Every year Adventure Syndicate directors Lee and Jenny ride south south in a straight line for one week (#southbound) and encourage others to Match the Miles. The two women carry GPS tracking devices and in the past schools have followed them online while collectively matching their daily mileage using indoor trainers, by performing laps of the school grounds and by travelling to and from school by bike.

Follow our progress next week as we ride ‘off road’ from Inverness - Galashiel High as the pupils and staff Match the Miles.

See below how you can get involved with the nationwide Match the Miles this May

This year, between 13th and 19th of May 2019 we hope to get not just schools but work places, clubs and individuals on board and matching our miles. Register as an individual or team to be in with a chance of winning a film showing or bikepacking expedition from The Adventure Syndicate.

Any active mile travelled counts (whether cycled, walked, run or scooted) and will be offset against the number in your team so rankings remain fair. A live leaderboard hosted here will calculate your placing throughout the week.

Please register your workplace or school and we will send you all the details you need to be part of this exciting challenge. Complete the form below, or this link on a tablet or smart phone: https://goo.gl/forms/mR5qFjM2vIIuY7hJ3

After our Match the Miles Challenge in 2019, 6 schools will be selected to participate in an overnight camping trip for eight of the most in need pupils per school and are accompanied by Adventure Syndicate and school staff in a celebration of their capabilities.

This particular part of the programme uses adventurous travel to engage selected teenage girls who would otherwise not choose to take part in physical activity.

The Adventure Syndicate School Project Team (Lee, Jenny, Kate and some incredible freelance staff) meet regularly with participating schools to:

  • Inspire pupils with tales of our adventures through film showings and talks at schools assemblies.

  • Challenge the entire school to participate in our national Match the Miles* campaign.

  • Encourage all pupils to feel capable of more than they think they are by teaching camp craft activities and delivering bike skills and maintenance sessions.

  • Enable a smaller group of eight teenage girls to change their relationship to outdoor adventurous exercise permanently, resulting in improved levels of self-esteem, resilience and confidence that will last them a lifetime.

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As you can see below, in 2018, the participating schools didn't just match our miles they smashed our miles!