Fancy using your gravel bike to do something a little different? How about chasing the ‘enduro’ zeitgeist around 100km of Yorkshire’s finest gravel roads? The concept isn’t completely new – we’ve reported on the US based Grinduro, and their attempts to bring the format to the UK. Credit goes to the organisers of the AGGREGATE100, for negotiating the use of rarer-than-in-the-US gravel trails and pulling together a great looking event. It takes place over a full weekend in August, with the race proper being held on the Sunday.
UK-based bike brand, Kinesis Bikes UK are headline sponsors. Here’s their take on the event, and how to enter:
Back in 2013 when we introduced the Kinesis ATR Tripster we couldn’t have predicted the gnarmac craze that has been sweeping the country. Now in 2016 we present the race which the Kinesis ATR Tripster inspired – AGGREGATE100 a mix between American gravel racing and MTB Enduro.
The inaugural race is being held at The New Inn, Cropton, home of The Great Yorkshire Brewery on the North York Moors on the weekend of the 6th and 7th August 2016.
Saturday is a chance to meet and eye up your fellow competitors with The Dog Show, don’t worry it doesn’t involve any dogs at all! We’ve all been to fancy bike shows but this time it’s your chance to let your bike shine by entering our mutt show for bikes. Will you be winning a rosette for “Glossiest Coat” or “Most Appealing Smile” (That’s bike built up from a stock frame and complete bike, just in case you were guessing).
The bar is open in the camping field with beers inspired by the Kinesis UK range of bikes and entertainment and street food, just don’t party too hard before Sunday’s race.
Sunday is all about the race. AGGREGATE100 is open to solo riders or pairs. The scoring is taken from the aggregate time across all four race sections. Each segment is different with various aggregate surfaces (obviously, see what we did there) including the ancient route Rudland Rigg high up on the moor before winding down the cinder track of the old railway then into Cropton Forest.
Two feed stations on route, but expect more than just Clifbar, we’ll have the Sheriff on hand to stop the ruffians!
And no, you don’t have to ride a Kinesis, you don’t even need a gravel bike but we hear all the cool kids do!
www.aggregate100k.uk for full details.
All photos: Jo Allen