Edinburgh to Manchester

Date: Tue 28 May, 2024 - Sat 01 Jun, 2024

Venue: Edinburgh

500 kilometres in five days of off-road riding – a bucolic bikepacking voyage along the backbone of Britain.

Rapha's annual Pennine Rally is an event that is limited to 125 riders, but this allows the event to offer an equal split of gender identities and actively accept applications from underrepresented groups in cycling. You can ride the 500km long (mostly off-road) route in either five or three days, and the whole ethos of this being a rally is that you're taking your time and making new friends along the way. That said, this is not a race but you'll get three control points, GPS tracking and all sorts of fun by taking part.

A self-sufficient five-day journey down the spine of the Sceptred Isle, this meandering mix of ancient trackways and gravel byways was based on the Second City Divide by Outdoor Provisions, makers of natural nutrition for bike-ramblers. Rebuilt by Rapha, Pennine Rally is a must-ride for any cyclist with wanderlust in their veins.

Departing from the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, the route diverges off-road into the Pentland Hills, wandering south along some of the finest gravel tracks, byways, drovers’ roads and bridleways in the UK.

Only occasionally punctuated by strips of tarmac, expect stunning scenery and remote riding along the length of the Pennine Chain. The route passes through the Scottish Borders, the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland; before arriving in the city of Manchester and the final control of the Rapha Clubhouse.

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