Bank Holiday weekend, the perfect time to avoid the crowds and go cycling hobo with some wild camping. Add in some remote riding on gravel tracks of the North Yorkshire Moors, brilliant idea from the #TheRacingCollective
A big weekends riding started with a ride up country to the Thirsk area, ironic as that’s where my LEL ended prematurely. Superb night spent at the Paradise farm with friends Katherine Bikes and Jon and Mostyn joined to make four for the ride over the moors to Robins Hood Bay.
A demanding yet brilliant days gravel riding led to a bivy by the coast before a solo breakfast run to Scarborough and a long windy ride home. Just under 500 miles in total on the loaded Tripster with G-one tyres; the story in pictures.
It wouldn’t be a racing Collective event without some segments. I was determined not to get involved as this can ruin the social side of rides as slower riders push themselves harder than is comfortable rather than concentrating on making the distance. That all seemed to go wrong after a steady first section though. Not a ride to under estimate. Kat and Jon stopped at the CP4 pub at dusk when we couldn’t get food and time was running out, just the two of us soldiered on to find Robins Hood bay locked down tight at the end.
Check out Katherine’s great account of the ride here Katherine Bikes, and follow her account she writes some great stuff exploring all the great opportunities that cycling brings to us.
The final segment in darkness and the finish at 11pm made this an epic day out, just topping 100 miles in total from the start campsite. Packing a brew kit and the down jacket meant for a comfortable midnight cuppa and some cous-cous to save the day. Packing smart wins over packing light in my book any day.
If you have a gravel bike and a sense of adventure you should definitely ride the North York Moors. In fact put Pubduro on Aug Bank Hol in your diary for next year and see you then. (earlier start promised for a more relaxed finish)