Managing Editor at DotWatcher and avid bikepacker who is sometimes found doing shorter things. Likes to ride with friends with the Steezy Collective.
Written by Kitty Dennis
Five Minutes With... Markus Stitz
Markus Stitz is a staple of the ultra-distance scene in the UK. Not only a racer, Markus is a photographer and documentary filmmaker as well as the author of Great British Gravel Rides.
Nov 11th 2022
2021 DotWatcher Awards
Welcome to the 2021 DotWatcher Awards! This year we are honouring some inspirational and dedicated riders who have made an impact on the 2021 race season.
Dec 9th 2021
What is a bikepacking race?
Despite DotWatcher being the home of self supported, ultra-distance cycling, it is often a question we get asked to which we don’t have a cut and dried answer. What counts as self-supported ultracycling?
Nov 18th 2022
Sleeping During a Bikepacking Race
Sleeping on an ultra-distance race is often a mystery to the uninitiated. Images of sleeping in bus stops and behind bushes pass through the mind as you think of someone grabbing 40 winks at the TCR. So here we answer the question how to sleep during a bikepacking race.
Dec 17th 2022
2022 DotWatcher Awards
To celebrate a second-to-none year, we're proud to present the eight recipients of the 2022 DotWatcher Awards. These standout individuals celebrate ultra-cycling in their own unique way, creating a picture of this incredible community as a whole.
Dec 31st 2022
Five Minutes With The Ultra Distance Scholarship
The Ultra Distance Scholarship started in 2021 and has supported six riders in tackling the Pan Celtic Race and GBDURO. The initiative elevates riders of colour/BAME riders throughout the UK to get to the startline of an ultra-cycling race.
Oct 12th 2022
Five Minutes With... Emma Bateup
Emma Bateup was a relatively unknown entity in the ultra-distance world until she jumped onto all our radars by winning the women's Tour Te Waipounamu this year. We spent 5 minutes with her to find out more about this phenomenal rider.
May 17th 2022
Five Minutes With... Mark Beaumont
Mark Beaumont is a staple in the endurance cycling world. His impressive around the world in 80 days attempt gave the world an idea of what endurance was but last year he entered the world of ultra-racing at GBDURO21.
Aug 15th 2022
Five Minutes With... Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson may not be a name you're familiar with in the ultracycling world, however, you'll see him on the start line for this year's edition of Basajaun.
Jul 28th 2022
Five Minutes With... India Landy
India Landy is no stranger to ultra-distance, blasting onto the scene in 2019. This March, with a week's notice, she headed out to Rwanda for the 1000km Race Around Rwanda.
Apr 1st 2022
Two Peas in a Pod: A Look at Pairs Racing
A unique feature of ultra-distance racing is the ability to compete as a pair. It seems to be the marmite of the ultra-world, either love it or hate it, it's here to stay. We spoke to some standout duos to learn more about the motivation behind this style of racing.
Jan 6th 2022
Two Peas in a Pod: More Pairs Racing
After the insights we gained from round one of our pairs racing feature we took a deeper dive into some more pairs from around the world.
Feb 10th 2022
Winter Layering Q&A With Graeme Raeburn
In conditions that can reach -40C/-40F exposure is a real risk on the Iditarod Trail Invitational. To give us an idea of how to prepare for such climates Graeme Raeburn, Albion’s lead product designer is here to answer some questions.
Mar 7th 2022
Five Minutes With... RJ Sauer
RJ Sauer is an adventurer at heart, documenting his intrepid explorations with words, pictures and films you may know him from a variety of different places. We spoke to him about his adventures, family and the upcoming Iditarod Trail Invitational.
Feb 17th 2022
5 Minutes With... Tegan Phillips
Tegan Phillips is an adventure cyclist from South Africa, focussing on uplifiting and empowering women in cycling. You may have also seen her entertaining yet provocative comics.
Feb 4th 2022
Winter Watching: Ultra-Distance Films
The racing may be on hold for the snowy season, but we wouldn't want you to miss out on your ultra-distance fix. We've compiled a list of films to keep you entertained, binge them or create your own ultra-advent(ure) calendar!
Dec 15th 2021
Five Minutes With... Alice Lemkes
Alice Lemkes is a familiar name around the ultra-distance community in the UK. This year she took on the challenge of GBDURO and became one of the few finishers, hitting John O'Groats in 7th place. We talked racing mentality, her current projects and wild swimming tips.
Dec 24th 2021
Demystifying the Tracker!
Have you signed up for a race where you need your own tracker and have no clue where to start? Here’s a handy how-to guide for sourcing, registering and racing with your tracker.
Oct 20th 2022
Winter Watching 2022 - Bikepacking and Endurance Cycling Films
The nights are getting longer and we've got the perfect antidote to the winter blues. Our collective of 2022 ultra-films should be the perfect way to reflect on the year.
Dec 8th 2022
How To Choose Your First Bikepacking Race
Here at DotWatcher, we often start in the middle. The part of the journey where our athletes are already enrolled in the race and have made the decision to tackle their chosen event. We tend to miss the step that got them there.
Mar 11th 2023
The DotWatcher Dozen, a 2023 race season preview including 6 established classics and 6 inaugural races with exciting new formats.
Feb 11th 2023
Five Minutes With... Stefan Barth
Learn more from the author of "Ultracycling and Bikepacking - All You Need to Know" in our latest 5 Minutes With Stefan Barth. The sports scientist incorporates science and interviews with elite athletes to uncover the mysteries of endurance cycling.
Mar 4th 2023
Why Commentate for DotWatcher?
DotWatcher is a community driven window into the ultra-distance world. With more races on the calendar than ever, we want to make sure you have the opportunity to join the ranks of our expert DotWatchers.
Feb 18th 2023
Colorado Trail Race 2022
An original of the world of bikepacking, the Colorado Trail Race is a low-key mountain bike race through the Colorado Rockies. Notorious for its tough terrain and elevation, the CTR is not for the faint of heart.
Feb 28th 2022
Dales Divide 2023
This 600km route traverses two of the UK's National Parks: The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. Unsurprisingly, the April weather in the North of England can easily help define this race.
Jan 12th 2023
Iditarod Trail Invitational 2022
This Alaskan winter adventure on bicycle, foot or skis is revered as one of the hardest ultra-marathons in the world and demands flawless preparation and resilience.
Feb 24th 2022
Arizona Trail Race 2022
A stalwart of the MTB bikepacking calendar including a traverse of the Grand Canyon, the Arizona regularly attracts some of the strongest off-road racers and has remained true to its original low-key self-supported ethos.
Sep 6th 2022
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