RIDE OVERVIEW A mix of dense woodland and open moorland is in store for you on this punchy ride through one of the most sparsely populated & beautiful areas of England on a challenging but very rewarding 80km loop. DISTANCE: 79KM | ELEVATION: 1510M RIDE DIFFICULTY 3.5/5 TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY 4/5 PERCENTAGE OF ROUTE OFF ROAD 71% Bike & Tyre Choice: The route has a real mix of terrain but ideal throughout for gravel bikes with around 40mm tyres. Mountain bikes will be fine on parts of the route but will feel slow on the quicker sections. RIDE HIGHLIGHTS Explore one of the most stunning parts of the UK. Ride parts of the ancient Cleveland Way See ‘The finest view in England’ according to James Herriot Social drink at the finish village THE ROUTE Thirsk: 79km, 1,510m Starting in the old market town of Thirsk, we head to the first gravel section in Boltby forest which gets steeper towards the summit.