With the eyes of the world turned to the north of the country ahead of this weekend’s Tour de Yorkshire, it could be easy to forget that the area is also home to some of the UK’s best singletracks and off-road gravel trails.
Step forward Yorkshire True Grit – a set of off-road cycling challenges with a difference – which is back with a bang this summer. Taking place over the weekend of 23-24 June, there are three different routes on offer: The Drive (40 miles) or The Outlaw (60 miles) on the Saturday, and The Stampede (20 miles) on the Sunday. All are a mix public bridleways and private tracks – which the Yorkshire True Grit has exclusive permission to use – and all the routes have had a shake up for 2018.
“We don’t want to be complacent” said event director Andrew Wright. “We want participants to feel challenged every time they come to Yorkshire True Grit, and by changing the route we are able to bring new challenges in to the event, whether that’s new singletrack, new climbs or new descents.”
The Outlaw’s seven-mile section of private track remains, and has even been extended, with two neighbouring estates granting the event access this year. The team claim that it will be unrecognisable from the 2017 version though.
“We’ve probably re-routed about 75 per cent of the route of The Outlaw, and 50 per cent of The Drive [the 40 mile route],” added Wright. “People will be familiar with some elements – although may be not in the direction they’ll come at them this year!”
All routes are open to entries from any off-road bike in good working order, but gravel bikes are favoured; there are classes for gravel, mountain, fat, electric and singlespeeds. Whatever you route you choose, it’s guaranteed that your endurance will be tested among some of the North York Moors’ best tracks and trails.
When: 23-24 June 2018
Where: High Paradise Farm, Yorkshire
Route(s): 60 miles; 40 miles; 20 miles
Entry fee: £39.00 (60 and 40 mile routes); £20 (20 mile route)
Website: Yorkshire True Grit