This will be the most glorious 60 miles you will ever bike. You will be hugging the beautiful North Northumberland coastline for the entire route. All 2000 cyclists will share the same feeling of being in complete wonder and just wanting the ride to never end.
How to enter the Great North Bike Ride
Great North Bike Ride
Great North Bike Ride route
Ride start: Seahouses Main Car Park (Tourist Information Centre) toilets and adjacent to high street
Type - Road
Distance - 60 mile approx
Elevation Gain - 1,746 ft
Famous Segments Name (Distance - Elev. Diff - Avg. Grade) STORM THE CASTLE 0.11 mi - 47 ft - 7.3%
Blyth - Seaton Sluice - 2.10 mi - 38 ft - 0.3%
Eaton sluice to Feathers - 1.90 mi - 71 ft - 0.1%
Sluice climb - 0.70 mi - 79 ft - 2.0%
Blyth roundabout to links roundabout - 1.73 mi - 62 ft - -0.7%
Pub to bend - 0.69 mi - 12 ft - -0.3%
Blyth Short Sprint - 0.26 mi - 16 ft - -1.1%
Feathers to Whitley - 1.19 mi - 25ft - -0.2%
ARB - Smooth Sweep - 0.26 mi - 8 ft - 0.1%
Spanish City to Top of Promenade Hill - 0.64 mi - 29 ft - 0.6%
Refreshments en-route (water, fruit, energy bars, etc.)
Transfers to the start and from the finish for an additional fee
The Great North Bike Ride starts at Seahouses Tourist Information Car Park at 8:50AM and ends at Tynemouth, outside the Priory.
You should never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends.
There will be water, bananas, energy bars and more on route to keep you hydrated and energised!
The route will be clearly signed by over 500 yellow signs. There are also over 100 marshals and 6 marshal cars to make sure you don't get lost, bike mechanics in case of technical difficulties, and ambulances in case of an emergency. So you'll be well looked after!
It is not compulsory but we recommended that all participants wear cycling helmets. Clothing should be such as to make participants visible at all times.
Does my entry fee include Medal and Cycle Top at the Great North Bike Ride?
Yes, your £35 registration fee includes Medal and Cycle Top, but please remember we rely on sponsorship money and donations. Your entry fee only covers the cost to put on the event.
Do I need to wear a cycle helmet at the Great North Bike Ride?
We know it is not compulsory but we recommended that all participants wear cycling helmets.
How much sponsorship do I have to raise in order to take part at the Great North Bike Ride?
The Great North Bike Ride is owned by and only fundraises for the Chris Lucas Trust - please note, no other charities are accepted. There is no minimum sponsorship limit for entry - but we hope you will ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you and help make a real difference to fighting childhood cancer. If 2,000 cyclists raise £50 each that's £100,000 for research into rhabdomyosarcoma.
Is there help on route in case I have problems on the Great North Bike Ride?
Yes, we have marshals along the route and radio operators every 5 miles. We use cars, vans, motorbikes and bikes on route and are also pleased to have bike mechanics supporting the ride. Heartmed will be there on the day with an ambulance, and additional first aid staff will be at Warkworth Castle High Street (by the monument) and also at Tynemouth (at Prior Haven Car Park). A sweep vehicle will follow the course ensuring no-one is left behind.
What happens if I get a puncture on the Great North Bike Ride?
Please make your way to the nearest marshal, all marshals are in contact with each other, they will assist you or call for further assistance.
Are there refreshments on route of the Great North Bike Ride?
Yes, you'll find free water, bananas, energy bars and more on route. We have a great reputation for looking after all our cyclists!
Is the route clearly sign posted on the Great North Bike Ride?
We have over 100 marshals on route, 6 marshal cars, 3 vans, 3 Heartmed Ambulances, 15 Motorbikes and bike mechanics. Radio Central Command Station with radio controllers throughout the route. Also we have over 500 large yellow signs letting you know where to go.
Can anyone take part in the Great North Bike Ride?
Yes, if you are under 16 years of age you are required to cycle with an adult over 18 years old.
What about accommodation if I travel up the day before?
Special offers are available for Great North Bike Ride cyclists, please contact us for more information and guidance here: [email protected]