Parallels is a global self-supported long-distance riding event that takes place over the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer Solstice.
The longest days of the year have always gone hand-in-hand with the longest rides of the year, so each year, we challenge riders to cycle as far as possible in a 24-hour period over the solstice weekend. Parallels distances are measured in a straight line between riders’ starting and finishing locations.
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Rides take place during an uninterrupted 24-hour period during the weekend of the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer Solstice. Time zones are fixed based on riders start location (riders can’t gain an hour by crossing a border!).
The distance for a ride is measured in a straight line from the start to the end of the ride. If a ride was 300 kilometres, but the finishing point was 200 kilometres from the start point ‘as the crow flies’, the ride is listed as being 200 kilometres for the purpose of this challenge.
Rides have to be self-supported, with no pre-arranged support, supply drops or friends and family meeting riders on the route. Much like in other ultra-distance events, we can’t tell if riders dodged this rule… but they’ll know and trust us, it won’t feel good!
For each ride, the clock starts with the first turn of the cranks and runs continuously for 24 hours. While riders can stop to rest, eat, and sleep, the clock doesn’t stop. The challenge is based on elapsed time, not moving time.
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