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Due to COVID-19 this section of the website may not have the latest updates regarding externally-run events. All events in the near future have been cancelled or postponed. We will endeavour to remove cancelled events and add new dates where events are rearranged as soon as we are made aware of changes. If you do see an event listed, we would recommend that you contact the organisers directly to find out if it is still taking place.


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.

Road cycling events and sportives

26 September 2020 - White Horse Sportive
Location: Nunthorpe across the North York Moors with a choice of three routes (30.3, 60.4 and 76.8 miles)
Organiser: Velo 29 (Contact: Richard Williamson)

3 October 2020 - 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)

Rescheduled events 2021

5 June 2021 - Whitby Regatta Sportive
Location: Whitby with three hilly routes to choose from (28.9, 53.8 and 80.6 miles) and up to 6,900ft of climbing.
Organiser: Velo 29 (Contact: Richard Williamson)

June 2021 (tbc) - Fadmoor Sportive
Location: Part of Fadmoor Cycling Day, includes both a family bike ride plus a Sportive (26 miles or a two lap option (52 miles) for the more experienced) which follows the Bransdale loop.
Online booking - details tbc

19 June 2021 - 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)

26 June 2021 - 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 as early as possible. 
Organiser: Open Adventure (Contact: James Thurlow)

June 2021 - Ryedale Rumble
Enjoy steep climbs, fast descents and stunning scenery around the National Park. With three routes – extreme (168km), challenging (115km) and inspire (67km) – beginners and experienced riders will find something to suit. 
Organiser: Friends of Ryedale School. Enter online.

July 2021 - Stockton Sportive
Location: Stockton with a choice of four routes, from the fairly flat Spin (36.7 miles) for the first time Sportive rider, through to the Tour de Moor at 105.8 miles, with over 11,000ft of climbing. Part of Stockton Cycling Festival.
Organiser: Velo 29 (Contact: Richard Williamson)

Mountain biking, cyclocross, gravel biking and enduro events

Rescheduled events 2021

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7 March 2021 – Top of the Rock Gravel Sportive
Location: From Sutton Bank Bikes at 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: 25k (15.5 miles), Medium: 50k (31 miles) or Long: 75k (46.5 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! 
Online booking: SiEntries

16 May 2021 - 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 booking: SiEntries - entries now full - waiting list available

June 2021 (dates tbc) - Yorkshire True Grit (gravel grinding event)
Location: Starting location between Sutton Bank and Boltby, camping will be available too.
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. Camping, catering, bar and a band on site too.
Online booking: Yorkshire True Grit - Andrew Wright (01347 823963)

25 – 27 June 2021 – Moors One Hundred
A weekend introduction to the joys of bikepacking on the North York Moors. Over 90% of the route is off road, with great views, singletrack, fast gravel roads, forests, miles of open heather moorland, cosy country pubs and an evening camping at High Paradise Farm with pizza, beer and live music. Day one covers 53 miles, followed by 48 miles on day two.
Online booking: Entries now full - contact for reserve list

23 – 25 July 2021 – 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 and online booking: Rat Race

24 – 25 July 2021 - Esk Valley Enduro
Brand new! Experience five stages across two days and explore the best riding the Esk Valley has to offer, from technical, natural sections to fast flowing loam, jumps, berms and flat out moorland.
Online booking: SiEntries

3 – 5 September 2021 - 2020 UK Singlespeed Championships (SSUK2020)
Location: Yorkshire Cycle Hub, Fryup
Back in Yorkshire after five years, with new trails, good food and beer, make a weekend of it.
Online booking: SiEntries

September 2021 (dates tbc) – 5 Forests
Location: Dalby Forest, plus Langdale, Broxa, Cropton and Newtondale Forests
New event from the organisers of Yorkshire True Grit, covering 100 miles on your bike, each forest will feature a timed section - uphill, downhill, flat or a combination of all three. Suitable for gravel bikes (or any off-road bike) and e-bikes.

18 – 19 September 2021 - Ard Moors Enduro and Sprint 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! Bookings open every November and it sells out very quickly!
Online booking: Ard Rock

October 2021 (date tbc) – North York Moors Coastal Cycle Challenge
Location: Cinder Track (start Fylingdales Village Hall), 38 miles following the old railway path between Whitby and Scarborough (non-technical but may be rough in places). Ride for yourself or for charity.


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.