Although at times it may not have felt like it, we were once again lucky with the weather for this year’s Yorkshire True Grit Dark Skies p/b Fenwick’s Bike Products. As I write this, from my window I can see fields covered in snow; there’s thick fog; and it’s freezing cold outside. So a little bit of a breeze and the occasional shower are relatively perfect conditions! 😉

Thanks to everyone who came along and got into the spirit of the event – travelling from all over the UK to join in the fun – Kent, Cornwall, Newcastle, York!

Massive thanks to our sponsors Fenwick’s Bike Products – who took on an active role with Jon providing spannering service at the Feed Station (and provided the freebies at the end); and Vielo, where Trevor took on an enviable job of giving out the finish line beers. I suspect he also did some kit checks too!

Thanks to LR Motors for popping along with a 4×4 in case any of you needed recovering (none of you did!); and to Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team for coming out to provide medical cover for the event (none needed!).

The marshals and volunteer team were, as always, awesome! Lots of love for them coming from the riders – thank you 🙂

I hope you’re all still smiling about your achievement, about the brilliant gravelly trails and the lovely fun ascents. We’ve popped some Strava segments in (three of them prefaced YTG Dark Skies) for you to rank yourselves on (it’s not a race!).

Below are the Times that you finished the event (ie not time taken); start time was 4:00pm.

Other Events:

Next event is Yorkshire True Grit summer (19th-21st June) – and I’m super pleased to announce that the HQ will be in the village of Hawnby. Nestled between Sutton Bank and Helmsley this is a fantastic location with access to some amazing (previously unridden and private) gravel tracks. Don’t miss out – entries are open now for that one.

Five Forests – our new one….(thanks for patience on this)…hope to open this week but you know how I love I.T….formal announcement when actually open!

Rider Number Surname Time at finish
1 Adams 20:35
2 Adamthwaite DNS
3 Aldridge 21:42
4 Allan 21:05
5 Alvarez-Buylla DNS
6 Armitage 22:17
7 Ashton 20:33
8 Atkinson 20:43
9 Barlow 21:06
10 Barnes 21:50
11 Barry 20:28
12 Barton 21:42
13 Barton DNF
14 Batty 21:24
15 Bell 20:41
16 Birkitt 21:18
17 Black 22:27
18 Blyth 22:27
19 Bowley DNF
20 Broome 22:17
21 Browell 19:47
22 Byrne DNF
23 Collins 22:21
24 Cooper DNF
25 Cussons 21:47
26 Davies 20:35
27 Daley 19:57
28 Dixon 21:15
29 Douglas 22:25
30 Drakeley 21:16
31 Drysdale 21:22
32 Duffin 21:25
33 Duffin 21:25
34 Emmerson DNS
35 Fairbairn 20:53
36 Ferrier 20:46
37 Foott 20:48
38 Gibbons 21:46
39 Gott 20:32
40 Guy 21:28
41 Hallas 20:07
42 Harrison 20:48
43 Haw 20:32
44 Hickey 20:51
45 Hodson 22:02
46 Holding 21:29
47 Home 22:04
48 Hodd 21:00
49 Hope 20:36
50 Horlock 20:13
51 Horlock 20:23
52 Howell 21:08
53 Jackman 20:33
54 Jackson 22:02
55 Johnson 22:13
56 Jones 20:48
57 Jonsen 22:45
58 Kaye DNS
59 Kelsey 19:47
60 Kesteven DNS
61 Kettlewell 22:14
62 Kilgour DNF
63 Kraemer 21:08
64 Levell DNF
65 Lumb 19:47
66 MacPherson DNS
67 MacSween DNF
68 Martin 21:19
69 McCarthy 21:24
70 McManus DNS
71 Miller 20:11
72 Milligan DNS
73 Milsom 20:28
74 Moore 20:55
75 Newman 22:00
76 Nuttall 20:42
77 Oliver 21:10
78 Oswald 21:27
79 Pennock 20:14
80 Pridmore 20:07
81 Roberts 21:47
82 Reed 21:56
83 Robottom DNF
84 Sedgewick 20:54
85 Sloan 21:19
86 Smith 22:03
87 Smith 20:31
88 Smith DNF
89 Sullivan DNF
90 Tate 20:55
91 Taylor 21:29
92 Thorne DNF
93 Tomlinson 20:45
94 Tregidgo 20:49
95 Walker 22:03
96 Watkins 21:48
97 Wheeler DNS
98 Whittaker 19:35
99 Wilsdon 22:04
100 Wilson 22:21
101 Winter 22:03

Not long to go until Yorkshire True Grit Dark Skies – as I write this the weather is cold but still – almost perfect riding conditions – of course Storm Ciara is heading our way for the weekend….

As those of you who have ridden Dark Skies before will be aware, this year’s first half of the ride is now tougher than the second half. There are some great “burn-your-thigh” climbs and some swoopy fun gravel descents. We’ve also re-jigged part of the route in Boltby Woods to create a 4.5 mile climb to get you to the Cleveland Way!

So Cut-Offs: we’re extending the time you have to get to the Feed Station (27 miles) by 30 minutes to make that an 8pm cut-off. If you don’t make it to the Feed Station for then, you will be routed back on road to the Event HQ.

There will also be a second cut-off in Yearsley Woods (41 miles). You will need to have reached this cut-off by 9:30pm or will be routed by on the road to the Event HQ.

Why do we put cut-offs in the Dark Skies event? It’s for your safety and the safety of our marshals. If you are asked to return to HQ because you haven’t made a cut-off do not beg, argue, annoy the marshal. Please just follow their instructions. If you’ve not made the cut-off time then the likelihood is that you are struggling around the route. At night time it only gets colder, and you only get more tired.

For those who have ridden the event before – the route in Yearsley, second half of Wass (and potentially Pry Rigg exit) have changed. Make sure you a.) use the GPX and b.) follow the signs/instructions from marshals and c.) use your map!

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