This weekend (6-7 August 2016) sees the inaugural running of the Aggregate 100 which is billed as ‘the UK’s first gravel enduro’.
The Aggregate 100 – 100km (62.5 miles) long – is designed as a mix between American gravel racing and a mountain bike enduro. The race is being held at The New Inn, Cropton, home of The Great Yorkshire Brewery on the North York Moors.
All pics © Joolze Dymond
“Saturday is a chance to meet and eye up your fellow competitors with The Dog Show,” say organisers Kinesis. “Don't worry, it doesn't involve any dogs at all! We've all been to fancy bike shows but this time it's your chance to let your bike shine by entering our mutt show for bikes.
“Will you be winning a rosette for Glossiest Coat or Most Appealing Smile (that's a bike built up from a stock frame and a complete bike, just in case you were guessing)?”
The bar will be open in the camping field with beers ‘inspired by the Kinesis UK range of bikes’ – we're not exactly sure how that works – along with entertainment and street food.
Sunday’s Aggregate 100 race is open to solo riders and pairs. The scoring is taken from your aggregate times across four race sections.
Each segment is different with various aggregate surfaces, including the ancient Rudland Rigg route high up on the moor. You then wind down the cinder track of an old railway and into Cropton Forest. There are two feed stations en route.
“You don't have to ride a Kinesis, you don't even need a gravel bike, but we hear all the cool kids do!” says Kinesis.
Go to www.aggregate100k.uk for all the details.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.