The Yorkshire Coast to Coast

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Well. I believe it started back in the early 1990’s by our then Chairman, Fred Garbutt and it was run on a Saturday/Sunday in late May or June every year. We used to get about 70 riders + leaders. It started from South Bay beach in Scarboro’ and finished at Hest Bank, Morecombe with an overnight in Hawes, as the midpoint.

It was always a cracking event 20 years ago, with riders on all sub 500cc bikes in the main, and this year was no exception.


This year’s event started at 9am at Hest Bank, on the Weds and finished at North Bay in Scarboro’ on the Thursday tea time. I was riding a XR400R and was in 1 of 2 small bike groups on sub 500c bikes, with the other group being on over 600cc bikes, led by Leo Crone. Our group, led by Scott Hayden covered a variety of terrain from the rolling hills and hedges of Lancashire, to the fells of the Yorkshire Dales, with it’s picture postcard villages, to the bleaker heather clad North Yorkshire Moors


Not at all, I did nearly 400 miles (including liaison stages) on my XR400R and it coped very well. There were 2 small bike groups and all fared well with the mileage. Our particular group had 2 CRF250L’s, a Sherco 250 Racing, a KTM 450EXC and even a Beta Alp200. So a big bike wasn’t needed to complete the event


I think Leo’s big bike group had a few bike problems with burnt out clutches (Mike Irving’s 1200 GSA in particular), but our group sailed along, with not even the hindrance of a puncture. We all had a great time.


Well, make sure your bike is well prepped for the event as there is quite a bit of roadwork, in some very remote locations and also have all the kit to cover a breakdown, like a puncture and in the event of a serious mishap, make sure your bike is covered for recovery.

Take decent wet weather gear as you are out for 10 hours each day or more, however we had 2 glorious days.

Although the event is suitable for relative beginners, nobody will get left behind – please make sure you are physically fit and also ‘bike fit’.

"That was a really enjoyable two days. I rode some interesting lanes for the first time. Thanks to the organisers, my group leader, Martin, and the other group members for making memorable. P.S. don't burnt out clutches smell awful!)" - Rob

"Although we had riders of all abilities, from a rider who had recently passed their test and only been trailriding for a couple of years to a very able former MX rider, all participants had a great time, the group gelled and nobody felt over faced or out of their depth" - Jonny


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