The adventure cycling and bikepacking podcast.
Join us as we travel the length and breadth of the UK, seeking out the very best off road riding in the wild and wonderful British Isles. We’re seeking out the riders, route masters, gear designers and creatives that help us get the most out of leaving the tarmac behind.
Our introductory series explores the fundamental concepts of what it means to ride off road; exploring cycling history, how new communities are being born all over the country and how attitudes are changing more than they have done in decades. We want to show you what happens when we take this kind of riding to the extremes and how the cycling industry is responding to the surging all-terrain appetite.
This is not a studio podcast. We’ll be joining our guests as they showcase the very best of their local dirt, come snow, rain or shine (literally, it’s winter you know). With each episode we’ll be providing you with the route and highlights on our Unpaved komoot account so you can go and enjoy the locals’ best off road trails all over the UK too.
Wrapping up our first series, we've taken a trip to visit The Bicycle Academy in Frome, Somerset, to chat all things bike. The team there is best known for teaching frame building courses, and are masters of bike design across all disciplines. After geeking out about how custom bikes - and the industry in general - is changing, we also chatted to one of their alumni, framebuilder Adeline O'Moreau of Mercredi Cycles.
Bikepacking races are surging in popularity, so much so that they've even broken into WorldTour pro cycling with Rapha and EF Education First's Alternative Racing Calendar. We chatted to The Racing Collective, a group of competitive bikepackers behind the GBDURO route and many other UK-based challenges, as well as current pro cyclist and first finisher of the 2019 route, Lachlan Morton.
We're in the Peak District for episode two with Stef Amato from cycle touring specialists Pannier.cc, the route masters of Second City Divide Luke Douglas and Christian Smith, and enduro turned gravel rider and photographer Duncan Philpott.
Where as this off-road boom come from? Why is 'gravel' the current cycling buzz-word? Is it really something new?
In our very first episode we join The Woods Cyclery in the New Forest for their Sunday shop ride, chatting to co-owner Tom Farrell alongside Brother Cycles co-owner Will Meyer.