Entries for the Clennell Colossus (14th June, 2015), set in Northumberland's majestic Cheviot Hills, have been flowing in thick and fast since they opened 3 weeks ago. This is a 45 mile, single loop cross-country challenge aimed at any level of rider - as long as you're fit! There's plenty of long uphills and fast down-hills on offer and each rider can make of it what they will. There is a good mix of terrain thrown in with forest tracks, grassy old drovers roads and loose rock paths, and the views are something to savour forever.
One of the aims of the event is to bring people to the area as the Northumberland National Park could have been tailor made for outdoor sports, such as mountian biking. Big bulky fells spread out over a large geographical area make for good riding in one of England’s most remote areas. High Fell Events have worked closely with The Forestry Commission, British Cycling, National Park and many more to make this event happen and the reception it has received is tremendous.
The event starts and finishes at the impressive Clennell Hall Country House, which is now sold out of rooms for the night before the event. There is however free camping on offer for people to stay Friday, Saturday and Sunday so they can bring friends and family and make a weekend of it. With a bar, restaurant, free wi-fi, showers, toilets, bike wash and more you can really relax. There are other b&b's in the area if needed and High Fell Events will offer advice if you have any queries.
The route will be well marked and there will be feed stations, water and even a nice little cafe along the way where any non competitors can come and see people as they ride through. A safety team will be on hand and at the finish there will be a t-shirt waiting for you to remind you of the serious pain you went through to get it!
The Clennell Colossus is proving to be a very popular event and is much anticipated on the 2015 calendar. At £22 to enter it's not hard to see why. A portion of every entry is donated to the local Mountain Rescue Team.
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