The Badger Divide winds and undulates its way from Inverness to Glasgow. It is UK all-road bikepacking at it's finest. By all-road I mean all types of road - finely packed gravel, lumpy bridleway, singletrack, farm track, tarmac and everything in between. Not gnarly enough for a mountain bike, too rough for a road bike. The debate around what bike to bring will never end, but something inbetween those ends of the spectrum will give you a good chance.
It's a hard ride, no matter how many days you try to do it in. I say 'try' as completing first time is not a given. You'll need the right combination of timing, weather, legs and luck. This was, in fact, our second attempt after the Badger got the better of us three years ago.
Along with the Torino Nice Rally, it was the Badger Divide that gave us the idea behind our own city to city all-road bikepacking route, the Second City Divide. It's no coincidence that one starts where the other finishes or that they both share the same style of riding and rough stuff/leave no trace/don't be a dick ethos. If you've followed Outdoor Provisions for a bit you'll know we're huge advocates of staying in the UK to get your adventure fix.
As both routes have matured and bedded in, the idea of riding both back to back had loitered, waiting for the right time to come. With a fixed finish for the Second City Divide in Manchester on Sunday 13th Sept, it felt like the right time and one way tickets to Inverness were booked.
900 all road kilometres from Inverness to Glasgow to Manchester and the first running of the Double Divide™.