This is certainly a massive effort for anyone who has never ridden a mountain bike and you will need to step up with some serious training to get you to the Start line. However, it’s doable with mental preparation and a good physical training regime and if you are an experienced road cyclist already, you will have the legs for this – all you will need to work on is a bit of off-road technique, reliability and some maintenance know-how!
The Crossing is designed to be accessible for a large cross-section of adventurers and will suit those looking to step up from day riding or to try something “similar but different” from Endurance events such as our own Scotland Coast to Coast multi-sport adventure. This challenge is similar is largely off-road, the principle is the same: A great adventure over a long weekend for those who aspire to spend time pursuing challenge goals in the great outdoors
Spectator camping passes are for sale. Upgrades are also available to book campervan pitches and bell tents with mattresses and bedding.
Be prepared for only one point enroute where you will be able to access drinking water. Therefore it is essential you have capacity to carry at least 2L of water with you.
Why is it not a race? Rat Race’s ethos has always been about inspiring folk to undertake challenges in awesome outdoor locations. This is not formal race environment and there are no winners and losers and we do not award prizes for the fastest folk. Rat Race totally appreciate the incredible commitment of those taking on the challenges we lay down and each participant is as important as the next regardless of how fast you can bike.
In delivering this challenge we prioritise factors such as safety, camaraderie and environmental concerns. Respecting the wishes of landowners, highway regulations and environmental stakeholders with our route management and litter policies is vital in being able to bring folk together and have this common experience. In terms of safety we are often operating routings in exposed and remote locations, on public bridleways and highways. In order to reasonably balance all of these factors we emphasise that the event is not a formal race environment, rather it a challenge in the great outdoors. Caring for fellow competitors, litter control, closing gates and taking care on road crossings are what the event is about, rather than being the fastest across the course.
Rat Race has invested heavily in adding GPS tracking to this event. This befits challenges of this nature, adding a strand to our safety system so that we can pin point folk that are lost or off-course; and respond with as much accuracy as possible in an emergency. Our tracking platform is therefore primarily for our race and safety management. It is not a race timing system. But it has features we can seek to utilise on top of our safety features, to enhance the supporter experience and to generate finisher times. That is our commitment: An added safety function first, a spectator service second and a finisher time third.