This is a VC167
event running as part of the Audax UK calendar and is a premier event for Audaxers from all over the country. Last year's London Edinburgh London sold out with over 1000 riders signing up to tackle the grueling 1400km ride. Thankfully the National 400 is a 'mere' 400km long - just under 250 miles. The National 400 is an annual event which alternates between organisers in the south and the north of England. Hosting this in Ingleby Barwick is a true privilege and I'm certainly going to be signing up and taking part as a rider.
VC167 are promising a stunning route south to Ripon, then west to Hawes and Sedburgh, north to Carlisle before returning via Alston and Barnard Castle. A chance to return to the LEL route and a descent of Yad Moss at dawn. I loved Yad Moss, the climb from Alston is not particularly tough, but the descent from the top all the way down Teesdale to Barnard Castle was amazing. I rode this on the classic "Old 240
" a couple of years ago, it is wonderful.
We should be treated to the sunrise over the Cleveland hills which mark the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Who wouldn't want to take on a challenge like this, and see the north of England in glorious summer?
Getting to the start should be easy enough, there is plenty of parking at All Saints Academy, there is a big 24hr supermarket right next door, enabling stockpiling of cake for the journey. If you prefer to arrive by train, there are stations at:
- Yarm Station, Trans Pennine Express - 6km to the start
- Eaglescliffe Station, Grand Central Trains - 6km to the start without the big hill between
- Thornaby Station - Transpennine Express - 6km to the start
- Darlington Station - East Coast Trains - 20km from the start - take the A67 past Durham Tees Valley airport
Of course for our International Visitors there is Durham Tees Valley airport (MME) with three flights daily from Amsterdam with KLM
at £98 return and only 14km from the start.
Entries open on the 1st March... and I'm certainly going to be riding.
Labels: 400km, audax, Cycling, Ingleby Barwick, Long distance, national 400