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