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There are lots of exciting cycling and mountain bike events in the North York Moors area for all ages, whether you're a seasoned cyclist, a beginner looking to improve your skills or simply looking for a great family day out. If you like to combine mountain biking with trail running, take a look at Adventure racing events too.

The information below is provided by the organisers. Please contact them for further details.

Mountain biking/cyclo cross and gravel racing

10 - 12 August 2018 The Crossing (Rat Race)
Sample some of the UK’s finest mountain biking on this coast-to-coast 200 mile mountain bike ride on fully way-marked tracks, taking in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks.
Organiser: Rat Race Book online.

2 September 2018 – Sportive X
Location: From Guisborough into the National Park
An off road sportive organised by Velo 29 suitable for Cyclo Cross, Gravel and Mountain Bikes. A loop of 100.7km with a split between on and off-road is approximately 50/50, taking you down quiet roads that would normally be dead ends!
Organiser: Velo 29 (Contact: Richard Williamson)

15 – 16 September 2018 - Ard Moors Enduro FULLY BOOKED
Location: From Lord Stones County Park
From the organisers of 'Ard Rock in the Yorkshire Dales, an Enduro with timed downhill stages on the North York Moors with steep trails, flat out singletrack and a proper 'Ard adventure!
Organiser: Ard Rock Book online
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21 October 2018 – Top of the Rock Gravel Sportive
Location: From Sutton Bank National Park Centre
Starting 1000ft up on the spectacular Sutton Bank escarpment, take a grand tour across moor ‘n dale on gravel trails.
Choice of three routes: Short: 27k (17 miles), Medium: 36k (22 miles) or Long: 60k (37 Miles).  
Expect spectacular autumn colours, a relaxed and fun vibe with smooth and flowing to technically and physically challenging trails, as well as a beer tent at the end! 
Organiser: Sutton Bank Bikes
Online booking: SiEntries

North Yorkshire Mountain Bike Orienteers events

27 August 2018 – White Rose - Duncombe Park (Helmsley) (3hr MBO Score event)
Organiser: NYMBO (Contact: Part of the Ebor White Rose Orienteering weekend (24 – 27 August)
Online booking: BMBO website

Road cycling events and sportives

8 July 2018 - Struggle the Moors Sportive
Location: Starting from Ampleforth, face 110 challenging miles taking in all of the National Park's iconic climbs, Boltby Bank, Carlton Bank, Cote de Grosmont, Glaisdale Horror (Caper Hill) and the infamous Rosedale Chimney Bank.
Organiser: Struggle Events Enter online

14 July 2018 - Stockton Sportive
Location: Stockton with a choice of four routes, from the fairly flat Spin (37 miles) for the first time Sportive rider, through to the Tour de Moor at 106 miles, with over 11,000ft of climbing. Part of Stockton Cycling Festival .
Organiser: Velo 29 (Contact: Richard Williamson)

29 July 2018 - Ryedale Rumble
2018 sees the welcome return of this popular sportive, with steep climbs, fast descents and stunning scenery around the National Park. With three routes – extreme (169.9km), challenging (120.5km) and inspire (79.3km) – beginners and experienced riders will find something to suit. Enter online.
Organiser: Friends of Ryedale School

5 August 2018 - Yorkshire Lass CC Sportive
Location: Carlton Lodge Activity Centre, near Thirsk (start and finish), with a choice of three routes (30, 60 and 100 miles) heading into the National Park on the medium and long routes, with a few hills thrown in. Book online.
Organiser: Yorkshire Lass Cycling Club

11 August 2018 - Whitby Regatta Sportive
Location: Whitby with three hilly routes to choose from (31.9, 58 and 78.5 miles) and up to 9,000ft of climbing.
Organiser: Velo 29 (Contact: Richard Williamson)

29 September 2018 - White Horse Sportive
Location: Nunthorpe across the North York Moors with a choice of three routes (30, 60.5 and 77 miles)
Organiser: Velo 29 (Contact: Richard Williamson)

7 October 2018 - Ay Up! Yorkshire Sportive
Location: Thirsk. Part of the popular Wiggle Super Series, with three routes taking you around the North York Moors National Park with a number of testing hills (32, 56 and 93 miles). Book online.
Organiser: Wiggle Super Series Sportive

June 2019 - Coast to Coast in a Day
Location: Seascale to Whitby via Great Broughton, Kildale, Esk Valley. This annual event is very popular and you are advised to book a year in advance. Booking opens on 24 July 2018 for 2019 entries.
Organiser: Open Adventure (Contact: James Thurlow)

Cycling festivals and spectator events

7-8 July 2018 - Scarborough Festival of Cycling
A packed weekend including closed circuit road and grass track racing, sportive, BMX and "come and try" events. Located at various venues including Oliver's Mount and Hairy Bob's Skate Park.

13-15 July 2018 - Stockton Cycling Festival
Enjoy a full weekend of cycling with events for all the family and a celebration of all things cycling! Watch the Elite Criterium, Stockton Grand Prix, part of the British Cycling HSBC UK Grand Prix Series, or enter the Ride Stockton event, a family ride on a closed circuit and the Stockton Sportive, which includes parts of the North York Moors National Park.
Organiser: Velo29-Altura, Stockton Council and British Cycling.

26 August 2018 - Ryedale Grand Prix Weekend
Location: Ampleforth College
Including HSBC UK National Women's Road Series and HSBC UK Grand Prix Series.
Organiser: British Cycling (Contact: Bob Howden)

A complete list of British Cycling affiliated events is also available for Yorkshire. Local cycling clubs also hold organised club rides, with routes that will often take in the beautiful North York Moors.