Ardrockenduro at Swaledale June 29/30th
I’ve signed up with a few mates too, should be great craic. I’ve heard great things about the cake…
Has anyone here much experience of the track? My better half is considering entering but is a bit wary that she won’t be able to ride it! She’s ridden a fair bit in the Peaks and has done a lot of trail centre-y stuff (Cannock, Afan, Cwmcarn etc).
How does it compare to those tracks?Posted 4 years agoDalesbikecentreMember
Hey Up Folks, sorry it’s taken a while for anyone from the event to respond to to this thread. We’ll take up the mantle and try to answer some of your questions:-)
daveg2 – The route is 40km with around 1200mtrs of ascent, good news is that there’s as much downhill. The decents are giving a bit of allsorts, tricky in places some uber steep sections some fast rolling stuff too. In between the timed sections there’s plenty of proper Dales riding.
Entry is closed now folks, we’re gobsmacked at the support this event has gained in such a short time. We’re dead excited….
Don’t worry about cake supplies, we’re on the case already!
If you’re camping just turn up and you’ll be directed to a pitch/area. Camping is in the field adjacent to the Bike Centre, the entrance will be signed on the roadside.
We’ll be doing a campers breakfast at the cafe from 8am Saturday and Sunday for those interested – Porridge, croissants or toast & fruit, tea & coffee on the go too.
Marshalls, we’d really appreciate some assistance if anyone is keen to have a day out watching the fun and help the event run smoothly. Can’t offer any brass but we can make sure you are fed well and drop you a few goodies. Drop Joe an email if you’d like to help out – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope that helps. I’ll try to keep an eye on the forum to answer any more questions.
Look forward to seeing everyone at the weekend.
StuPosted 4 years ago
Dales Bike Centre
Well we’re back from the Enduro and we know we’ve had a tough ride out! Legs don’t want to move right now.
We got up there on Friday, set up camp, cooked the tea, a bit of music a few beers and a play about on the bikes….a very chilled out evening.
Saturday we decided to pre-ride the course at a leisurely pace and set off up, and up and up the first road climb onto the moors. Not an easy way to start! As soon as we got to the start of stage one the climbing seemed to be a thing of the past and off we went at a pace down the descent and across the moor. Massive grins on our faces when we got to the end of stage one. The transition from stage one to stage two was a right b**tard of a climb with many opting to push. A couple of hill climbing warriors were making it the whole way and respect to them, as this was no ordinary climb!! Stage two was a technical rocky section where you had to keep on your guard at all times, with a long ride out to the ends markers. Again big smiles all the way despite one of our gang going over the bars in one of the rocky gulleys.
Setting off for stage three through the transition one of our crew had a massive off as we fired down a grassy banking into a small rocky gulley. We got him down to an access road and took care of him best we could. Thanks to all who stopped and offered assistance, especially Chip for his help. Two of our guys set off to get the 4×4 so we could get him to hospital, as we didn’t have many options! He is ok, but suffered a broken collar bone, damaged ribs(don’t know the extent yet) and a few cuts and lacerations to his legs. His helmet took a right battering, so a lesson to us all to continue to wear them at all times!
Once on his way to hospital a couple of decided to ride straight onto stage four, missing out section three. What a drag up to section four!! It almost broke me! Don’t want to talk too much about it….. it was in my opinion nasty but necessary. Anyhow, the final moorland crossing to stage four seemed to pick me up a bit and it became really enjoyable. Stage four itself was a grassy descent with a few wall crossings, pretty quick to ride.
Then a short ride back to camp. Quick change and straight to the BBQ for a tasty burger and some salad. A few walks around the trade stands and back to the tent for a few beers and a talk about how the day went.
Sunday went pretty much as Saturday without the drama, except for that north yorks wind!!! Never experienced a wind like that. The drag up to stage three was horrendous and when we finally got to the start of stage three the wind was that strong that bikes were floating in the air with the riders holding the handlebars??? I didn’t seem logical but did happen? This was our first look at stage three, which turned out to be a good section, except for my son puncturing and having to descend rather slowly to the ends markers..less than happy:) fixed the puncture and went onto stage four.
Any how, we enjoyed the experience, we will be back next year all being well.
It was well organised, with good staff and a good timing system. A really relaxed atmosphere!
My only comment would be regarding the number of stages. Anyone who punctured in a section were not able to make their time up and I was thinking it maybe better having five stages with the best four counting??Posted 4 years ago
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