Two mountain bike riders racing on grass for the 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge

3 Dales MTB Challenge

5th July 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm
North Ribblesdale RUFC
Lower Greenfoot
BD24 9RB
Registration Fee
EARLY BIRD Individual (Aire & Wharfe routes)
EARLY BIRD Team of 4 (Aire & Wharfe routes)
Individual Entry (Aire & Wharfe routes)
Team of 4 Entry (Aire & Wharfe routes)
Dual Individual Entry (with Bronte MB Challenge)
Individual Entry (Ribble Route)
Family Entry (Up to 5 - Ribble Route)
Dual Entry (3 Dales & Bronte MTB)
Fundraising target
There is no minimum fundraising target but those who raise £50 or more in sponsorship get entered into a prize draw to win cycling related prize from All Terrain Cycles.
Andrews Wood
01535 640176
Event location map

54.0656403, -2.2760091

The 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge is back for 2020 with a new start finish location though most of the route remains unchanged. This event, organised in partnership with the Settle Manorlands Fundraising Group and sponsored by All Terrain Cycles, is an exciting MTB challenge for all standards of mountain bike and cyclo-cross riders.

Riders on the Dales, racing, with green hills in the background.

Thanks to the generosity of our partners at All Terrain Cycles, all entry fees go towards supporting Sue Ryder’s care at Manorlands Hospice and stretching right up into these three dales through our community nursing team.  As in previous years, there is a team entry for groups of four people in all the routes and a dual entry ticket to get entry into the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge as well as the 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge (£40 – would be £50 if entered separately).

You can find more information about the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge here.

While there is no obligation to raise additional funds through sponsorship, those who raise £50 or more will be entered into a prize draw to win a mystery bike related prize from our sponsors at All Terrain Cycles. 

All participants will receive a medal and a well-earned complementary hot meal at the finish.

A rider racing in the 3 Dales Challenge across grassy hills

 The Routes

There are 3 routes: one for hardcore experienced riders, one for intermediates and one for relative beginners and families.

The Wharfe  - 33.2 miles

After the shake up for 2020 the Wharfe is now the longest route at 33.2 miles long and climbs over 3,700 cumulative feet.

Approximate off road distance is 24.4 miles. You can view the route map here.

The Aire - 26.8 miles

This is a testing intermediate route of 26.8 miles and 3143 cumulative foot of climbs.

Approximate off road 20 miles. You can view the route map here.

The Ribble - 12.2 miles

This route is a 12.2 mile ride with 1665 cumulative foot of climbs.  The route takes participants pretty much along the well known Settle loop with a section added near to Malham Cove.

Approximate off road 9.1 miles. You can view the route map here.

Two bike riders racing up a grassy hill

Find out more about Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice's expert palliative care and how they support people with life-limiting conditions through the most difficult times, providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for those affected and their families. 

Event Sponsor - All Terrain Cycles

All Terrain Cycles Logo

Event Partner - North Ribblesdale RUFC

Event Partner North Ribblesdale RUFC's logo - A Stag with Clouds Behind

Terms and conditions

The 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge

Terms and Conditions

Your signature on the entry form or your clicking on the box in the on line entry confirms your acceptance to these terms and conditions of entry.

Registration - Every participant must fill in their own registration form unless:

  • The person completing the form is doing so as the parent or guardian of a participant aged under 18 in which case the parent or guardian must inform the participant that they have signed the terms and conditions on their behalf and that their participation in the event will be governed by these terms.
  • The person completing the form is doing so as the leader of a family team in the shortest route or a team leader in one of the two longer routes.  It is the duty of the team leader to notify the other team members of these terms and conditions and that the leader has signed them on behalf of their own team. The team leader must further ensure that all team members agree and accept that their participation in the event is governed by these terms and conditions. Any team member who does not so accept these terms should be withdrawn from the event.  
  • The person completing the form has or reasonably believes that they have the participant’s consent to their doing so on the participant’s behalf. The person completing the form must make each participant aware of these terms and conditions in good time before the event.  If the participant does not agree to be bound by these terms and conditions they are to withdraw from the event. Participation in the event shall be deemed to be acceptance of these terms and conditions by the participant.


The shortest Route is suitable for all ages though riders aged 11 or under must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 or over) throughout the event.  There must be at least one adult (aged 18 or over) for every 5 riders aged 11 or under.  Parents must be confident that their child/children has/have a good level of road safety awareness and bike control over bumpy ground.

For the two longer routes, riders must be 14 years of age or above on the day of the event. Anyone under 16 yrs old must have their entry form signed by a parent/guardian and must abide by the rules.  Riders under 16yrs old must be accompanied throughout the event by an adult over 18. It is the parents/guardians responsibility to ensure their children are suitability fit and healthy to take part in the rides and have a good level of road safety awareness and bike control over bumpy ground.

All riders must wear a safety helmet.

Refunds - The entry fee for the 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge is non-transferable and non-refundable. Due to unexpected health and safety reasons on the day, the 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge is organisers reserve the right to adjust the route to account for unforeseen conditions (for example, flooding).

The event start - The organisers retain the right to make a change to the advertised start time and to stagger the start with two minute intervals between groups that they will decide.  Please note that staggering will not effect the participants race time as the organisers intend to use a chip timing system this year which will record their time from when they cross over the start and finish line.

Publicity - By participating, participants agree to take part in post-event publicity which may include interviews, photography and/or filming for Sue Ryder internal communications and local and/or national media. Sue Ryder will endeavour not to use any photographs, images or likenesses of children aged 16 or under.

Contact details - Participants are personally responsible for updating the organisers with any new address and telephone details. All participants must supply emergency contact details and in the case of an emergency, Sue Ryder may use the Emergency Contact details provided by you to contact your home or office.

Health and Fitness -The event is a challenge ride that is graded to suit many levels of fitness but some of the hills are steep and, given the time of year and prevailing conditions riders should ensure they are medically fit and well hydrated.  All riders should satisfy themselves that they are in good health and physically able to participate in the 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge is and choose a route that suits their ability and fitness.  If in doubt, participants should consult a GP or hospital doctor prior to the event.   It is recommended that all riders should have appropriate sun protection and a drinking water bottle.

Risks - Sue Ryder has a comprehensive risk assessment process for each event which aims to minimise or eliminate the risk to everyone taking part. However, by taking part in this event, you acknowledge that there may be conditions or circumstances beyond our control that can lead to unforeseen risks.

Dropping out - Any participant who drops out after crossing the starting line must report to an official to prevent any unnecessary search being started.  They should also make sure that their tag is handed back to the steward at this point.

Liability -The 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge is operated by Sue Ryder, and all participants take part at their own risk. Sue Ryder accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or damage suffered by any participant personally or to their property as a result of taking part in the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge in the absence of negligence or breach of statutory duty on the part of Sue Ryder. Personal accident and public liability insurance cover is advised to cover any loss, damage or injury you may sustain yourself or to your personal property or cause to a third party or their property.

If during the event you are involved in an incident with a third party please ensure that you pass on all your details – it is not the responsibility of the event organisers.

Sponsorship - The 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge is an exclusive Sue Ryder fundraising event. Sponsorship monies raised may not be given to or shared with any other organisation. Participants are advised that they have a legal responsibility to ensure that all sponsorship monies and donations received for the 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge are paid to Sue Ryder within 6 weeks of the date of the event.

Smoking and alcohol - Sue Ryder asks that participants and supporters do not smoke during the event. For health and safety reasons, participants may not consume alcohol prior to or during the event.

Photography - Participants and supporters are welcome to take pictures on the day but please ensure that where the pictures captures images of children that only one's own family members are included.


The event will be marshalled, however roads will NOT be closed and therefore for your safety and the safety of other participants must abide by AT ALL TIMES the Highway Code and traffic laws and with the instructions of police/marshals around the course, including stopping if necessary.

Participants agree to ride safely with the consideration of others and also declare that their cycle is well maintained and in good working order. They agree also to follow the instructions given by the event officials on the day and abide by the following rules:-


  • All cyclists must abide by the Country Code and Highway Code
  • Riders must ensure their cycles are suitable for the terrain and are roadworthy
  • By taking part in this event cyclists are representing Sue Ryder and are asked to show consideration to other cyclists, road users and pedestrians.
  • Safety is paramount. All riders must wear helmets (Compulsory)
  • Your presence at every checkpoint must be recorded
  • Remember that the event is NOT a race but a personal challenge
  • Marshals will be situated at points throughout the course and their signals should be observed at all times
  • Cyclists should be properly equipped to ride in inclement weather

Data Protection - Please be aware that by registering you authorise Sue Ryder to process your personal and sensitive personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of this event only.  By signing our registration form or clicking on the on-line entry, you agree to Sue Ryder using your personal and sensitive personal data for the purposes outlined above.

Frequently asked questions

If you have entered a team, please state the names of the other 3 members.


Is there parking available at the event?

There will be parking at the start point, North Ribblesdale RUFC in Settle.

When does registration open on the day?

Registration opens at 7:45 and you will receive your participant number here. Please arrive no later than 40 minutes before the start time.

What should I wear?

Please wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions of the day and be aware that conditions can change quickly in the Yorkshire Dales. Helmets are compulsory. Waterproofs, spare socks, a bivy bag and whistles are recommended.

Can I use my eBike?

Yes – we are happy to accept eBikes in the event.