This year's event starts and finishes in Goathland. Event HQ will be at The Goathland Village Community Hub & Sports Pavillion YO22 5LY. The signing on desk will be open from 5pm until 9pm on the Friday, and again between 7am and 9am on Saturday morning. The Hub can be found behind The Goathland pub on the old railway line, which will be signed from the main road through the village. There will be a licenced bar on site, plus use of changing facilities and showers on Friday evening, Saturday morning and again on Sunday afternoon (but no bar).
This is bikepacking and as such you will need to carry your kit the 50 miles or so to our overnight stop. There is no transportation available to carry your kit as we will be enjoying the challenge alongside you on two wheels
Weekend Parking and Friday night camping will be available in the field behind Goathland Village Community Hub for a £10 donation, of which every single penny goes back into this excellent community project. They are opening the bar on Friday night and showers and changing facilities will be available on your return on Sunday afternoon until 7pm. Please follow the marshals instructions as its going to be a bit of a squeeze, . Numbers are limited due to size and will be on first come first served basis. Further camping is available at Abbotts House Farm just a little further down the track.
There are plenty of options. There will be a bar open in the HQ on Friday evening. Those wanting something more substantial have a choice of three pubs, The Inn on the Moor, The Goathland and the Mallyan Spout Hotel, all within 5 minutes ride from the HQ. On Saturday morning there is the option of breakfasts at The Inn on the Moor (pre book on Friday evening) or at the Goathland Tea Rooms which will be open at 8am. There is also a well stocked shop in the village. Further supplies can be found in Pickering if approaching from the south or Whitby or Guisbro if coming from the north. Please support these local businesses if at all possible.
Goathland is located a few miles west of the main A169 Pickering to Whitby road. Please drive carefully on the approach roads as they are narrow and often filled by sheep! Alternatively you can take the train, the nearest mainline station is Grosmont on the Esk Valley Line. From there its a pleasant half hour ride or you can take the NYMR Steam train into Goathland itself, a ten minute journey, the station is just a 2 minute walk to the HQ
There is no set start time on Saturday morning. After a few minutes warm up on tarmac through the village it's straight into a singletrack climb onto the moors, so a mass start just isn't possible. The GPX file route starts from the Village Hub but you are free to start anywhere along the route that you like. You have a long day of riding ahead, and the more time you allow yourself, the more you will enjoy it. Don't be faffing around on the campsite until lunch time (yes, thats you Andy!) And remember, this is not a race, enjoy yourself but keep one eye on the time.
Route files will be available to download in the week before the event. A map with the route on will be on display at the event HQ for the oldskoolers.
56 miles Saturday, 52.5 offroad and 3.2 miles tarmac
42 Miles Sunday, 37 offroad and 4.6 miles tarmac
However, the route is just a recommendation, what we feel is the nicest way to get from point A to B. Feel free to cut out sections and take easier options if tiring. These will be shown on the map at HQ. There are no checkpoints, marshals or support. The aim is to enjoy yourself and go at your own pace and ability level.
Our Saturday night stop over is at the wonderful High Paradise Farm, after 56 miles of riding. On arrival you will need to stop off at the sign in desk and get your wrist band, food voucher and a well earned cold beer. There will be various food options available which will be served in the courtyard. Keep your voucher safe as you will need it for breakfast on Sunday morning. Your voucher is for one evening meal, one beer and a breakfast on Sunday, so bring some extra cash if you would like more.
Camping will be around the Farm, in the field, in the woodland area and in the Old Quarry. NO OPEN FIRES PLEASE!. This is a working farm with basic camping facilities, there will be extra toilets on site, fresh water etc, but no showers. You won't go hungry though and it really is a lovely spot. THERE IS NO VEHICLE ACCESS ON SATURDAY, this is a bike packing event and you will have to carry your camping gear to and from the site
There will be live music from 7pm on the Saturday in Paradise Stage down in the woodland area. We have a headline performance from Lewis Floyd Henry as well as other acts TBC
Breakfast will be served from 7am, choice of bacon roll or porridge, plus tea or coffee. Once packed up its another cracking day in the saddle.
Again, the GPX will be available for download in the week before the event. There will be a feed station roughly 15 miles into day 2 where you can top up water and grab a snack before the haul over into Hutton le Hole. When you get to Hutton there are several options for food and drink, and a few options afterwards in Appleton and Cropton, but nothing in the early part of the route. Be prepared!
The finish is back in Goathland at the hub. The showers and changing rooms will be available again from late afternoon until 7pm.
Please ensure your bike is in tip top condition. This event is over 98% off road and is very remote in places with poor, to non existant phone coverage. If you are unsure, it might be a good time to get your bike serviced at your local bike shop. Make sure you have tools, spares and tubes and make sure you know how to use them. There is no support on route apart from your fellow riders. If you see someone in difficulty please stop and help out if possible.
Please make sure your bike and kit are clean before the event in the interests of Biosecurity. Simple guidelines can be found here on Forestry England's 'Keep it Clean' campaign to reduce the spread of pests and diseases
Make sure you have enough warm clothing. Its's June but the weather can change on the moors within minutes. Absolute minimum is a warm jacket, spare gloves, small first aid kit and an emergency blanket (foil type). You will need a tool kit for the bike and a pump as an absolute minimum. Spare tubes and tyre repair patches are also strongly recommended. You will need to be able to carry at least two litres of water. Suncream is also a must as is insect repellent. Be aware that there are Ticks on the Moors especially in the ferns. Finally a helmet must be worn at all times
An emergency contact number will be sent out with route details two weeks before the event.
Mountain Rescue are aware of the event. For help dial 999 or 112, ask for Police then ask for Mountain Rescue. Give them your location (grid ref if possible) AND STAY WHERE YOU ARE until contacted by the rescue team
The nearest hospital is Scarborough General and the number is 01723 368111
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