A mix of dense woodland and open moorland is in store for you on this punchy ride through one of the most sparsely populated & beautiful areas of England on a challenging but very rewarding 80km loop.
DISTANCE: 85KM | ELEVATION: 1700M
RIDE DIFFICULTY 3.5/5
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY 4/5
PERCENTAGE OF ROUTE OFF ROAD 71%
Terrain & Bike Choice: The route has a real mix of terrain including singletrack, some of the best gravel in the country, rocky sections & one monster gravel climb 1km from the finish! For experienced riders, a gravel bikes with around 40mm tyres is perfect. Mountain bikes will be more comfortable on the more technical sections.
– Explore one of the most stunning parts of the UK.
– Ride parts of the ancient Cleveland Way
– See ‘The finest view in England’ according to James Herriot
– Social drink at the finish village
Duncombe Park, Helmsley: 85km, 1,700m
Starting in glorious Duncombe Park, we head to the first gravel section in Boltby forest which gets steeper towards the summit. After some open moorland, riders will enjoy uninterrupted gravel loops around the Bilsdale transmitter before a descent and another tough summit near Arden Hall stunning views before finishing on flowing smooth gravel singletrack.
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: 3/5
WHAT TYPE OF BIKE SHOULD I RIDE?
This route is ideal for gravel bikes which will be quick on the flat, fast sections but can handle the mud, sand & loose stuff in the hills. Mountain bikes will be fine especially in wet conditions.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MY START TIME?
Riders start in groups of maximum 6 at a time. We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 10am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.
WHERE IS THE START / FINISH?
The ride starts and finishes in Duncombe Park, Helmsley. There is free parking onsite as well as a bike wash, toilets & refreshments.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A MECHANICAL / ACCIDENT?
We have first aiders & mechanics at all the feed stops and ride captains along the route to support.
WHAT SHALL I PACK WITH ME FOR THE RIDE?
You need to have a water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, coke, cake, fruit & the best tasting sports nutrition bars & nut butters from Outdoor Provisions.
WHEN WILL I GET MY GPX FILE
Our local team do a final recon ride 1 week before the event and can make final tweeks then based on route conditions. We will then send out the route GPX within one week of the ride.
GPX sent to you a week before the ride with a full route description & packing list.
We have feed stops approx every 30kms with fruit, cakes, coke, water, hydration tabs & tasty ride nutrition from the experts at Outdoor Provisions.
FULLY MARKED ROUTE & TIMING CHIPS
Focus just the stunning views & thrilling ride. The route is marked out all the way & you can check your time for the route at the end.
RACE VILLAGE AT THE FINISH
After an epic ride, grab a pint, coffee or cake at the end. Free parking for the day, toilets & bike wash also included in your entry.
BIKE RENTAL & MECHANICS AVAILABLE
New to gravel riding? Hire a Pearson Off Grid gravel bike for the day. We also have mechanics on site to support with any issues before & during the ride
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