Online entry is available through Eventbrite by clicking on the links below. Please note there will be an online fee charge.
Route maps will be issued to riders on the day at the check-in desk. If you wish to view maps prior to the cycle ride date(s) please contact [email protected] or telephone 01325 406417.
The first of the four tourist trials has developed into one of the most popular rides in the series. It is a great opportunity to begin the preparation for the longer rides to come later.
The 70 is now established and follows the route created by members of Darlington Cycling Club. The ride covers some of County Durham’s most scenic areas. Check in point is at Barnard Castle.
Ideal preparation for anyone thinking of tackling The Hell of the North in September, The Castles Ride is extremely challenging in its own right and includes some tough climbing over Redmire and Harkerside Moors. The ride as its name suggests, is linked by local castles along the route and has a check in point at Leyburn.
Advanced entry fees (first three rides) - £8 with T-shirt, £6 standard entry
On the day entry fee (first three rides) - £10 with T-shirt, £7 standard entry
Still the most popular ride of the series, The Hell of the North is a tough test for experienced cyclists only. This extremely testing ride goes through some of the region’s most spectacular scenery. Check in point at Kirkby Stephen then make your way back through Brough towards Middleton in Teesdale and back to Darlington.
Advanced entry fee (Hell of The North) - £10 with T-shirt, £7 standard entry
On the day entry fee (Hell of The North) - £12 with T-shirt, £8 standard entry
Registration Venue for all four rides: The Dolphin Centre – Times: 8.00am - 9.30am
Route Details: The routes [pdfs] above may change slightly on the day due to road closures/roadworks. You will receive up-to-date route information on the day from the registration desk in the Dolphin Centre
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I enter one of the rides?
You can download an entry form [pdf] and then send the completed form to The Dolphin Centre or you can simply come along on the day and register. Alternatively, you can register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk and type in Darlington Cycle Rides [links as above].
2. Do I have to belong to a Cycling Club to take part?
No you don’t; however, there are some good clubs in the area and details of some of them can be found at www.britishcycling.org.uk.
3. Can I cycle solo?
There is nothing to stop anyone from cycling on their own. However, due to the fact that all of the rides go out onto many quiet country roads we strongly recommend that in the interests of safety, everyone rides with a partner. You can also share the workload on some of the more challenging sections!
4. Is there an age limit on the rides?
There is an age limit, the rides are challenging and are not suitable for younger participants and we do stipulate that anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who must sign the entry form for the junior participant. Please Note: No under 17’s can participate in the Castles Ride or The Hell of the North.
5. Are the routes signposted?
They are not signposted, as the rides are over such long distances. Every entrant will receive full route instructions and a supporting map. There is also an emergency telephone number to call in the unlikely event you get lost. The best way to take part is cycle in a group, which is more enjoyable and safer.
6. What happens if I am unable to complete the ride?
We do have cyclists who either for physical or mechanical reasons cannot finish the ride. There is an emergency telephone number you can call and we have a support vehicle that can collect both you and your cycle if necessary. We do not offer mechanical assistance and would always advise carrying some spares. The service may be needed in emergency so if you are able to telephone a friend or relative to collect you, this would be preferable but not essential.
7. Do I have to complete the ride within the allotted time?
We do give a time frame in which to complete the ride but it is very much based on gentle paced cycling rather than riding quickly. We actually discourage people to race and prefer people to ride at a leisurely pace and take a breather en-route. There is also a compulsory check-in point on 3 of the 4 rides to discourage speeding.
8. Can I take part on a mountain bike?
You can but we wouldn’t recommend it. There are no off road sections and as such a road bike is much more preferable and easier to ride.
9. Are there places to stop and eat en-route?
There are and we do have a compulsory check in on 3 of the rides and they are in places where there is food and drink nearby. There is also nothing to stop you from stopping off on the way to have a snack or stock up with provisions!