Yorkshire True Grit - the off-road cycling festival set amid the stunning landscape of North Yorkshire - hits new trails for 2019, with a new event HQ. The event is heading east, with a new location in the "quintessentially Yorkshire" village of Hutton le Hole, north of Kirkbymoorside.
This year's Yorkshire True Grit takes place over the weekend of 21-23 June - and the move means that, after two years at High Paradise Farm in Boltby, all the routes will be completely new.
The event is based on the popular US gravel grinder format - but with a Yorkshire twist. The Saturday sees riders choose from two courses, the Outlaw (60 miles) and the Drive (40 miles). After a night of music and partying and music at event HQ, it's time for Sunday's ride - the Stampede - at a slightly gentler 20 miles to bring the weekend to a perfect finish.
Launching this year's edition, event director Andy Wright said:
"We are keen to keep the event fresh and showcase another part of the extensive North York Moors and its fantastic tracks and trails. As usual talks are taking place with landowners, the National Parks Authority and The Forestry Commission to obtain access to parts of the moors that are normally out of bounds, providing riders with an altogether unique event. Last year's event sold out with 350 riders taking part over the weekend.
"We're really excited to be able to use Hutton Le Hole as the Event HQ - it opens up a world of amazing gravel trails in forests and on the North York Moors and we're keen to share these with our riders.
"The HQ itself is at the top of the hill into the village, at Westfield Farm, so those thinking that they'll finally get a descent finish at Yorkshire True Grit will be disappointed - but the start will be amazing. Anyone camping will be treated to a magnificent vista from their tent too."
The event will run for three days from Friday 21st June through to Sunday 23rd June - with camping, catering, bar and a band on site. "We love chatting with the riders over a beer before and after the ride," said Andrew. "Yorkshire True Grit is more than just a ride, it's a time to share tales and stories too, and we love being part of that!"
An array of cycling brands have come onboard for 2019, with Marin Bikes, Stans No Tubes, Goodyear Tyres and 76 Projects joining existing sponsors Aussie Grit Apparel, Fenwicks Bike and Bikewright.com.
The Outlaw and The Drive (60m and 40m respectively) will take place on Saturday 22nd June, and The Stampede (20m) on Sunday 23rd June.
As always, Yorkshire True Grit welcomes all types of bikes: gravel, mountain, singlespeed, fat and electric bikes.
Entries for the event are now open at www.yorkshiretruegrit.co.uk.