Last year Louis, who works at Rapha, asked us if we thought the Second City Divide route we’d been developing from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Manchester would work as a bikepacking event. We were a tad apprehensive about handing it over but Louis’ vision convinced us - rally format, 5 days, self-supported, camping encouraged and a 50:50 men/women split. Fast forward 12 months and the Pennine Rally was a thing and 80 riders were in Edinburgh to take on the route.
We asked two friends of OP, Kirsty and Emily if they fancied the ride. They didn’t need much persuading and took to the challenge immediately. We told them to keep an eye out for the official photographer Dan. 'Don't worry', they said, 'he'll hear us coming...'
They finished less than 72 hours ago - here are their most vivid memories from 5 days in the wilds of southern Scotland and Northern England.