The Great Mile

 

 

What is ‘The Great Mile’

‘The Great Mile’ is a 1000 mile, 72 hour motorcycle rally, from the Northern Tip of Scotland to the Southern Tip of Cornwall; for custom, classic and cafe racer motorcycles – the greatest motorcycle rally in the country.

Building off of the unique experience and camaraderie of The Mile, we’ve spent the last year researching and planning the greatest and longest rally through the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the British Isles.

 

Each day the rally teams will be given 3 checkpoints to guide them through the country, every route will be different and ultimately the rally timing and the path of the riders will be up to the individual teams.

Rally places are limited to 100, so please sign up now.

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THE RALLY

How does it work?

We’ve partnered with a few specialist motorcycle race/rally experts to host the ‘Greatest (and longest) Motorcycle Rally in Great Britain’.

Our aim is to enable each rider to focus purely on the rally experience together with their team. By working together with our rally partners we can deliver a cross country motorcycle experience like no other.

Our rally support teams can help collect and deliver your motorcycle to and from the start/finish line, we’ll provide camping and luxury camping in truly unique settings (castles/mountains/forests/beaches…), great local food and expert rally mechanics (just in case).

Each rally team will be assigned a GPS tracker and their progress will be transmitted as a live feed throughout the rally. Each evening the “secret” checkpoints will be revealed to the riders. As they check-in at each checkpoint their times will be logged and compared against the speed average of the days course.

At the end of each day all riders will enter the final checkpoint at the rally camp, with dinner being served under canvas. Giving all riders the evening to relax and socialise, review the days rally and plan the next days route. There will be entertaining happenings each evening to aid the wind-down.

Like The Mile, the rally is purely focused on completing the course, it’s definitely not about competing.

 

 

 

 

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THE GREAT MILE

The Route and Rally Plan

START LINE: CASTLE MEY, SCOTLAND

DAY #1 – THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS/SCOTLAND

DAY #2 – FRIDAY: SCOTLAND – ENGLAND

DAY #3 – SATURDAY: WALES

DAY #4 – SUNDAY: DEVON/CORNWALL FINISH LINE: BEACH PARTY, CORNWALL

Average daily route 300-350 miles, 6+ hours of riding per day.

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THE PACKAGES

What’s included?

With every event we host we want to open it up to everyone, making it accessible and inclusive for all.

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#1 THE GOLD RALLY PACKAGE: FOR THOSE WITH A LITTLE LESS TIME 

In this rally package we take care of everything! Our top and highly experienced (and highly insured) race delivery team will collect and deliver your motorcycle to and from the start/finish line, so you can fly in and fly out (or train) and spend all of your time in the rally riding.

We’ll also organise transport to the start line from Inverness airport and have your kit delivered to the start line with your motorcycle.

We’ll organise all food, with a hearty breakfast each day, a great group dinner and lunch for the rally. Our support team will be on hand to help you and your bike at all times.

We’ll have luxury bell tents set up for you, so when you arrive at the final check point each day you can relax, rest up and enjoy the evening.

GOLD RALLY PACKAGE: £1290 pp

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#2 THE SILVER RALLY PACKAGE: FOR THOSE WITH LESS TIME… AND A TENT! 

In this rally package we take care of almost everything! Our top and highly experienced (and highly insured) race delivery team will collect and deliver your motorcycle to and from the start/finish line, so you can fly in and fly out (or train it ) and spend all of your time in the rally riding.

We’ll also organise transport to the start line from Inverness airport and have your kit delivered to the start line with your motorcycle.

We’ll organise all food, with a hearty breakfast each day, a great group dinner and lunch for the rally. Our support team will be on hand to help you and your bike at all times.

We’ll have a camping pitch ready for your team in the Rally Camp, you’ll just need to bring your camping gear, tent and sleeping bag etc.

SILVER RALLY PACKAGE: £960 pp

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#3 THE BRONZE RALLY PACKAGE: FOR THOSE WITH A LITTLE MORE TIME 

In this package we take care of the entire rally, you just need to get yourself and your bike to the start line. If you need, we can also organise transport to the start line from Inverness airport on our coach.

We’ll organise all food, with a hearty breakfast each day, a great group dinner and lunch for the rally. Our support team will be on hand to help you and your bike at all times.

We’ll have a camping pitch ready for your team in the Rally Camp, you’ll just need to bring your camping gear tent and sleeping bag etc.

BRONZE RALLY PACKAGE: £490 pp

THE GOLD PACKAGE INCLUDES:

THE SILVER PACKAGE INCLUDES:

THE BRONZE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

RALLY ENTRANCE + RALLY KIT

Each rider will be given a rally kit that includes: a Malle Tool Pouch with their Rally Log Book, Team GPS tracker, Motorcycle Race Numbers, Race Stickers and Riders Armband.

MOTORCYCLE RALLY DELIVERY

Collection and delivery of your motorcycle and kit from central London to the start line in Scotland and back from Cornwall to central London the following Monday.

START LINE TRANSPORTATION

A seat in our coach from Inverness airport to the start-line. Timed to sync with incoming flights.

LUXURY CAMPING

Each night your luxury bell tent with bed, Egyptian cotton and towels will be ready for you (each bell tent sleeps a 4 person team) in a beautiful and remote location.

BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

A full cooked breakfast will be served each morning, a local packed lunch will be made for each rider before they depart each day and dinner will be served each night at the camp.

MECHANICS

Our team of mechanics and delivery trucks will be on hand each day in case of any mechanical problems. In the event of a non-working motorcycle the bike will be delivered to the finish line with the rider (or the rider can join their team or our marshal team).

SUPPORT TEAM

The Rally will be closely followed by our support team, providing help in the case of any emergencies.

RALLY ENTRANCE + RALLY KIT

Each rider will be given a rally kit that includes: a Malle Tool Pouch with their Rally Log Book, Team GPS tracker, Motorcycle Race Numbers, Race Stickers and Riders Armband.

MOTORCYCLE RALLY DELIVERY

Collection and delivery of your motorcycle and kit from central London to the start line in Scotland and back from Cornwall to central London the following Monday.

START LINE TRANSPORTATION

A seat in our coach from Inverness airport to the start-line. Timed to sync with incoming flights.

REMOTE CAMPING

Each night your team camping pitch will be ready, please bring your tent, sleeping bag and camping essentials with you.

BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

A full cooked breakfast will be served each morning, a local packed lunch will be made for each rider before they depart each day and dinner will be served each night at the camp.

MECHANICS

Our team of mechanics and delivery trucks will be on hand each day in case of any mechanical problems. In the event of a non-working motorcycle the bike will be delivered to the finish line with the rider (or the rider can join their team or our marshal team).

SUPPORT TEAM

The Rally will be closely followed by our support team, providing help in the case of any emergencies.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Luxury Bell Tents, Camping Equipment, Bedding, Personal Drinks and Fuel.

RALLY ENTRANCE + RALLY KIT

Each rider will be given a rally kit that includes: a Malle Tool Pouch with their Rally Log Book, Team GPS tracker, Motorcycle Race Numbers, Race Stickers and Riders Armband.

BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER

A full cooked breakfast will be served each morning, a local packed lunch will be made for each rider before they depart each day and dinner will be served each night at the camp.

REMOTE CAMPING

Each night your team camping pitch will be ready, please bring your tent, sleeping bag and camping essentials with you.

SUPPORT TEAM

The Rally will be closely followed by our support team, providing help in the case of any emergencies.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Motorcycle Delivery from London to the start line and back to London from the finish line, Luxury Bell Tents, Camping Equipment, Bedding and Personal Drinks and Fuel.

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE GREAT MILE

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TEAM PACKAGES FOR THE GREAT MILE

We have created team/pillion packages so more people can join The Great Mile experience. Your partner, friend or team-mate has already signed up for a package that includes the motorcycle and primary rider. Some teams will be riding two-up and some teams will take it in turns to ride different sections with one motorcycle (and bring a second vehicle for their team-mates to follow the rally). 

Either way, we have you covered for accommodation, food and the rally extras. Just like the other packages, there are three levels to choose from; Gold, Silver and Bronze. Select your team package now:

 

 

 

 

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THE GREAT MILE PROGRAMME

What’s the plan?

DAY MINUS #3 – SUNDAY:

If you chose to use the rally motorcycle delivery service, you’ll need to deliver the bike and your kit (optional) to the central London drop off point on Sunday the 27th of August.


DAY #0 – WEDNESDAY – CASTLE MEY, SCOTLAND:

5PM – RALLY REGISTER/SCRUTINEERING: Teams will check in from 5pm onwards at Castle May in the most Northern point of Scotland (even more North than John ‘O Groats!). Bikes will then be checked over by our scrutineering team.

5PM – TRANSPORT TO CASTLE MEY: We have assigned 2 coaches to collect riders from Inverness airport on Wednesday evening and deliver them to Castle Mey for check in.

8PM – RALLY BRIEFING AND PRE-PARTY: Teams will be briefed on the rally plan and given the checkpoints for the next day, followed by the pre-party.


DAY #1 – THURSDAY – CASTLE MEY, SCOTLAND:

7AM – RALLY BREAKFAST: Over a full cooked Scottish breakfast teams will be briefed on the days rally and given their locally sourced lunch.

8AM – THE START LINE: Every 7 minutes the teams will set off from the start-line with their times logged as they leave.

 

6PM – TRIAL SECTION: The timed trial section will be open to willing participants at the last checkpoint of the day (+ camp).

8PM – DAY #1 RALLY DINNER: Each evening a group dinner will be held for all riders and the rally support team, where the next days checkpoints will be revealed.


DAY #2 – FRIDAY START: GLENCOE, SCOTLAND:

7AM – DAY #2 RALLY BREAKFAST
8AM – THE START LINE
6PM – TRIAL SECTION – HILL CLIMB + CAMP
8PM – DAY #2 RALLY DINNER


DAY #3 – SATURDAY START: BETYS-Y-COED, WALES:

7AM – DAY #3 RALLY BREAKFAST
8AM – THE START LINE
6PM – TRIAL SECTION – BEACH RACE + CAMP
8PM – DAY #3 RALLY DINNER


DAY #4 – SUNDAY – START PENDINE SANDS, WALES:

7AM – DAY #4 RALLY BREAKFAST
8AM – THE START LINE
4PM – TRIAL SECTION + CAMP (OPTIONAL/ADDITIONAL)
4PM AFTER PARTY ON THE BEACH – CORNWALL

Families and friends are invited to join us for The Great Mile after party on the beach near The Lizard, to watch the riders come in. With a BBQ, Surfing, Drinks, Awards etc. FREE ENTRANCE. There will be an optional Rally Camp for all riders and guests to stay in after the rally.

 

 

 

 

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CREATING A RALLY TEAM

The Great Mile teams

There’s a reason motorcycle gangs are so popular, riding with a group of good mates is one of the best things you can ever do.

With that said, the The Great Mile is a rally event where teams of 2+ riders will complete each days course starting and finishing as a team. The clock will start when all riders have crossed the start line and will stop only once the entire team has reached each checkpoint.

1. CREATE A TEAM: Pull together a team of 2+ riders, there’s no maximum on the total number of riders in each team. It makes sense if a teams motorcycles are of a roughly similar size/capability. But this is not a race, smaller and antique machines are highly encouraged to join – we have the mechanics and support teams so you can ride any type of motorcycle you want to.

2. REGISTER A TEAM: Pick a team name and register the riders as soon as possible: www.mallelondon.com/thegreatmile

3. BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS/VANS: Depending on the rally package you chose you’ll need to book either flights or transportation to get yourself and your motorcycle to the start-line. Flights from London to Inverness are around one hour (we suggest the 12.30pm Easy-Jet flight from Gatwick), to take a van (with 4 bikes loaded) will take around 20 hours (2 days) to drive to the start line from central London in a van and will cost around about £300 in fuel.

For the really adventurous rider, why not ride to the start-line. Why? Because it will earn you credibility and make you a ‘hardcore bad-ass’!

Thank you so much for your interest, we hope to see you at the most Northern tip of Scotland on the rally start-line.

Godspeed.

Rally places will be open in March.
You can email us now to reserve your place – thegreatmile@mallelondon.com

Have a question about the rally?
Please email the office: thegreatmile@mallelondon.com

 

 

 

 

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FAQ’S

The Great Mile teams

WHICH BIKE CAN I ENTER?
Any motorcycle considered custom, classic, cafe racer or chopper is most welcome!

WHY IS THIS RALLY OPEN ONLTO ‘INAPPROPRIATE ‘ BIKES?
There are already thousands of rally’s and tours for race/dirt bikes, cruisers etc.

I’M A LONE WOLF AND WANT TO JOIN A TEAM, CAN I?
Absolutely, drop us a mail and we can help arrange.

WHY IS IT SO CHEAP?
It’s true other 1000+ mile rally’s cost many thousands of pounds to enter, we’ve really tried to keep this accessible to all riders.

WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE?
The Great Mile is a highly complicated logistical event involving hundreds of people supporting the rally from start to finish. With specialised kit, great food, remote camping, mechanics, vehicle delivery, permits, digital tracking, medics, insurance, custom production, chefs etc.

HOW TOUGH WILL THE RALLY BE?
The rally route is undoubtedly a long distance and it won’t be easy, but with the route we’ve planned it will be spectacular riding through amazing scenery and your team can ride at their own pace. Plan accordingly, get some long distance practice in and prep your bike well.

HOW MANY HOURS/MILES WILL WE BE RIDING EACH DAY?
Expect to be riding around 300 miles per day, which will be around 7.5 hours of riding a day, divided between the 3 checkpoints (2.5 hours per section with breaks to relax and refresh at the checkpoints).

I RIDE A SCOOTER, CAN I ENTER? 
You’ll be most welcome and not alone, ideally it should be on the more classic/custom side – a 2016 Vespa might not cut it.

CAN WE ENTER A COMPANY TEAM? 
Absolutely, we are too! Contact us.

CAN WE FILM AND DOCUMENT THE RALLY? 
Get Involved!

CAN I JUST TURN UP AT THE START-LINE AND ENTER? 
No.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS ON ROUTE? 
We’ll all get a little wet! Prepare for all weather – but it will most likely be gorgeous weather!

CAN I BRING MY DOG? 
No. Unless you have an appropriate sidecar. 

I’VE GOT LOTS OF FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM, CAN I GET A DISCOUNT?
Sorry dude, no.

MY BIKE’S 100 YEARS OLD, WHAT HAPPENS IF IT CONKS OUT ON ROUTE?
Our mechanics team will be prepared and do their best to get you back on the road asap. In the event of the bike seriously giving up the ghost, you’ll have two options: Stick your bike in one of our trucks and join the rally marshals for the remainder of the rally. Or you can call the AA and catch the nearest train home, but we suggest the first option.

I WANT TO ENTER MY VINTAGE RACE CAR, CAN I?
Maybe…if it’s really special! Drop us a note, we don’t want to exclude anyone but this is a motorcycle rally.

IS THE RALLY ONLY FOR BRITISH RIDERS?
Definitely not! This is a unique chance for foreign riders to experience the best of the British Isles. After The Great Mile you’ll have seen more of Britain than most people in the UK!

I’M JOINING FROM ABROAD, CAN I RENT A BIKE AND ENTER?
Yes, we have a few rental partners who rent suitable Triumph Bonnevilles, Royal Enfield and classic BMW’s which will work well. The bike will need to be rented from London and then we’ll deliver it to the start line and back to London from the finish line. So it will cost you a little more to rent a bike for a week, but it will be worth it!

I WANT TO RIDE TWO UP WITH MY PARTNER/FRIEND, CAN WE?
Absolutely, drop us a note. We’ll need to create a special pass for two on one bike and plan food, camping, access and equipment accordingly.

WHAT SORT OF PEOPLE WILL BE IN THE RALLY?
The most fun loving, dedicated riders, on all sorts of ‘inappropriate’ motorcycles, this event will build on the DIY camaraderie and inclusive feel of The Mile.

WHEN’S THE DEADLINE TO ENTER THE RALLY?
We only have 100 spots to enter, first come first served. Register now to save disappointment.

WE’D LIKE TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY AT THE SAME TIME?
Absolutely! We can suggest a few of our partnering charities, or raise for your own.

ANY EXTRA COSTS FOR FUEL ETC?
The average bike will use about £120 worth of fuel for the entire course, depending on how you ride and the motorcycle type this cost will vary. 

 

 

 

 

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