Over the past few months we’ve gained quite a number of new followers on social media, and quite a few new names are popping up on the entry lists for the different distances. On our old website we included some information about ourselves so that you know who is behind Yorkshire True Grit and what we’re all about. We thought we’d update that info and bring it on this website to introduce ourselves to the new folk, and to say hello again to those of you who know us!
Your Event Director!
Andy owns and runs Easingwold-based bike shop Bikewright.com. He’s a bike-nut and doesn’t care what discipline of cycling you’re from he’ll chat with you about your bike, your favourite route or the latest bits to put on your bike.
Andy has come into Gravel/Adventure biking from Mountain Biking and can still be found playing in the local woods on his mountain bike when not riding his Gravel bike.
Andy’s been riding bikes for “a long time” and knows the North York Moors like only a local can. It’s his passion for the North York Moors and off-road cycling that sparked the idea for Yorkshire True Grit. He wanted to show off the best cycling that can be had, by showing people that a gravel bike can do more than just gravel. (Take that as a hint to what might come in Yorkshire True Grit if you’ve not ridden it before).
Andy also like a pint so will most definitely be found somewhere near the bar when all the riders have returned to HQ.
During the event Andy’ll either be at HQ or out on the route having a chat with you, or if you need picking up you might get a lift back with him.
Event Organiser type person.
Debs has been riding bikes since she was little – but nearly always off-road. She loves what she calls a “big sky ride” where the views are endless and the trails are seemingly so too, and tries to fit in as much riding as possible between organising Yorkshire True Grit and running her own business.
Debs is more about the chat about the ride, than the bike or the bits on the bike. She’s also a North Yorkshire local and knows her way round the moors too, she’s often used in route checking to ensure that Andy’s not gone over the top in what he thinks people can ride (aka the crash test dummy). Debs keeps Andy’s elaborate route planning in check, but, be warned – she loves a good climb! So whilst Andy’ll test your skill downhill, she’ll test your stamina (or “true grit) on the ups.
During the event Debs’ll be one of the people on the registration desk ensuring that you get signed on and back out when you’ve completed the event. She’ll probably also deliver the event briefing as she’s apparently a bit more bossy than Andy…
There are lots of other folk involved in making Yorkshire True Grit happen! From sounding boards to route riders; those who put the signs out (and collect them in); helpers at HQ; marshals on the route; the feed station team (Jane and Jan are back this year to ensure you’re all well refreshed!).
We try to run the event as professionally as we can, but to retain it’s low-key, grass roots event personality. Ultimately we want everyone involved, including the riders, to have a great time at Yorkshire True Grit!