Intro to Bikepacking

£75.00

BRAND NEW for 2019  is our Bikepacking Intro Weekender on the South Downs. Discover the amazing thrill of adventure, as we share all our experience, to set you on your way for unlimited wild-camping adventures on two wheels.

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Description

Join our very own local legend, coach and guide, Jim Barrow, who has bivvy’d all over the UK and North America, on this two-day introduction to the awesome fusion of mountain bikes and wild camping. Over these two days Jim will pass on his best advice and share his inspirational stories to ensure you are immersed and hooked into the adventurous and addictive world of bikepacking, all this, within an hour of London.

  • Total price: £175pp | £215 (kit hire option)
  • Deposit: £75pp (non-refundable)
    Book your place today (see above)
  • Group size: 6 (max.)

What’s included

  • 2 guided rides on the South Downs
  • 1 night wild camping
  • Fully qualified MTB coach and guide
  • All of Jim’s extensive knowledge of bikepacking
  • Fun and interactive prep session in a stunning converted barn at the South Downs Bunkhouse
  • Pub lunch in a 800 year old country pub on the Sunday

Day 1 – Itinerary
We will meet at 10am at the South Downs Bunkhouse where there is ample off-road parking. A brew and snacks will be waiting for you in the converted barn room where Jim will welcome you. In the next hour or so Jim will share some of this bikepacking adventures with some slides and videos before talking about the specifics of bikepacking such as the kit, culture and etiquette all before loading up your bikes before heading off for a riverside lunch at the tea rooms. The ride will be approximately 25-30 miles of rolling downland bridleways and woodland trails. Jim’s local knowledge is second-to-none and he’ll use all this knowledge to provide you with a superb and sociable afternoon ride. In true bikepacking tradition, you will have to drop off the ride to find supplies for dinner and breakfast in the morning and do not forget your hip flask for a cheeky wee-dram for story time at nightfall.

Day 2 – Itinerary
After a cosy and wonderful first night under the stars, it’ll be time to wake up to bird song and look forward to a warm cuppa and the excitement of the slightly unknown breakfast with your fellow bikepackers. After a leisurely start, you will break camp, re-pack your gear, leave no trace and set off for Sunday’s ride. This will include an introduction to riding singletrack with a laden bike with key tips and pointers from Jim in the forest of Houghton. After another superb ride on the South Downs it will be time to roll back to the bunkhouse and close out the weekend with a well earned hearty pub lunch at the 800 year old George and Dragon across the road where you will be already planning and dreaming of your next wild camping and biking adventure. All our rides and adventures are super chilled and sociable with no real pressures on time. However, to help you plan your travel, we would aim to be back at the bunkhouse for around 2pm before heading for the inclusive late lunch.

Ride details

  • Ride format: 2 days
  • Wild camping: 1 night
  • Location: Houghton, South Downs National Park
  • Technical Grade: Advanced beginner
    (any questions, please contact us)
  • Group size: 6 (max.)
  • Total price: £175pp | £215 (kit hire option)
  • Deposit: £75pp (non-refundable)

What’s included

  • 2 guided rides on the South Downs
  • 1 night wild camping
  • Fully qualified MTB coach and guide
  • All of Jim’s extensive knowledge of bikepacking
  • Fun and interactive prep session in a stunning converted barn at the South Downs Bunkhouse
  • Pub lunch in a 800 year old country pub on the Sunday

What’s not included

  • Bike hire (options available, so please ask)
  • Travel to and from the weekend
  • Accomodation before and after
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks at the pub
  • Mid and post ride cafe stops
  • Bike spares
  • Sleeping bag

Is this ride for me?

  • You will be at least an advanced beginner mountain biker
  • You will be confident in mountain bike handling skills on blue graded trails and profficient with operating your bicycle in the correct manner
  • The trails will include features such as roots, small to long rollable drop-offs and loose rocks. All of which are rollable
  • Certain trails will be steep in places which will require confident bike-handling skills
  • All the trails will have options to ride around features that you do not feel comfortable riding
  • You have your own suitable mountain bike (Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this ride)
  • The ride does contain many undulating and moderately steep long climbs
  • You have the personal fitness to ride for at least 6-8 hours per day at a social and comfortable pace
  • You are aged 18 and over unless accompanied by an adult also participating on this ride
  • If this sounds a little beyond your current skill and fitness level, please contact us for other options.

Kit list

Equipment, kit and clothing
(*included in hire option)

  • Handlebar bag*
  • Saddle bag*
  • Handlebar bag*
  • Sleeping mat*
  • Bivvy-bag*
  • Tarpaulin system*
  • Stove & gas*
  • Compact cookset*
  • Spork*
  • Titanimum mug (600ml min. can be used for cooking) mug or other*
  • 3 season sleeping bag
  • Hip flask
  • Head torch
  • Usual bike spares kit
  • Mountain bike in good working order**
  • Helmet**
  • Gloves and glasses

** without these you will not be able to take part in the guided ride Our guides carry an extensive kit to assist with trail-side repairs

(IMPORTANT: your helmet must be within the warranty period from the date of manufacture to take part in any of our guided rides. See the warranties table tab. You will be asked to submit this information via our riders consent form).

Helmet Warranty Guide

MTB Helmet Warranties

Terms & Conditions

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