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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

15 April 2018 - Moors and Shores
Location: From Dalby Forest with a choice of 2 routes (46 and 60 miles)
Returning for the fifth time to Dalby, the Adventure Cross series is an event discipline for cyclists with both road, off road tracks, trails bridleways & lanes designed to be ridden with knobbly tyres (cyclo cross, hybrid or mountain bike). It's great for anyone wanting a less technical route, on /off road ride, on a cyclocross or hard tail mountain bike.
Organiser: Rather be Cycling (part of the Adventure Cross 2018 Series)
Online booking: UK Cycling Events

19 – 20 May 2018 - Boltby Bash Enduro and MTB Sportive
Location: Boltby Forest, team or individual event, plus sportive option).
For gravity and MTB enthusiasts, the Enduro event involves 5 timed stages on private land. Enter in teams of up to 4 people or be an ‘island’ and challenge yourself, it even includes a category for electric bikes. The Boltby Bash Sportive, a non-competitive loop will run after the Enduro or join the practice day on the Saturday. Live music, bar and food on Saturday evening plus camping.
Online entries open later in November.

23 – 24 June 2018 - Yorkshire True Grit (gravel grinding event)
Location: This off-road endurance adventure challenge across the North York Moors uses gravel tracks and trails with a choice of three routes 20, 40 or 60 miles. There'll be classes for gravel, mountain, singlespeed, fat and electric bikes. Starting from High Paradise Farm near Boltby, camping will be available too.
Organiser: Yorkshire True Grit - Andrew Wright (01347 823963)
Online booking: SiEntries

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
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
Online booking: From Tuesday 5 December at 6:30pm
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November 2018 (dates tbc) – 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

Road cycling events and sportives

15 April 2018 - Daffodils Sportive
Location: Thirsk across the North York Moors to see Farndale's famous daffodils, with a choice of three routes (35.6, 77.4 and 88 miles)
Organiser: Velo 29 (Contact: Richard Williamson)

27 May 2018 - Yorkshire Beast
Location: The ultimate challenge, tackling both the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors over 200 Miles and with 5,000m of climbing, taking in some of our greatest climbs including, Boltby Bank, Glaisdale Horror (Caper Hill), Rosedale Chimney Bank.
Organiser: Velo 29 (Contact: Richard Williamson)

23 June 2018 - 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 25 July 2017 for 2018 entries.
Organiser: Open Adventure (Contact: James Thurlow)

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 Pre-register

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 

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

Cycling festivals and spectator events

April 2018 (date tbc) - British Cycling MTB Cross-country Series (Round two)
Location: Dalby Forest
Round two of five races, the British Cycling National Cross Country MTB Series returns to Dalby Forest, in collaboration with Nutcracker Racing, and features races from fun to elite.

29 April 2018 - Klondike Grand Prix
Location: East Cleveland
Round one of the HSBC UK Spring Cup Series featuring top-level domestic road racing. It will see the country’s best riders and teams battle for individual and team glory around East Cleveland, including a loop around parts of the North York Moors National Park. The race will include rolling road closures and closed road circuits in Saltburn and Guisborough.
Organiser: Velo 29

3 - 6 May 2018 - Tour de Yorkshire
Hosted by Amaury Sport Organisation and Welcome to Yorkshire, and supported by British Cycling, the Tour de Yorkshire is a 2.1 UCI Europe Tour Event, guaranteeing participation of some of the world’s leading cyclists.

13 - 15 July 2018 - Stockton Cycling Festival
A full weekend of cycling, including Elite Criterium, Stockton Grand Prix, part of the British Cycling HSBC UK Grand Prix Series, 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.

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

Scarborough Festival of Cycling (2018 event details tbc)
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.


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.