British Cycle Quest

The British Cycle Quest (BCQ) is a unique cycling challenge. If you’re fed up with riding the same old circuits and feel like going on an adventure, take on the BCQ and discover new places and routes all over Britain

What is the British Cycle Quest?

The British Cycle Quest 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. It’s all about getting outside and cycling to find as many points of interest across the whole of Britain as you can.

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

You can also receive BCQ certificates and 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 out on your bike and go exploring, so why not start planning your routes? 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. We tell you where the checkpoint is – you choose your own route to get to it. It’s that easy.

You can submit your answers using our online form. You can submit the answers at convenient points in your BCQ journey; we suggest batches of 10 answers at a time.

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 there are no rules against driving or taking the train to the general area. We hope you have some great times discovering BCQ checkpoints and finding places you might otherwise never have visited.

How do I get started?

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

Question book

Further information

If you would like to order a medal or certificate or if you have questions about the BCQ, please contact us.