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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

1 September 2019 – 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!
Online booking: Velo 29

14 – 15 September 2019 - 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!
Organiser and online booking: Ard Rock
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6 October 2019 – 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

North Yorkshire Mountain Bike Orienteers events

26 August 2019 – White Rose - Helmsley (3hr MBO Score event)
Organiser: NYMBO. (Contact: nymboevents@btinternet.com) Part of the Ebor White Rose Orienteering weekend.
Online booking: BMBO website

Road cycling events and sportives

10 August 2019 - Whitby Regatta Sportive
Location: Whitby with three hilly routes to choose from (29.2, 53.9 and 79.9 miles) and up to 6,900ft of climbing.
Organiser: Velo 29 (Contact: Richard Williamson)

28 September 2019 - White Horse Sportive
Location: Nunthorpe across the North York Moors with a choice of three routes (30, 60.4 and 76.8 miles)
Organiser: Velo 29 (Contact: Richard Williamson)

12 October 2019 - Ay Up! Yorkshire Sportive
Location: Ripon, with three routes taking you around the North York Moors National Park with a number of testing hills (52, 82 and 100 miles). Book online.

20 June 2020 - 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 23 July 2019 for 2020 entries.
Organiser: Open Adventure (Contact: James Thurlow)

Cycling festivals and spectator events

18 August 2019 - Ryedale Grasscrete Grand Prix
Location: Ampleforth College
Including round 8 of the Women's and Men's HSBC UK National Road Series and National Road Championships
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.