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Due to COVID-19, this section of the website may not have the latest updates regarding externally-run events. 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 before travelling.

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, cyclocross, gravel biking and enduro events 2022

26 February 2022 - Yorkshire True Grit Dark Skies
Location: Newburgh Priory
Combine the toughness of Yorkshire True Grit with the dark skies of night; suitable for gravel bikes or cross-country mountain bikes. Bike 50 forest and moorland miles.
Organiser and online booking: Yorkshire True Grit

14 – 15 May 2022 - Boltby Bash Enduro
Location: Boltby Forest, team or individual event
For gravity and MTB enthusiasts, the Enduro event involves five 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. Live music, bar and food on Saturday evening plus camping.
Online booking: Si Entries SOLD OUT – waiting list available

June 2022 (dates tbc) – 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 for the campsite and food (event is free): Details TBC

10 – 11 June 2022 - Ard Moors Enduro and Sprint Enduro
Location: 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! Keep your eye on when bookings open as it sells out very quickly!
Organiser and online booking: Ard Rock

25 – 28 August 2022 - 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

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September 2022 (date TBC) – 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

Look out for the new cyclocross series planned for winter organised by Sutton Bank Bikes, on the brand new cyclocross course at Sutton Bank.

2 October 2022 – 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.

Road cycling events and sportives 2021

19 March 2022 - 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

28 – 30 May 2022 - 3 Days in Yorkshire | A Tour Sportive
A three day event, starting with a closed road time trail, followed by a 70km Sprint Sportive road stage on quiet roads both on Day one. Day two involves a 100km roads stage with a closed road mountain top finish while the final day is a 160km road stage. The routes include parts of the North York Moors and Howardian Hills
Organiser: Velo 29

2 – 6 June 2022 – All Points North
Starting and finishing in Sheffield, this is aimed at experienced endurance road riders and mapping enthusiasts. Riders are challenged with ticking off 10 checkpoints scattered across the north of England as quickly as possible. Depending on your route, expect to cover around 600 miles – checkpoints in this area for 2022 are Byland Abbey and Goathland.

25 June 2022 - 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

3 July 2022 - Struggle Moors
Location: Ampleforth Abbey, taking hardy riders over the most iconic North York Moors climbs including Boltby Bank, Carlton Bank, Limber Hill, Glaisdale Horror and Rosedale Chimney. This sportive isn’t for the faint-hearted but with prior training and determination its achievable for any aspiring road cyclist.
Organiser: Struggle Events

9 July 2022 - 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

2 July 2022 - Stockton Sportive
Location: Stockton with a choice of four routes, from the fairly flat Short (40 miles) for the first time Sportive rider, through to the Tour de Moor at 105.4 miles, with over 11,000ft of climbing.
Organiser: Velo 29

August 2022 (tbc) - Fadmoor Sportive
A beginner level cycle sportive 26mile loop on quite roads round the North York Moors valley of Bransdale.

September 2022 (tbc) - 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)

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.