Anonymously described as a scrappy rolling picnic through Britain’s ever-changing landscapes, GBDuro is a 2000km all-road romp from Land’s End in Cornwall, the most south-westerly point of the UK, to John o’ Groats in the far north of Scotland. Consisting of four timed stages of 500km each, the participants pedal a predetermined ‘GB Divide’ route, variously off and on-road, wild swimming, camping and rough sleeping along the way. Winner takes nought – not even a golden spork. For the entrants, like women’s winner and overall 3rd-place finisher, Jaimi Wilson, it’s all about the experience.
A few days after her return to normal life, we spoke to Jaimi to chat bikepacking, her win, the kit that worked, and why deciding to circumnavigate the globe by bike is best done without any planning at all.