Are you up for Cycling UK's 2020 bikepacking challenge?

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For July's #12nightsoutin1year competition, Cycling UK is asking everyone to share their experiences of getting back on the trails. Photo Sam Jones
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Are you up for Cycling UK's 2020 bikepacking challenge?

Cycling UK is encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy a night out under the stars at least once a month over 2020 – are you up for the challenge?

*** Update to the #12nightsoutin1year challenge in time of coronavirus - please see Terms and Conditions for further information ***

Spending time outdoors, in nature and in the green space is a well-known tonic to modern day life, and is necessary now more than ever.

The break from screens and their constant clamour for attention as you take time out in the slow lane is well documented for the benefits it brings your mental wellbeing, and as we find ourselves trapped indoors in an abnormal world, the outdoors is one of the few places which can feel normal. 

Cycling UK is therefore encouraging us all to seek these benefits while combining it with our favourite physical activity: cycling.

At the beginning of 2020, the national cycling charity was encouraging as many people as possible to head out and about and share their overnight biking adventures on Twitter or Instagram using #12nightsoutin1year. However, since lockdown with governments across the UK urging people to stay close to home, and not spend a night away from home, Cycling UK has altered the challenge. 

To help provide an incentive, each month there will be an award for the best picture summing up your overnight adventures.

In June, with many folks' holidays on hold for the forseeable future, we thought it would be great to look back on adventures from our past - those trips which still bring a smile to your face, and that you still tell your pals all about. The winner for June was Instagram's totallycranky who took us back in time to 2002 and an Icelandic adventure back in the days before digital cameras and GPS. He won a lightweight camping hammock made by DD Hammocks. The judges' other favourite was cyclingsilvers mid-week wild camp in the cornfields of the Malverns.

A cyclist crosses an Icelandic river with a cycle trailer

totallycranky on his epic 2002 retro bikepacking trip through Iceland. Photo totallycranky

For July, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease in some parts of the UK, and overnight stays become possible at campsites, Cycling UK is returning to the original spirit of the #12nightsoutin1year challenge and would love to see pictures of your socially distanced overnight adventures by bike. The best picture submitted will win Alpkit's BruKit - a cracking all in one cooking system worth £44.99.

Cycling UK’s Sam Jones undertook the challenge in 2019 and has spent nights out each month so far in 2020 as well (in his garden recently though). He said:

“During lockdown the weather has been perfect for heading out for a night out beneath the stars - staying safe and indoors as much as possible has been crucial though for the UK's path to recovery. Despite this, it's been really interesting to see the ways people are still finding ways to get out and have an adventure even under such necessary restrictions.  

"It's been great to see the pick up so far from the cycling community, who are really embracing the initiative and getting out on their own adventures from the beginning of the year in Wales and the peaks to Scotland, to now backyard bivis and the local trails. Like many, plans for overseas travel this summer seem to be on the backburner, but with lockdown restrictions beginning to ease in many parts of the UK, for June we're keen to see people's pics of their socially distanced trips as they start taking to the outdoors once more.We've a top notch stove courtesy of Alpkit for the best pics - which should hopefully provide a little extra incentive to share those holiday snaps."

Spending a night out in a strange place might seem a little daunting at first, but once you’ve given it a go, you’ll be hooked!

Sam Jones, Cycling UK

The charity understands that starting nights out under canvas and cooking outdoors might not be for everyone, and is therefore publishing expert advice on bikepacking throughout the year to help you get the most out of your nights out(doors).

From advice on how to set up tarps, trailside first aid and more, Cycling UK wants to give everyone with a bike and a spirit of adventure the know-how to make their own trips into the unknown.



If that sounds like you, then get involved and share your stories on social media using the hashtag #12nightsoutin1year.

“Spending a night out in a strange place - even your garden - might seem a little daunting at first,” says Sam. “But once you’ve given it a go, you’ll be hooked!”

Gallery of the winners so far for 2020

Coronavirus update to #12nightsoutin1year challenge

With Government guidance currently not allowing overnight adventures, Cycling UK is urging everyone to stop wild camping as part of their #12nightsoutin1year challenge until restrictions are lifted.

That doesn't mean our competition has ground to a halt...instead as campsites begin to open across the UK why not head to one of those, or instead why not be more creative and share pictures of a living room campsite or private garden based experiences (if you're lucky enough to have one)?  

Terms and conditions

  1. The promoter is: Cycling UK (company no. 25185) whose registered office is at Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of Cycling UK and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter will be shared via Twitter and Instagram
  6. Closing date for entry will be the last day of each month. After this date no further entries to the competition for that month will be permitted.
  7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  8. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
  9. Upload a photo which sums up an outdoor overnight cycling experience in July
  10. Use the hashtag #12nightsoutin1year in the post/caption
  11. Tag Cycling UK on Twitter @WeAreCyclingUK or Instagram @wearecyclinguk​
  12. Tag Alpkit on Twitter @Alpkit or Instagram @Alpkit
  13. Your Twitter/Instagram account must be public and the post online until the competition end date
  14. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  15. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  16. The prize will be revealed via social media and Cycling UK’s weekly newsletter Cycle Clips in the competition announcement of each month.
  17. The prize will be stated via social media and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  18. One winner will be chosen each month: by the Promoter.
  19. The winner will be notified on Twitter/Instagram within 28 days of the closing date. If the winners cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  20. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
  21. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  22. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  23. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  24. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  25. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by writing to the following address: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.
  26. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  27. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Cycling UK and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy.
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