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

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This remains true during this difficult period with the ongoing threat of coronavirus Covid-19
January's winning #12nightsoutin1year photo was the view from @JeffPrice1j bivi high up in the mountains of Snowdonia.
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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?

Spending time outdoors, in nature and in the green space is a well-know tonic to modern day life. The break from the 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.

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

Throughout 2020, the national cycling charity wants to see as many people as possible out and about and sharing their adventures in Twitter or Instagram using #12nightsoutin1year.

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

In January, a merino wool FINDRA neck warmer was up for grabs for those who braved a night out, with @JeffPrice1j coming out top. @mud_grit_n_gravel and @veloelle were close runners up. 

From February until December, Yorkshire based bikepacking luggage maker Restrap are supporting Cycling UK's initiative to get more people outdoors and are providing a prize each month.

Keen bikepacker, Jon Hicken from Restrap explains why they're supporting the initiative, "Restrap wants to inspire people to ride, see great places and have amazing experiences. Bikepacking is a great hobby and a great way to see new places and setting the goal of doing more of it is an ideal excuse to do more of it!"

For February, the best picture submitted will win one of Restrap's medium frame bags (rrp £54.99).

Restrap medium frame bag
Restrap medium frame bag

Cycling UK’s Sam Jones undertook the challenge in 2019 and is one night into his 2020 as well. He said:

“Kudos to everyone who has taken part in #12nightsoutin1year this damp January - the wet is sometimes harder to master than the cold!

"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 Wales to the Peaks to Scotland - makes my damp night out in the Surrey hills pale into comparison! I'm definitely taking notes of where to go next and I can't wait to see where people will end up in February."

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 in January might not be for everyone, and is therefore publishing expert advice throughout the year on how to get the most out of your nights out at

Bivying in Tuscany
Hopefully your nights out won't be like this! Photo Sam Jones

From advice on winter bikepacking skills to how to set up tarps, trailside first aid and more Cycling UK will be able to provide everyone with a bike and spirit of adventure the knowhow to make their own trips into the unknown.

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

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

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 and
  6. Closing date for entry will be the last 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 your overnight bikepacking adventure of that month
  10. Use the hashtag #12nightsoutin1year in the post/caption
  11. Tag Cycling UK on Twitter @WeAreCyclingUK or Instagram @wearecyclinguk​
  12. Tag Restrap on Twitter @RestrapLTD or Instagram @restrap
  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 emailing 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 found at
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