Event Information

Ride Detail

Distance: 300Km

Terrain: 50:50 Gravel/Tarmac Split   

Elevation: 4,600m Elevation Gain

The Salsa Frontier 300 is not a race but an epic, supported ride from the west coast of Scotland to the east coast of England. Your aim is to get to our Salsa Beach Party – Frontier style!

The start window is between 4:15am and 4:45am from Rockcliffe, we will light the fire early evening and our caterers will serve evening meals from 7pm. There will be camping and showers at the finish and you will be able to send a limited amount of luggage ahead for your camp.

Riders have the option of doing the event solo or as a pair. Paired riders will have designated ‘hand over’ points along the route where one rider can pass the timing baton to the other.

 

Each rider will be given a route booklet with event information as well as maps of the course. All forest sectors will be signed with course marking arrows and tape, linking road sections will be clearly marked in the route booklet and via the event gpx files.

Please note that a degree of navigation is required on the linking road sections between the forests. At 96km there is a short steep carry which is not suitable for road style pedals.

Riders should ensure that they remain on the event route in case we need to locate you.

Whilst we expect riders to aim to finish late Saturday/early Sunday we appreciate that unforeseen circumstances may prevent this. Our final Feed Station at around 230km will have facilities to allow riders to get a few hours rest. For rider safety you will not be allowed to leave there between 10:30 and 04:00.

Our closing event will be the Salsa Brunch on the Beach (food/drinks included in the entry) from 10:30-12:00 on the Sunday morning. This will be a chance for all riders to come together, share finishing stories, epic moments and celebrate their achievements.

The Terrain

The Salsa Frontier 300 is a well balanced mix of good forest access tracks and minor roads. The forest sectors tend to be fairly fast with wide hard pack surfaces, though the route does climb to over 500m, with one hike a bike section, most of the climbing is relatively steady.

Quiet roads and established cycle routes are a good chance to get a breather and pick up some speed.

A Gravel bike with a good range of gears and disc brakes is the ideal machine for this route, or a lightweight MTB. E-bikes are not allowed. We recommend 38mm or above tyres to give that extra comfort, though a good ‘cross’ tyre would suffice. MTB style clipless pedals and shoes are a must (definitely not road shoes and pedals!) as the section of hike a bike is short but quite steep – it is worth it for the view and the amazing descent!

Start/Finish

Start – Registration will be at Colvend Village Hall, where there will be toilets, limited parking and indoor space to re-assemble bikes if required. There is a range of accommodation available locally for Friday night. Further details can be found in the Logistics section, with camping within 1Km of the start.

Rider Briefing will take place at registration. There will be no announcements in the morning as we will need to respect local residents with our early start!

Finish – The finish at Druridge Bay will have camping, toilets and shower facilities (all included in entry), along with various catering options to buy. This will be available to supporters too (Friends and Family entry) and there is plenty of parking, and hard standing for vans/campers. If you prefer not to camp, there are accommodation options nearby.

Druridge Bay is a great place for riders to relax and for family and friends to spend the day. There are miles of sandy beaches, woodland walks, parkland to explore and a lake. We expect many riders to take the chance to relax into Sunday and enjoy their achievement.

We hope everyone will be able to stay and celebrate their achievement at the Salsa ‘Brunch on the Beach’ from 10.30am on Sunday – included in the entry.

Compulsory Equipment

Due to the nature of the event ALL riders MUST carry the following items in addition to their riding kit (with the exception of the waterproof). These may be checked at any point on the route. Any rider who does not have this will not be allowed to ride.

  • Whistle
  • Survival Blanket/bivi bag
  • Waterproof Jacket (taped seams)
  • Spare warm layer (jersey/jacket)
  • Full leg cover (leg warmers/tights)
  • Spare base layer – we recommend a long sleeve for the cool morning/evening
  • Warm hat/Buff
  • Front light with a minimum 3hr burn time and at least 300 lumens
  • Rear light with flashing mode
  • Mobile phone
  • Cash for any extra purchases
  • Food for the duration of the event
  • Ability to carry at least 1.5l of water
  • Spare tubes, tools, lube, split chain link and a pump

We would also strongly advise that riders carry a GPS device with the route loaded plus sufficient spare batteries/back up power for the duration of the event. Feed Stations will have some access to USB charging facilities but should not be relied on.

Riders should make additional preparations in light of the weather forecast.

Cut-offs

Riders should be aware that this is a long event requiring a level of independent planning and a good degree of fitness. Due to the nature of the route, once riders start they are committing to a long day in the saddle.

We will be producing a ‘Salsa Frontier 300 Riders Guide’ in the coming weeks full of tips on preparation and completing the event as well as answering some of those frequent questions. Look out for insider tips from some of the UK’s experienced adventurers on two wheels.

As a guide we would expect riders to be able to ride in the region of 15kph average in order to make the crossing on the Saturday. This allows some time for short stops at Feed Stations.

Discretionary cut-offs at Feed Stations 2 and 3 will be used to ensure rider safety and general welfare.

Feed 2: 13:30

Feed 3: 17:30

At these times riders may be transported along the route to continue or transported to the finish. In this eventuality we cannot guarantee that this will happen immediately, so ask riders to get their warm clothes on and bare with us until we have looked after all participants.

Entries

Entries Open 01.01.2020 – 10am

Solo: £95,  Pairs relay: £90/rider (£180 per pair)

Entries include:

  • Navigation – Route mapping, signage and GPX files
  • Drop Bag Transport
  • Electronic timing and checkpoint tracking
  • Marshal support at regular intervals and sweep riders/vehicles.
  • Professional medical cover
  • Detailed route booklet covering all ride sectors
  • Event liability insurance (does not cover loss, theft or damage of equipment and/or bicycles)
  • Supporters Handbook with maps, support points and things to see and do
  • 4 support posts (food, water, mechanic and medical support)
  • Hot meal at Feed 3
  • Baggage transport to the finish
  • Drop Bag transport to Feed 3
  • Camping at the finish, with showers and toilets
  • Camping gear transfer to the finish (10Kg limit)
  • Brunch on the Beach on Sunday – Salsa Frontier hospitality

Please note that the Frontier 300 is an A2B route, as such riders should be aware that a high degree of self-sufficiency is required.

Family and Friends/Supporters:

Adults: £12, Children £4

Ticket includes:

  • Access to the event villages
  • Camping at the finish on Saturday
  • Brunch on the Beach with riders
  • Access to showers etc at the finish
  • Detailed maps and information about meeting places and things to do along the route

Event Schedule

Provisional details for the event schedule can be found in the link below.

Registered Frontier 300 riders shall receive updates to the schedule via email closer to the time of the event.

Logistics

Transport

Getting to the start and back from the finish may seem like a big problem to solve, but there are a few stress free options:
  • Coach shuttles from/to Carlisle, with bikes and gear taken by van (£25 each way)
  • Have your own support crew, who drive across and join in the fun and have a day out. (see Rider Support with suggestions for things to see and do – more details will follow)
  • Get the coach shuttle to the start, but meet friends/family for the fun at the finish, and a lift home (See the Tepee options in the accommodation section below for some family glamping on the beach!)
  • Ride as a relay pair, and share the support driver role, switching roles at designated places (you can split the ride into several manageable chunks and arrive at the finish with your vehicle and gear)
  • Both start and finish are accessible via rail (plus some riding), though Sunday may involve riding to Morpeth station (12 miles).

 

Accommodation

Friday options near the start:

Saturday at the finish:

  • campsite at the finish is included in your entry. Luggage will be transferred.
  • Tepees in place when you arrive – carpeted, lighting, proper mattress and bedding ready for your arrival. 2 person – £130, 3 person £150, 4 person £170. See Northern Star Tepees Friday night stay is included for friends/family who want to make a weekend of joining you at the finish.

Parking – There is parking available both at the start and finish.

Bike Shuttle – Those using the coach from/to Carlisle should make sure that their bike is securely packed in a cardboard bike box (most bike shops will have these available). We cannot transport unpacked bikes!
The shuttle coach will leave Carlisle on Friday 12th June at 4-4:30pm prompt.
Return shuttle will leave Druridge Bay at around midday, arriving back in Carlisle at around 2pm.
Cars can be left at the shuttle departure point.
Riders will be responsible for unpacking and assembling at registration though we will have a couple of mechanics available to assist if needed.
Boxes will then be transported to the finish to be used on the return. Make sure that you pack extra tape! (edited) 

Rider Support

Regular ‘support outposts’ at 60, 110, 180 and 230km will provide food and drinks, access to basic spares/mechanics and medical help.

  • 60km – basic feed stop with water, energy product, tray bakes, savoury nibbles, sweet treats, bananas etc
  • 110km – hot drink, water, energy product, tray bakes, sweet/savoury nibbles, bananas. There is also a cafe with an opportunity to buy food if needed.
  • The 180km Feed Station will provide a basic hot meal for all riders (eg. soup/sandwich). Riders will also be able to send their Drop Bag to this location.
  • 230km – hot drink, water, energy product, tray bakes, sandwiches, bananas etc.

The route passes through numerous towns and villages. Regular locations will be provided for private support vehicles to meet riders and for ‘Relay Pairs’ to support each other and/or hand over the timing baton.

Support vehicles should not use the roads on the route, except those highlighted by the organisers. A ‘Supporter’s Handbook’ will provide all these details – to follow.

For any family/friends/loved ones wishing to follow riders the ‘Supporter’s Handbook’ will provide access route, places of interest, cafe stops etc. Why not come along and enjoy the fun?

Drop Bags – Riders can send a drop bag to Feed 3 at 180km. This should be prepared beforehand and handed into registration – riders will be limited to one  10 litre bag, with a number clearly visible. We recommend a dry bag with a number in permanent marker.

Use your drop bag for a few small items of spare clothing – change of gloves/base layer – and for some extra treats for the final push. Drop Bags will be transported onto the finish for collection at the end of the event. Please do not include any valuable items, we cannot be held responsible for any losses!

 

 

Terms & Conditions

For the full Terms & Conditions, please follow the link below.

Completion of an entry form or purchase of an entry by every participant acknowledges acceptance of these Terms and Conditions by the participant.