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.


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! 😉

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’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!)

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
Teas, coffees, hot chocolate
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 🙂 🙂


Paul and Rob from 76Projects have revealed their kit list for this year’s Yorkshire True Grit. (The full recommended kit list is at the end of this article – please take notice of it!). 


Yorkshire True Grit Kit List

As well as sponsoring YTG2019 Paul and I are also riding it. My riding recently has consisted of short blasts in the flatlands to fit around work and family time so 60 or even 40 miles over very hilly terrain is going to be a bit of a shock for me and it’s too late to do anything about my fitness now. What I can do is make sure that my bike and kit is ready.

What bike to ride?

‘Suitable for off road use’ is somewhat subjective and we’ve all heard from someone about how they used to ride his 14speed Raleigh road bike across the moors back in the 70’s but most people doing YTG will be riding gravel bikes or mountain bikes.

I’ll be riding my NS Bikes Rag+ gravel bike with 700c 43C Panaracer Gravelkings tubeless at 30psi front, 40psi rear which occupy the Goldilocks zone between fast rolling, grip and comfort. I briefly considered my XC full suspension mountain bike but I’d rather trade comfort for speed on the road sections.

I live in the flatlands so the one change I’ve made is swapping out the 11-28 cassette for an 11-40 in conjunction with a derailleur hanger extender. 38T up front (1x only frame). If only I could change out my legs or lungs!

Keeping warm, dry & safe

  • Gilet and arm warmers – My most used items of bike clothing, ideal for changeable weather and they stow easily in jersey pockets when the sun’s out. If the forecast is bad I may take leg warmers and waterproof over-shorts as well
  • A packable waterproof which rolls up to a tennis ball size and straps out of the way under the saddle. Waterproofs are important for keeping you warm and dry if you need to stop even, if like me, you don’t like riding in them.
  • YTG also recommend taking an emergency foil blanket, whistle, first aid kit and of course a helmet.


Spares and tools

  • I keep the following stored in a 76 Projects Piggy with the Piggy Pouch keeping everything clean and dry.

  • Lezyne multi-tool with a built-in chain breaker – Making sure that everything is cleaned, lubricated and adjusted beforehand should lessen the chances of me needing to use it.
  • Inner tube – possibly 2.
  • Lezyne tyre levers
  • Stick on Park patches – in case of puncturegeddon
  • Tubeless repair kit – hopefully meaning the 3 items above won’t be required
  • Park tyre boots – gravel tyres aren’t as tough as most mountain bike tyres. Gel wrappers make good emergency boots too.
  • CO2 tyre inflator & 2 canisters – great when you’re tired and much quicker

  • Quick Links in the inbuilt area of the Piggy.   








  • Lezyne mini pump mounted under the Piggy – again, in case of puncturegeddon
  • Apidura top tube bag – carrying a handful of cereal bars and emergency gels. My phone will also be in there, safe and dry behind the waterproof closure.
  • A 76 Projects Valve Bobbin – a handy widget that is stored on your valve stem in case you ever need to remove or tighten a valve core to get tubeless tyres seated whilst out on the trails. Also handy when your pump unscrews a valve core!



We don’t perform kit checks at Yorkshire True Grit, but the kit list is there for your safety. We strongly recommend you have all items on the kit list. If the weather is bad we reserve the right to make parts of it mandatory and to add safety items such as lights.

  • 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
  • An Emergency foil blanket
  • Your mobile phone – it must be fully charged and have battery life for the duration of the event.
  • Inner tubes
  • Tyre levers
  • A pump – even if you have a CO2 canister…
  • Trail tool including a chain tool & spare links/magic links
  • A bandage and dressing (first aid kit)
  • An emergency whistle
  • Some money/change in case you fancy a tea stop/need to use a public phone
  • The Map

Indy-boutique bike brand, Vielo, will be exhibiting at Yorkshire True Grit.

Vielo’s first model, the V-Plus 1 is a new breed of Road Plus performance bikes for the road cyclist who is fed up with being shaken to pieces on the poorly maintained British roads and who also wants to combine a bit of fun riding on gravel or loose forest roads without the heavy weight of a hard tail mountain bike. UNLIMITED PERFORMANCE AND COMFORT An oxymoron? Combining intelligent ideas and engineering theories through time and experience have come to together to produce the V-plus 1. Engineering and know-how without limitations. Without anyone saying ‘No you cannot do that’.

It sounds to us like a great bike to ride Yorkshire True Grit on; a gravel bike without limitations on a gravel ride without limitations!

Ian and Trevor from Vielo will be at Yorkshire True Grit all weekend with some demo bikes for you to have a pedal round on…if your appetite needs whetting further then lust over this…


We’re super excited to announce that the Award-winning Durham Ox from Crayke (North Yorkshire) will be the official caterers at this year’s Yorkshire True Grit. Those of you from the area will no doubt have heard of the Durham Ox – and its far-reaching reputation means that some of you out of area folk have probably heard of it too.

We approached the team at the Durham Ox to take on the catering for the event because, quite simply, their food is excellent. We want you to enjoy the food as much as the event so we wanted a catering team that are as passionate about food as we are about biking. They embrace the principle of good food in relaxed surroundings and that will shine through at Yorkshire True Grit. The team at the Durham Ox source their ingredients locally and will cater for vegetarians, vegans and provide a simple but good choice of food at the event. The pricing will be Yorkshire – you’ll get a good portion for your money!

The Durham Ox Event Catering team will be on-site from Friday through to Sunday offering Breakfast, Dinner and Tea. (Or, Lunch and Supper depending on where you’re from). So, leave the stove at home. You won’t be able to resist the aromas coming from the catering area!

The Durham Ox is featured in Sawleys Guide, The Good Pub Guide, Diners Choice, and holds a Visit England Award for their breakfasts.

Durham Ox to cater at Yorkshire True Grit

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