Another Coast to Coast? Yes……… and No. While the Frontier 300 does stretch from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, the challenge is more about what lies between those shorelines. The route doesn’t link together iconic roads or tourist honeypots, but journeys through the heart of the old Border Marches, to reach the Salsa beach welcome – food, fire and frontier hospitality.
Frontier 300: A Coast to Coast Gravel Ride
* 300KM * 50:50 Gravel/Tarmac Split * 4,600M Elevation Gain *
The Salsa Frontier 300 is not a race but an epic, supported ride from the west coast of Scotland to the east coast of England. Your aim is to get to our Salsa Beach Party – Frontier style!
The start window is between 4:15am and 4:45am from Rockcliffe, we will light the fire early evening and our caterers will serve evening meals from 7pm. There will be camping and showers at the finish and you will be able to send a limited amount of luggage ahead for your camp.
Riders have the option of doing the event solo or as a pair. Paired riders will have designated ‘hand over’ points along the route where one rider can pass the timing baton to the other.
Each rider will be given a route booklet with event information as well as maps of the route. All forest sectors will be signed with course marking arrows and tape, linking road sections will be clearly marked in the route booklet and via the event gpx files.
Whilst we expect riders to aim to finish late Saturday/early Sunday we appreciate that unforeseen circumstances may prevent this. Our final Feed Station at around 230km will have facilities to allow riders to get a few hours rest. For rider safety you will not be allowed to leave there between 10:30 and 04:00.
Our closing event will be the Salsa Brunch on the Beach (food/drinks included in the entry) from 10:30-12:00 on the Sunday morning. This will be a chance for all riders to come together, share finishing stories, epic moments and celebrate their achievements.
The Salsa Frontier 300 is a well balanced mix of good forest access tracks and minor roads. The forest sectors tend to be fairly fast with wide hard pack surfaces, though the route does climb to over 500m, with one hike a bike section, most of the climbing is relatively steady.
Quiet roads and established cycle routes are a good chance to get a breather and pick up some speed.
A Gravel bike with a good range of gears and disc brakes is the ideal machine for this route. We recommend 38mm or above tyres to give that extra comfort, though a good ‘cross’ tyre would suffice. MTB style clipless pedals and shoes are a must (definitely not road shoes and pedals!) as the section of hike a bike is short but quite steep – it is worth it for the view and the amazing descent!
Start – Registration will be at Colvend Village Hall, where there will be toilets, limited parking and indoor space to re-assemble bikes if required. There is a range of accommodation available locally for Friday night. Further details can be found in the Logistics section, with camping within 1Km from the start.
Finish – The finish at Druridge Bay will have camping, toilets and shower facilities (all included in entry), along with various catering options to buy. This will be available to supporters too (Friends and Family entry) and there is plenty of parking, and hard standing for vans/campers. If you prefer not to camp, there are accommodation options nearby.
We hope everyone will be able to stay and celebrate their achievement at the Brunch on the Beach from 10.30am on Sunday – included.