Taking its name from the new GNAAS helicopter model, the 101-mile GYROplus route is enough to challenge even experienced riders.
Starting out as part of the main route, the split takes you to thigh-testing climbs, but the rewards are quiet, rolling roads through epic scenery. You can decide on the day whether you're up to the challenge.
- Registration: 0645 – 0745
- Brief: 0750
- Start: 0800
- Distance: 101.5miles (163.3km)
- Elevation: 6592ft (2009meters)
- Ride Time: 5-8 hrs
- Feed: Dales Bike Centre / Bowes Museum
- Hydration: Thwaite
- Price: £30
The GYROplus follows the same route as the classic GYRO, heading out from Great North Air Ambulance Service headquarters and through Teesdale to the historic town of Barnard Castle.
After the feed at the Bowes Museum, both routes 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.
At this point, you can decide to either continue into the Swaledale valley and the picturesque town of Reeth or turn right and complete the GYRO N3+ course. Be warned – it’s not for the faint-hearted! The Tan Hill climb awaits you, and after dropping down the superb road to Keld, you will follow the Swale through Thwaite, Muker and Gunnerside before the routes will merge once again.
After a rest stop and feed at the Dales Bike Centre, a climb to the final leg of the route heads towards Richmond and with only a few ‘updulations’ remaining riders will soon be able to see Teesside in the distance as they head for home, where a hero’s welcome awaits!Ready to ride?