A 42 Mile MTB Challenge
Can your legs take the on the challenge that this mega loop from Ingram presents? Set in the heart of the Breamish Valley we’ve set out a route that is wild and rugged and a different proposition to the Clennell Colossus. Here you will start off with gentle climbs and a few fasts descents before getting down to business. Gruellingly sharp climbs will have you wondering if you can get up them without stopping; what will give up first, your legs or your traction? Off-piste riding will have you battling through rough grass that can sap your legs. Fast downhills are to be handled with care. It’s a low key and friendly event with free camping and a stonkingly tough bit of riding.
Here’s a warning up front: this ride is HARD! It’s not the distance that does it, it’s the terrain. Less than 50% of the 2015 and 2016 riders completed the full route and that was with perfect conditions. Make sure you’re up for the challenge before committing to taking it on. Don’t worry, it isn’t all pain and no gain. The original Breamish Behemoth route we had planned was like some kind of torture ride so we have factored in some rest sections where your legs can have a little recuperation before getting back down to business. Popular mtb blogger The Indian Fire Trail noted the Behemoth as one of the best one day mtb events in the UK – read the full blog here. You have a meaty climb just after stopping near Barrowburn so it’s well worth taking your time to gather your thoughts before hitting the high fells.
Another joyous point of note with this event is that there are some significantly long down hill sections and during out trial run we frequently topped 40mph and that should give you an idea of how quick you can go. Not only that but there are one or two places which are a bit more technical and require some skill and thought. This ride is committing and you’ll be open to the wild elements of Northumberland whilst visiting some of the really remote landscape. We spotted some incredibly rare wildlife and in particular if you’re a bird fan you should keep your eyes open.
As usual these events can only take place with the help of all the people effected. It takes an incredible amount of effort to organise an event on this scale and even though the distance is less than the Colossus event, the overall land this event spans is greater because it is one big loop. As such we are dependant upon many land owners, farmers, shooting clubs, private companies, Forestry Commission, The National Park and local community groups to make it happen. Everyone has been incredibly helpful and welcoming and we are confident you will be pleased with what we have put together.
Starting and finishing at Ingram Village Hall there will be food and drinks available to buy as well as overnight camping on the field adjacent. For those of you that have been to the Ingram show we will be using the same field. The start goes from here and you’re out into another High Fell Events adventure. On the night before the ride we are looking to get some music going and involve the local community and all are welcome to come along.
What is the big idea with this event? This is a challenge event and not competitive. You ride at your own pace and the idea is to complete and not compete. We’re looking to get as many people out and about in this amazing environment. The Cheviots are big hills and a mountain bikers dream. The local bikers know this to be true and we’re looking to bring this adventurous open landscape to as many people as possible. 40 miles over this terrain will be a test, have no doubts about it, but this is a distance we think is accessible by most people when combined with the terrain on offer.
|Info pack||Sent out 1 week prior|
|Registration times||6am til 8am|
|Off road||97% off road / 3% on road|
|Course records (long)||NA|
|Parking||Loads of free parking. Same field as the free camping.|
|Prizes||Everyone gets a buff and finishers badge.|
Entries open NOW! £25. For terms and regulations regarding the event please click here. Just to be clear, NO transfers, deferrals or refunds available.
Cut offs may be made on the day depending on weather and available light. The ride starts early to give everyone the best possible chance of completing the route. Take as long as you like. The only reason we’ll pull you out is on medical grounds.
The route will be fully marked. Marshals will line the way. GPS files of the exact route will be sent out with the info pack.
There will be multiple checkpoints along the way. Here you will find water and food to keep you going.
If you have any medical conditions you must tell us in advance of the ride. A professional medical team will be on site to deal with major incidents. First aiders can also be found around the course. Each rider will be given essential safety info to take round with them that has key details on it. Mountain Rescue are informed of the event. The nearest hospital is Cramlington Accident and Emergency Hospital.
Mandatory Kit List
This is the Cheviots and although you do get still, sunny winter days you need to be experienced in and prepared for bad conditions. In October this can mean high winds, hail stone and cold temperatures. The ride won’t be called off due to bad weather (lightning apart) so you’ll just have to deal with it. Here’s your list:
- Enough fluid for 2 hours of riding
- Emergency whistle
- Waterproof/Windproof jacket/gillet (can be one jacket)
- Hat and gloves
- Leg cover either in the form of running tights or waterproof covers.
- Emergency survival bag – the plastic kind are just find and cheap as chips.
- Food of your choice.
- Mobile phone. It will only work when high up but it can be a vital lifeline in an emergency.
- OS Map OL16 1:25,000
- Helmet and lights
This kit will be checked before the run starts as no chances will be taken out on the hill.
Maps of the route can be seen here.
Got something on your mind? We might be able to help you here:
Do I need to register in advance?
Yes. All participants must enter in advance using the online booking. For registration info please see above.
Will we receive a map of the route?
You will be sent the map as part of the information pack around 1 week prior to the event. There will be a map of the route on display in the registration area. The route will be well marked but in the event of any issue refer to your map. The route is well sign posted with marshals at key points. A gps file will also be made available in the info pack.
Are there Age Limits for Participants?
Yes. All runners must be 18 or over.
Should I bring my family?
Why not. There is free camping on offer for as many people as you care to bring. They can walk around Ingram or sit in the cafe in the event of bad weather. If people want to see you on the course then they can drive round to the Coquet valley and you passing there.
Can I bring my dog?
You can bring your bog to the event but not out onto the hills. This land is cultivated for game birds and as such the land owners request that dogs do not go out with riders on the event. 42 miles for any bog might be a bit of a challenge!
What bike should I bring?
Any off road bike will get round including mtb, fat bikes, cyclocross etc. It’s been said the ideal candidate would be a short travel full sus bike.
Can we stay the night before?
There’s free camping on offer but please let us know if you’re taking this up. There are also a number of local B&B’s, particularly in Rothbury and Wooler.
Do I need a support team?
No. We will man the event and make sure you get round OK. You will need to bring essentials such as a kit list/compulsory items mentioned above.
What happens if I drop out?
We encourage anyone to try as hard as they can but there is no point in going beyond your limits. Injury, fitness or even a family emergency may mean you have to leave the event. If this happens on the course please go to the nearest checkpoint and let them know you are dropping out. If you only go to one checkpoint please try and make it the registration area as this is the final count of who has finished and left the area. If you don’t then we’ll presume you are missing and go on a man hunt! Always sign out of the event.