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A collection of interviews where we talk to some of the people who make up our sport.

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5 Minutes With...

Learn more about the riders behind the dots. We talk to community heroes, industry insiders and champion races to find out more about bikepacking racing.

Race Reports

Follow along your old and new favourite races beyond just chasing dots. Our community of experts provide in depth commentary.

Roundtables

Prominent members of the community share their opinions on pressing issues in the sport.

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Five Minutes With... The Trans Pyrenees Race

Ahead of this year's fourth edition of the Trans Pyrenees Race, we sat down with the team at Lost Dot to explore how this year's TPR sticks to the Race's heritage of a double traverse of the Pyrenees but with a few twists along the way.

By:Beccy Waters

Five Minutes With Samuel Thompson

We sat down with Samuel Thompson, ultra-racer and coach who has founding his ultra-cycling consulting company Acier.cc. Samuel has competed in ultra-races and audaxes for almost 10 years, make sure you learn from his wisdom.

Five Minutes With... Kevin Francis

The Great British Divide has become an iconic off-road route, taking in 2000km across the length of the UK. Kevin Francis is the man behind the race; with a strong background in corporate and sporting events it's not hard to see why the race has received such success.

By:Nicky Shaw

Five Minutes With... Meaghan Hackinen

Meaghan Hackinen is a regular rider in the ultra-cycling world, particularly in her native Canada. She's conquered many races with overall wins in different disciplines. However, she's well known for her writing, authoring books on her adventures.

Five Minutes With... Hannah Ghazi-Idrissi

Hannah is an ultra-distance cyclist that joined the ultra-distance cycling world in 2022 with one of the hardest road races out there, the Three Peaks Bike Race. In 2023 she captured DotWatching world's attention winning the inaugural Unknown Race.

Five Minutes With... Jasmijn Muller

Jasmijn grew up with the bike as a daily part of life, but she didn't pick up cycling as a serious sport until in her early 30s. She has gone on to become a renowned name in the ultra distance community, and now works to impart her knowledge to others through coaching.

By:Nicky Shaw

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.

By:Kitty Dennis

Five Minutes With... Seb Breuer

Not content with wins at the German and European cross country marathon championships, Seb has spent the past two years turning his hand to bikepacking. His racing pedigree combined with his meticulous attention to detail and good humour have dealt him a good bikepacking hand.

By:Beccy Waters

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.

By:Kitty Dennis

Five Minutes With... Ana Orenz

Ana Orenz: Global citizen, Mother, Triple Everester, slightly obsessed with goats and mountains. Since her Ultra Debut in 2017 with the formidable TransAtlantic Way Race, Ana has won the women's category in virtually every race she has done since. *Cover Photo: Charlotte Gamus*

By:Nicky Shaw

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.

By:Kitty Dennis

Five Minutes With... Ashley Wedelich

Lover of all things on two wheels, Ashley Wedelich spends her time split between riding her fleet of bikes and running her farm in southwestern Colorado. She lines up at the Atlas Mountain Race this weekend as one to watch given her experience and success on similar terrain.

By:Beccy Waters

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.

By:Kitty Dennis

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.

By:Kitty Dennis

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.

By:Kitty Dennis

Five Minutes With... Badlands

Badlands is renowned for its diversity and opened our eyes to the variety of landscapes and terrains Andalucia has to offer. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s race and Badlands Rewild: the race’s new initiative to combat social and environmental problems in Andalucia.

By:Beccy Waters

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.

By:Kitty Dennis

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.

By:Kitty Dennis

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.

By:Kitty Dennis

Five Minutes With... Dulkara Martig

Dulkara Martig spends her time in some of New Zealand and Alaska's wildest places, working and adventuring. Her experience from the first edition of the Tour Te Waipounamu offer a unique insight into a bonified adventurer's exploration into bikepacking.

By:Beccy Waters

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.

By:Kitty Dennis

Five Minutes With... Jaimi Wilson

A new name in the ultra-racing scene, Jaimi Wilson lit up dotwatchers' screens this summer when she stormed to third place at GBDURO21, taking the women's title as well. We delve a little more into her ride and her background on the bike.

Five Minutes With... Scotti Moody

Seasoned pairs ultra-racer turned solo winner, Scotti Moody, shares with us her entry into ultracycling, tips for family bikepacking and how to master the perfect camp coffee.

Five Minutes With... James Craven and Brad Shenton

Two childhood friends took on the King Alfred's Way route solo but they both took the FKT. Keen to know how that's possible? Continue reading.

By:Jon Endres

Five Minutes With... Ben Davies

Ben Davies' recent 2nd place in TCRno7 (First Male), was his third TCR, progressing from 44th, 10th and finally 2nd. His is not a story of a new rider bursting onto a podium, but a tale of years of work and developing the skills and experience needed to succeed in these rides.

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5 Minutes With...

Learn more about the riders behind the dots. We talk to community heroes, industry insiders and champion races to find out more about bikepacking racing.

Race Reports

Follow along your old and new favourite races beyond just chasing dots. Our community of experts provide in depth commentary.

Roundtables

Prominent members of the community share their opinions on pressing issues in the sport.

Bikes of...

Ever wonder what your favourite rider takes along for the trip?

View all

Discover More

5 Minutes With...

Learn more about the riders behind the dots. We talk to community heroes, industry insiders and champion races to find out more about bikepacking racing.

Race Reports

Follow along your old and new favourite races beyond just chasing dots. Our community of experts provide in depth commentary.

Roundtables

Prominent members of the community share their opinions on pressing issues in the sport.

Bikes of...

Ever wonder what your favourite rider takes along for the trip?

View all