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Location

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

Facilities  

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

  • Toilets
  • Hot and cold food
  • A campsite in close proximity (see below for details)
  • Car Parking

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

Gravel Expo  

2020 will see the fifth 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.

Entries  

Entry for all Dirty Reiver distances 2020 will be open from 1st December 2019 at 8am!

Entry includes:

  • Event T shirt
  • Sponsor products included in goody bag
  • 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, 95 and 143km (2 feed stations on Dirty One Thirty Route, 44 and 94km and one feed on the Dirty Sixty Fiver/Dirt-E-Reiver at 44km)). Each feed station will aim to provide:

  • Water
  • Energy Drink
  • Snack foods such as bananas, cake bars etc
  • If weather dictates then hot drinks.

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 100km feed station (130/200 distances). 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.

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 62km (for 130/200km riders)

Cut-off 2: 1430hrs at 96km (for 200km riders)

Cut-off 3: 1615hrs at 125km (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  

A final rider briefing will be made approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the event. All riders should attend this at it will contain any last minute additions/safety announcements.

Full details will be made available closer to the event and will be available for download here.

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 2020).

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 (as a minimum taped or welded seams)
  • 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.

Programme*  

Friday 17th April 2020

12:00 – 21:00, Gravel Expo. All supporting brands will be displaying their wares and chatting gravel.
16:00 – 22:00, Sign on open.
18:00 – 21:00 Pasta Party (Prices and menu TBC, 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 18th April 2020

06:30 – 07:15 – Sign on open
07:45 -Start line rider briefing
08:00 -Event Start (Dirt-E-Reiver Bike riders will start 10-15 mins after the main field)
22:00 -Finish line closes

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

Accommodation

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: book here

Rock UK- Beds from £20pppn – 013873 75394

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 

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

Airbnb  

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