The Three Dales Mountain Bike Challenge, organised by the Manorlands Cycling Events Fundraising Group and sponsored by All Terrain Cycles, is an exciting mountain bike challenge for all standards of mountain bike and cyclo-cross riders.
Thanks to the generosity of our partners at All Terrain Cycles, all entry fees go towards supporting Sue Ryder’s care at Manorlands Hospice, which stretches right up into these three dales through our community nursing team.
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.
As in previous years, there is a team entry for groups of four people across all the routes, plus a dual entry ticket to get entry into both the Three Dales Mountain Bike Challenge and the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge (£40 – this would be £50 if you entered separately).
There are three routes: one for hardcore experienced riders, one for intermediates, and one for relative beginners and families.
This may well become known as the ter-Ribble as it is 39.5 miles long and climbs over 4,000 cumulative feet.
The route heads east out of Threshfield, passing Malham Tarn before descending into Langcliffe and Settle. It then turns back up Stockdale Lane, passes Malham Tarn in the other direction and then heads left along the path known as Hawkswick Clowder. On reaching Hawkswick, there is then a road section to Conistone and then the final two hills before it descends the Hebden Ghyll and returns to the start point.
For those not sure if they can do the whole 39.5 miles, there is a bail-out option at the 32.8-mile mark, which is less than a mile from the finish.
Approximate off-road distance is 26 miles.
This is a testing intermediate route of almost 25.2 miles and 2390 cumulative foot of climbs.
The route heads east out of Threshfield and almost reaches Malham Tarn before turning right along the path known as Hawkswick Clowder. On reaching Hawkswick there is then a road section to Conistone and then the final two hills before it descends the Hebden Ghyll and goes back to the start point.
For those not sure if they can do the whole 25.2 miles, there is a bail-out option at the 18.6-mile mark, which is less than a mile from the finish.
Approximate off-road distance is 15 miles.
This route is a 12.8-mile ride with 1080 cumulative foot of climbs.
The route takes participants along the back roads from Grassington to Conistone and then joins the route taken by the Ribble and Aire riders back to Grassington. It then tackles one more hill before descending through Hebden Ghyll and then returns back by road to the start point.
For those not sure if they can do the whole 12.8 miles, there is a bail-out option at the 6.2-mile mark, which is less than a mile from the finish.
Approximate off-road distance is 4.5 miles.
- Ribble and Aire routes - 9.00am
- Wharfe route - 10.00am
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Frequently asked questions about the Three Dales Mountain Bike Challenge
Is there parking available at the event?
There will be parking at the start point at Upper Wharfedale School in Threshfield.
When does registration open on the day?
Registration opens at 7.45am and you will receive your participant number here. Please arrive no later than 40 minutes before your start time.
Can I use my eBike?
Yes – we are happy to accept eBikes in the event.
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 bivvy bag and whistles are recommended.
What are the full terms and conditions of this event?
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 yesrs old must have their entry form signed by a parent/guardian and must abide by the rules. Under-16s must be accompanied throughout the event by an adult over 18. It is the parent's/guardian's responsibility to ensure their children are suitably 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 3 Dales 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.
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.
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.
Riders 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
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.
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