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Jason Miles

YOUR BIG RIDE. IS IT PURE?

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Jason rails against the self-appointed, solo bike ride Council of Elders.

I remember a couple of years ago, I threw my hypothetical hat into the imaginary ring and tried to put my name on the start list of a self-supported, long-distance, bikepacking race. It was somewhere in Scotland. Probably not the one you’re thinking of.

A few months before that I’d got into a bit of an internet forum ‘scrape’ in which I’d had a silly argument about how a friend’s big ride had not been included on some obscure league table of completion times on that route by a selfappointed governing body of big bike rides. The reason was that I assisted this friend by driving a van from the start of the ride to the end of the ride and generally kept an eye on him at various points along the way. Mainly the bits where the trail crossed a road. More to give me something to do and a chance to take photos, rather than as a safety measure.

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