TweedLove Bivvy Night
Sunday, 3 June 2012 at 18:00 - Monday, 4 June 2012 at 12:00 (BST)
Sunday 3 June
Leaves from Peebles Kingsmeadows Car Park
6pm; returns next morning
Free Event (£10 refundable deposit for your place. £10 non-refundable fee for transport with your bike to start of route).
Over 16s only.
We’ll collect you from Peebles and drive you down the valley to the start. Then we’ll all pedal up into the hills, find a nice spot to bed down for the night, and the next day we’ll complete the trip back to Peebles via some great trails. Ah, the simple life.
Numbers will be limited, and everyone will need to have (and carry!) their own bivvy bag etc. and know roughly what they are doing.
It’s free to come along, but we’ll take a deposit in case you don’t turn up – places are limited – see info below.
Everyone is expected to treat the land (and hence landowners) with respect. We’ll leave no trace and everyone will carry everything they need in and out.
Free SANTA CRUZ demo bikes available for the trip, courtesy of Alpine Bikes/Santa Cruz.
Free TEVA shoes to try.
How it works
Once your place has been confirmed on the bivvy trip, you’ll be contacted with final details and kit list, but riders will meet at 6pm, Kingsmeadows Rd Car Park, Peebles, and head out by van to the start of the cycling. We’ll head up into the hills, to a suitable bivvy location where we’ll spend the night, and then head back to Peebles by a nice route the next morning. If the weather’s kind we can include some classic trails - we won't be stuck for choice! We’d expect to be back in Peebles by late morning the next day.
Everyone is responsible for themselves and their own bike, kit, bivvy equipment, food and hydration, though we are planning to pass a water source on our route, to top-up supplies. Please note, this is a small group adventure, not a package holiday with company reps and organised entertainment! We will have sufficient local riders to show you the way, and we expect some splitting of groups going at different speeds. It’s NOT a race of any kind.
If you’re taking part with friends it’s a good idea to share kit like stoves and fuel.
The trip itself is free to join and has very limited places, but we have to pay the transport providers which works out at £10 per person. In order to avoid no-show potential (sometimes the case with free events) we’re charging an additional deposit of £10 per person, which will be refunded after the event. So you pay £20 to book your place, but we’ll give you £10 back after the trip.
Free Santa Cruz bike demo
Those nice people at Alpine Bikes and Santa Cruz have decided to spoil us bivvy merchants by offering a selection of bikes to try on the trip – yes you can keep them out all night. The bikes selection (more to come we’re told) is:
Blur LT (medium)
If you’d like to try one of these for the trip, please tick the box when registering. You’ll be sent information on how to apply – it’ll be first out of the hat type of thing. Thanks to Alpine and Santa Cruz.
Put a sock in it. Free Teva shoes demo.
MTB tour operators GO-WHERE Scotland and Teva footwear have teamed up to provide Tweedlovers with a chance to try out the awesome Teva Links freestyle (flat pedal) bike shoe; tell us your size and we’ll sort you out with a demo pair during the Bivvy Night Ride (available on a first come first served basis).
Once your registration has been confirmed, you’ll be sent an email address to apply for trial shoes.
Out all-nighters info
Here’s some information which might be helpful, not definitive - just some thoughts and suggestions:
Food & sufficient calories
It’s your responsibility to bring as much food as you think you’ll need to keep you going from when we meet up until the following lunchtime. We’ll camp near water sources so you won’t need to carry all your cooking/washing up water with you. Bringing a stove and pan is optional- you could manage on cold food throughout, but hot drinks are great for morale.
Eat your dinner early, or be prepared to bring sandwiches or rolls and/or your usual trail snacks for the ride. We’re not planning to stop to set up stoves for hot food until we stop at the bivvy site which could be at 9pm or so. Suggestions for food to bring if you are wanting a hot meal when we do stop would be:
Super noodles, quick cook pasta and a wee tub of pesto or other sauce, or one of those fancy packets of ready meals from a camping shop.
Or you could just go for hot drinks- cup-a-soup, tea or coffee (+ powdered milk).
For breakfast- more sandwiches or rolls, or cereal with powdered milk, or just cereal bars maybe a hot drink. or if you want to eat something hot again, porridge sachets.
Snacks to fuel your riding: sport bars, gels, bananas etc.
We will aim to be back in Peebles by lunchtime.
Opinions differ widely (see http://www.bikepacking.net/ ‘personal setups’) or various forum threads on Singletrack but the suggestions here are pretty much main stream.
Essential to each have
Bivvy bag (or lightweight tent- opinions differ- can be almost as light and gives you room to get changed, but this is less sociable and it may be harder to find a spot to pitch it)
Sleeping bag (lightweight packable summer bags are available, but will you be warm enough?)
Sleeping mat (e.g. foam mat or thermarest)
Food (at the very least bring something for breakfast, and perhaps some energy foods)
Warm layer (dependent on weather but e.g. lightweight down jacket or gilet, fleece or merino layer)
Woolly hat and/or buff
Lightweight waterproof coat
Small torch (e.g. head torch)
(Essential if this affects you: medications you need to take, glasses / contact lenses)
Some way of carrying it all- at least a rucksack or perhaps also some stuff on your bike (e.g. strapped onto your bars or under your saddle, or using bar and/or saddle bag, rear rack (on a hardtail))
Very nice to each have
Spare clothes- e.g. boxers to sleep in, spare warm socks to sleep in, spare gloves
Essential but don’t all need to carry- can be shared
Spare inner tube(s), mini-pump, multi-tool, any other bike spares
Map/compass and/or GPS
Toilet paper in a ziplock bag
First aid kit
Very nice to have and can be shared
Camping Stove + lighter/matches, pot (which you also eat out of), mug, fork and/or spoon (or spork)..... which means you can have hot drinks (tea, cupasoup etc.) and/or hot food (super noodles, porridge etc.)
Camera (or just use camera-phone)
We strongly suggest:
1) On at least one occasion, sleep outdoors with your sleeping bag/mat and bivvy bag to check it all works for you.
2) On at least one occasion you have a trial pack with everything you need and see if you can ride off road. (You might want to increase your shock pressures!).
Ideally, you should combine 1 & 2 into a proper ‘trial run’.
3) You pack things bearing in mind the order in which you’ll need them: have your bivvy bag, sleeping bag and mat handy.