The event could be looked at as a simple A to B ride – only it's from London to Edinburgh, covering 400 miles of Great British scenery from 3-6 May 2013, from Tower Bridge to Holyrood Palace. Involving two capital cities in just one weekend, it's the biggest event of its kind in the United Kingdom.
If you think this is the kind of challenge for you, make sure you join the BikeRadar Training Rat Race Road Trip group, where you can chat to other people taking part and share training tips. And if you need some structure for your preparation, our professional training plans are designed to help boost your fitness and stamina in eight weeks.
Rat Race Road Trip 2013 – the details
Cyclists will mount their steeds against the imposing backdrop of London's Tower Bridge, and finally come to rest at Holyrood Palace, ready for a well earned pint of specially brewed Rat Race Pale Ale.
The field is split into two categories: Challenger and Expert, offering something for both elite and enthusiast riders. Challengers will complete the course over four days, pumping out 100 miles each day. Experts have a tougher task: to tackle the lot in two 200-mile slogs.
Challenger or Expert – which option would you take?
Rat Race Adventure Sports have been operating since 2004 and are well versed in looking after tired athletes. They'll provide massages and medics at various stopping points, and transport all luggage to the overnight stops. All you'll need to think about is keeping you eyes on the road ahead.
For many people, sportives are an opportunity to raise money for charity, and with that in mind, Rat Race have announced a partnership with Cancer Research UK. You can choose to raise money for the charity and will receive £50 of your entry fee back if you reach £500 in donations.
Early entry fees start at £150. To find out more or register, head to the official Rat Race Road Trip website.
BikeRadar Training is a free online resource for you to record and analyse all aspects of your training, log your training routes, get yourself tailored training plans, see how you're doing on our leaderboards, set goals and plan your season with a comprehensive events guide.