The Smoke Ring Challenge is a self-supported individual time trial / bikepacking adventure around the Big Smoke!


Date: July 7, 2023

Time: 7:00 am


Cost: £40

Event Website

Organizer: MTB Epics UK



Tilbury/Gravesend Ferry landing

Ferry Road
Essex, London RM18 7NG United Kingdom

Thames Estuary to Thames Estuary – an anti-clockwise loop around London. 200 miles (322km) and 10,000ft (3,050m)

The event will follow ‘The Smoke Ring – An orbital route around London’, which is a long-distance off-road MTB/gravel route created and published by MTB Epics UK in 2014. You will encounter a huge array of trail gems over the 200 mile distance, taking in bridleways, byways, singletrack, woodland, heathland, purpose-built MTB trails, urban and more..

The event route starts in Essex and will orbit London in an anti-clockwise direction visiting Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Kent. Some of the many highlights will include Epping Forest, the Colne Valley, Berkshire/Surrey heathlands, the Surrey Hills, Box Hill and the North Downs.