December 23, 2011 Comments Off

Ryedale Rumble FAQ's

We hope that we can answer most of your event queries. If you have any questions that are not covered below, please contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.


St Alban Centre
Ampleforth Abbey and College
North Yorkshire
Post Code for arrival YO62 4EN

(for car users)
Please arrive via Gilling turning at the Fairfax Arms along Pottergate and into the grounds and the designated parking area. Access cannot be gained via either the Abbey or St Alban Centre accesses.

Rumble 1 – 178km / 110.6 miles
Rumble 2 – 114.4 km / 71.1 miles
Rumble 3 – 78.2 km / 48.6 miles

Start times
Rumble 1 – from 8.00am to 9.30am
Rumble 2 – from 8.30am to 10.00am
Rumble 3 – from 9.00am to 10.00am

Riders are free to start in their own time this isn’t a mass start event. Please note that you are not allowed to start before your allotted start time.

How difficult is the course
The long route crosses the North York Moors and takes in the “monument” climbs of Boltby and Blakey Banks, Caper Hill at Glaisdale and the notorious Rosedale Chimney Bank. The middle route has Boltby Bank and Blakey Bank and the shorter route has Blakey Bank. We would recommend that the longer route is attempted only by riders with a regular training regime.

Do I need a helmet?

The event is insured by British Cycling and their regulations require a helmet to be worn.

A free breakfast is provided at the event HQ, where you need to register to ride.

Rumble 1 has three feed stations at Helmsley, Lealholm and Hutton-le-Hole.

Rumble 2 has two feed stations at Helmsley and Hutton-le-Hole.

Rumble 3 has one feed station at Hutton-le-Hole.

Each feed station is stocked with a combination of home-made sandwiches, cakes, energy gels and drinks etc. There will also be water stops at the top of Blakey Bank and Rosedale Chimney Bank. On return to the HQ a free pasta meal is provided.

Help for heroes
Once again we are proud to be associated with Help for Heroes as our nominated Charity. We contribute £1.00 of your entry to the Charity and offer promotional goods for sale on the day. In addition we invite you to take up your own sponsorship, just a few pounds per rider can raise thousands towards the support of those who have given so much for us. As a Ryedale Rumbler you will also receive a free tee-shirt featuring the Help for Heroes brand. After last year’s Army Khaki we move this year to Navy Blue.

An event timing service will once again be provided by Sport Ident using lanyard timing chips. This requires a log-in at the start, each feed and the finish to complete your time. Please note that this is not a competitive and event the times are for your own personal information. We do not publish a finishing order.

Route marking
Each route will be signed by our experienced team and checked on the morning of the event. We should point out however that at all times Highway Regulations must be observed and riders must ride in a safe and considerate way. The route has sections where sheep roam freely along the highway, there are also sections where deer are often seen, please take care.

Please take your litter home in your pocket, much of the route is in a National Park. Don’t destroy our landscape or place wildlife at risk. Chances are that if you do other riders will “out” you.

First Aid

First Aid coverage will be provided by the CVO Organisation and you will be provided with incident contact numbers with your registration pack. It is a large area to cover and so it can take a little time to reach you. If the emergency services are contacted it would be helpful is a fellow rider could make contact on the incident number to advise this.


Please make sure that you carry a pump, a spare inner tube or tubular tyre and a basic toolkit, ideally a multi-tool device. The team at our feed stations will assist you where they can and we will rescue you if totally immobilised. The route is challenging please pay particular attention to brakes, gears and tyres in preparing your bike.


We will once again have the services of our resident event photographer Martin Henson from Cycling Images with one other photographer to be announced. Click here to visit their website.

Closing date for entries
Entries for the event will close at 6.00pm on 24th August after which the online system will close and postal entries will be returned. We regret that we cannot accept entry on the day. The logistics of this event are demanding particularly, we have to create a safe event; we have to make sure that you are fed and fitted out in a tee-shirt of your size and that if you get lost on the North York Moors; we know who you are and who to contact

Is there a refund policy?
Sorry the answer has to be no, in many cases the entry fee will have been put to use long before the question is asked. We can however transfer your entry to another rider for a nominal fee of £5.00 to cover costs.

Can I change routes?
It is a lot easier for us if you can keep to your route as this avoids stocking difficulties at the feeds as well as staff there waiting for riders who don’t turn up. We realise that form can dip between entry and the ride and that best intentions don’t always turn out. If you fall into the regretting your bravado category and want to change before the day please advise us in advance. If you can’t cope with your route on the day then the timing will default to the number of feed stations that you have logged in at, please let the feed station staff know that you have missed your previous stop.

Is GPS mapping available?
Sadly we’ve not quite got there with mapping. The North York Moors is a Bermuda Triangle for coverage, computers, mobile phones, even satellite phones prove unreliable. The combination of remoteness and lack of masts in a National Park remain a challenge, but maybe next year?

What next
Within a week or so of your entry you’ll receive a follow up email from us, it will enclose details of Help for Heroes a request for special dietary requirements and confirmation of your tee-shirt size.

Our Team
We are British Cycling Yorkshire Region a group of volunteers who give up our time freely to support cycling. By the time the Rumble takes to the road the team will have spent most weekends and often days between keeping the wheels turning on our sport. The Rumble is different for us as it’s not a competitive event; after the cut and thrust of a season’s racing the Rumble is a welcome change of scene. We enjoy working with you and we hope that you will enjoy being with us for your day in North Yorkshire.

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