Held every year on the Spring Equinox, Southern Campout is brought to you by Bicycle South and Everyday Cycle Supply Co., in celebration of the outdoors, bicycle travel and community. Our goal is to inspire more people to go bike-camping and discover adventure in their own backyard!
With the arrival of the spring and longer, warmer days ahead, now is the perfect time to pack your camping gear on your bike and join us for an overnight bike campout.
JOIN OUR COMMUNTIY
Southern Campout invites participants from across the globe to create or join local, overnight bike-campouts on the Spring Equinox – 21st September 2019. Sign up here to join our community and add your campout to the map (whether its a solo mission or group ride). By registering for Southern Campout you can enter our giveaway competitions with fab gear and prizes from our partners in the adventure, gear and outdoor industry.
Explore the map to find events near you (red markers show community events hosted by Bicycle South and partners, while blue markers are other group events that you can join). The map will be updated weekly so keep checking back to see what’s new.
SHARE & WIN
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Together with our event partners and sponsors, we will be running a series of awesome giveaways for registered campers in the run up to the campout – follow our social media channels to stay tuned!
INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST
We are holding a photo competition for the most epic adventure cycling and bike camping photos! Share your adventures and win a SOMA Woody 11 multi tool and 30% discount voucher on bikes and gear from Everyday Cycle Supply Co. Simply post a photo – or several – on Instagram by September 30 and add the hashtag #southerncampout2019 and you will be automatically entered.
We’ll choose 5 finalists, and post them on the Bicycle South blog for a final vote by the public. The winners will be announced on 7th November. Entrants give permission to repost their photos on Bicycle South and Everyday Cycle Supply Co. blog.
GEAR & TIPS
For those new to bike camping the following links will help to get you geared up and ready to roll. Plus – our event partner Scuttle is offering a 20% discount on camping gear rentals for the weekend to registered campers!
The idea behind bike camping is getting back to basics, with self sufficiency and autonomy being key. You will use your bike, or a combination of cycling and public transport (train, bus or ferry) to reach your intended camping spot. While you need to carry your food and camping gear etc with you, you can make some pitstops along the way to refuel or pick up supplies. The great thing about an overnight campout is that you don’t need a lot of gear or to travel too far – simplicity is key and sometimes the best adventures can be found right on your doorstep!
Meet our rad partners who share our passion for adventure and building community – from independent gear makers and bike builders to businesses in the cycle tourism and outdoor industry. We would like to thank them for making Southern Campout extra special, with prizes and rewards for registered campers or by organising campouts in their communities. Contact us to find out about opportunities to partner or collaborate with us.
Collaborators and prize sponsors
Thank you to Gerhard Van Wyk for his wonderful illustration of our event poster.