2020 is a year of vision, as we look back at last year's GYRO and look forward to this year's event.
This year the GYRO has been revamped and 2020 sees the introduction of two new rides alongside this classic route.
- Registration: 0700 – 0745
- Brief: 0750
- Start: 0800
- Distance: 81.4miles (131km)
- Elevation: 4788ft (1459meters)
- Ride Time: 4-7 hrs
- Feed: Dales Bike Centre / Bowes Museum
- Hydration: Thwaite
- Price: £30
The GYRO is the Great North Air Ambulance Service Yearly Ride Out.
The GYRO is an epic route that starts from the GNAAS base on Teesside and takes in some of the best roads in the area.
Both the GYRO and GYRO+ follow the same route out through Teesdale to the historic town of Barnard Castle. After the feed at the Bowes Museum, both rides cross the A66 and head along quiet roads to the imposing climb over ‘The Stang’. This famous climb tops out at 20% and will be a real test of legs and lungs but once conquered riders will be rewarded with a real gem of a descent.
Here you can decide to either continue into the Swaledale valley and the picturesque town of Reeth or turn right and complete the GYRO+ course.
The routes will merge at the FANTASTIC Dales Bike Centre, and after a feed and an ‘unclassified’ (haha) climb, the final leg of the course heads towards Richmond. With only a few ‘updulations’ remaining riders will soon be able to see Teesside in the distance as they head for home and a hero’s welcome on quiet scenic roads…