New for 2021, the Rapha Pennine Rally is a 500km off-road ride from the Scottish capital Edinburgh along the Pennines mountain range to Manchester.

Organisers Rapha say: "Part long-distance audax, part multi-day stage race; half cross course, half hill-climb, the Pennine Rally is a mud-spattered mongrel of a ride.

"But for those brave enough to enter, all manner of rewards lie in wait high on the fells and deep in the forests on our self-supported gravel adventure along Britain’s mountainous backbone."

Riders must navigate their own way along the course using the GPX files provided. There are three check points en route, and the ride is self-supported - entrants must find their own food and accommodation along the way, with wild camping encouraged.

The route features a mix of "gravel roads, byways, drovers' roads and bridleways" with only the occasional stretch of tarmac, meaning a gravel/adventure/cyclocross bike looks a good shout - at the very least. It's definitely not a parcours for your thoroughbred road bike, and a mountain bike may not be out of place.

With a generous-sounding five days to complete the course, Rapha emphasise this is a rally not a race - all the better to enjoy the surroundings:

"Expect stunning scenery and remote riding as you navigate the length of the Pennine range, passing through the Scottish Borders, the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland before the final approach to the finishing party at Rapha Manchester."

Entries are open now priced £130, which includes a GPS spot tracker, pre-ride breakfast and a finishers' feast at Rapha Manchester on 19 June.

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At a Glance
  • 15 Jun 2021 9:00am
  • Tickets On Sale
  • Rapha Pennine RallyRapha Pennine RallyEdinburgh, UK
  • Up to 500 km (311 miles)
  • From 130.00 GBP
  • Unknown Riders