The Divide Britannia is a bikepacking race for mountain and gravel bikes, it is not a stage race, the clock never stops from the moment the riders leave the start to the moment that they reach the finish, it is a long individual time trial!
Riders must strategically choose how much time to devote to riding, resting, and refueling each day. Being self-supported or unsupported means that drafting is not allowed, receiving any form of support from other racers is not allowed, nor from friends or family; all food, accommodation, repairs, etc., must be purchased from commercial sources.
All participants will be self supported for the entire 1,828 km of the race which traverses England, Wales and Scotland. It is a race for the adventurous of spirit, for those rare beings looking to explore the unknown and in the process test themselves to the limit; surviving off minimal sleep finding food and drink when they can and keeping going against the odds.
The race was born out a desire to revel in the beauty of the wild places and race against others willing to pit themselves against the elements on the roads and byways that traverse the united kingdom. Speed, skill and courage are all required in equal measure just to finish. Starting at Durness on the far North Coast of Scotland and finishing on the Jurassic Cast of Dorset in Poole this bike packing epic delights and frustrate in equal measure.