Welcome to the Fastest Known Times for long distance multi-terrain cycling routes throughout the UK.

This site lists the Fastest Known Times (FKTs) for established routes that are over 150Km long (consistent with the definition of ‘long distance’ used elsewhere), with approx 20% (minimum) being over unpaved surfaces, and where there is a recognised fixed route1. To see all of the routes mapped in one place please visit our RideWithGPS Collection – please follow the routes in our collection for all FKT attempts, as they may differ slightly from those published elsewhere. We will check the GPX files from all submitted attempts against these to ensure the entire route has been ridden correctly. With thanks to Epic Cycles for hosting the site.

SELF-SUPPORTED

The times listed here are for self-supported rides, using the widely accepted definition that any physical or informational support and resources accessed during the ride need to be available to the general public, or carried by the rider from the start. So no private re-supplies, gear stashes, shelter, navigational assistance, or mechanical support are allowed2. Winter FKTs (completed Nov-Feb) are indicated by *.

They must also be solo rides. There may be faster times from riders who completed the route in a group or pair, but this is a list of Individual Time Trials.

ABOUT TIME

The Fastest Known Times below show the total elapsed time of the ride, and not just the riding or moving time. So if the rider paused during the ride the clock kept running.

GET IN TOUCH

The key word with these times is ‘known‘. So if you are aware of a faster time then please let us know by sending us a message via the Contact page, if possible with a link to the ride details (e.g. Strava, Komoot, RideWithGPS, social media post, results page etc). And if you think there’s a an established route that we should add then please drop us a message, with link to where the definitive route is published. With the growing popularity of ultra-distance cycling we’re expecting this list to expand.

Tip: best viewed in landscape

Fastest Known Times

W = Winter* FKT, S = Singlespeed FKT

ROUTENAMETIMEDATE
BADGER DIVIDE N-S (338Km)
Route & Leaderboard >>
FKerry MacPhee
Strava

19h 34m 27s
Jun 2023
MChris Hinds
Strava
16h 19m 29sMay 2023
M (W)Scott Whitehill
Strava
36h 34m 36sFeb 2024
BADGER DIVIDE S-N (338Km)
Route & Leaderboard >>
FCat Morrison
Strava
21h 21m 21sAug 2022
MJohn Mackenzie
Strava
17h 06m 40sMay 2023
BLAENAU 600 (620Km)
Route >>
FMolly Weaver
Event Tracking
47h 24mJun 2022
MRob Gardiner
Event Tracking
49h 20mJun 2023
BRAUNTON 150 (146 Miles)
Route >>
FVickey Skelton31h 50mMar 2016
MMatt Jones17h 32m 56sAug 2023
CAIRNGORMS LOOP (298Km)
Route >>
FCat Morrison
Strava
25h 13m 13sJul 2022
MHuw Oliver18h 23mAug 2020
CALDER DIVIDE (234Km)
Route >>
FNicky Shaw
Strava
16h 22m 1sSep 2023
MRuairi O’Driscoll
Strava
14h 39m 5sSep 2023
CAPITAL TRAIL (246Km)
Route >>
F (W)Louise Humphreys
Strava
32h 3m 58sFen 2024
MGraham Cottingham14h 10m 58sAug 2022
COTSWOLDS 100 (168Km)
Route >>
FNo Known Time
MMatt Jones8h 58m 04sJul 2023
COTSWOLDS 200 (320Km)
Route >>
FCordelia Hughes
DotWatcher
31h 35mSep 2023
MAdam Palin
DotWatcher
19h 17mSep 2023
DALES DIVIDE (605kms)
Route >>
FSally Ozanne44h 58mMay 2021
MAngus Young
Blog
Strava
35h 43mApr 2022
DEESIDE TRAIL (222Km)
Route >>
FLee Craigie18h 02mJun 2021
MRob Brookes15h 50mJun 2022
DEESIDE TRAIL LONG (243Km)
Route >>
FNo Known Time
MDan Hearn
Strava
22h 14m 48sMay 2023
DORSET DIVIDE (518Km)
Route >>
FPhilippa Battye36h 30mJul 2022
MJohn Allan31h 40mJul 2022
EAST DEVON TRAIL (173Km)
Route >>
FLiv Rubene
Komoot
9h 42mSep 2023
M (W)Travis Bramley
Strava
7h 58m 48sJan 2024
ENGLAND COAST TO COAST (335Km)
Route >>
FNo Known Time
MChris Hope23h 16m2015
GBDIVIDE (1,961Km)
Route >>
F3Gail Brown9d 15h 45mAug 2020
M3Josh Ibbett7d 17h 44mAug 2020
HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 (553 Miles)
Route >>
FLee Craigie3d 20h 55mMay 2018
F (W)Annie Le7d 16h 27mDec 2021*
MAngus Young
Dotwatcher
3d 7h 15mMay 2023
M (S)Liam Glen3d 10h 55mMay 2021
JOHN MUIR WAY (212Km)
Route & Leaderboard >>
FSam Kerr
Strava
11h 15m 6sJun 2023
MJohn Mackenzie
Strava
8h 19m 42sJul 2023
M (S)Graham Cottingham
Strava
9h 30m 11sMay 2023
M (W)Robert Lindsay
Strava
10h 01m 55sFeb 2024
KEMBLE ROUND (160Km)
Route >>
FChantal Kerr-Sheppard
Strava
12h 8m 2sAug 2023
MDavid Beskeen
Strava
6h 55m 09sJun 2023
M (W)Jo Thomas
Strava
8h 04m 03sFeb 2023
KING ALFREDS WAY (351Km)
Route & Leaderboard >>
FMolly Weaver
Strava
20h 46m 19sApr 2023
MNeil Phillips
Strava
15h 15m 17sJul 2023
M (S)Angus Buchanan
Strava
17h 51mMay 2023
LAKELAND 200 (206Km)
Route & Leaderboard >>
FMolly Weaver
Strava
20h 32m 37sJul 2023
F (W)Jade Field
Strava
35h 5m 36sFeb 2024
MChris Hope16h 45mJun 2014
M (W)Will Weatherill
Strava
20h 10m 37sFeb 2024
LAKELAND 300 (302Km)
Route >>
FJaimi Wilson
Strava
32h 6m 21sApr 2023
MAlex Berry
Strava
19h 54m 28sMay 2023
LOMOND TROSSACHS LOOP (296Km)
Route >>
FKerry MacPhee
Strava
33h 20mMay 2023
MGraham Cottingham
Strava
17h 13m 58sMay 2023
MERSEY ROUND (171Km)
Route >>
FHolly Winstone
Strava
6h 27m 33sFeb 2024
MRoss Harding
Strava
6h 34m 2sJul 2023
NORTH DOWNS WAY (240Km)
Route >>
FNo Known Time
MAngus Buchanan
Strava
13h 54m 59sJun 2021
OLD CHALK WAY (577Km)
Route >>
FNo Known Time
MPaddy Chapman
Strava
28h 46m 50sAug 2023
PEAK 200 (219Km)
Route >>
FSally Ozanne
Instagram
17h 56m 30sSep 2022
MEuan Adams
Strava
12h 50m 10sJun 2021
PENNINE BRIDLEWAY (272km)
Route >>
FNo Known Time
MPhil Simcock20h 6mSep 2015
PENNINE RALLY (513Km)
Route >>
FSaz Harris61h 31mJun 2022
MLiam Yates
Komoot
28h 26mJun 2022
REBELLION WAY (372Km)
Route & Leaderboard >>
FHolly Winstone
Strava
15h 46m 53sAug 2023
MSeb Herrod
Strava
13h 30m 32sAug 2023
RIDGEWAY DOUBLE (280Km)
Route >>
FNo Known Time
MMikey Mottram
Strava
11h 57m 44sJun 2023
SANDSTONE WAY (192Km)
Route >>
FNo Known Time
MBen Jacques
Strava
11h 10m 43sJun 2023
SARN HELEN (299Km)
Route >>
FNo Known Time
MGeorge Sales
Strava
20h 31m 36sOct 2023
SECOND CITY DIVIDE (570Km)
Route >>
FNo Known Time
MAlly Matheson
Strava
44h 53m 7sJun 2023
SMOKE RING CHALLENGE (315Km)
Route >>
FNaomi Freireich
Strava
18h 16m 53sJul 2023
MPaddy Atkinson
Strava
15h 0m 27sAug 2023
SOUTH DOWNS WAY (155Km)
Classic Route >>
F (W)Polly Milsom13h 31m 21sDec 2022*
MMike Ellicock
Strava
6h 53m 21sApr 2021
SOUTH DOWNS DOUBLE (310Km)
Classic Route >>
FAmanda Brooks21h 44m 30sAug 2015
MIan Leitch15h 35mMay 2016
SOUTH DOWNS WAY (159Km)
Current Route >>
FNaomi Freireich
Strava
10h 50m 59sMay 2023
MTom Couzens7h 44m 47sJul 2021
SOUTH DOWNS DOUBLE (318Km)
Current Route >>
FNo Known Time
MRichard Penning16h 43m 20sJun 2020
SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT (301Km)
SD300 Route >>
FNicky Hughes53h 42mJun 2020
MAngus Young20h 37mJun 2020
TRANS CAMBRIAN WAY (168Km)
Route & Leaderboard >>
FMolly Weaver
Strava
10h 41m 22sJul 2022
F (W)Molly Weaver
Strava
14h 3m 11sDec 2023
MMatt Page
YouTube
Strava
8h 28m 1sApr 2021
TRANS CAMBRIAN DOUBLE (336Km)
Route & Leaderboard >>
F (W)Molly Weaver
Strava
30h 25mNov 2022*
MSteve Large28h 10mJul 2018
TRANS PENNINE TRAIL (343Km)
Route >>
FNo Known Time
MMark Fisher
Strava
19h 8m 33sJun 23
TRAWS ERYRI (195Km)
Route >>
FRebecca Richardson13h 13m 28sAug 23
F (W)Molly Weaver
Strava
14h 51m 58sDec 2023
MMatt Page
Strava
10h 41m 57sSep 2023
WEST COUNTRY WAY (190Km)
Route >>
FCat Morrison
Strava
15h 21m 45sAug 2023
MNo Known Time
WEST HIGHLAND WAY (154Km)
Route >>
FNaomi Freireich16h 38mJul 2016
MWilliam Weatherill
Strava
9h 44m 44sApr 2024
WEST KERNOW WAY (240Km)
Route >>
F (W)Alli Holland
Strava
18h 38m 34sFeb 2024
MNeil Phillips
Strava
11h 26m 30sJul 2022
WHITE HORSE ROUND Mk2 (188km)
Route >>
FHolly Winstone
Strava
8h 27m 16sAug 2023
MMikey Mottram
Strava
7h 11m 46sJul 2023
WHITE HORSE ROUND Mk14 (169Km)
Route >>
FMolly Weaver
Strava
8h 50m 45sSep 2022
MBradley Shenton
Strava
6h 37m 43sJun 2023
M (W)Bradley Shenton
Strava
7h 5m 33sFeb 2023*

NOTES

* Indicates a winter FKT – rides completed in the four months with the shortest days (Nov-Feb) are classified as winter rides. Where the winter FKT is the overall fastest known time only the winter time is shown. Where there is a faster non-winter time there will be two times shown.

1 All routes pass through some wild terrain, which is subject to the forces of nature that can result in minor temporary route changes. There may also be temporary road closures or diversions in paved sections. Only where a route is permanently altered will a different Fastest Known Time be reported. Where an obstacle or blockage is encountered during a ride the rider may need to detour around it, re-joining the published route immediately after it.

Please follow the routes linked to in the list above for all FKT attempts, as they may differ slightly from those published elsewhere. We will check all submitted attempts against these GPX files to ensure the entire route has been ridden correctly.

Where a route is ‘circular’, i.e consists of a loop that starts and finishes at the same place, the rider may start/finish at any point in the loop, as long as the full route is completed.

2 There’s some debate within the ultra riding community about whether ’emotional’ or psychological support should be part of the definition of self-supported; covering a huge range of things like cheers from dot watchers at the trail side, social media encouragement, film crews and photographers capturing the ride, positive vibes and chat with other riders encountered on the trail, the incentive of chasing or dropping other riders in a self-supported race, and even ‘well done’ texts from loved ones. We’re ducking the debate on this, as it gets highly subjective very quickly – so unless interactions with other people provide tangible physical or informational support (such as navigation, re-supply or mechanical repair advice) they are not something we’ll consider in relation to the definition of ‘self-supported’.

3 Times set during GBDuro 2020, which was run as a self-sufficient ITT. In other years GBDuro has operated as a stage race, with the clock paused between stages, and with private event facilities provided at checkpoints.

4 The White Horse Round has moved to a new ‘mk2’ route, due to a right of way issue – the ‘mk1’ times will still be shown here, and the ‘mk2’ shown alongside, once we have some FKTs…won’t be long we think, as it’s a popular route! For now the mk2 route is shown in the list of ‘no known times’.

5 This route in particular has been attempted regularly in a ‘supported’ mode, with private feed stops etc – the current supported FKT being 8h 32m 28s by Conor Swift in July 2021.

6 The current rules for the #plasticfreeultra pledge are here to provide structure and a communal opt-in to what this challenge entails. Broadly, they only apply to food and drink and are as follows:

  • No single-use plastic food or drink products.
  • No ‘Recyclable’ single-use plastic either (let’s be honest, most plastic just isn’t recyclable, regardless what the label says).
  • Aluminum cans are allowed but must be properly recycled.
  • Paper and other organic materials are allowed and can be disposed of at any time (no littering).
  • Restaurant, cafe, hotel, and pub, etc., food stops are allowed. Any personally generated plastic waste (i.e.: ketchup packets, to-go containers, chip bags, plastic straws, plastic cutlery, etc.) are not allowed.
  • Any and all intentional, accidental or otherwise unavoidable ‘verboten’ food or drink-related plastic waste must be carried to the finish and listed in the report form after completion with reason for acquisition.
  • Don’t bring any single-use plastic to the start line (if you are re-using a plastic bread bag to carry your trail mix we think this is okay).
  • All 2023 pledges must be completed within the year 2023 and submitted through the report form. Any pledges left unreported on after December 31st, 2023 will be considered and archived publicly as unfulfilled.
  • Riders must abide by all other standard self-supported guidelines.

The idea of this website is to promote some of the best riding the UK has to offer, celebrate those who’ve completed these routes in exceptional times, and provide a resource that hopefully inspires others to embark on their own two wheeled adventures in whatever form they take.

Whether you want to challenge yourself to set a new fastest time or take it all in at party pace, stay safe, respect the trails, leave no trace, and have fun!