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Rat Race – The Crossing

Bike 200mi
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Get ready to tackle 200 gnarly miles over 3 days as you take on the fully waymarked tracks that span through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. Sample some of the UK’s finest mountain biking as you ride through jaw-dropping scenery.

It’s a solid 3 day’s riding, that’s for sure. But it’s do-able by a large cross-section of adventurers and we know that this event has a very high completion rate by those who have previously attempted it. We aren’t talking about seasoned pros either. Chances are, we’re talking about you! Rat Race designs its events to be achievable; not impossible. This one is inside you – you just need to release your inner mountain biker! If in doubt, email us. We are always happy to advise on riding level and whether this is for you.

How to enter the Rat Race – The Crossing

  1. 200 Miles

    Bike 200mi
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Rat Race – The Crossing route

The route is tweaked as required from our landowner negotiations, you should expect more off-road than on and where we are on roads (or tarmac surfaces), these are predominantly quiet country lanes and cycle-ways which link together superb and varied off-road sections. Feedback from those who complete it say the road sections are a welcome change and allow the body to recover from some of the tougher off road action.

Event Details

What’s Included

Rat Race instalment plan – pay £100 up front with 6 instalments of £50 before the due date, totaling £400.

Registration is open on Thursday 9th August only. Please note that you cannot register on Friday morning before the event. Registration will be open from 3pm until 10pm.

What’s Included:

  1. Finisher’s Medal
  2. Race Tech Tee Worth £15
  3. Beer & Food Available for sale
  4. Paramedics On Site
  5. Bike Wash & Storage Facilities
  6. Fully Serviced Pit stops (At the Pit Stops we have some snacks available, water, medical facilities and toilets.)
  7. Hot Showers at Camp Sites
  8. Free Bag Transfers
  9. Free Finisher’s Photo
  10. Participant Camping Pass
  11. Fully Way marked Route
  12. Satellite Tracking
Kit List

England can be wet. Even in summer! You should dress on the ride to be self-sufficient for a day in the saddle and we will issue both mandatory and recommended kit lists. You will have access to dry gear from your bag at the overnight locations.

Although you will be required to carry some gear at all times that we will insist on. This will fit into a small backpack or hydration bladder bag, a bum bag or a large saddlebag. We will publish a mandatory kit list that must be carried by all participants at all times.


Supporters are welcome at the crossing and can join you at the overnight stops throughout as well as dipping in to see you along the route.

Each day has a halfway checkpoint where supporters are welcome to come and cheer you along. plus, they can come and see you cross the finish line each day at shap, northallerton and scarborough.

Supporters can join you at both the campsites for £20 per person. We also offer a glamping service and pitch and park, so you can bring your whole clan along. They can set up a tent for you ready for when you roll over the finishline, or we can set one up for you at each camp. Please see the camping and glamping information.

There is a huge amount to do and see as your supporters travel through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. From cheese museums to breweries and countryside walks, there is something for everyone whether young or old. Plus, they’ll get to relax with you in the evenings and enjoy freshly cooked stone-baked pizzas, beers and proper coffee in the overnight camps.


Please read these requirements.

You must be 16 years of age or older. 16 and 17 year olds must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian. You must attend the entirety of your shift which may include a pre-event orientation session. Our marshals play a critical role at our events. If you don’t show up, arrive late or leave early, it affects the event experience of thousands of #ratracers
9th august registration

The Beacon, W Strand, Whitehaven CA28 7LY

10th august registration: Shap Event Village

Farmers Field, Shap Penrith CA10 3PB

11th august registration: Northallerton event village
10:00- 18:00
Hambleton Leisure Centre, Stone Cross, Brompton, Northallerton DL6 2UZ
11th august registration: Finish Line

Scarborough Sea Front


What if I need to drop out of the event?

Our logistics team will be able to recover you and your bike from the course and take you onwards (east) to the next overnight location, where you will be reunited with your gear. You may choose to continue the next day to partially complete the whole event, or if you wish to drop out completely at that point, we will help you connect with onward travel to get you back to where you need to go. Please note, in these circumstances, we will attempt to connect you with the nearest town or public transport hub and cannot take participants back to the Start of the event.
Do you have feed stations at this event?

We do, but we call them Pit Stops. At the Pit Stops, we have some snacks available, water, medical facilities and toilets. See below to check out what you can expect at the Pit Stops in the way of food and drink.

Rat Race – The Crossing weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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