Hopefully those of you who have entered Yorkshire True Grit Dark Skies are starting to get prepared! We’re writing this blog post to re-iterate the importance of the KIT LIST in your preparation.
Your kit will be inspected before you can sign on at the event! If you are missing something then you won’t be allowed to ride, so do get yourself organised in advance. Obviously you’ll pick up your map and rider number at registration…
This year Gill will be performing the kit check – please don’t give her grief, the kit check is there for your safety. Do you fancy being stuck on the North York Moors with a howling wind and snow, or rain, beating down on you without appropriate kit? No, didn’t think so. Gill rode the event last year so knows exactly why you need the kit and why it’s non negotiable.
For ease, here’s the kit list again:
A well maintained bike suitable for off-road use, that is in good working order
A helmet that complies with British Safety Standards
A waterproof jacket (taped seams) with hood (or separate hat). YOUR SHOWERPROOF/WINDPROOF is not good enough
A spare layer of clothing with long arms eg additional thermal top, or synthetic down jacket – something warm to put on
An emergency foil survival bag (not a blanket). We prefer foil but you can use a proper bivvy bag or an orange emergency bag. You can order one to collect in the GRIT SHOP
A pump – even if you have CO2 cannisters
A trail tool including a chain tool and spare links/magic links
A bandage and dressing (first aid kit)
An emergency whistle
Front lights for your bike that are suitable for riding off-road (and a spare battery if you require one)
A spare light – this can be a headtorch and is a spare light for emergency use
A rear light for your bike (this will only need to be “on” for the road sections of the event)
Some change/money in case you need to use a public phone
The Map – we will issue a gpx in advance and you will be given a map at registration
Your event number (collect at registration)
Enough water for 25 miles
Enough food for the duration of the event
We had a meeting with the feed station marshals earlier this week to talk through the lovely stuff that will be available!
So, alongside a selection of hot drinks and water there’ll be soup, cheesy sausage rolls, homemade flapjack, and sweets of some description.
There are also toilets at the feed station.
We’re looking forward to seeing you on 23rd February. The .gpx file will go out on Wednesday 20th with all final information about the event.