Ever wondered about that dark place just over the hills where you're told not to go? It's the Otterburn ranges and now you have your chance to ride it; up and over one of Northumberland’s only Alpine style passes – and be timed doing it. One off permission has been given by the Ministry of Defence to include a cross ranges ride that also cuts above Elsdon, Hepple, Rothbury and Holystone. A fully supported ride with a t-shirt at the end and a real chance to get out into some of the most remote parts of the county. Starting and finishing at Rose & Thistle Pub, Alwinton, you can even stay the night before with some free camping, bunk rooms or in a hotel room.
65 Mile ride with 6000ft of climbing.
Timed section on one of Northumberland’s few Alpine-style passes.
Fully supported ride into the most remote areas of the county.
Accommodation – where can I stay?
The event is held at Clennell Hall Country House which is a lovely hotel just outside Alwinton. For the hardy there is free camping on offer and that includes any friends and family you want to bring along. For those who like a bit more comfort there are the bunk rooms and hotel rooms. Contact Clennell Hall on 01669 650377 to make a booking.
Do I need to register in advance?
Yes. All participants must enter in advance using our online booking. For registration info please see above.
Will we receive a map of the route?
You will be sent the map as part of the information pack around 1 week prior to the event. There will be a map of the route on display in the registration area. The route will be well marked out so there is no need to carry a map.
Are there age limits for Participants?
Yes. All riders must be 18 or over.
Do I need to be a pro?
As will every event we host we’ll try and make it as fun and open as possible. If it’s your first time then we’ll be gentle, if you’re a regular then you’ll fit straight in. Whatever your level, make sure you have a sense of humour.
What about vehicles?
Please don't take any support vehicles out onto the course. In particular, the ranges section will be closed to the public. If you have friends and family then they can meet up with you at any of the checkpoints such as Tomlinsons cafe in Rothbury.
What’s happening about timing?
Your time will be recorded and displayed in alphabetical order after the event. The hill climb
Anything suitable for road action such as tourers, cyclocross, hybrids, road bike etc. You might want to avoid it if you're riding a fat bike.
Any food on route?
Yes. Each checkpoint will have some goodies for you to munch on and some fluids to get down your neck. We try and cater for allergies so just ask I f you're not sure. One checkpoint will be at Rothbury cafe and we'd prefer you to buy food and drinks here to help support the local economy although we will supply water.
Do I need a support team?
No. We'll look after you with a support team and event vehicles.
What happens if I drop out?
We encourage anyone to try as hard as they can but there is no point in going beyond your limits. Injury, fitness or even a family emergency may mean you have to leave the event. If this happens on the course please go to the nearest checkpoint and let them know you are dropping out. If you only go to one checkpoint please try and make it the registration area as this is the final count of who has finished and left the area. If you don’t then we’ll presume you are missing and go on a man hunt!
If you have any medical conditions you must tell us in advance of the run. A professional medical team will be on site to deal with major incidents. First aiders can also be found around the course. Each participant will be given essential safety info to take round with them that has key details on it. Emergency services are informed of the event. The nearest hospital is Cramlington Accident and Emergency Hospital.