Another new addition to our calendar for 2014 and a return to the north east for our RIDE IT series after. There’s some great cycling in this part of the country taking you through some amazing countryside. The climbs are big in places and whilst some have steep sections most have long and consistent gradients that let you settle into a decent rhythm. For those ticking off the Top 100 UK Climbs, our long route includes No.62 Chapel Fell, 2.5 miles long with an average gradient of 8% and I believe the highest paved road in England at over 2,000 feet above sea level.

More details and entry links can be found at – RIDE IT Northumberland Sportive

You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and on Facebook via the RIDE IT Northumberland Sportive Facebook Event Page


By Car – The event starts from Hexham which is just off the A69 between Gateshead and Carlisle, for those using sat nav the post code for the event venue is NE46 3JB.

Parking – There’s is parking around the school and on the school playground areas, please follow the parking signs and any directions fron our marshals when you arrive.

By Train – The nearest train station is in Hexham, it’s on the Tyne Valley Line which runs from Newcastle upon Tyne to Carlisle and served mainly by Northern Rail.

By Bike – We wouldn’t advise cycling on the A69 instead Sustrans Route 72 brings you, either from the east or west depending on your starting point, into the outskirts of Hexham near to the train station and from there you can pick up local roads to the event centre.


The event will be hosted from Queen Elizabeth High School with registration inside the main hall. The school is located on Whetstone Bridge Road, click on the image below to enlarge.



Registration will be open from 8:00am to 10:15am but long route riders should aim to arrive and register before 9:30am. Please follow the signs for registration after you’ve arrived.

Please ensure you bring your helmet with you to registration, you will not be allowed to register without one so bringing it with you will save a trip back to your car or bike collect it.

Once you have registered and are ready to ride please head to the start area for your rider briefing.

First riders start at 8:30am, the last start for riders on the long route is 9:45am, the last start for riders on the shorter routes is 10:30am.

There will be a time cut off at the long ride split, which is approximately 20 miles away from start. You need to pass this point before midday, if you arrive after this time you will be diverted onto the medium route.

The store and finish area close by 5pm so you should aim to arrive back before then. If you start in one or the earlier start groups that should give you over 8 hours to complete the ride but please be aware it starts to get dark fairly early now so if you expect to be returning late in the day you should have some lights on your bike.


Teas, coffees and snacks will be available to purchase in the morning before your ride. After the ride there will be hot food available to purchase should you wish to refuel before your journey home.


The approximate route distances are -

Fun – 20 miles with 1,715 feet of climbing
Short – 32 miles with 2,802 feet of climbing
Medium – 70 miles with 5,295 feet of climbing
Long – 54 miles with 7,468 feet of climbing

After completing the route please head back through the finish timing point to register your finish time before returning to your car. If you don’t head through the timing point you won’t register a finish time and will show as a DNF when we publish the rider times.

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS NOT A RACE – There are no rankings or prizes on offer, all times will be displayed in a non-sortable format in rider number order. Please help us to continue running popular and friendly events by not riding in such a way to obstruct the road and upset other users. The majority of the ride is on the public roads so please obey the Highway Code, stop at junctions where appropriate and obey any traffic lights. Do not ride at silly speeds around blind bends or on steep descents. Although we have event insurance it does not insure you for your actions so if you do hit a car or pedestrian you will be responsible for any damages caused by your riding.


Like most areas of the UK there’s always the risk of potholes, poor surfacing or gravel especially on some of the smaller lanes always keep alert and if riding in a group signal any hazards to riders behind you.

The routes take you through some quite remote and exposed countryside where the weather can be very changeable so you should be prepared for such conditions. For those of the long route you’ll notice the council have erected a sign at the bottom of Chapel Fell warning cyclists that the road is liable to poor weather conditions at all times, it’s an amazing place to ride but not the place to be if you’re not kitted out for the conditions.

We’ll be doing our final course inspection on the Saturday before the ride so will update if we find any other specific areas of caution.


All riders will be given a printed copy of the route map at registration. Please keep this with you, even if you’re using a GPS, as it has useful information such as emergency contact numbers and the location of the ride splits and feed stations.

Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail by Friday evening with links to the final GPX files. If you do not receive this please remember it will have been sent to the email address you used when booking the ride and do check it hasn’t been trapped in your junk emails folder. If you still don’t have them then email me on mark.gregory@evanscycles.com and I’ll check your entry and send you a copy.


If you have any queries or questions relating to the ride that aren’t covered then please email rideit@evanscycles.com or get in contact with us via the facebook event page.

You can also keep up to date with the latest event information here and via the RIDE IT Northumberland Sportive Facebook Event Page.