The route is close to a 50:50 split of tarmac and forest roads (all comfortably rideable on 40mm tyres). There is a 500m hike-a-bike which is steep, suitable for off road riding shoes only.
Whilst any off-road capable bike will work, a gravel or adventure road type bike with drop bars will be most efficient on the long tarmac sections.
Think of it as a relay. You share the riding and the tracker/timing. There’ll be several points along the route highlighted as changeover locations, where you can park the vehicle you’ll share (or you could have a support driver?) and ‘pass the baton/tracker’ for your partner to ride the next section. You can switch over riders anywhere along the route, though the locations we highlight will be preferable, and can switch over as often as you like. It’s a team effort and you both get to enjoy the beach side celebration at the finish.
Each rider will carry a satellite tracker, which will allow anyone (with internet access) to follow their progress. This will allow pair/relay riders or other rider supporters to see where riders are and to coordinate when and where they can meet up. Event staff will not be able to give information to supporters on the location of riders.
There are a number of hotels and B&Bs within a short ride of the start at Rockcliffe. Search for Rockcliffe, Colvend or Kippford (there is a 10min off-road route from Kippford to the start). We have set aside camping space at Castle Point Campsite for £10 and this should be booked directly with them, using the contacts here:https://www.castlepointcc.com. Mention that you are coming for the Frontier 300.
Camping at the finish is included in your entry (toilets and showers available), but you will need to provide your own equipment. We will transport equipment from the start to the finish, from three pick up points – the car park at the start in Rockcliffe, Castle point campsite and the registration hall at Colvend. You can drop equipment at any of these points before 5am and it will be taken to the finish for your arrival (but you’ll need to pitch your own tent….).
Alternatively, treat yourself to some glamping, by booking a luxury tepee from Northern Star Tepees – it will be ready for you when you roll into the finish (sleeps up to 4). There are also a range of B&B and hotel options not too far away – search NE61 5BX.
Included in your entry are two types of baggage transfer. Firstly, we’ll take your spare clothing and camping gear from the start to the finish. This should be of similar size to the carry on luggage allowed by airlines – a small holdall or rucksack. Please make sure everything is in the bag and not attached to the outside. Depending on your arrangements for Friday night, this bag can be left with us at registration (Colvend Hall), the start car park or Castle Point Campsite. They will be picked up for transfer from 5am. Secondly, we’ll transfer a small drop bag to Feed 3 at 180Km. details of this bag can be found in the ‘Rider Support’ section.
The shuttle services are designed to get you and your bike and kit to the start and back from the finish.The shuttle to the start will leave Carlisle (parking is provided) around 5pm on Friday, arriving at the start around 6.30pm. There will also be a pick up from Carlisle Railway Station if required, around 4pm. You will travel on a coach, with your bike and equipment in a van. Bikes and equipment must be packed in a bike box, to avoid damage to bikes and to make packing easier and safer for staff. Boxes are available at most bike shops and we can have some available for those travelling by train (please email [email protected] to request a box). Drop offs near the start will be at registration in Colvend and at Castle point campsite. For campers, it may be easiest to set up at Castle Point and then ride the 1.5 miles to registration – make sure your bike is working. There will be mechanic assistance at registration.
The shuttle back to Carlisle from the finish will depart Druridge Bay around 1pm, arriving in Carlisle around 3pm. Shuttles are available to book separately (one way only, either way), but if only booking the return shuttle, make sure you have a box to pack your bike at the finish.
Included in your entry are a number of on route feed stations providing water, snacks and Outdoor Provisions energy products. Feed 2 (Eskdalemuir) is at a cafe where additional food can be purchased. Feed 3 (Kielder) will include a hot meal and you will be able to access your Intermediate Drop Bag (please note that this is separate to your camp bag which goes to the finish. Also included is brunch, 10.30-12 on Sunday morning.
Catering at the start is more limited. There is a cafe and small shop next to the registration venue, but opening times are limited (shop closes at 6pm, cafe at 4pm). We are negotiating extended opening and an evening meal option – watch this space.