Hit The North Returns Again. Again.

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The Singletrack Forum’s favourite event ever* is to return this May. Run by 24 hour racing legend and Guy Martin’s World Record-setting tandem partner Jason Miles, the event will once more return to Prestwich in Northern Manchester for its irreverent take on bike racing. With a two hour time limit to do multiple laps, the event promises to be equally unsuitable for ‘cross bikes, fat bikes, downhill bikes and trail bikes, so bring whatever you want as it’ll be the wrong bike.

Last year's sunny start
Last year’s sunny start. (Chipps was still parking his car…)

(* It might not be, but you’d think so given the noise everyone makes about it. That and the Big Bike Bash…)

As Jason says” It’s back! As irregular as ever. At least we’re on consecutive years now. Two hours around and around a fun lap on any bike you want. Just a half-brick’s throw from the centre of Manchester. Don’t mess about – get your entry in fast because everyone goes mad for this race. Prizes will be as amazing as ever, so will the weather.”

The date?
19th May, 2018.

The Place?
Philips Park, Whitefield, Manchester.

Entries at?
http://www.hitthenorth.net/

And if you want to see what you’re in for, have a look here:
https://singletrackworld.com/2017/03/2-hours-of-power-hit-the-north-5/

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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