Ard Rock final info and start times for all events
Not long now eh! Let’s hope you’ve been peddling those push irons plenty and you’re ready for an action packed weekend at Ard Rock 17. 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 expo area opens at 10am on Friday morning. Don’t forget you can win some amazing prizes in the Ard Rock charity raffle on Saturday night including Hope Wheels, Rockshox forks, SRAM Eagle, Troy Lee Clothing, an Orange Clockwork frame and Fiveten shoes. Check out the full event timetable below, Friday evening’s live music with Big Red and the Grinners is not to be missed!
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.
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! If you’re camping please use entrances 1 or 2 and if you’re parking only please use entrance 3 or 4. Please see this site map for further info https://ardrock.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/AR17-site-map.png
Camping is available onsite from 1800 on Thursday 3th August and you can stay until Monday morning for a fee of £5 per person per night. Please bring the correct amount as change will be limited and pay when entering the event village where you will be given a ticket that you must display on your car dashboard. The camping fields have hot showers that take new £1 coins and toilets. There will be skips at the event that you can dump your rubbish in before you leave, please bring your own bin bags. 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. BBQ’s and open fires are strictly not permitted on the campsite, and fire extinguishers will be located at the entrance, in the main marquee and the toilets.
Please bring your tickets to the gate.
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 six 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
A wide variety of food and drink will be available all weekend from the food stands and Dales Bike Centre which is next to the event village. Offerings include the following and more; Porridge, flapjack, cakes, crepes, tea, coffee, burgers, sausages, pulled pork, burritos, roast chicken, salad, full english breakfasts, pizza, paella, curry, sandwiches, baked potatoes, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and energy bars. Food will be available 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 poor and can get worse when more people are trying to use the network, EE is best but service is still limited.
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
2017 Exhibitors include Santa Cruz, Stif Cycles, Zerode Bikes, Maxxis Tyres, CamelBak, Ard Rock merchandise, Mountain Biking UK magazine, Hope Technology, Exposure Lights, USE Components, Transporterland, SRAM, Shimano, Fiveten, Identiti Bikes, Fox Suspension, Nicoli Geometron, Cotic Cycles (Demos), Clif bar, Nuun Hydration, Crankbrothers, Ergon, Polygon Bikes, O’Neal, Marin (Demos), RWD Brakes, Ohlins Suspension, DMR Bikes (demos), Pivot (demos), Julbo, Stans No Tubes, Nukeproof (Demos), Scott Bikes (Demos), Dirtwash and Weldtite, Bliss Protection, DT Swiss, Stanton Bikes, Specialized Bicycles (Demos), Haibike (Ebike Demos), Lapiere (Ebike Demos), Evil Bikes (Demos), Fibrax, Islabike kids bikes (Demos), Fox Clothing, Enve, Intense, Troy Lee, Fenwicks, Sweet Protection, OD Designs, Orange bikes, Whyte Bikes.
Technical support for all riders is provided by SRAM who will be present in their World Cup support truck, and Shimano who will have a full race support set up.
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. A special demo loop will be marked out.
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.
More info here https://ardrock.co.uk/maxxis-pump-track-championships-ard-rock/