Do all great ideas start in a pub?
A bunch of old riding buddies, a few too many pints and an idea formed. Most such things come to nothing, but this one stuck, and over a few years grew into the MoorsOneHundred. Maps were dusted off, lines drawn, chains oiled, routes checked, many miles ridden, tea and cake were consumed, more lines drawn, corrections made. We got lost, we fell out a few times, we laughed a lot. Three years of procrastination and several ruined maps later we are ready.
It's become quite a thing over the last few years hasn't it? Thirty years ago, four Yorkshire lads set out on Raleigh Mustangs and other bike shaped junk and crossed the Moors one bank holiday weekend with no more than a sheet of plastic, some bailer twine and a weeks pocket money. It became our favorite pastime. We've been doing it on and off ever since.
Over those 30 years, bikes have improved, the camping gear and clothing has got lighter and better, and more people have started heading out for multi day adventures. We decided that it was time to show you our beautiful North York Moors with an event of our own.
It can be a little bewildering though if you are new to the game. You can look at M100 as being a gateway drug. By taking care of the route, a place to camp, making sure you will eat and drink well, as well as getting advice and tips from the old hands and experts, M100 is an ideal introduction for first timers as well as being atractive to those with more experience.
The Moors themselves have hardly changed for yonks. It's still a wonderful place in which to lose yourself for a few days, the trails are still great, the people as welcoming as ever, the pubs, food and beers get better with every visit. Its a special mix. And we know where the best bits are hiding.
We will provide you with a GPX route or a map to copy. We have gone over the route and whilst it involves two long days of graft, it should be within the ability of most, just allow plenty of time. It is a recommended route, feel free to amend or miss out sections if need be. It isn't a race and you can go at whatever pace you want.
To save the hassle (to some) of finding somewhere to sleep, we have organised camping for the Saturday night at the amazing, award winning High Paradise Farm for just £30 pp, including a hand made wood fired pizza and a craft beer on arrival, live music in the courtyard, stalls from Alpkit and Sonder Bikes, bike wash, breakfast and tea on Sunday morning.
For those who don't want to sleep under canvas there are five rooms available around the courtyard. Further details will be available soon.