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Moors and Shores  Adventure Cross

Moors and Shores Adventure Cross

April 02 2017
Pickering, Yorkshire, UK

Kicking off this year's Cycling Weekly/mbr Adventure Cross season, the Moors and Shores is a real mixture of terrain. From gravel forest roads to exposed moorland and rutted narrow lanes this route offers plenty of contrast in a constantly changing landscape.

The routes cover a wide variety of terrain but nothing too technical for those not used to riding off road and the landscapes are spectacular. There is enough climbing to satisfy without making it feel too tough. A great event to start the year.

Yorkshire is the largest county in England, if you combine North Yorkshire, East Riding and West riding, covering some 6000 square miles. Its size means that it has diverse countryside; forests and moors, stunning coastline and its fair share of steep hills. The Moors and Shores route, as the name suggests, gives riders a little taste of everything.

The route starts almost immediately onto the gravel roads that make up much of Dalby forest but nestled in amongst the trees, often obscured from view, are a huge network of single-track trails but this treat is saved until the end of the route. The gravel roads are hard packed and well-drained presenting no technical difficulties so it's easy to buzz along at a good pace.


Leaving the forest behind the route moves onto an exposed grassy bridleway with vast moorland views. On a still, dry day this part of the course will present no difficulties at all and you will have time to enjoy the countryside around you but if its windy there is little to protect you from it in the vast moorland making it hard going.

Some of the views from this part of the course are spectacular, but one of the most curious has to be RAF Flyingdales. From some way off you can see the wedge shape of the building and the large golf balls used as part of its role in missile warning and for space operations. Try not to feel too self-conscious though, hopefully they have better things to survey than your bike handling skills as you pick your way through this short but rock strewn and wet section.


The one thing the short route misses out on is the view of Robin Hood bay, if the sun is out the view across is stunning, one of the best views in Yorkshire. There is also a tricky climb up a higgledy-piggledy bricked climb, with the occasional brick end sticking up.

Neither the short nor long route can avoid the toughest climb that comes towards the end. It’s steep enough to have you swinging over the front end of the bike and long enough that you will feel your heart rate escalating. It’s on tarmac, which makes it slightly easier, and only turns to gravel when you reach the top.

Moors and Shores is a great day out on a bike. It would be a good first event if you haven’t previously done an Adventure Cross, and for those that have, you’ll find it a slightly easier offering than the others but no less enjoyable. Both routes suitable for Cross or Mountain Bike.

Moors and Shores  Adventure Cross

Routes: 43, 58 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs

£26 - £35

What's Included?

Event centre facilities and parking
Mechanical support
Medical support
Full route marking
Rider public liability insurance
Feed Stops en-route
Free energy drink + energy snacks
Electronic chip timing
Bike wash facilities
Pick-up wagons
T-shirt & medal
Web results service
Online certificates
On site catering
Event photography by SportivePhoto
Six Physio Massage@Events
Retail Opportunities

Prize / Race Categories

Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing Award you achieved, will be displayed on the Website. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.

Adequate Car Parking
Sign On Desk
Registration/Entry On the Day
Support for Participants
Route Card
SAG Wagon
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Feed / Aid Stations
Start Address: Forestry Commission Visitor Centre, Dalby Forest, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7LT
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