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1,000km and 15,000m of climbing on less than an hour's sleep: The story of the All Points North race

Robyn Davidson
18 Jan 2022

Documentary follows Kinesis UK brand ambassador Rupert Robinson and others during the challenging All Points North

What does it take to cycle 1,000km and climb 15,000m on less than an hour’s sleep? This is the question posed by All Points North.

This new documentary shot by Edinburgh-based filmmaker Markus Stitz follows Kinesis UK brand ambassador Rupert Robinson and other participants during the self-supported, ultra-distance endurance cycling event.

Setting off from A Different Gear, a not-for-profit bike shop in Sheffield suburb Heeley, 68 riders started at 8pm on 4th September 2021, either solo or in pairs.

A group of 17 rookies started eight hours before the other riders. In total, 45 riders finished, among them 26 solo riders and three pairs, including a tandem.

Stitz wanted to give viewers an insight into the race while capturing the stunning landscapes the event crosses.

He says: ‘I was fascinated by the variety of landscapes in the north of England that provided such a stunning background to All Points North and Rupert’s story, cycling 1,000km in just over 60 hours with such little sleep.

‘It was a challenge to follow [him] throughout some of the remote parts, but I also had the chance to savour some amazing moments, like the first sunrise in Runswick Bay, the sunset over the Yorkshire Dales and the patchy morning fog on the last day near Sheffield.’

Starting and finishing in Sheffield, All Points North riders are given ten checkpoints. They plan their own routes, which differ year on year.

In 2021, the most northerly checkpoint was at Upper Coquetdale, close to the Scottish border. It’s not in every event that you have to plan around military firing times at the Otterburn ranges to avoid a long detour.

Robinson ultimately finished the challenge ninth on a Kinesis GTD (Go The Distance) bike with less than an hour of sleep, riding 1,000km with 15,000m of climbing in 60 hours and 16 minutes.

‘You have to be motivated to do something like this. There are times when you’ll really be wondering why you are doing it, why are you pushing yourself through this, why are you telling your body to keep going.

‘But at the end it’s because you really want to, and you can apply that to different things in your life. If you really want to do something, then you can. You know it’s going to be hard, but just crack on and persevere.’

All Points North will be held again from 2–5 June 2022. Event creator and Kinesis brand ambassador Angela Walker regards All Points North as a stepping stone for even longer bikepacking endurance races.

‘We always envisaged it as a precursor to people who wanted that stepping stone on to something bigger, like the Transcontinental.’

All Points North is available to watch for free below or on Kinesis UK’s YouTube channel from 8pm GMT on the 18th of January, with subtitles available in English and German:

More information about the event is available at www.allpointsnorth.cc and on Kinesis UK’s website

Image credits: All Points North

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