The Less Perfidious Albion


A 1,500km self-supported ultra-endurance cycling challenge through Scotland, Wales and England. Departing 6th September 2021. Early-bird price available until 20th July.


*Entries close on 20th August*

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About The Less Perfidous Albion

  • Starts on the morning of 6th September 2021 at Somerton House Hotel in Lockerbie, Scotland (exact timings TBC)
  • Registration and briefing will be afternoon of 5th September 2021 at Somerton House Hotel (exact timings TBC and may be dependent on the tier level)
  • The route is approximately 1,500 kilometres
  • 95% on-road, with some very short gravel sectors (always short enough to be walkable)
  • There will be a series of unmanned selfie checkpoints along the route
  • Live tracking will be provided by Follow My Challenge using GPS trackers
  • The finish will in the Cotswolds (exact location TBC)
  • The cut off will be eight days after the start for GC
  • Normal rules for self-supported riding apply, so no drafting, only publically available help etc. (Full rules to be sent by email at a later date)

To sign up, add this “product” to your basket and go to checkout. After you have paid, an email will be sent you with a link to a Google Form that will ask for your details for registration.

The Route

The Route

Scottish Borders and Kielder

Scottish Borders and Kielder

The Perfidious Albion begins in the Scottish Borders with the aim of making it more accessible, whilst still including some beautiful – and often overlooked – landscapes.

Head north for a loop around a series of dramatic reservoirs, before swinging back south and into England towards Kielder. You get your first taste of gravel south of the reservoir, as you cross into the North Pennines.

North Pennines and Lake District

North Pennines and Lake District

Climb up into this barren landscape – which regularly crosses 500 metres in elevation – before hurtling back down, only to do it all again with the biggest climb of the ride. Ascend the dead-end climb of Great Dun Fell for some cycling bragging rights. And take some comfort that we haven’t included the gnarly gravel on the other side, with the route bringing you back down on the tarmac instead.

Then head west and into the Lake District for a gruelling counterclockwise loop that takes in the passes of Honister, Whinlatter, Newlands and Hardknott. The last of these is one of the UK’s most infamous climbs and the 30% ramps will test your gearing choices (credit goes to Hell of the Northwest for this section of the route).

North and South Wales

North and South Wales

After a brief foray into the Forest of Bowland, some easier cycling takes you down towards the Welsh border. But as soon as you cross into Wales, the climbs begin aplenty. Bwlch Y Groes is the most challenging of these, but the route also takes in the Elan Valley and the incredibly remote area surrounding Llyn Brianne.

As you enter southern Wales, you hit the Brecon Beacons, where a few more gravel sectors await, including a white-knuckled descent that might be safest walked in the dark. Also tackle Llangynidr Mountain and descend The Struggle, before climbing over Gospel Pass – one of the most beautiful climbs in the area.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds

Enter the Cotswolds using one final gravel shortcut, before you begin a winding route south towards the finish. Take in some of Rob’s favourite local climbs, including the idyllic Chedworth valley – beautiful at dusk but sure to cause swearing aplenty if you pass through at night.


What is Included?

  • Entry into the event
  • GPX route file
  • Live GPS tracking throughout via Follow My Challenge
  • Registration and briefing at the start
  • Finishing checkpoint
  • Bag transfer (max 10 litres) from start to finish
  • Carbon offsetting against any emissions associated with running the event
  • £75 off any purchase of a Zolla wheelset
  • Copies of all race photos for personal use

Rules that riders must follow, including mandatory kit, will be sent out at a later date. But they will be very similar to any previous self-supported events that you have entered.


Map of the Route

*This is a draft version of the route. We will send you a final version no later than two weeks prior to the start date.*