Ard Rock 18 final info and start times

Not long now Folks! Let’s hope you’ve been peddling those push irons plenty and you’re ready for an action packed weekend at Ard Rock 18. The course is looking better than ever and festival lineup is loaded with the world’s best mountain bike brands, live music, demo bikes, mouthwatering street food and of course the Black Sheep breweries infamous B’AAR! Whether you’re racing on Saturday or Sunday you’re welcome to join in the fun from the off. Camping is available from Thursday evening and the festival area opens at 10am on Friday morning. Check out the full event timetable in the information below for the full line up.

If you’ve been before you’ll know all about the stunning, skill testing landscape. If you haven’t been before it’s a properly wild, thrilling place to ride. It’s called the Ard Rock for a reason though so get ready to pump your tyres up hard, pick your lines carefully and ride within your limits.

This link contains the final info for your event, and your all important start time. Please read all of the information carefully.

ENDURO CLASS Final Info and start times – 3&4th August

SPRINT CLASS Final Info and start times – 3&4th August

MARATHON CLASS Final Info and registration times – 4th August

SPORT CLASS Final Info and start times -5th August

INTRO CLASS Final Info and start times – 5th August


Getting here
Use the postcode DL11 6AW to get to the event site then follow signs for parking and camping. Please check the latest traffic and road work information to avoid delays, you know how us Brits love a good traffic jam!

There are two Camping options at Ard Rock 18, the standard campsite, and the family campsite which you must book in advance. Standard camping is available onsite from 1900 on Thursday 3rd August, and you can stay until Monday morning for a fee of £5 per person per night which is payable on the gate. Please bring the correct amount, as change will be limited and pay when entering the event village. You will be given a ticket that you must display on your car dashboard. The standard camping fields have hot showers that take 3 x £1 coins (don’t forget them) and toilets. Day and night security will be in place at the event, but we must stress that it’s your responsibility to look after your kit and Ard Rock accepts no liability for damaged or lost equipment.

The family camping area is a five-minute walk away from the main event village and is close to the village of Reeth and the Reeth shop. It has indoor toilets, changing and showers, and it’s perfect for families or competitors that want to be a little bit further away from the event village. To book a pitch in the family camping area click here.

Day parking is free for competitors and £10 per car for visitors.

Camping rules and info

Spectators are welcome, but it’s worth noting that it’s a big old loop and parking is not permitted anywhere on course. We recommend walking up Fremington Edge to stage one which is a good 20 minute walk uphill, or watching some of stage seven later in the day. Please don’t use vehicles to get up to spectator points as there will be nowhere to park and you will become a hazard. Spectators must stay off the race stages and must take care on public roads and byways.

Food and drink
Eat in the street food area, grab a bite from the fantastic Dales Bike Centre Cafe or visit a local pub. From Pizza’s, Pasta and porridge to posh Coffee, Vegan and Gluten Free options, don’t worry we’ve got all bases covered to make sure you stay fueled up all weekend. The bar is open all weekend and serving everything from Yorkshire’s best beers to Gin and soft drinks for the kids. Food will be available on Thursday evening at Dales Bike Centre, from 10am to 10pm on Friday and from 7am to 10pm on Saturday and 7am to 6pm on Sunday.

Other useful info
Mobile phone signal is generally good but it can drop due to the increased number of people in the area.
Payments to food vendors and stands are made in cash due to limited internet services and the remote location, so please make sure you are prepared. The only way to obtain money whilst at the event is in the Reeth Village post office which is 5 minutes from the event site, but please be warned that this closes at midday on Saturday.

Expo and demos
Please follow this link for a full list of bike brands who are exhibiting and offering demo rides at Ard Rock 18.
Technical support for all riders is provided by SRAM and Shimano who will have a full race support setups.

Demo loop powered by Haibike
Maps of the demo and practice loop will be in the event village. There will be hundreds of bikes to try at Ard Rock including the new Haibike ebike range. Demo bikes and bookings will be available from individual stands from Friday onwards. You must bring valid ID and a bank card to loan a demo bike.

Maxxis Pump Track Championships
The Maxxis pump track Championships will take place on Saturday night at the Ard Rock Enduro Festival. Riders will have the opportunity to qualify for the final by riding 5 laps as fast as they can during the open pump track sessions on Friday and Saturday. The fastest 8 riders on the leaderboard will then go head to head in a knockout competition on a circular track to find the Maxxis pump track Champion! Kids’ and adults’ bikes will be available all weekend for free use on the pump track or timed sessions.


1000 – 1430 Practice registration for Sprint and Enduro Riders*
1000 – 1730 Practice for Sprint and Enduro Riders
1845 – Race briefing
*Enduro and Sprint riders must collect number boards from registration before entering the course

0715 – 1110 Registration for Enduro riders*
0715 – 1000 Registration for Marathon riders** (at allocated time only)
0745 – 1140 Enduro riders set off (last rider expected back at 1730)
1000 – Marathon Event Starts
1115 – 1300 Registration for Sprint riders*
1145 – 1330 Sprint riders set off (last rider expected back at 1730)
*Register 30 minutes before your start time. Make sure you know your number.
**Only register at your allocated time slot

0715 – 1055 Registration for Sport event riders*
0715 – 0820 Registration for Intro riders*
0745 – 1125 Sport riders set off (last rider expected back at 1730)
0745 – 0850 Intro riders set off (last rider expected back at 1430)
*Register 30 minutes before your start time. Make sure you know your number.


1900 – Camping arrivals permitted
2300 – Gates close

1000 – Festival area open including food, drink, demos and pump track and skills course
1000 – 1800 Maxxis Pump Track qualification laps
1500 – Lizzie Sykes on the main stage
1630 – We Steal Flyers on the main stage
1800 – Zeb on the main stage
1945 – Punk on Your Hits on the Main stage
2200 – Festival area and camping area gates close

0700 – Gates open
0900 – Festival area open (breakfast from 7am)
1315 – Alyssa Podesta on the main stage
1430 – Sykes sisters on the main stage
1600 – Swilly Chill on the main stage
1745 – Friday Street on the main stage
1800 – 1900 Peaty’s ‘Appy Hour at the Bar
1945 – 2030 Maxxis Pump Track Championships
1900 – Prize Presentation, Charity raffle, Sport and Intro event brief
2030 – UK Foo Fighters on the main stage
2300 – Festival area and gates close

0700 – Gates open
0900 – Festival area open (breakfast from 7am)
1000 – 1700 Big Air bag
1200 – Kids skills and racing at the pump track
1400 – We steal Flyers on the main stage
1630 – The Harringtons
1730 – 1800 Presentation
1830 – Festival area closed

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