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!