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! 😉

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.

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