The Deloitte Ride Across Britain, the 969-mile bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, will feature extra options next year. As well at the traditional nine-day ride with overnight camping, riders can opt to stay in hotels each night, and to ride across just England or Scotland.
Organisers hope the additions to the fully supported annual challenge, which takes place next year 9-17 September, will encourage more people to try long-distance cycling across parts of the UK.
More than 800 riders are expected to take part in the Classic event, which takes place over nine days. The route through England or Scotland take five or four days, respectively. The “Plus” option includes hotel accommodation.
Julian Mack, the founder of Threshold Sports which organises Deloitte Ride Across Britain, says: “There is something about the Land’s End to John O’Groats route that unites people. Seeing, smelling and soaking up the three countries and 23 counties we pass through on a bike creates a unique bond.
“But we know that the Ride is a big commitment and we really hope that the new packages will make that commitment much easier to make. Whichever way riders choose to take it, it is undoubtedly a tough challenge but pushing limits and digging deeper than ever before, discovering our mantra that ‘More is in you’, generates an unparalleled feeling of accomplishment.”
Prices start at £899 for the 440-mile ride across Scotland, with the Classic costing £1,500, and the Plus £2,499 for a single.
In 2015 the event raised £1.5m for charity, and has raised a total of £4m for the British Paralympics Association, £1.7m of which was raised by Deloitte employees.
Tickets are on sale now, at www.rideacrossbritain.com.