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What is ‘The Great Mile’

We’re back for ‘The Great Mile’ 2018 – the longest motorcycle rally ever attempted in the UK. 1250 beautiful miles from the very Northern tip of Scotland to the very Southern tip of Cornwall. An ‘inappropriate motorcycle rally for custom, classic, cafe racer and scrambler motorcycles. The greatest motorcycle rally through the wildest and greatest landscapes in the British Isles.

This year the rally will be longer and better in every way. Now held over 5 days, the 1250 mile rally route will carve a new path across the most beautiful landscapes, mountains, coasts and valleys in Great Britain Each day the rally teams will be given the 5 rally checkpoints, followed by our support crew.

Each night the rally camp will feature a unique race happening, with all riders camping under canvas in our rally bell tents. This year we’re adding the “luxury” of hot showers in the wild rally camps on alternate nights, with our private chef cooking up a storm in the rally camp each evening.

This year each rider will be given their own ‘Malle Rally Duffel” with their rally number on it – so that all luggage will be waiting for you in your tent when you arrive at camp. We will only transport what you can fit in your Rally Duffel (65cm x 30cm x 30cm), anything else will need to be carried by you on your bike. Rally places are limited to 100, so please register your team 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 team will help collect and deliver your motorcycle to and from the start/finish line, we provide glamping in truly unique settings (castles/mountains/forests/cliff-tops…), great local food and expert rally mechanics (just in case).

Each evening the “secret” checkpoints will be revealed to the teams of 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 days rally sections, there will be an evening event, for the evenings entertainment and extra rally points. Like The Malle Mile, the rally is purely focused on completing’ it’s definitely not about winning. But with that said, the team with the nearest perfect rally time, will take the 2018 Great Mile rally title (currently held by Squadra Otto).

 

 

 

 

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THE GREAT MILE 2018

The Route and Rally Plan

The rally route:
24th-28th July 2018

Day 0 – Monday rider registration at Castle Mey, Scotland
Day 1 – Tuesday: Highlands of Scotland
Day 2 – Wednesday: Lowlands of Scotland
Day 3 – Thursday: Lake District
Day 4 – Friday: Wales/Devon
Day 5 – Saturday: Devon/Cornwall
Day 5 / Finish line – The Lizard: after party in Cornwall
Sunday: Take a slow ride home, or let our team deliver your bike back to London and enjoy a whiskey on the train/plane.

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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.

THE GOLD PACKAGE#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 safely from London in a crate 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, and then your kit will be delivered from camp to camp (in your Rally Duffel).

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 evenings.

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

GOLD RALLY PACKAGE: £1850

THE SILVER PACKAGE#2 THE SILVER RALLY PACKAGE:
For those with a little less 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 (call our team).

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 also have your kit delivered from camp to camp (in your Rally Duffel).

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 evenings.

SILVER RALLY PACKAGE: £1250

THE BRONZE PACKAGE#3 THE BRONZE RALLY PACKAGE:
For those riding 2 up / team mates

If you’re either riding two-up with another rider, or joining in a vintage car/support team vehicle, this rally package is for you. We take care of everything, 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 and then your kit will be delivered from camp to camp (in your Rally Duffel).

We’ll have luxury bell tents set up for you and your team mate, so when you arrive at the final check point each day you can relax, rest up and enjoy the evenings. We’ll organise all food, with a hearty breakfast each day, a great group dinner and a packed lunch for the rally. Our support team will be on hand to help you and your bike at all times.

BRONZE RALLY PACKAGE: £1150

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 Rally Duffel, Rally Log Book, Route Cards, Rally T-Shirt, Motorcycle Race Numbers, Race Stickers and Ear Plugs.

MOTORCYCLE RALLY DELIVERY

Collection and delivery of your motorcycle, which will be safely transported safely in a crate in the rally truck, along with your kit (in the Malle Rally Duffel) 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 GLAMPING

Each night your luxury bell tent with memory foam bed, all bedding and towels will be ready for you (each bell tent sleeps a 4 person team) in a beautiful and remote location. If you need a private bell tent for 2 this can be arranged.

RIDERS FOOD

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 & SUPPORT TEAM

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).

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights, personal drinks and fuel.

RALLY ENTRANCE + RALLY KIT

Each rider will be given a rally kit that includes: a Malle Rally Duffel, Rally Log Book, Route Cards, Rally T-Shirt, Motorcycle Race Numbers, Race Stickers and Ear Plugs.

LUXURY GLAMPING

Each night your luxury bell tent with memory foam bed, all bedding and towels will be ready for you (each bell tent sleeps a 4 person team) in a beautiful and remote location. If you need a private bell tent for 2 this can be arranged.

RIDERS FOOD

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 & SUPPORT TEAM

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).

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Motorcycle delivery, Inverness/Castle Mey coach, flights, personal drinks and fuel.

RALLY ENTRANCE + RALLY KIT

Each rider will be given a rally kit that includes: a Malle Rally Duffel, Rally Log Book, Route Cards, Rally T-Shirt, Motorcycle Race Numbers, Race Stickers and Ear Plugs.

START LINE TRANSPORTATION

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

LUXURY GLAMPING

Each night your luxury bell tent with memory foam bed, all bedding and towels will be ready for you (each bell tent sleeps a 4 person team) in a beautiful and remote location. If you need a private bell tent for 2 this can be arranged.

RIDERS FOOD

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.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights, personal drinks and fuel.

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE GREAT MILE

Select your rally package:

 

 

 

 

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THE GREAT MILE PROGRAMME

What’s the plan?

Pre-Rally:
For our rally delivery service – you’ll need to deliver your bike and kit (in the Malle Rally Duffel) to the central London drop off point by Friday the 20th of July at 6pm. Please note that all riders will be supplied with their Malle rally duffel, with their rally number on it.


Day #0
Monday 23rd July – Castle Mey Scotland

3pm – Transport to Castle Mey:
Our coaches will collect riders from Inverness airport on Monday afternoon and deliver them to Castle Mey for rider check in. The optimum flight from London is the Easy Jet ‘EZY863’ at 12.30pm from London Gatwick, arriving in Inverness at 2.15pm.

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, please ensure you bring a working bike to the start line, with half a tank of fuel, good tyres and good breaks.

8pm – Rally Briefing and Dinner:
Over dinner and a dram of local whiskey, teams will be briefed on the rally plan and given the checkpoints for the next day.


Day #1
Tuesday 24th July – Castle Mey, Scotland

7am – Riders Briefing & Rally Breakfast:
Over a cooked Scottish breakfast teams will be briefed on the days rally and given their locally sourced packed lunch. Riders will need to be responsible to place their rally duffels in the rally trailer each morning. Teams will depart each morning once the entire team is ready to go.

8am – The Start Line:
Every 5 minutes the teams will set off from the start-line with their times logged as they leave.

6pm – Rally Camp:
The 5th and last checkpoint of the day is at the rally camp, teams are expected to be back at camp by 6pm each day. Then the willing participants will start the evenings festivities at their leisure.

7pm – 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. The key is to socialise with fellow riders early, so you’re up and fresh-faced at 7am the following day.

Day #2
Wednesday 25th July – Start: Lowlands, Scotland

7am – Rally Breakfast 8am – The Start Line
6pm – Race Event + Camp
7pm – Rally Dinner

 

Day #3
Thursday 26th July – Start: lake District

7am – Rally Breakfast
8am – The Start line
6pm – Race Event + Camp
7pm – Rally Dinner + Midway Party

 

Day #4
Friday 27th July – Start, Wales

7am – Rally Breakfast
8am – The Start Line
6pm – Race Event + Camp
7pm – Rally Dinner

 

Day #5
Saturday 28th July – Start, Wales

7am – Rally Breakfast
8am – The Start Line
5pm – The Finish Line
7pm – The Rally After-Party + Camp

 

7pm After Party on the Cliff Top – Cornwall
Families, friends local riders and motorcycle clubs are invited to join us for The Great Mile after party on the cliff-tops near The Lizard; to watch the last rally race event with a BBQ, Drinks, Awards etc. FREE ENTRANCE.


Post Rally
Sunday Morning 29th July – The lizard, Cornwall
Take a slow ride home from The Lizard, or let our team deliver your bike back to London and enjoy a whiskey on the train/plane. Local taxis are available from the camp and village.

 

 

 

 

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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 or join one of our ‘Lone-Wolf’ teams. 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 your 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 bike to the start-line. Flights from London to Inverness are around £50 (one hour), 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 £400 in fuel.

Easyjet from London Gatwick – Inverness: 09:40 – 11:10
Easyjet from London Luton – Inverness: 12:30 – 14:15

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’ – only 4 riders did this last year!

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 February.
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, scrambler, brat or chopper is most welcome!

WHY IS THIS RALLY OPEN TO ONLY ‘INAPPROPRIATE’ BIKES?
There are already thousands of rallys 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’ll fix you up with ‘like-biked’ team mates.

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

WHY’S 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, staff and volunteers etc.

WHY HAS THE PRICE CHANGED FROM THE 2017 RALLY
At the request and advice of the rally-riders of the first ever Great Mile rally; we’ve added 2 extra nights accommodation, hot showers (in very remote wildernesses) on every other night,  1 full extra day in the rally to ensure more riding (but over slightly shorter days), more support staff/vehicles and an even better delivery service – with each motorcycle being crated individually in London before being loaded onto our rally delivery trucks. This increased our costs, but will deliver a much higher quality of service and experience all-round. 

HOW TOUGH WILL THE RALLY BE?
The rally route is undoubtedly a very long distance and it won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination. But, with the rally route we’ve planned it’s 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.

HOW MANY HOURS/MILES WILL WE BE RIDING EACH DAY?
Expect to be riding around 200-250 miles per day, which should about 6-8 hours of riding a day, with breaks at each check point, the lunch break and we want all riders back in camp by 6pm for the riders dinner and the evening social/rally event.

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 won’t 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, but join us for the last rally stage in Cornwall and the after party.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS ON ROUTE?
We’ll all get a little wet and in the case of stage 4 in the 2017 rally… we got really wet! Prepare for all weather – in July most likely it will be gorgeous weather!

CAN I BRING MY DOG?
No.

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 your team or the rally marshal team 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 including ‘Club Moto’ who rent great Triumphs, Royal Enfields, Ducati’s and 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, just register a team place for your team mate/partner.

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 comradery and inclusive feel of The Malle 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 (like Movember), or raise for your own.

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

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