The course will be marshalled as well as having directional signs and tape on course. A GPX of the route will be issued in the info pack one week prior to the race.
The 50 mile loop is suitable for any competent mountain biker. It combines a mix of all the purpose built trails in the area as well as some off piste natural tracks. The singletrack is largely a mix of red and blue graded trails with a small section of black but it’s all rollable stuff. There is a boat load of climbing so make sure you have got yourself in decent shape before the big day.
Given the size of the route and the available light at this time of year there will be cut-offs in place. This applies only to the 100 mile race.
You must complete lap 1 and LEAVE transition by 13:30. The sweep will be sent out from this time and no riders will be allowed to continue if they finish lap 1 after this time.
There is a second cut off at the road north of Kielder with 8 miles to go. Anyone arriving here after 7pm will be sent back via the road to Kielder castle. The lap will not count.
Morale of the story: don’t hang around on lap 1. Keep moving.
Yes. All participants must enter in advance using our online booking.
If you’ve entered something like this then chances are that you have a good idea about what you’re taking on. Treat it like you would any other big solo ride and have the capacity to look after yourself.
Mandatory kit list is:
Anything else is entirely up to you but we’d suggest you study the weather forecast in close detail and then decide what you’re taking along.
As well as an event memento and a friendly, relaxed and professionally organised event, the entry fee provides you with a number board, food, water, full race support provided by the event crew including assistance as necessary, such as race drop-out support, medical cover, comms and route marking.
Currently there is no limit for the number of riders taking part.
We will close entry to the event 7 days prior to the race or when the maximum number of entrants is reached.
We do not accept any entries on the day for this event, sorry.
We encourage anyone to try as hard as they can but there is no point in going beyond your limits. Injury, fitness or even a family emergency may mean you have to leave the event. If this happens at any point after you have registered and collected your ride number, then you must go to the nearest checkpoint/marshal or registration and let them know you are dropping out. We will have a final count of who has finished so if you drop out and don’t notify us then we’ll presume you are missing and a lot of people will start looking for you!
There are no refunds or deferrals available once entered, however, you are able to transfer your entry to another person if you are unable to attend the event.
We may need to modify the route or even cancel the event, if circumstances beyond our reasonable control arise, such as, but not limited, to a force majeure (event that is a result of nature e.g. severe flooding). Should this arise and it is deemed to negatively impact upon the safety of the event we will communicate this to you as soon as practicable via the e-mail address you have provided. A decision to cancel the event may in extreme circumstances be taken on the day or during the course of the event. The safety of competitors, spectators and race officials and volunteers is our overriding priority.
Should the event be cancelled we will do everything possible to reschedule the event to a future date. All entries will be carried forward to this new date. Should the event be cancelled due to these circumstances and due to the fixed costs associated with the event we will not be able to provide refunds on this basis.
In the event of abandonment, postponement or cancellation of the event we will have no responsibility for any associated costs of competitors including travel and accommodation costs.
This event is for people 18 years old or above on the day of the event.