British Cycle Quest

The British Cycle Quest (BCQ) is a unique cycling challenge. Fed up with riding the same old circuits? Feel like going on an adventure? Take on the BCQ and discover new places all over Britain.

What is the British Cycle Quest?

The British Cycle Quest is all about getting outside and cycling to find as many points of interest across the whole of Britain as you can. This is a challenge you've got the rest of your life to complete - there are no time limits - and you're on your way as soon as you've cycled down the road and located your very first checkpoint.

Checkpoints are scattered throughout  England, Wales and Scotland including many islands. Wherever you are, you'll most likely find one or two checkpoints within cycling range.

To find the checkpoints, you can either use the map below or download the British Cycle Quest Question Book for free from this page. Once you find a checkpoint, to prove you've been there, all you need to do is answer the corresponding question. 

You can also receive BCQ certificates and buy medals for collecting clues. You’ll gain your first certificate when you’ve visited 10 sites. When you’ve visited all 402 sites, we’ll present you with an engraved medal.

It’s a brilliant way to motivate yourself to get on your bike and go exploring, so why not start planning your routes? Take a look at the map below to find a checkpoint near you.

What are the rules?

To prove you’ve visited a checkpoint, all you need to do is answer a question about it. We tell you where the checkpoint is – you choose your own route to get to it. It’s that easy. You don't need to wait to email all your answers in one go - you can send them back as and when, at convenient points in your BCQ journey, eg after a trip away. 

You can do BCQ with someone else, please let us know if you are and if you want to share a medal!

You are expected to arrive at each location on your choice of cycle, but we don't mind if you drive or take the train to the general area. We hope you have some great times discovering BCQ checkpoints and finding places you might otherwise never have visited.

How do I get started?

Start with the Questions Book or the map, work out which checkpoints are nearest to your current location, then get on your bike and go!

Just email the following information: BCQ Question Number, eg BCQ123, answer, date of visit and please also any comment on the checkpoint, eg its condition and ease of finding. Our validating officer, Stephen Dee, will check your answers, confirm your checkpoint score, and advise of any certificates or medals you qualify for. An Excel spreadsheet is available for recording your BCQ answers. Please email our Stephen for a copy of the spreadsheet and/or advice on BCQ, alternative ways of submitting answers, or other assistance on BCQ. 

You can order free certificates for the first 10 and 50 checkpoints you complete, and Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates when you complete 100, 200 and 300 checkpoints respectively. You can also order medals from us to further commemorate your achievement. Upon successful completion of all 402 checkpoints, you'll be awarded with a platinum medal and certificate. 

A wall chart to record your progress is also available for free upon request.

During the coronavirus pandemic, some checkpoints may not be as freely accessible as they normally are due to national, local and/or organisational restrictions. The November 2020 update of questions has some changes due to checkpoints no longer being accessible. Some now have access information to assist. If you find you cannot get close enough to a checkpoint to obtain the answer, please take and submit a photo of your bike and a sign that says you are there. 

Post: Cycling UK, Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford GU2 9JX United Kingdom


Tel: 01483 238 300