Mass start, 60km loop through epic Ard Rock terrain with special timed singletrack climbs, descents and flat out grinds.


In 2018 we added the Ard Rock Marathon to open options for those who wanted a big ride out that would test fitness and skill. Hands up, it was a bit too tame, so we’ve redesigned the course and mixed up the format to create an exciting new event called the Ard Rock Epic. The new course includes more exclusive singletrack, special timed sections, big height drops and an adventure to Swaledale’s hardest to reach areas, highest hills and deepest Valleys.

Sharpen your elbows to battle from the front the moment the tape lifts or mooch at the back and enjoy the ride with your mates – the Ard Rock Epic is your event to ride as you want. A test of fitness as well as riding skills, the Epic is an all-round challenge for all-round mountain bikers, set against the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales.


The Ard Rock Epic is a mass start ride from the event village, combining traditional Dales doubletrack with technical singletrack and special timed challenges along the way. Ride for an overall time like a Sportive or save your legs for the timed sections, the choice is yours. Once you’re under way there’s no stopping though, the Epic is a continuous ride from start to finish. At the finish you’ll receive an overall time and then times for each of the special stages. Collect your number boards and and timing chips on Saturday morning, line up for the start and ride ‘Ard to earn those beers and bragging rights when you get back to the event village!


  • Fully marked route
  • Event centre facilities
  • Number board
  • Course map
  • Event programme
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Water station
  • Event photography
  • Mechanical support
  • Emergency support
  • Safety marshals
  • On site catering and beer tent
  • Spot prizes
  • Instant results service
  • Technical support
  • Parking

For those wishing to camp at the event please see this page