It’s not too late to begin the ABR 12 Month Challenge. James Oxley explains how to get involved

Do you want to take on the UK’s ultimate adventure biking challenge? Will you end 2022 having explored the most rugged, remote, and picturesque corners of Britain? If the answer’s yes, then it’s time to take on the ABR 12 Month Challenge.

In the previous issue of Adventure Bike Rider (Jan/Feb), I set you the challenge of riding 12 sensational motorcycle routes from across Britain throughout 2022. Each route has been assigned a month to be ridden in and can be completed in a weekend or less, so even the busiest among us can take part (although there’s no harm in mixing up the order if you find it easier to do so).

Aisling and Chris Shanahan-Allen on the Cotswolds route (Feb) Martin Moir at Burton Dassett Cotsaolds Feb route
Aisling and Chris Shanahan-Allen, Cotswolds route Martin Moir, Cotswolds route

And my promise to you was this: if you complete all 12 routes, I’ll celebrate your achievements by featuring you in a future issue of ABR as part of the 12 Month Challenge hall of fame.

Well, the response has been phenomenal, so much so my inbox has been overflowing with emails and photos from folks letting me know how they’ve been getting on.

In fact, the challenge has proved so popular, I’ll be including an update in every issue of ABR during 2022 to highlight your progress, and hopefully inspire those who aren’t taking part to do so.

Paul Ayling - South East route, Nov 2 Stephen Young - Snowdon, Jan
Paul Ayling, South East route Stephen Young, Snowdonia route

It’s not too late to begin

Despite the fact the challenge officially began in January, it’s not too late to get involved (it’s absolutely fine to play catch up by riding more than one route per month).

Unfortunately, the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of ABR that featured all 12 routes has now sold out, but you can still bag yourself a digital copy by signing up to the ABR Digital Library (which also gives you access to every issue of the magazine ever published). Simply head over to www.adventurebikerider.com/shop to set up access.

Alternatively, visit www.adventurebikerider.com/12monthchallenge where you can download all 12 routes, including GPX files, Sat Nav waypoints, maps, and route descriptions.

Jackie Parker, Jan, Snowdon route Paul Ayling - South East route, Nov
Conrad and Jackie Parker, Snowdonia route Paul Ayling, South East route

Each route has been designed to be ridden in a day or over a weekend, so you can fit the challenge into family and work commitments.

And I purposefully included routes from across Britain so those of you who ride all 12 can finish the year satisfied that you’ve explored the length and breadth of this island we call home.

We’ve also created a Facebook group where you can share your photos and experiences from the routes, ask questions, and get to know some of the other riders taking part. And if you’re riding solo and fancy some company, you might even find a few folks to join you on a route. To get involved, head over to www.facebook.com/groups/abrchallenge.

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on by sending your photos to [email protected]. Good luck!

Glyn Lewis 2 - Jan, Snowdon Lorraine Thomas - Jan, Snowdon
Glyn Lewis, Snowdonia route Lorraine Thomas, Snowdonia route