This year is shaping up to be a year like no other and in early April we contacted everyone who had booked to take part in Yorkshire True Grit 2020 to let them know that we were cancelling the event due to Covid-19. Over 50% of the booked places took our offer to defer to 2021, and for the rest we have processed (or are processing) refunds for their full entry fee (and any camping fees).

We have also taken the decision to not launch the 5 Forests this year. Whilst we strongly hope that Covid-19 is “under control” by September we don’t feel that, as event organisers, we want to bring a mass gathering event to the North York Moors so close to the “end” of the pandemic.

Sponsors Fenwick’s Bike Products and Vielo are staying with Yorkshire True Grit for 2021, which we are delighted about! Their support is invaluable at times like these.

We will be back in 2021, with some fresh events to add to our line-up! We’re using this time to plan, craft and create some events that will make next year a bumper Yorkshire True Grit year!

Stay Safe Everyone and we hope to see you next year!

We are just taking a moment to respond to lots of chat that is taking place on social media about events cancelling/potentially cancelling, due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

At this point in time Yorkshire True Grit events will be taking place.

In the event that Government advice is to cancel the events then we will obviously follow that, and either fully refund your entry fee or transfer your entry to 2021 (your choice!).

So, for the moment it is all systems go at the YTG ranch, and we are looking forward to delivering the fifth Yorkshire True Grit this summer from the village of Hawnby, near Helmsley.

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

It’s a couple of months until Yorkshire True Grit Dark Skies takes place, plenty of time for a bit of training (and what a great motivator to get out whilst the weather is a bit inclement).

Yorkshire True Grit Dark Skies is part of the North York Moors National Park Dark Skies Festival. We’ve been running our Dark Skies Gravel Event since 2018, so the forthcoming one is the third year. We’ve shaken the route up and, if you’ve done it before you’ll be riding the opposite way round. Debs has also had her hands on the route so there are some minor changes (read that as major climbs) to test you along the way. Reversing the 50 mile route should get all the tough stuff out of the way in the first half….or so you’d think! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Feed Station will once again feature those amazing sausage rolls from Thornton’s Bakehouse and Butchers and homemade soups. (If you are vegan let us know as we can knock up a vegan soup for you). If we’ve got time then some homemade flapjack will find its way there too. At just over half way round the route, the Feed Station will be a welcome sight we’re sure!

On your return to HQ expect a warm welcome, and of course the legendary pie and peas with gravy! Again the pies are from Thornton’s Bakehouse and Butchers – our local butcher. There’ll be some heating of some description in the marquee but we do strongly suggest that you get a warm jacket on asap when you’ve finished.

Dark Skies – like all our events – is proper grassroots stuff. There’s nothing fancy at HQ but the YTG team will ensure that you are greeted with a warm welcome, before and after the ride.

You can start arriving on 22nd February from around 11am – remember there is a full kit check at Dark Skies – any kit missing = no ride. PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY SURVIVAL BAG – these can be foil, the big orange ones, or an emergency shelter. A foil blanket is not sufficient for this ride.  You can order a survival bag from us, for collection at registration on the day.

There are a few places left on Dark Skies – but not many. Don’t miss out.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather over the weekend, after a very wet run up to this year’s Yorkshire True Grit. Whilst it made for some challenging trail conditions, overall times were inline with our expectations – so it didn’t seem to slow you down too much!

Jen Duncan – registration queen – took a few photos of folk chilling out/recovering after the ride – you can see them in all their glory on our facebook page (where you can also tag yourself into them).

 

And the Finisher’s times for you to look at – we record these manually by scribbling on some paper – if we’ve got your time wrong, do let us know and we’ll update it for you.

 

OUTLAW DRIVE
Rider Number Time at Finish Rider Number Time At Finish
1 14.41 6 14.00 Switched to Drive
2 15.19 98 13.33 Switched to Drive
4 15.51 101 13.03 Switched to Drive
5 14.02 126 14.00 Switched to Drive
7 19.24 169 12.52 Switched to Drive
8 14.54 201 13.37
9 14.54 202 13.47
10 16.10 203 14.37
11 16.24 205 14.29
12 18.11 206 14.35
13 15.23 207 13.24
15 14.57 208 13.09
16 14.09 209 13.35
17 16.42 210 14.28
18 14.48 211 14.28
19 13.24 212 13.48
20 15.17 213 13.43
21 13.56 214 18.03
22 13.55 215 13.44
23 13.46 216 14.35
24 16.24 220 15.22
26 15.52 221 13.49
27 16.15 222 14.28
28 14.20 223 15.22
29 17.33 224 14.53
30 15.49 225 14.52
31 16.13 226 12.05
32 13.43 227 14.35
33 13.56 230 13.49
34 15.37 231 14.19
35 16.37 232 14.52
36 15.34 233 16.46
37 14.27 234 14.49
38 16.25 235 14.49
39 14.10 236 15.26
40 14.20 238 13.31
41 15.49 239 13.45
42 14.48 241 14.46
43 16.38 242 16.24
45 13.55 243 12.52
46 13.24 244 14.48
48 15.51 245 14.15
49 14.46 248 16.26
50 16.38 249 16.42
52 15.19 250 16.20
53 14.06 251 16.00
53 15.39 252 14.25
54 16.56 253 14.42
55 17.45 254 15.54
56 15.22 255 16.46
57 15.50 256 16.46
59 13.47 257 13.30
61 15.26 259 13.31
63 16.40 260 12.41
64 16.04 262 13.35
65 18.35 263 14.33 Started at 9:30
67 13.24 264 13.04
68 13.10 265 13.03
69 16.31 266 13.34
70 14.14 267 13.47
71 16.09 268 12.05
72 16.09 269 15.19
73 14.38 270 14.01
75 13.46 272 13.47
76 14.20 273 13.34
77 14.08 274 13.47
78 16.35 276 16.26
79 13.43 277 15.22
83 15.53 279 13.29
84 13.24 280 15.05
85 16.48 281 15.10
86 15.09 283 16.46
88 15.15 284 18.03
89 15.15 285 11.48
90 15.27 287 14.58
91 15.26 289 16.19
92 15.12 290 15.46
93 16.48 292 14.16
94 17.55 293 13.24
95 16.05 294 15.12
97 15.50 295 15.51
99 15.17 296 13.47
100 16.23 297 13.45
102 15.10 299 13.49
103 16.19 300 14.57
104 13.45
105 15.22
106 15.59
107 14.55
109 15.25
110 16.12
111 14.48
112 13.38
113 17.19
114 18.11
115 14.44
116 14.05
117 16.24
119 15.10
120 15.51
121 14.41
122 15.11
123 14.20
124 15.17
125 17.45
127 16.39
128 14.18
129 17.33
130 15.34
131 14.45
132 14.20
133 14.44
134 14.55
135 14.39
136 16.38
137 16.40
138 16.39
139 13.24
140 16.23
141 15.34
142 14.58
143 15.10
144 16.12
145 15.50
146 18.19
147 15.52
149 13.39
151 14.05
152 16.24
153 15.39
154 14.06
155 18.35
156 14.37
158 13.32
159 15.28
160 13.49
161 16.11
164 13.21
165 13.21
166 15.18
167 16.11
168 16.11
170 16.25
171 14.02
172 15.12
173 15.12
175 14.11
180 13.32
181 13.43
184 14.43
185 18.19
186 17.22
188 16.38
189 16.13
190 13.21
191 15.50
192 17.21
193 17.21
194 15.04
195 13.58
286 16.42 Switched to Outlaw

 

 

We’ve collated the finishers time for the Stampede event on Sunday. (And we will do the others too – just give us some time!).

The start time for the Stampede was actually about 10:10am so there’s some pretty impressive times in the results. If we’ve recorded your time incorrectly (there’s some interesting scribbles on the timing sheet) then let us know and we’ll correct it for you.

Event HQ Registration Queen, Jen Duncan, took some great photos of Sunday’s event/Event HQ – you can see them better on the Facebook Page – do tag yourself into the photos there.

Rider Number Time at Finish Notes
25 13.19
44 13.19
301 12.24
302 13.01
303 12.54
304 12.47
308 13.15
309 11.33
310 12.39
311 13.01
312 13.12
314 12.16
315 12.42
316 12.34
317 12.56
319 11.36
320 13.03
322 13.18
323 13.18
324 13.03
330 12.21
331 12.41
332 13.14
333 11.57
335 12.34
337 12.12
342 11.51
344 12.14
345 13.05 Feed Station Cut-off
346 13.05 Feed Station Cut-off
348 12.14
350 13.01
351 12.54
352 11.33
353 12.20
354 12.46
356 12.41
357 12.07
360 12.19
361 12.16
363 11.56
364 12.50
366 12.57
369 12.07
371 12.25
373 12.57
374 12.59
376 12.46
378 12.46
379 12.28
380 12.28
381 13.12
382 12.41
383 12.46
385 11.41
358 12.42
386 11.36
388 12.37
389 12.37
390 11.59 missed Cropton Loop

If you’re getting your stuff ready for the weekend and delaying nipping to the supermarket because, well you’d rather be riding your bike (and who really wants to go to the supermarket anyway). We’ll save you a job. The Durham Ox has just sent over their menu of delicious food that they’ll be serving at the weekend.

So, forget the stove; forget the supermarket shop. Enjoy the tastes of Yorkshire at Yorkshire True Grit!

The Durham Ox BBQ Kitchen & Bar will be open all weekend, from Friday through to Sunday afternoon. Fuel, Ride, Re-fuel, Repeat.

 

Some of you will remember Rosa and her van, Henrietta, from Dark Skies. Well she’s back for the weekend at Yorkshire True Grit serving up her fantastic coffees and teas – but for this event in the evening Henrietta will be transformed to a Gin Bar!

To whet your appetite, Rosa’s just sent over the menu of cakes that she’ll be selling (and the Gin’s on offer in the evening!)

Cakes
Blueberry Muffins
Banana Caramel Loaf
Cherry Flapjack
Tea Loaf with a Wensleydale crust
Energy Ball (packed with dried fruit nuts and seeds)
Sultana Scone, jam and clotted cream
Cheese Scone, butter and tomato chutney
Drinksย 
Teas, coffees, hot chocolate
Evening!
Gin and tonic (Bombay sapphire, Mason’s tea edition, Slingsby rhubarb)
Boozy Hot chocolate (Amaretto, spiced rum, baileys, whiskey)
Irish coffee
Black amaretto (Black americano with amaretto)
Moonlight mile (Hot English breakfast tea, spiced rum, apple juice, cinnamon)
Hot Mojito (Mint Tea, white rum, brown sugar, lime, angostura bitters)
Personally I’m thinking that the Boozy Hot Chocolate sounds like the perfect recovery drink! See you at the Gin Bar on Friday evening?

So I’m getting a few emails asking the same questions thought I’d pop some info here so that you can refer to the website first before sending that email off. (If your question isn’t answered here, then of course email us – we’re setting up from Wednesday so replies might be slow).

1.) Tyres (ARGH!!!!)

Largely tyre choice depends on your bike and your skill level, and let’s face it there’s always someone who swears by plus tyres for everything, and someone who goes super skinny over the same terrain.

This year’s routes are very different to previous years. There’s a good mix of single track and gravel. It has been raining – though the forecast is for some high pressure to move over, so we are expecting some wind and warmth. Some of the tracks will dry out, some will have muddy bits. If your tyres aren’t suitable then your feet will be.

2.) Car Parking

Day parking and overnight parking will be separate in an effort to prevent complete chaos. Please advise the marshal and they will direct you to the appropriate parking section. If you’ve not booked your tent in prior to arrival, please still park in overnight parking and then come to pay and collect your camping ticket. All tents/caravans/vans must display the camping ticket.

3.) The GPX File

The link to the gpx file will be mailed out to entrants on Wednesday 19th latest. (might be late on, see above note about setting up on site!). Please ensure you download the correct route for the course you are doing.

4.) Food on site

There is catering on site all weekend – the menus sound de-lic-ious!! Once I have them I’ll post them on the website. Catering is by The Durham Ox; The Tea-Time Yorkshire Coffee Van will also be on-site for all your speciality coffee requirements and flapjack needs.

5.) Facilities on site

Said this several times before – on site it is basic – NO SHOWERS.

  • Catering
  • Bar
  • Gin Bar
  • Music
  • Dancing (if you like!)
  • Straw Bale seating
  • Couple of marquees (in case it’s too hot and you want to get some shade!!)
  • Portaloos
  • Taps for water
  • Event Village – exhibitors Aussie Grit Apparel, Goodyear Tyres, Stans No Tubes, Marin Bikes, Fenwicks Bike Cleaner, Vielo Sport, Embrace Frames

6.) First Aid Cover

The team from Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue are providing first aid cover on Saturday during the ride.

7.) Cut-offs

There are cut-offs for The Outlaw – at the feed station (c15miles) you need to have arrived there before 11:30am otherwise you MUST switch to The Drive (40 miles); The Stampede – you need to have arrived at the feed station (c9 miles) by noon otherwise you will miss a short part of the course that contains two killer climbs…

Why are we cutting-off? For your safety, those timings are generous.
On the Outlaw, if it takes you longer than that to reach the cut-off points then realistically the long event isn’t for you.

On the Stampede on Sunday, we want you to have an enjoyable ride – if you are taking longer than two hours to reach the cut-off then why not miss out the next couple of miles and have an enjoyable ride back in!

8.) Event Timing

This is not a race. We record the actual time you finish where we can (ie we sometimes miss the odd person!) because you do like to know how you do.

9.) Weekend Running Order

Is on the Event Info Page – registration open times, cut-offs, start times, briefing times etc., all there ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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