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Breamish Behemoth

06.07.2019

06.07.2019 –  Rated as one of the best XC challenge rides in the country by The Indian Fire Trail blog. Can your legs take the on the challenge that this circular from Ingram presents? Set in the heart of the Breamish Valley the route represents one of the best single day loops you can do in the Cheviots. You will start off with gentle climbs and a few fast 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. We’ll stick out plenty of fluids and snacks to help you along.

 

Just so we mention this up front: this is a hard ride! It’s an exposed route on testing terrain and a real achievement to make it round. The distance may increase as optional extra sections may be come available. Whichever way you cut it, it’s going to be tough. Suited to xc bikes of any kind and even gravel bikes if you want a proper adventure.

 

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. You have a meaty climb just after visiting here 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 our 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 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. 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 at the local cafe as well as free 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.

 

What is the big idea with this event? This is a challenge event and not competitive. It’s not a race! 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.

06/07/19

£30

Date: 06/07/2019
Info pack: Sent out by email 1 week prior
Registration times: 5am til 7:30am
Ride start: 8am
Parking: Free and plentiful on a nice flat field.
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Off Road

DISTANCE

42m (ish)

ASCENT

6000 feet

GRADE

Tough

LAST ENTRY

01/07/19

Entries

Entries open here.  Momento for all.  Route marked, safety team, marshals, drop-out transport, food, water and encouragement all included.  A super cheap £30.  Full terms and conditions can be found here.  Just to be clear – no refunds, deferrals or transfers.

Parking

Free parking is available on the field outside the village hall.  This is also the spot where you can camp so you could not be closer to the action if you’re travelling from distance.

Experience

There is nothing technical about this course.  As a consequence it’s open to a wide range of bike types including gravel if desired.  Ideal bikes are cross country.  Although not technical it is quite a challenge on the legs so a high level of fitness and/or determination is desirable.

Route Marking

This route is fully marked.  It takes around 3 days to mark out and 2 to bring it back in.  A GPS file is sent out in the info pack 1 week prior to the event and it’s recommended that you use this as well.  As a backup you must have a map of some kind on your person.

Medical

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 runner 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

Summer in the Cheviots can look disturbingly like winter in the Cheviots so here is the mandatory kit list:

  • Helmet
  • Standard bike repair tools plus inner tube.  For example levers, chain breaker, split link, brake pads, pump.
  • Spare wind proof/ waterproof top.  Can be the same item.
  • Map
  • Whistle (yes, they are very helpful!)
  • Mobile phone
  • Plenty of fluids and snacks

All of the above are there is case you have a problem.  We’ll have plenty of food out on the course for you to stuff your face at checkpoints.

Map

Below is a map of the 2017 event.  There are many route options available and the final version will be released a week prior to the event.  Whichever way you spice it up, it’s going to hurt. 🙂

Breamish Behemoth

FAQs

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 our online booking. For registration info please see above.

Will we receive a map of the route?

The final map will be sent in the info pack.  Changes are always being made to work with land requirements and farmers.  Using the gps file that will be sent in the info pack is advisable.

Are there Age Limits for Participants?

Yes. All riders must be 18 or over.

Should I bring my family?

Feel free.  There are loads of walking opportunities in the Breamish valley and a lovely cafe for refreshments.  Plenty of local attractions nearby.

Can I bring my dog?

Of course you can bring your dog but I’m afraid absolutely no dogs to be out riding with you.  You’ll have to leave it with a friend of family.

What Bike Should I Ride?

Anything with wheels will do.  The course is best suited to xc machines but it’s been done on enduro style, gravel and even hybrids.

Can we stay the night before?

The camping is completely free and right outside the village hall where the event is hosted.  You can even stay the night after and have some relaxing beers.

Do I need a support team?

You don’t really need one on this event as it’s not multi day or anything.  The best thing you can do is ride with a friend and keep each other going.

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/marshal 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.

We try to have as many vehicles as possible stationed at Barrowburn, the half way point, to take people back to the start/finish.

Breamish Behemoth