Full Classic route
Sat 7 - Sun 15 Sep 2024 Penzance, Cornwall, UK

Babble Ride Across Britain | Full Classic route

Across 9 epic days, Babble Ride Across Britain covers 980 miles of the most beautiful landscapes accessible on two wheels. There is no better way to travel from Land’s End to John O’Groats!

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  • Sat 7 - Sun 15 Sep 2024
Land's End, Penzance > John O'Groats Signpost, Wick

Full Classic route

06:00

£2,150-£2,750

Age 18 & over

  • 9 days

Overview

Looking for the challenge of a lifetime?

This is a challenge that has endured centuries.

The ‘End to End’ has been an iconic cycling challenge since before the Tour de France was even a glint in Henri Desgrange’s eye. It always has and always will be a true test of stamina and will. The reason it has stood the test of time as a challenge? The simplicity of going from South to North and the breathtaking variety of scenery it passes through.

Experience the full range of terrain Britain has to offer.

You are guided from the rugged coastline of Cornwall to the rolling hills and valleys of the North of England right up to the barren majesty of the Scottish highlands. There isn't another event in the world that manages to string together such a range of moorlands, hidden green valleys, winding back lanes, stunning coastal roads and historic sites.

Variety of packages.

Deciding to cycle for 9 days is a big commitment to make, so there are a variety of packages on offer to suit you. From the original 9-day classic to the 3-day Scotland package, along with corporate, charity and hotel options, there is something for everyone.

This event is part of Babble Ride Across Britain.

Event video

Event details

  • Average fitness
  • Teams

  • Accommodation
  • Bag storage
  • Bag transfer
  • Bar
  • Camping
  • Changing facilities
  • Coast
  • Entertainment
  • Mountains
  • Rural
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Land's End
Land's End
Sennen
Penzance
Cornwall
TR19 7AA
UK

  • Check points
  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Hilly
  • Marshals
  • Mountainous
  • Navigation required
  • Partly closed roads
  • Point to point
  • Sleeping facilities
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Wave start

Map

map

Route

  • Stage 1 | Land's End to Okehampton Showground

    The first of many hundreds of miles with fresh legs required for the relentless ups and downs of the Westcountry hills.

Day 1
DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS
St Michael's mount, stunning moorland, steep climbs and fast descents, China clay pits.
  • Stage 2 | Okehampton Showground to Bannerdown Bath

    The highlight of day two is undoubtedly the magnificent climb of Cheddar Gorge before your arrival in the UNESCO world heritage city of Bath.

Day 2
DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS
Cheddar Gorge, views from the Quantock Hills, the ancient city of Bath.
  • Stage 3 | Bannerdown Bath to Ludlow Racecourse

    You will cross the immense Severn Bridge and dip into Wales as you pedal through the Forest of Dean towards Ludlow.

Day 3
DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS
Chepstow Castle, crossing the Severn Bridge, hidden roads along the glorious Wye Valley, the relaxing racecourse basecamp at Ludlow.
  • Stage 4 | Ludlow Racecourse to Haydock Park Racecourse

    If there is an ‘easy day’ then this is it as day 4 has the least amount of climbing of all the days on the ride.

Day 4
DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS
Views of the iconic Stiperstones, pedal through the industrial heartland of England, Manchester ship canal and some flat roads!
  • Stage 5 | Haydock Park Racecourse to Carlisle Showground

    Day 5 is dominated by the ascent of Shap Fell; the highest point on the whole ride and the signal that the England stages are nearly over.

Day 5
DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS
The mighty Shap Fell, dramatic views of the Lake District and crowds of primary school children cheering you along the way.
  • Stage 6 | Carlisle Showground to Hopetoun House

    It’s time to get North of the border with a quick stop for the obligatory ‘Welcome to Scotland’ photo.

Day 6
DAY 6 HIGHLIGHTS
Reaching the Scottish border! The Lowther Hills, sweeping views of the Lowlands of Scotland.
  • Stage 7 | Hopetoun House to Bellabeg (Strathdon)

    Some mighty climbs and epic Scottish scenery greet you when you set off from Hopetoun Estate.

Day7
DAY 7 HIGHLIGHTS
Forth Rail Bridge, The Grampian Mountains and Caingorms National Park, the world-famous Glenshee, riding alongside the River Dee, Braemar Castle.
  • Stage 8 | Bellabeg (Strathdon) to Balblair (Bonar Bridge)

    Another incredible day of riding through the heart of Scotland with mountains and forests.

Day 8
DAY 8 HIGHLIGHTS
Lecht Road, Tomintoul Village (Whisky area), Dulsie Bridge, crossing three Firths, so many more.
  • Stage 9 | Balblair (Bonar Bridge) to John O'Groats

    Everyone should ride the Strathnaver Valley in their lifetime and few will savour it more than you knowing a finisher’s medal awaits.

Day 9
DAY 9 HIGHLIGHTS
The remote splendour of the Strathnaver Valley, the rugged North Atlantic Coast, views of the Orkneys, the long-awaited finish line at John O'Groats.

Savour the moments of that final day. Lap up all of the praises and the hugs, there’s no one who deserves it more than those who complete this immense challenge! You’ve earned every single bear hug, high 5, text message, e-mail, donation and nod of admiration.

You will have completed something truly incredible.

  • Sustainability policy

Threshold's sustainability framework highlights that sustainability is embedded in all events they organise, including this one. They believe passionately that their events should strive to have as positive impact on the natural world as they do on the teams and individuals that participate in them.

The clear framework is underpinned by the vision to have a net positive impact on the natural world. This will be achieved by:

Sustainability framework

  • Reducing the negative impact of the events

    1. Reducing: Implementing strategies to reduce the negative environmental impact of the events (emissions, ecological impact, water use, plastic pollution).

    2. Off-setting: Off-setting the carbon footprint of the business through initiatives that reduce emissions locally and globally.

  • Increasing the positive impact of the events

    3. Inspiring: Inspiring social and industry behaviour change by sharing, promoting and advocating for partnerships with suppliers, sponsors, clients, participants and the public.

    4. Advancing: Quantifying the impact of the events and setting SMART objectives. Basing strategies on science and sharing data within the Infront Group, the industry and academia.

This framework is regularly reviewed and is available in greater detail.

  • Chip timing
  • GPS tracking
  • Massage
  • Medal
  • Physio
  • Race photo
  • Training plan

Included

Pre-event

  • Bespoke training programmes tailored to your goals

    Whether you’re a first timer or you have multiple finishes to your name, we’ll support you from day one, with training programmes designed to get you to the finish line in the best shape of your life.

  • Additional training advice and support from our expert Technical Route Director

    The Ride Across Britain isn’t a sprint or a marathon – it’s a multi-day, ultra-endurance epic that requires some preparation to complete. Our Route Director will help you get ready for each and every climb along the way, ensuring you know what lies ahead.

  • Maintenance and bike fitting guides to ensure you and your bike are in optimum shape

    To get to John o’ Groats, it helps to be prepared. We’ll help you take care of your bike and get it ready for the epic trip with custom guides and webinars.

On the road

  • Fully loaded pit stops

    There will be two to three pit stops for you every day you are on the road to make sure you are fuelled and ready to tackle the ride head. With healthy snacks and sports nutrition as well as much-needed cake and pork pies, there really is something for everyone!

  • Turn-by-turn signposting

    Navigation is a huge part of any Land’s End to John o’ Groats ride. At the Babble Ride Across Britain, arrows marking the way are laid out every day – all you have to do is follow them!

    On the off chance someone takes a wrong turn, we send out detailed route maps for each stage of the event, with elevation profiles included to give you an idea of what lies in store. We also supply up-to-date GPX files in advance.

  • Highly experienced chaperone riders

    Riding 100+ miles a day is not easy, and everyone goes through rough patches. Our chaperones are experienced cyclists responsible for ensuring you make it to basecamp in high spirits each night.

    Whether you need to distract yourself with chat on a punishing climb or just switch off and draft, they’re on-hand to help, and can be easily spotted thanks to their unique chaperone jerseys.

  • Rider timing and tracking

    The Babble Ride Across Britain is a marathon, not a sprint – but some riders like to keep track of how long it takes them to complete each day’s ride.

    At Land’s End, you’ll be given a chip embedded in your numbered sticker, to be attached to your helmet. Each night, you’ll be able to review your time for the day’s riding online.

  • Broom wagon

    Some times, the odds aren’t in your favour. Whilst we strive to ensure everyone makes it to basecamp under their own power, in the event that you’re struggling our sweeper bus is on hand to help.

Basecamp

  • All meals included

    Nothing beats a good meal after a hard day’s riding! Our roaming basecamp is built to be a home away from home, with a range of hot meals, salads, and desserts to choose from, as well as the option of a well-earned drink or two. And with breakfast laid on each morning, you’ll never struggle to replace all the calories you’ll burn!

  • Qualified sports physiotherapists

    No one can take on a challenge like Land’s End to John o’ Groats without a few niggles here and there – that’s why we bring along some helping hands!

    At every basecamp, you’ll find a team of fully qualified physiotherapists whose sole aim is to get you fighting fit for the next day’s ride. Beloved by our riders, they are a huge part of the Babble Ride Across Britain’s 90+% finish rate.

  • Private tent each night

    At the end of every day, you’ll have your very own private two-man tent waiting for you – a little oasis away from the hustle and bustle of basecamp. After your first night settling in, we can promise you will sleep soundly for the rest of your journey up the country. 

  • Showers, chill-out areas, drying rooms, and more

    With nine days of intense riding, you need somewhere to relax and recuperate. That’s why basecamp isn’t just a campsite – it’s a village on wheels!

    From hot showers and hairdryers to charging points, stretching areas, and massage tents, we provide you with everything you need to recover and achieve this immense challenge of a lifetime.

Mechanical

  • Fully mobile repair service

    The last thing anyone wants on a multi-stage epic ride is to have to deal with a broken bike. Our complimentary mechanical service is available throughout the Babble Ride Across Britain.

    With mobile vans to help with on-the-road breakdowns such as chain and wheel issues, and heavy duty mechanical support at every pit stop, we do everything we can to keep your bike going all the way to the finish line.

  • Loan bikes to keep you rolling

    In the event that your bike needs more time to fix up, we’ll provide you with complimentary loan bike to make sure you don’t have to miss out on a day’s ride.

Medical

  • On the road

    In the event of a medical emergency, paramedics will be out on the route ready to respond to any accident as soon as they possibly can. If anything happens out on the road, our team are just a phone call away.

  • Basecamp

    Waiting for you every day at the basecamp will be our team of medics, there to help you out with any niggles, twinges or more serious problems you may have. Dedicated to helping each rider get safely back on the bike the next day, your well-being is their number one priority.

camping

Plus Package

  • Don’t fancy nights under canvas?

    If you don’t think camping is quite right for you, the Plus Package includes hotel accommodation along the entire route, plus a shuttle service to and from your accommodation.

  • The challenge of a lifetime, with a little extra

    8 nights in 3* local accommodation within 45 minutes transfer time.

    The final night of the ride will be camping, experiencing our infamous basecamp for the last night with your fellow riders.

    Meals in the basecamp or hotel, depending on the proximity of the hotel to the basecamp.

    Dedicated Plus package manager.

  • Single or double occupancy available 

    To ensure you have the best possible experience on the Plus Package, we offer both double and single rooms along the route. If you want to bunk with your buddy or loved one, then the double room is for you, whilst a single room affords you your own private space to recover each night.

Add-ons

  • Getting there and back

    We want to make sure you get to the start, and back from the finish, as easily as possible. We use a third party provider to organise shuttles to Land’s End from accessible locations such as Penzance, Exeter and Bristol, and from John o’ Groats to Wick and Inverness. We also use a bike transport company to collect and deliver bikes to regional hubs.

  • Merchandise

    We want you to be able to remember this incredible ride for the rest of your life – what better way to do so than to purchase your very own official event merchandise?

    Rider jerseys and other event merchandise are available to buy before, during and after the event via our online shop.

  • Laundry

    Nine days of hard riding means a lot of dirty clothes. To avoid you having to bring your entire wardrobe along for the trip, we provide a pre-purchase laundry service through which you can get your kit professionally cleaned. This is available at the end of stages two, four, and seven of the Ride Across Britain.

  • Photographs

    Our official photography partners Sportograf will be there each day to capture the highs, the lows, and everything in between. You can purchase your pictures in advance for a discounted rate.

Charity places

These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.

Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support

No one should have to face cancer alone.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Exclusive social group

Sign up
£499

Fundraise
£2,400

International

WaterAid

Providing clean water and decent toilets to everyone, everywhere.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact
  • Pre-event training sessions

Sign up
£499

Fundraise
£2,500

Health and Medical

Parkinson's UK

Find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£499

Fundraise
£2,400

Cancer

Prostate Cancer UK

Funding research to stop prostate cancer killing men.

  • Cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£499

Fundraise
£2,400

  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Charity entries open
  • Charity places
  • Enter online
  • Insurance available
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Entry fees

The original and most popular package to enjoy the ride fully supported by the team with overnight camping and catering included.

Deposit

£99.00

Entry fee

£2150.00

For those who don’t like living under canvas the plus package includes a hotel bed for 8 nights along the route.

Full payment

£2750.00

The best multi day cycling event ever, if you are even thinking about entering just do it. It will be the best decision you ever make. 2024 will be my 6th RAB in a row, Threshold crew are amazing, you want for nothing. if you are a lone rider don't worry as you will make friends that last forever. The best 9 days you will ever have on your bike. The End. Neil S

WOW BRAB is a bucket list event, everything is taken care for you except pedaling the bike, absolutely highly recommend this event, and is pound for pound excellent value for money. The comradely, friendships and memories will live forever in your heart. Steve B

100% head and shoulders, the most well organised, friendly and fun event I have ever taken part in. I genuinely can't think of a single way to improve anything. No stone left unturned, super helpful staff and volunteers, and great support throughout. Please make sure this happens again and again. I am definitely doing 2024 (shame it's moved to alternate years). Gary B

RAB was an unforgettable event, it could not have been better organised and supported, I would highly recommend any cyclist to take this, it's been nearly a week since I finished and I'm still on a high! Pete M

Ride Across Britain was incredible. A life highlight. This is a tough multi-day endurance event. But Threshold Sports have uniquely good organisation and support to get everyone through it. If you are tempted to ride across Britain; you must do it with Threshold Sports RAB because 1. The Medics team, to patch you up. 2. The Physico Team to fix muscles. 3. The bike mechanics. 4. The outstanding food and vibe in camp each night, to motivate you. Outstanding team Threshold, we love what you did. Mike R

My first ever RAB and it has been a long time coming. First off, the organisation of everything from food to crew to routes was outstanding. I've completed many big sporting events and this is hands down the best and most fun (but gruelling) event I've ever been to. Marc C

The second time I've ridden this event and it just gets better. You will not have a better cycling experience in your life. If you like riding your bike, if you want a challenge and if you want to see Britain, then this is the way to do it. The event is totally focused on getting you to the finish. Shaun S

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