The event HQ will be at Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre, Kielder, Hexham, Northumberland NE48 1ER.


The event village at Kielder Castle will allow the riders access to:

  • Toilets
  • Hot and cold food throughout the weekend
  • A campsite in close proximity (see below for details)
  • Tepee Village adjacent to the start arena
  • Car Parking
  • Campervan parking

Please note that Kielder is a remote village with very limited facilities.

Gravel Expo  

2022 will see the sixth edition of the ever growing Dirty Reiver Gravel Expo. A display by sponsor brands and related businesses for all things gravel.

We hope riders will travel up early Friday to enjoy a full weekend of Dirty Reiver with riding, beers and good times in plentiful supply.

Starting midday Friday so plan your travel appropriately.


Entry for the 200/130km distances is £75.

Entry for the 65km distance is £55.

Entry includes:

  • Limited Edition Event Merchandise
  • Sponsor products – collect from expo stalls
  • Hot food and drink at finish. Vegetarian and Gluten free options available.
  • Way marked course and GPX route
  • Feed stations
  • Full medical team back up
  • Car Parking for the weekend (Friday 12:00 to Sunday 12:00)


In addition to the standard entry fee, riders can also access:

  • Shimano Technical support at the event village
  • Shimano Mechanical support available on course
  • Bike wash (located on campsite)
  • Weldtite lube/cleaning stations on course and at the start

Please note for certain services there may be a charge for parts/labour.


Any queries on entries please contact us via the contact form or [email protected]

Feed Stations  

There will be 3 feed stations available en route at approximately 44, 97 and 147km (2 feed stations on Dirty One Thirty Route, 44 and 97km and one feed on the Dirty Sixty Fiver/Dirt-E-Reiver at 44km). Each feed station will aim to provide:

  • Water
  • Energy Drink
  • Some limited snack foods such as bananas, wrapped cake bars, soup/rolls (feed 3) etc – this will differ from previous years to ensure that we minimise contact with food – more details nearer the time

The feed stations will also allow access to a track pump, basic tools, lubricants and a limited supply of inner tubes which can be obtained in exchange for a punctured tube.


The food provided by these feed stations should not be a riders only form of support and each rider should aim to carry enough food and spares to complete the full event.

A drop bag may be submitted for transfer to the 97km feed station (130/200 distances). We recommend all riders use this to supplement the rest of their ride
A bag will be provided at the sign on to be clearly marked with rider number.

Please do not include additional water bottles or fluids. The organisers accept no responsibility for return of these drop bags so please do not include anything you expect to have returned. Drop bags will be returned to the Event Centre after the event has finished.

Mechanical Support  

There will be limited mechanical support provided by Shimano available at Feed Stations on the course. Feed Stations will also have bike stands, some tools, lube and tubes. Riders will be able to access these facilities in a separate pit area.

Please note that there may be a charge for some parts/services.

Timing and Cut-Offs  

The event, though non-competitive, will be timed and intermediate split times will be taken at points on the course (an important safety measure). There will be 3-4 Cut-of points on the 130/200km courses. Riders who do not make these cut-offs will be re-directed to a shorter route, this is for event safety.

Cut-off 1: 1230hrs at 64km (for 130/200km riders)

Cut-off 2: 1430hrs at 98km (for 200km riders)

Cut-off 3: 1615hrs at 127km (for 200km riders only) – at this point riders will take a shortened route to Feed 3

Cut-off 4: 2030hrs for anyone not within the last 20km of the finish (130/200km riders)

Rider Briefing  

The general rider briefing will be circulated to riders via email and newsletter in the weeks preceding the event and be available on this site.

Final Rider Notifications will be clearly displayed at sign on.

Our Dirty Reiver Riders Handbook will be available to view from 17/03/2022 and contains details on preparing for your ride as well as information for the weekend.

Any queries please contact us at [email protected]

Finishing Times  

All riders will be provided their finishing time upon return to the event village. The Dirty Reiver 200 finishing times will be classified as follows:

  • Highwayman – Finishing time less than 7 hours and 30 minutes
  • Outlaw – Finishing time less than 9 hours
  • Brigand – Finishing time over 9 hours

The checkpoints and cut off times will be clearly outlined in the rider briefing, once they are confirmed (early 2022).

Required Kit  

The required kit is applicable to all distances. All riders must carry these items at all times:

  • Emergency Whistle
  • Survival blanket
  • Waterproof jacket (unless you are wearing it – as a minimum taped or welded seams)
  • Spare warm hat or buff type head covering
  • Spare thermal top
  • Spare inner tube and tyre levers
  • Pump


  • Multitool
  • Front light, at least 200 lumens or suitable for navigation and riding in the dark with at least a 2hr burn time (not applicable to 65km distance)
  • Rear light with a flashing mode
  • Mobile phone
  • Food for the duration of the event
  • Ability to carry at least 1.5 litres of water

Recommended Kit  

  • Bike with 33c or larger tyres. The course is designed to favour gravel bikes but any off-road capable bike in good working order can be used.
  • GPS navigation and spare batteries if required
  • Spare disc pads


  • Chain links
  • Spare rear mech hanger
  • Chain lubrication
  • Basic first aid kit

Make sure that you carry essential spares and have the ability to undertake rudimentary repairs of your bike; parts of the route are remote.

Provisional Programme*  

Friday 22nd April 2022

12:00 – 21:00, Gravel Expo. All supporting brands will be displaying their wares and chatting gravel.

12:00 – 22:00, Sign on open.

18:00 – 22:00 Pasta Party (Vegetarian and Gluten free options available)

The rider briefing can be downloaded and viewed prior to arriving at the event. There will be no formal briefing other than a start line rider briefing to outline any changes.


Saturday 23rd April 2022 – final times tbc

06:30 – 07:30 – Sign on open

07:45 – Start opens for first riders (130/200km)

07:50 – 08:30* (65/130/200km) – Rolling start for riders who wish to set off in smaller groups

22:00 -Finish line closes

Sunday 24th April from 10:00

Social rides and post event coffee run with brands and ambassadors. Full details tbc.

*Please refer to the course cut-offs when planning your start time

**The organisers retain the right to amend the programme/timings should issues arise. Any change will be communicated to riders at the earliest opportunity.


The Dirty Reiver has partnered with the Kielder Campsite to offer riders a convenient place to stay. Please book your camping through the Kielder Campsite Event Page. Directions to the campsite can be found here. Alternate accommodation suggestions;

Northern Star Tepees – Glamping option near the castle. More info to follow in the New Year.

Rock UK- Beds from £20pppn – 013873 75394

Stonehaugh Campsite – various offers for riders

Campervans – self contained units can now park at Forestry England carparks in the area. The charge is £10 per night. We are planning to open a larger area for vans, full details to follow.

Calvert Trust Kielder
Twenty Seven B&B
Kielder Waterside Lodges
Falstone Barns
The Pheasant Inn

Tarset Tor Bunkhouse
Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Demesne Farm Bunkhouse
Boe Rigg Camspite and Bunkhouse
Brown Rigg Lodges 

Tarset Holiday Cottages

Please ensure you check travelling times from your accommodation to the start to ensure you are there in plenty of time to get ready!