I managed to get out and take a few photos on the MTB ride, which can be found here Thirsk  ( Or on the little widget on the bottom right of this page) If you want bigger files please mail me on If you can’t see yourself then I didn’t manage to get you. Ta Dean

Rider Times

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Sutton Bank over the weekend for the Thirsk Ride It! event. After hearing reports of the van getting stuck in the mud before the event I was pleasantly surprised to find the bad weather had cleared by the time I arrived on Friday evening and it stayed that way for the weekend.

I was lucky enough to get out and ride some of both the mountain bike and road courses over the weekend, the long loop on the mountain bike ride seemed to get some of the worst mud and all the way down the side of Sutton Bank you knew it was going to be a big climb to get back up to the finish. Lots of riders on the long route couldn’t resist the temptation to finish when they passed the visitor centre for the first time and doing the results have meant lots of rider changes from the long to medium route.

On Sunday for the road ride the weather might have been find and dry but the wind direction was particulary cruel, the final section seemed to be mostly uphill and into a headwind as riders headed back to the finish.

Rider times can be downloaded using the links below -

Saturday MTB Ride – Rider Times

Sunday Sportive Ride – Rider Times  ( Updated to show correct file 9.25am 6/9/12)

Sorry for the delay with the sportive times. We we’re having to run the timing system off a generator and we lost power on Sunday for a short time. We have most of the data but it took a bit of time to sort out.

Excel Results

One of the most common queries we get after the results are published is ‘Can I have them in Excel?’ and the short answer is ‘no’.

We know most people just want them for general interest to see how they compare and we can completly understand that. However, for insurance and legal reasons we try hard to ensure that our events are in no way seen as races or as having any competitive element. One way we do this is by only providing results that can’t easily be ranked and it’s for the same reason that we don’t normally provide number boards for bikes or set gold, silver and bronze time targets.

Part of the appeal of the rides for many is seeing how long it takes you to complete the course, we totally get that and that’s why we time you but that’s a personal challenge and not a competition against other riders.

Update 30/8/12

Well what a day we’ve had!!!

Started off by raining during the night and we are camping which meant that when we ventured out at about 9am the van was parked in a puddle. On grass. A quick spin of the wheels later and it was obvious that we weren’t going anywhere!

Which meant we had to suffer the indignity of a tow

Which left this

And then on the way to the start of our ride I heard a faint “poof” and looked in the mirror to see smoke and tyre flapping about

One wheel change later and we finally started to put out the road course!!


In the sunshine :-) which is not to say that it was an easy day. There was a fierce head wind today and the first few miles of my route ( the Long loop) was up hill and straight into it.  Boy was that tough. One of the things keeping me going was a date with Rosedale Chimney ( Chimney Bank) which is graded 10/10 in my 100 best hill climbs book. First I had to ride down it ( as will you) and the signs at the top telling cyclists to dismount are with good reason. Half way down is a 1 in 3 followed by two hairpins – so please keep your brakes on and speed under control! At the bottom I did a 180 and headed back up, topped out and then headed down again! Here’s Keith on the steep bit

Turning with the wind I now had a fantastic 8 miles before turning once again back into the gale and struggling back to the start.


Right, about the day.

Parking. We have the first visitor centre carpark at the top of Sutton Bank , it’s the first one you come to – look out for the flags. Please park close together as it will be a squeeze. Once this is full you will pop out of the other end of the CP and have to turn right, there is a load of parking on the right and then an overflow on the left. You don’t need to pay for parking as you will be given a ticket at registration.

Registration. Will be under marquees so we are hoping for nice weather! Toilets are around the front of the visitor centre. There will be hot drinks available in the morning.

Hot food. Will be available inside the Cafe after the ride.

Chimney Bank/ Rosedale Chimney. On the Long loop of the Road ride you will descend CB/RC. The start of this is denoted by the large blue “Cyclists Dismount” sign. From this point on we obviously have to suggest you dismount. If you do choose to ride then keep your brakes on and speed under control. Just after the steepest section there is a hairpin right and then left which you will have difficulty in making at speed.



These rides are not races. Please follow the highway/countryside code. Give way to other road/trail users and be polite. Roadies, do not ride two abreast where it is not safe to do so and keep your speed down and bike under control into blind corners. MTB riders, there are a lot of HORSE RIDERS in the area. Please slow down and STOP when you meet a horse, follow the instructions of the rider. Remember, you have complete (ish) control of your bike, they won’t have control of a spooked tonne of  horse which can injure you/them/the horse. Think of it this way, you pass the horse once, they get passed 400 times. YOU are responsible for your actions and their consequences, if you cause an accident then you are liable for the costs.

GPX files.

These are now up for those that have pre-entered,( please do not mail me if you are not pre-entered, the files will be available to download from our computers on the morning. ) the link will be in the pre-event mail you should have received. If not, please check your junk folder or any other email addresses you might have used when booking. If you still can’t find it, mail me on Bear in mind that I won’t answer mails between 7am – 9pm Saturday.

Torn a tyre on the ride? Don’t want to wait in the wet to be picked up? Well here’s the solution – Dean and Tony’s torn tyre fix

See you there






Hi All


Welcome to the Thirsk Ride It page where we’ll post all last minute info for the event.

Just some bits to be going on with:-

Pre-event info and GPX files will be going out to Pre-registered riders on Thursday night in an email.

GPX files can also be downloaded on the morning.

More info can be found on our Facebook page.

Parking – you will be given a voucher on the morning so you don’t need to buy a parking ticket

After the ride, food will be available in the Centre, we won’t be cooking this weekend.