The Ride will begin and end at Raby Castle, Staindrop, Co. Durham, DL2 3AH
The castle site will be open to members of the public as usual on the day of the event, please follow any signs and adhere to speed limits within the castle grounds.
Registration opens at 0700 and the ride will commence at 0900. Family loop riders and E Bike participants will begin once other riders have departed. Riders must register before commencing the ride. At registration you will receive your rider number and a timing chip. After registration, riders will be gathered for a short briefing before the ride commences. We will have some sharpie markers if you would like to write any important medical info or emergency contact details on the back of your number board.
If you are joining us on Saturday evening you are free to arrive from midday onwards.
We have catering and a licensed bar on site, there is a strict no camp fire/bbq policy. You should also bring your own water.
Please be respectful of the countryside and those of us that have to tidy up afterwards when discarding empty vessels and any other rubbish. And remember you have a big day ahead of you, don’t go daft! We won’t be policing you, we are in it for a good time too but if anyone gets rowdy to the point that they are ruining everyone else’s enjoyment and/or preventing riders getting a decent night’s sleep, they will be respectfully asked to leave the site and will not be able to take part in the event in any capacity.
All campers should come equipped as they normally would for a night outside. Keep yourself warm, have a torch and whatever other little luxuries you can think of.
The course for this event is one continuous loop. After starting, riders will not re-enter the event village until the end.
The course is clearly marked with unmistakeable Berzerker signs, please follow them. There will be marshals at regular intervals, particularly at points where there could conceivably be confusion as to which direction you should go or where there is the possibility of things getting on the techy side. Please listen to them.
Bear in mind that every single one of the marshals and people there helping out are doing so for free and are doing so in order that you can enjoy your time with us as safely and hassle free as possible. Treat them with the respect they deserve. If you can manage a smile through gritted teeth, all the better!
Riders should follow directions at all times, course constraints are there for your safety and enjoyment but also because most of the course is on private land. We are guests and should act accordingly. If you choose to ride off course, that’s your decision and you will not be covered by the event. If you find yourself going in the wrong direction by accident, stay calm retrace your wheels until you find a marshal and they will set you right.
If adverse conditions or unforeseen circumstances on the day mean that alterations to the course or cut off times need to be implemented, please accept that this decision is not undertaken lightly and there is a good reason for it.
This is for your safety and for the safety and comfort of those marshals and helpers that will be tidying up etc.
Please take all rubbish home with you, there is no excuse for throwing gel wrappers etc. on the trail.
Aside from short stretches of public highway ALL LAND WE WILL BE RIDING ON IS PRIVATELY OWNED, IF WE DO NOT TREAT IT WITH RESPECT, WE RISK SPOILING THE GOOD REPUTATION OF THE EVENT AND JEOPARDISING FUTURE EVENTS.
For the same reason, please do not ride the course outside of the event. Ever. Close all gates where required. Slow down for wildlife, people, and cars. We have a zero tolerance policy toward horrible people.
When on moorland it is especially important to stick to the marked trail in order to minimise disturbance to nesting grouse.
A Water and food station will be available on route but riders should not rely upon it, make sure you have liquids and food with you.
It’s not a race! Enjoy your ride, have fun. You don’t need to be going like an athlete (unless you want to) but this is a very challenging loop, it will take some effort. You aren’t going to be able to hang around at the water station for 40 minutes or stop for a picnic.
One last thing, we would really appreciate it if you keep your strava off or at least upload to private. You won’t be riding outside of the event, why should other people that don’t want to enter benefit from you paying whilst putting the future of the event at risk?
Here is some equipment we think is essential:
Personal medical kit
Rain Jacket or windproof/softshell, depending on conditions
Fluids, enough for at least 6+hrs of riding
Fully charged mobile phone
Suitable repair kit, including multi tool, inner tube or patches and pump.
You are of course free to carry any further equipment you deem necessary to complete the ride. Food and water stations will be situated along the course.
These items may either be carried in a backpack or on the frame of the bike. Cycle computers and GPS may also be used although we will not be giving out any GPS details of the course.
Paramedic cover will be provided and full medical cover both on course (In a 4x4 vehicle) and from an identifiable Base Station in the event arena. A paramedic and assistant will be onsite.
Any full suspension or hardtail bike of good quality will be able to complete all sections. Suspension bikes with 3 -6 inch of travel are deemed ideal. Choose whatever gear you feel most comfortable in but remember it’s going to be a long day!
Here are some General Rules, have a read of them. When you sign in on the day we are making the assumption that you are agreeing to the following:
1. All riders must be self sufficient
2. Helmets are compulsory and must be worn securely at all times during the event. The helmet must be free from damage and meet the latest international safety requirements and carry either the Snell or Kite Mark. You may wear either open or full face helmets.
3. Gloves, knee or elbow pads are recommended, but not compulsory.
3. Damaging, Moving or removing any course marking will result in disqualification. Also not keeping within the designated route or course markings will also result in disqualification. Obey all course markings and warnings at all times and exercise caution when approaching all crossings and junctions.
4. Bar end plugs must be fitted throughout the duration of the event.
5. Foul or abusive language towards event coordinators, officials, marshals or members of the public will result in instant disqualification.
6. Retirees must inform the event organizers of their retirement.
7. Any injuries incurred during the event, no matter how slight, must be shown to the event medical staff before leaving the site or reported to the event officials on the course. Event officials have the right to stop you continuing until seen by official medical staff if they deem your injury too severe. It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure they do not continue to riding whilst injured, if by doing so they may incur the risk of further injury. Please stop and help fellow riders if they are injured. If the rider is unable to move and is in danger of being struck by other participants then please call the emergency numbers given and warn those riders following to stop if safe for you to do so. Do not attempt to move the rider or give aid unless qualified to do so unless the situation is life threatening.
8. All instructions given by event officials must be observed.
9. Your ride number must be clearly displayed on the front of your bike at all times.
10. All equipment used by you must be of suitable construction, mechanically sound and safe to use for its intended purpose and used at your own risk.
11. You must hand back your ride timer chips at the end of the ride or, in case of retirement, return to the event village return your chip and inform an organiser that you have retired from the ride. Failure to return timing chip incurs a £50 charge.
12. Please inform friends or family members that come to spectate to stay a safe distance from riders
13. If you suspect a marker has been removed please inform the nearest marshal.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the day, stay safe and look out for one another.
Cancelations & Refunds
The Northern Berzerker organisers reserve the right to modify or cancel any event if circumstances beyond the control of the organiser should arise. This includes cancellation of event due to extreme weather, acts of God, violence, civil disobedience and war.
If the event is cancelled we will not be liable for costs of travel fares, hotels, or any other expenses that may be incurred.
It is your responsibility to ensure the event is going ahead before travelling. We will do our best to inform you if the event has to be cancelled but we do not accept liability if we are unable to contact you. We strongly advise that you check before making travel and accommodation arrangements.
If the event is cancelled we are unable to refund or part refund any entry fee. We are also unable to transfer your entry to another event.
We reserve the right to make changes to the rules on the day should we encounter problems beyond our control.
Waiver of liability
Every rider understands and admits that their participation in the event is voluntary. Riders assume full responsibility for any injuries or damages from their participation in, or practice for, the event. Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity and comes with inherent risk. All riders have the responsibility to ensure that they are in good health and can cope with the physical demands of the event. Participants must read the event regulations and agree to the entry terms and conditions as stated above by the organiser. Every rider acknowledges that by entering the event that they have read and understood and accepts this entire waiver of liability and agrees to be legally bound by it.