Parallels

Parallels is a global self-supported long-distance riding event taking place over the June Solstice.

18-19 June 2022

 

The longest days and nights of the year have always gone hand-in-hand with the longest rides of the year. Once again, we are challenging riders to cycle as far as possible in a 24-hour period over the solstice weekend, riding in parallel with others globally.

 

 

While Parallels is primarily a distance challenge, it is also about showcasing your creativity and planning, every line will tell a story. You can submit more than one ride, connecting your lines to tell a bigger story if you’re feeling creative.

Distance will be measured in a straight line between riders’ starting and finishing locations. As with any ultra-endurance event, riding is only half the challenge so careful route planning to create the greatest straight-line distance possible will be essential.

 

PARALLEL STORIES

 

Find inspiration and advice from tales of Parallels rides gone by, and discover some of the longest rides from 2021 in the table below.

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Rules

 

Your ride must take place during an uninterrupted 24-hour period during the weekend of the June Solstice (0:00 18/06/2022 to 23:59 19/06/2022 in your local time zone). Your time zone remains fixed based on your start location (you can’t gain an hour by crossing a border!).

The distance for your ride will be measured in a straight line from the start point to the end of the ride. If you ride 300 kilometres, but your finishing point is 200 kilometres from your start point ‘as the crow flies’, your ride will be listed as being 200 kilometres for the purpose of this challenge. By submitting multiple rides, you can connect your lines on the map to tell a bigger story, but the distances will be individual and cannot be added together to create a total distance.

Your ride must be self-supported, with no pre-arranged support, supply drops or friends and family meeting you on your route. Much like in other ultra-distance events, we won’t be able to tell if you’ve dodged this rule… but you’ll know and trust us, it won’t feel good!

The clock starts with the first turn of your cranks and runs continuously for 24 hours. While you can (and should!) stop to rest, eat, and sleep as often as you want, the clock doesn’t stop. The challenge is based on elapsed time, not moving time.

 

Technical

 

To enter, you need to join the Ride With GPS challenge:

Enter using the link: Parallels 2022

Tag your ride on Ride with GPS by adding #parallels24 to the ride name or description.

The ‘Parallels’ lines and results will be published by Monday 27th June 2022.

How do I use Ride With GPS Challenges Feature?

https://ridewithgps.com/help/challenges

Still have questions?

See our FAQs.

 

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OBEY LOCAL LAWS

 

Familiarise yourself with all the local riding laws along your route. Alongside temporary COVID-related rules, please ensure you obey all laws concerning rights of way for bicycles, visibility and places you are allowed to rest.

 

YOUR SAFETY

 

Apidura Parallels is a personal challenge, shared with others and a great chance to safely experience what 24 hours during an ultra race or challenge feels like without having to wake up and do it all over again the following day. It’s not important enough to risk your life over! If you are tired, stop. If it’s overcast or dark, light yourself and your bike up. If your route turns out not to be safe or sensible for cycling, turn around.

 

DISCLAIMER

 

Apidura Parallels is intended as a personal challenge and is by definition an unsupported event. Responsibility for the welfare of you and others is your own, please act responsibly and stay safe.

 

COVID-19

 

Government Restrictions and advice on travel vary around the world. Please take any local laws and advice into consideration when planning your route and during the ride itself. There are more important things in life than bike riding, so keep yourself and others safe by planning appropriately.

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Can I drop supplies for myself on my planned route?

This challenge is about the spirit of bikepacking and self-supported racing, but is not policed and we would encourage you to do whatever you think is sensible to stay safe and enjoy the challenge. It’s down to you to choose how to safely resupply and whether that fits with the ethos of the challenge.

 

Can I do more than one ride?

Yes! You can do as many rides in the 24 hour period as you wish, but the lines for each ride will appear separately. If you can’t go far, get creative!

 

What if I plan to ride a loop?

Your parallels distance is measured from the start to finish of your uploaded ride. If you are planning to ride a loop or there-and-back, make sure you split your ride, ending your first recording at the point furthest from your start. You can upload as many rides as you wish during your chosen 24 hour period.

 

 

Share your experience and see other riders’ progress by following #parallels24

Parallels is made possible by:

 

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