What is ‘The Great Mile’
‘The Great Mile’ is the longest (and arguably toughest) motorcycle rally in the UK: A 1200 mile, 5 day motorcycle rally, from the Northern Tip of Scotland to the Southern Tip of Cornwall; for custom, classic and cafe racer motorcycles.
Building off of the unique experience and camaraderie of The Mile, we’ve spent two years researching and planning the greatest and longest rally through the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the British Isles.
Each day the rally teams are given 3 checkpoints to guide them through the country. Rally places are limited to 100, the inaugural 2017 TGM rally was a great success, so please sign up now.
How does it work?
Our aim is to host the ‘Greatest (toughest and longest) Motorcycle Rally in Great Britain’, we also aim to enable each rider to focus purely on the rally experience together with their team. By working together with our rally partners we deliver a cross country motorcycle experience like no other.
Our rally support teams help collect and deliver your motorcycle to and from the start/finish line, we provide Bell Tent camping in unique settings (castles/mountains/forests/beaches…), great local food and expert rally mechanics (just in case).
Each evening the “secret” checkpoints are revealed to the riders. As they check-in at each checkpoint their times are logged and compared against the speed average of the days course.
At the end of each day all riders reach 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.
Like The Mile, the rally is purely focused on completing the course, it’s definitely not about competing.
TEAM PACKAGES FOR THE GREAT MILE
We have created team/pillion packages so more people can join The Great Mile experience. If 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.
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. We then help pull teams together of solo riders, which is a great part of the experience and many new friendships have been made on the rally.
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. 2018 Rally details to be announced soon.
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 look forward to seeing you on the rally start-line.
Rally places will be open in January.
You can email us now to reserve your place – email@example.com
Have a question about the rally?
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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 ONLY TO ‘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 1200+ 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, 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. Expect to ride up to 10 hours a day, over a 300 mile route in all weather conditions, it’s definitely a challenge.
HOW MANY HOURS/MILES WILL WE BE RIDING EACH DAY?
Expect to be riding around 300 miles per day, which could be around 10 hours of riding a day, divided between the 3 checkpoints (2.5-3 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 (it’s a long way).
CAN WE ENTER A COMPANY TEAM?
Absolutely, we are too! Contact us.
CAN WE FILM AND DOCUMENT THE RALLY?
CAN I JUST TURN UP AT THE START-LINE AND ENTER?
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 CUSTOM CAR, CAN I?
Maybe…if it’s really special! Drop us a note, we don’t want to exclude anyone and it is something we’ve been discussing.
IS THE RALLY ONLY FOR BRITISH RIDERS?
Definitely not – in 2017 we had over 15 countries represented in the rally! 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, Ducati’s 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 and sign up for the team package.
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.
Prepare for the Adventure