All Points North is organised by A Different Gear, a not-for-profit, community bike shop and workshop in Sheffield. We specialise in adventure, utility and cargo bikes and accessories.
Our staff are keen cyclists and bikepackers, many of whom have experience of taking part in endurance cycling events and self-supported expeditions. After many workshop discussions centred around how daunting it can be for people to tackle unsupported, long-distance cycling challenges, we decided to combine our knowledge of events planning and love of an adventure to organise an event that would give riders the opportunity to try a smaller-scale, multi-day, endurance cycling challenge based in the UK.
With All Points North we aim to give riders a taste of what it’s like to plan their own route to given control points, ride completely unsupported and make their own decisions about how they plan their time, find food and places to sleep, but over the timescale of a long weekend rather than weeks out on the road.
Our inaugural event in 2019 was a huge success and we hope to be able to improve on this year on year.