Kielder Chiller 24

Kielder Chiller 24 Hour MTB Race

11/12th Feb 2017.  Entries Open NOW!
teamcyclesCold.  Wet.  Dark.  There’s something slightly mad about the mountain biker who takes on a 24 hour race.  How about winter in Kielder to tickle your fancy?  Solo, pairs, quads or teams of 10.  This competitive event will give you the chance to keep your cycling mo-jo going and challenge yourself in what can be some severely testing conditions.  Bring supporters or bring your team mates and spend the weekend out on the course as you summon up the strength of mind and body to keep going.

The route will be a testing short circuit that incorporates long drags of forest tracks and plenty of single track going both up and down.  If it’s windy you’ll certainly have to wrap up warm and as darkness envelopes everything for more than half the ride you’ll be delighted to have an amazing vista spread out in front of you as the sun rises in the morning.  The suns rays warming your skin as they filter through the tree tops.

45nrth24 hour bike riding must certainly be the ultimate test of man, machine and all that lovely kit that claims to be the latest and greatest.  Not only will you have to find a way to get round the course, you’ll also have to find ingenious solutions to keep your lights working at full capacity for such an extended period of time.  Bring more lights?  Hydrogen chargers?  USB charger in car?  Choices choices.  Part of the joy of these kind of events is all the planning before hand, the more you put in, the better it will go on the day/night.

bum butterDon’t let the word “race” put you off.  The same fun and inclusive ethos of the other High Fell Event rides will be present and anyone taking things too seriously may be thrown in the reservoir!  We openly welcome those people who are coming along for the first time and want you experience to be a good one.

Timing will be by the trusted Sport Ident so you can find out exactly how you’re getting along as the day/night/day progresses.  Add to that the fact that we’ll have an extensive safety team on site, prizes for all categories, t-shirt for each competitor and as much encouragement as we can possibly dish out.  At 3 in the morning you may not appreciate it too much!

Race Essentials




Last Entry

24 hours


Info pack Sent out 1 week prior
Registration times 7am til 9am
Race start 11am
Off road 100%
Parking 1 vehicle per team allowed on course.  Parking provided for everyone else.
Prizes Solo (1st 2nd 3rd Male/Female) / Pairs (1st 2nd 3rd Team Male/Female/Mixed) / Quads (1st 2nd 3rd Team Male/Female/Mixed) Tens (1st, 2nd, 3rd) / Fastest single lap / t-shirts for all!


Entries open NOW!  Limited to 100 in each category. Last entry available 03/02/17.

Solo £60 per rider
Pairs £120 per team / £60 per rider
Quads £220 per team / £55 per rider
Tens £100 per team / £10 per rider

For terms and regulations regarding the event please click here.  Just to be clear there will be NO REFUNDS available for this event.


No cut offs in place for this race. Take as long as you like completing your laps. The only reason we’ll pull you out is on medical grounds and a full medical team will be on hand for assessment and treatment.

Route Marking

The route as it stands is 6.5 miles with a combination of single track and forest tracks.  It will be full signed and marked up.


There are no checkpoints as such other than the start/finish area through which you must pass to dib your timer.

Medical Info

If you have any medical conditions you must tell us in advance of the run.  A professional medical team will be on site to deal with major incidents.  First aiders can also be found around the course.  Each participant 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

Let’s be honest, there is every chance of inclement weather at Kielder in February.  Kielder already sits well above sea level and temperatures are known to regularly dip well below zero in this part of the world.  Be prepared!  Here’s your list:

  • Enough fluid for 1 hour of riding
  • Emergency whistle
  • Waterproof/Windproof jacket/gillet (can be one jacket)
  • Emergency survival bag – you MUST take this out with you on the course
  • Spare food of your choice.
  • Mobile phone.  It will only work when high up but it can be a vital lifeline in an emergency.
  • Helmet
  • Bike lights and means of powering them through the night.
  • Basic first aid kit.


Map of the route can be seen here.

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GPX file can be found here.


Got something on your mind?  We might be able to help you here:

Got any advice on 24 hour mountain biking?

Well actually we’re lucky enough to have one of the very best 24 hour mtb racers around in the north east.  Read Richard Rothwell’s tips here.

Accommodation – where can I stay?

Friday Night

There are not too many short stay options near Kielder in the winter (the campsite and Youth Hostel are closed) so we’ve rented a nearby Scout centre that you can use on the Friday night. This is very useful if you have some distance to travel or you fancy staying nearby to the event location. It’s also cheaper than a regular B&B option, not to mention that B&Bs will insist on 2 nights stay.  You will have the option of joining others for a Friday night meal or just hitting the sack immediately. There are various configuration options from two beds in a room all the way to 6 in a room. The chances are if you’re solo then you’ll be in with others. The Scout centre has toilets, showers and is nice and cosy allowing you to get a good sleep before the pain starts on Saturday morning. Prices are shown below:

1 bed = £20
Campervan/caravan = £20.  You get access to all the facilities.
Optional Friday night 2 course meal = £12

To book a space please contact  Payment must be received in advance to confirm your place.

There are a number of local B&B’s in the area and you need to have some Google action to find them.

Saturday Night

We will not have the Scout centre available on Saturday night although you are welcome to leave any spare cars in the car park.  As mentioned below, one vehicle per team will be allowed on the course.  No caravans will be allowed out on the race course.

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes.  All participants must enter in advance using our 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 runner 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 out so there is no need to carry a map.

Are there age limits for Participants?

Yes.  All riders must be 18 or over.

Do I need to be a pro?

As will every event we host we’ll try and make it as fun and open as possible.  If it’s your first time then we’ll be gentle, if you’re a regular then you’ll fit straight in.  Whatever your level, make sure you can handle the weather!

Can I bring my dog?

If you really want to then that’s fine but make sure it goes nowhere near the riders.  Tie it up behind or in your event vehicle.

What about vehicles?

One car per team is allowed out on the course.  You’ll get to park on a section of the forest track but make sure you are well across to the side – remember that you should try and leave enough space for an ambulance to get through.  Every vehicle other than the designated event vehicle will be placed in the alternative parking, details of which will be in the event info pack.  Due to the terrain of the route, no caravans will be allowed on the course route.  Gazebos, small tents etc are fine.

What’s happening about timing?

Timing will be provided by sientries so you can be sure it will be as accurate as possible.  Live results will be available if our web connection holds out!

What bike?

Anything you want, just don’t bring a road bike :-)  Fat, thin, big, small – they are all welcome here.

Any food on site?

You must be providing your own food to get round the course.  However, there will be other options available such as the cafe in Kielder castle which is open through the day and a pizza stall that will be open for the full event.  Mmmm.

Do I need a support team?

It is entirely up to you.  If you’re solo it’s great to have someone to motivate you and repair your bike but it’s not a must.  There are plenty of other people around to gee you up and lend a hand.

In terms of bike parts there is an on-site shop that will be open through the day and a mobile bike mechanic on site throughout the event.

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!

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