Entry Closing Date

Well it’s not long now until Yorkshire True Grit starts!

The route is looking good. It’s a great mix of forest, bridleway, moorland track and of course a bit of singetrack thrown in there too.

Entries are building at quite a rate and we’ll be closing entries in the morning of Monday 17th June. So get your entries sorted before then. Depending on how numbers go we might be able to do entry on the day, but won’t know for sure until nearer the time. If we do offer this, then entry will be £55.00 for the Outlaw and Drive, and £30 for the Stampede. We’ll confirm whether we are able to do this or not nearer the time.

Camping at Yorkshire True Grit

We’re also encouraging you to book your camping in advance (https://yorkshiretruegrit.co.uk/product/camping/) it’s £5 per person/night in advance, and will be £6 per person per night if you don’t book until you arrive at the event. Booking your camping helps us manage the amount of food that you might want to buy, and the amount of refreshment (aka beer/gin) that you might want to drink. Camping, as always, will be basic. It is in a field (used for hay so will have been cut just before the event), and there’ll be running water and toilet. It’s the place to be for atmosphere and meeting up with other riders though. And you’ll get a great view from your tent!

Field for YTG Event HQ


We’ve been looking around for a little while now to find the right band to play at this year’s Yorkshire True Grit and The Fortunate Sons came to our attention and we loved their sound from the start of the first track we heard!

Based in Scarborough they’re pretty local to the event and their mix of classic and modern rock/pop songs is sure to add to the atmosphere at the event.

They’ll be live at around 4pm on Saturday – so some of you will be crossing the line as they play their first set.

If you fancy having a pre-listen then click on the Soundcloud link here.


Friend of Yorkshire True Grit, Lennie is the face and creative whizz behind Bad Faerie Creations. She’s previously helped out at Yorkshire True Grit events but this year has created some very limited edition wobbly bobbly hats as spot prizes for finishers of Yorkshire True Grit!

Prior to the start of the event, rider numbers will be picked at random. Cross the line having completed your chosen route (no prizes for those who swap during the event, or who short cut back) and you might be lucky and receive a Yorkshire True Grit wobbly bobbly hat!

Handknitted in wool these wobbly bobble hats are one-size fits all, and feature a Yorkshire True Grit badge!

You can see more Bad Fearie creations at the etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BadFaerieCreations


Well, who would have thought that with 15º heat it was February? But the sun shone all day long, and many of you set off in shorts or 3/4 length tights! Amazing contrast to last year, and whilst the temperatures fell as the sun set, at least it stayed above freezing.

The Pie and Peas went down well – so it seems that it doesn’t matter how warm it is you lot will eat food at the end of the event! It was great that so many of you stayed to soak up the atmosphere at the end, and cheer in the other riders.

Massive thanks to our sponsors: Fenwicks Bike, Marin Bikes, Stans No Tubes and Bikewright.com

And to Twisted for provision of a Land Rover and Driver to recover riders with mechanical problems, and to Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team for safety cover.

Huge thanks to all the marshals and volunteers who help to make the event a success.

The “official” photos have now been uploaded to the Gallery, any other’s we get we’ll share on our social media channels.

Remember – you can enter our summer event now Yorkshire True Grit. This year with a complete new route, and new HQ at Hutton Le Hole.

Finishing Times are below – remember this is the time at the finish of the event – it started at 4pm.

Finishing Times
Rider Number Time at Finish
1 21:16
2 20:51
3 20:58
4 20:20
5 20:19
6 20:58
7 21:26
8 20:56
9 21:46
10 19:35
11 DNF
12 22:30
13 DNF
14 21:01
15 20:45
16 20:03
18 20:03
19 19:51
20 21:30
21 21:02
22 21:26
23 20:58
24 19:55
25 20:20
26 21:32
27 DNF
28 20:33
29 20:12
30 20:20
31 21:32
32 21:32
33 20:22
34 20:04
35 20:08
36 21:28
37 20:16
38 20:52
39 09:46
40 DNS
41 19:58
42 21:10
43 21:28
44 21:26
45 20:10
46 20:33
47 21:39
48 21:39
49 20:45
50 20:04
51 21:03
52 20:20
53 DNS
54 19:40
55 20:26
56 21:32
57 19:58
58 DNF
59 20:42
60 21:04
61 20:59
62 21:08
63 20:24
64 DNS
65 21:34
66 21:28
67 21:03
68 21:10
69 21:12
70 20:57
71 20:38
72 21:08
73 21:37
74 DNS
75 20:26

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
Inner tubes
Tyre levers
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

Feed Station
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.

It’s not long now until Yorkshire True Grit Dark Skies 2019. Once again this event forms part of the North York Moors National Park, and Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Dark Skies Festival.

This year we have extended the entries from 50 to 100 – and we’re looking forward to seeing some new faces along on the event. If you’ve not been before, you’ll notice it’s pretty low-key – though this year we are being joined by Rosa and The Rolling Scone van and she’ll be there for you to purchase coffee / tea / hot chocolate from, pre-ride. Aside from that, there’s not much else at the Event HQ – some loos, our marquee and a field to park in.

The Event HQ will be open from 11am – this gives us and you plenty of time to get your kit checked (mandatory) and get your event number on your bike and signed in. You must have all the kit – no kit = no ride. We really can’t emphasise that enough. It is for your safety that you have to carry the kit, so please think about what you need well before you arrive, and try carrying it on your bike! The Kit List is on the website in the Dark Skies Event information.

We’re adding in some products into our Grit Shop too that might make carrying all that kit easier.

There are some places left for Dark Skies – so if you’re thinking that 50 miles of adventure will really spice up February then get your entry in!

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