A couple of weeks back I spent three days at Ard Rock Enduro 2023 in the Yorkshire Dales here in the UK. It was three days on the hillside taking photographs.
For those who don’t know the Ard Rock is the UK’s leading MTB event. The event includes world class riding, the UK’s biggest outdoor mountain bike expo, factory support, onsite camping, pump track, airbag, demo loops, kids skills track, street food, music and more.
The event starts at Grasmere and takes in the climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose and Blea Tarn passes, the very top riders complete the route in just under six hours.
This is a very tough route and going on rider feedback the hardest one day ride in the UK, the event includes all the Lakeland passes and the 30% gradient of hardknott comes at 94 miles.
I lugged myself and camera gear to the top of Wrynose Pass and took photographs of the event. They can be found on Roots and Rain here.
Informal races on the Russell Fork were happening in the early 90’s with Joe Greiner, Brent Austin, Chris Hipgrave, Mike Clark, and a few others. In 1995, it became a timed event. Check out Dane Jackson’s run.
Unfortunately the Tyne Tour for 2020 didn’t happen last weekend due to the restictiction currently in place in England for Covid-19. The decision not to run the event was definitely the right one. I for one definitely missed seeing the action unfold from Rescue Rock on the North Tyne. For all those that also missed not being in the Tyne Valley last weekend here is a post with some images from the last few years.