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This is a new series of monthly Day Bike Ride Events most of which are of 45 km /55 km distance (each loop has a shorter option) departing different locations in Northumberland on the third Sunday of most months. Each route will be as much off-road as possible with some sections of minor road.

Who is Cycling Tynedale?

The new name for Tyne Valley MTB Cycling which was established in 2009.

What is the Cycling Tynedale series of Gravel Bike / easy MTB / ebike events?

This is a new series of monthly Day Bike Ride Events most of which are of 45 km /55 km distance (each loop has a shorter option) departing different locations in Northumberland on the third Sunday of most months. Each route will be as much off-road as possible with some sections of minor road.

What are the reasons behind the Cycling Tynedale series of Gravel Bike / easy MTB / ebike events?

To meet pent-up demand for quality off road cycle routes and events after Covid 19 lock-down To share quality gravel bike / easy MTB routes / ebike routes in Northumberland and south of the Tyne To raise funds for unfunded Cycle Route projects and facilities and Great North Air Ambulance.

Where are the ride locations?

Whitley Chapel / Prudhoe / Morpeth / Bellingham / Belsay / Rothbury / Hexham / Druridge Bay / Wooler / / Alnwick / Tyne Valley / Berwick upon Tweed / Hadrian’s Wall / Falstone (not in order).

How will each event be organised?

Covid 19 regulations will apply and must be followed or riders will be asked to leave the Event

- see www.cyclinguk.org/news/coronavirus-guidance-cycling-uk-groups

Riders are expected to be self-sufficient in every respect and will self-navigate each predetermined route. There won’t be marshals along the route but a sprinkling of volunteers will also be riding each route and be available to help with directions. Each route will only be exceptionally waymarked at single points if deemed appropriate.

You should…

- Determine in advance of leaving home which parking areas are available - please car share when possible

- Sign in on arrival – follow all directions from appointed marshals

- Be ready to set off cycling about 15 minutes in advance of the departure time allocated to you

- Set off on the route AFTER a route briefing

- Return to start and sign out or phone number provided to advise you are safe if not returning to the start - Carry own food and drink or buy en route (if an option)

Navigation – the route gpx will be emailed to each registered rider 3 days in advance of the date and / or a route map IF requested in advance by email to the organisers.

Who is a typical rider?

- You should be reasonably fit and capable of cycling on a variety of terrain

- You should have a good understanding of road safety as well as what to carry with you and what to wear

- Your gravel bike, mountain bike or ebike must be suitable for the route and in good condition - You will be good at self-navigation OR pre-book to join a led group (extra £5 donation if in a led group)

- You will be a friendly sociable sort of person with an appreciation of the new Country Code and Highway Code

- You will make every effort to respect rural life, farming and forestry practice and people’s property

- You will stop to help any fellow rider who needs assistance

- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

- Unaccompanied 16 and 17 years old must bring written permission to ride from a parent or guardian.

What will a typical route look like?

Each route will be safety-audited and take riders to corners of the region many will not know using a mix of existing and permissive tracks and trails. These lead to all sorts of tucked-away nooks and crannies in rural Northumberland and parts of County Durham you will love discovering.

- Each route will be different – some are close to civilisation but some will take you into remote areas

- The main routes vary between 40 km and 55 km but a shorter version is an option in most cases

- Most of the routes use rideable surfaces but some sections may be a tad muddy after rain or best walked

- Most (but not all) of the routes have significant ascents and descents

- Most of the routes pass the occasional tearoom, pub or useful shop but not all do!

Who has designed the routes?

The Routes: Ted Liddle has designed all the routes which are guaranteed to provide high quality cycling. Ted is the North of England’s own specialist cycling route meister, cycle route creator, guidebook author and cycle route map compiler with in-depth knowledge of the region’s access network.

Support

Each Event will be supported voluntarily by members of Cycling Tynedale plus other volunteers.

Payment to ride each event or receive each route gpx

Donation of £22 pp including parking where applicable booked and paid via Eventbrite. This is a most enjoyable way as a cyclist YOU can contribute to creating new regional recreational cycle routes and facilities.

What does this cover?

Your donation; share of village hall hire; admin costs; loos where applicable; tea & coffee pre & post ride if available; parking. There is no personal financial gain for any of the organisers. Being a donation: no refunds.

How will the funds raised be spent?

After Event costs have been met, the large remainder will be invested in developing and supporting new recreational cycle routes and facilities across the region to benefit a wide spectrum of cyclists. This will be done in conjunction with a fully transparent and accountable section of Cycling Tynedale set up in 2010 for such a purpose. A donation per Event will be made to GNAA at this point.

How do I sign up?

Register for each Day Bike Ride Event via Eventbrite

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shire-shuffle-allendale-chimneys-a-44km-off-road-ride-registration-153011709141

The organisers will send you further information by email about the Event as well as the route gpx 3 days before the ride. Your email address will NOT be passed to any other person or body.

Are there other aspects of the event it would be good to know about?

Subject to numbers and availability, Watbus will provide pre-booked bike taxi transport to / from each.

Event location from a Tyneside pick-up - enquire via https://www.watbus.org.uk/contact/

Cycling Tynedale will oversee all aspects of administration and be the main point of contact during each event.

The organisers will provide emergency rescue during each event if genuinely necessary.

Northern Heritage will have cycle route maps and guides for sale.

Each Event venue will have access to toilets with hot drinks available (included or to buy as advised).

3 volunteer club members are willing to provide pre-booked route navigation (max 10 riders per group) - £5 pp additional cost paid on the day.

Personal responsibility: Once again we stress riders must be self-sufficient in all ways and understand they participate at their own risk.

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First 3 Day Bike Ride Events

1. 30.05.21

Shire Shuffle & Allendale Chimneys: Whitley Chapel 44 km / 34 miles (shortcut option)

Gravel Bike Series: Shire Shuffle & Allendale Chimneys

START: Whitley Chapel Village Hall [What 3 words: crossings / battling / wardrobe]

Route is good for gravel bikes (challenging) / MTB / suitable ebikes

OPEN FOR BOOKINGS - see www.cyclingtynedale.uk for more info and how to book a place

2. 27.06.21

Rothbury Round: Rothbury 40 km / 25 miles for gravel bikes (challenging) / MTB / suitable ebikes

Gravel Bike Series: Rothbury Round

3. 25.07.21.

Alnwick Classic: Alnwick 46 km / 29 miles gravel bikes (quite challenging) / MTB / suitable ebikes

Gravel Bike Series: Alnwick Castle

IMPORTANT: Covid 19 factors MAY cause Events to be cancelled at short notice

A map of the North East of England, pinpointing the various locations where the Gravel Bike events will be held.