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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

23 February 2019 - 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 Yorkshire True Grit miles through forests, across open moorland and private land.
Organiser and online booking: Yorkshire True Grit

18 – 19 May 2019 - 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: Si Entries

2 June 2019 – Sportive X.2
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 80.9km with a split between on and off-road is approximately 51/49, including stretches along an old railway line.
Online booking: Velo 29

21 – 23 June 2019 - Yorkshire True Grit (gravel grinding event)
Location: Starting from Hutton le Hole, 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.
Organiser and online booking: Yorkshire True Grit - Andrew Wright (01347 823963)

26 – 28 July 2019 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

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 June 2019 – Cleveland Hills (3hr MBO Score event)
Organiser: NYMBO (Contact: nymboevents@btinternet.com)
Online booking: BMBO website

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

30 March 2019 - 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)

28 April 2019 - York Rally fundraising Sportive & Retro Classic
Location: York and out into the National Park with three routes to choose from (63, 83 and 87 miles) and up to 1,687m of climbing.
Organiser: York Rally. Book online

26 June 2019 - Fadmoor Sportive
Location: Part of the Fadmoor  Cycling Day, follow the 26 mile short route, with a two lap option for the more experienced.
Book online

22 June 2019 - 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)

29 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 23 July 2019 for 2020 entries.
Organiser: Open Adventure (Contact: James Thurlow)

30 June 2019 - 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. Enter online.
Organiser: Friends of Ryedale School

7 July 2019 - Struggle the Moors Sportive
Location: Starting from Ampleforth, face 150 or 180 challenging kilometers 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

13 July 2019 - 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)

28 July 2019 - Ladies Only Charity 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

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.

Cycling festivals and spectator events

14 April 2019 - East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix
Location: East Cleveland
Round one of the HSBC UK Spring Cup Series 2019 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. New for 2019 Elite Women’s Race!
Organiser: British Cycling

2 - 5 May 2019 - Tour de Yorkshire
The North York Moors is made for cycling and the Tour de Yorkshire will challenge riders as they pass through our rich tapestry of landscapes, from high moor and market town, to forest, coast and dale on Day 3 of the men's four day race and the final day of the women's race, including five testing climbs. Hosted by Amaury Sport Organisation and Welcome to Yorkshire, and supported by British Cycling, the Tour de Yorkshire is a 2.HC UCI Europe Tour Event, guaranteeing participation of some of the world’s leading cyclists.

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)

July (2019 dates tbc) - 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.


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.