Kicking off this year's Cycling Weekly/MBR Adventure Cross season, the Moors and Shores is a real mixture of terrain. From gravel forest roads to exposed moorland and rutted narrow lanes this route offers plenty of contrast in a constantly changing landscape.
The routes cover a wide variety of terrain but nothing too technical for those not used to riding off-road and the landscapes are spectacular. There is enough climbing to satisfy without making it feel too tough. A great event to start the year.
Yorkshire is the largest county in England, if you combine North Yorkshire, East Riding and West Riding, covering some 6000 square miles. Its size means that it has diverse countryside; forests and moors, stunning coastline and its fair share of steep hills. The Moors and Shores route, as the name suggests, gives riders a little taste of everything.
This year we have not been granted permission to use the Cinder Track on the M&S Massif (Long) Route. Whilst it initially may seem very odd that a cycling event can be refused permission to use National Cycle Route 1 we do appreciate that there are a couple of known factors at play including a (by-passable) section of the route that has had a landslip and local sensitivities in Robin Hood’s Bay.
So embracing the need for change we have taken this opportunity to modify both the Massif and the Mini Massif routes and to increase the amount of off-road riding and decrease the tarmac.
The NEW 92km / 57 ½ miles long Massif route has 14 off-road sectors totalling 72kms (78%) of the route’s total distance and the NEW 74km / 46 miles long Mini Massif route has 12 off-road sectors totalling 62kms (62%) of the route’s total distance.
There’s a new loop around Jerry Noddle in Dalby near the start, which has fantastic great open views over to the Langdale Forest. Moors & Shores regulars will be delighted to hear that we’ve removed the slog around Dalby towards the end of the Mini Massif route and we’ve shortened said slog for those on the Massif route.
Reflecting the popularity of all things gravel in cycling we’ve added in even more miles of gravelly goodness. Firm & dusty when dry but like riding through toothpaste when wet. Let’s hope we get a dry Spring!
We’ve added in a new forest on the Massif route but we’ve lost our “Shores” section. However, to quote Basil Fawlty “You can see the sea! It’s over there between the land and the sky”. It’s just that the coast is a little further away now.
So, we hope you enjoy the tweaked routes as much as we’ve enjoyed exploring and making the changes.
PLEASE NOTE: Adventure Cross events are not open to riders under the age of 16 years. Riders aged 16 to 18 years are permitted to ride the short route (Mini Massif) but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Terms and Conditions apply.
Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride and make them available via resultsbase.net.
SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit www.sportivephoto.com once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!
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Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.