team’s time will be taken when the first two of those three riders finish the stage, to enable an aggregate time to be calculated for the full nine-day journey.

Entries open for the 2013 Deloitte Ride Across Britain on Wednesday19 September 2012, which is two days after the 2012 ride ends. Anyone registering in advance on the event’s website will receive a link by email two hours before entries go live and will also be able to benefit from £150 off entry.

Meanwhile, there are still a limited number of places on offer for this year’s ride, which begins on 8 September, and anyone interested in taking part should email info [at] rideacrossbritain.com for information.

Included in the entry fee is:

Before the Ride:

• Training programme tailored to your level
• Additional training advice and support from our expert Technical Director
• Online training tools that to track your progress
• Rider forum to meet other riders and share tips and experiences
• Access to exclusive training days
• Special offers on equipment, kit and maintenance costs
• Maintenance and bike fitting guides to ensure you and your bike are in optimum shape.

During the Ride:

• Full signposting along the epic route from Land’s End to John O’Groats
• Expert chaperone guides for all groups of riders
• Accommodation every night in either university campus twin rooms or single tents
• Showers at base camp
• Baggage transfer each day
• Breakfast & dinner each
• Pit stops with snacks
• Full medical support on road & in base camps
• Timing chips with automatic web uploading
• Secure overnight bike storage
• GPX route files
• Broom wagon pick up
• Phone & camera charging facilities
• Professional photographers along the route capturing every moment.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.