British Cycle Quest

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British Cycle Quest

The British Cycle Quest (BCQ) is a unique cycling challenge. Fed up with riding the same old circuits? Feel like going on an adventure? Take on the BCQ and discover new places all over Britain.

What is the British Cycle Quest?

The British Cycle Quest is all about getting outside and cycling to find as many points of interest across the whole of Britain as you can. This is a challenge you've got the rest of your life to complete - there are no time limits - and you're on your way as soon as you've cycled down the road and located your very first checkpoint.

Checkpoints are scattered throughout  England, Wales and Scotland including many islands. Wherever you are you'll most likely find one or two checkpoints within cycling range.

To find the checkpoints, you can either use the map below or download the British Cycle Quest Question Book for free from this page below. Once you find a checkpoint, to prove you've been there all you need to do is answer the corresponding question by email or in a BCQ Answer Card. 

You can also receive BCQ certificates and can buy medals for collecting clues. You’ll gain your first certificate when you’ve visited 10 sites. When you’ve visited all 402 sites, we’ll present you with an engraved medal.

It’s a brilliant way to motivate yourself to get on your bike and go exploring, so why not start today? Take a look at the map below to find a checkpoint near you.

What are the rules?

To prove you’ve visited a checkpoint, all you need to do is answer a question about it, noting your answer down in via email or on a BCQ Answer Card. We tell you where the point is – you choose your own route to get to it. It’s that easy. 

You don't need to wait to email or post all your answers in one go - you can send them back as and when, at convenient points in your BCQ journey, eg after a trip away. 

You can do BCQ with someone else. Please let us know if you are and if you want to share a medal!

You are expected to arrive at each location on your choice of cycle, but we don't mind if you drive or take the train to the general area. We hope you have some great times discovering BCQ checkpoints and finding places you might never otherwise have visited.

How do I get started?

Start with the Questions Book or the map, work out which checkpoints are nearest to your current location, then get on your bike and go!

You can now give us your answers via email. Just email the following information to bcq@cyclinguk.org: County number, checkpoint number, answer, date of visit and please also any comment on the checkpoint. eg check point condition, ease of finding. Alternatively, you can also order answer cards by downloading and filling in the order form below. If you're just beginning, you are entitled to a free answer card with space for 10 checkpoint answers to get you started. Once your card is full, send it back to us using the address below.  

Our Validating Officer, Stephen Dee, will check your answers and confirm by email your checkpoint score and advise of any certificates or medals you qualify for.

You can order free certificates for the first 10 and 50 checkpoints you complete, and Bronze, Silver and Gold certificate when you complete 100, 200 and 300 checkpoints respectively. You can also order medals from us to further commemorate your achievement. Upon successful completion of all 402 checkpoints, you will be awarded with a Platinum Medal and certificate.

A wall chart to record your progress is also available for free upon request. 

Post: Cycling UK, Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford GU2 9JX United Kingdom

Email: bcq@cyclinguk.org

Phone 01483 238 300