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Shortest Ride Of The Year 2021
(Tuesday 21st December 2021)

Background

First run in 2019, the Shortest Ride Of The Year (SROTY) is a daylight ride starting at sunrise on the Winter Solstice and terminating at sunset on the same day. It is not a certificate ride, the length being typically around 400-500 miles, but is intended to be a gentle social affair to mark the end of the year. This event is open to all, IBA members and non-members alike.

2021 event

For 2021 we'll gather in Norwich, England ///embers.storage.annotated at sunrise (0804) ready to ride to Wrexham, Wales ///method.museum.storm where we'll place poppies on the memorial to the Royal Welch Fusiliers before retiring to Dumfries, Scotland ///friend.rivers.venues before sunset (1547), a distance of approximately 415 miles.

History

In 2019, we gathered at Ness Point ///forks.voted.cross, the most easterly point of Great Britain, at sunrise (0802) then rode singly or in pairs to Lands End ///morphing.plot.texted in time for sunset (1630). Individual routes varied but the typical distance ridden was 432 miles.

You can read a ride report "Shortest ride - Bodmin Moor".

In 2020 a different SROTY was planned but 2020 turned out to be "special" and with participants having to drop out one by one as Covid restrictions became tighter and tighter, the event was eventually postponed until 2021.