The event HQ will be at Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre, Kielder, Hexham, Northumberland NE48 1ER.

Gravel Expo

2018 will see the first edition of the Dirty Reiver Gravel Expo.  A display by sponsor brands and related businesses of all things gravel.

We hope riders will travel up early Friday to enjoy a full weekend of Dirty Reiver with riding, beers and good times in plentiful supply.

Starting midday Friday so plan your travel appropriately.


The event village at Kielder Castle will allow the riders access to;

  • Toilets
  • Hot and cold food
  • A campsite in close proximity (see below for details)
  • Car Parking (additional charge per day payable via parking meters)

Course Map

The 2018 course map and GPX files are outlined below:



DIRTY 130 (130km)

The route will be marked and signed and route signage will always take precedence over the GPS track to allow for any last minute routing changes.


Entry fee for both the Dirty Reiver and Dirty One Thirty for 2018 is £60 Entry includes;

  • Event T shirt
  • Event limited edition goods
  • Sponsor products included in goody bag.
  • Hot food at finish (2 courses plus tea/coffee). Vegetarian and Gluten free options available.
  • Way marked course and GPX route
  • Feed stations
  • Full medical team back up
  • Car Parking for the weekend (Friday 12:00 to Sunday 12:00)

In addition to the standard entry fee, riders can also purchase;

  • Mechanical support available on course
  • Bike wash (located on campsite)

Any queries on entries please contact us via the contact form or contact@focal.events

Feed Stations

There will be 3 feed stations available en route at approximately 60, 100 and 150km (2 feed stations on Dirty One Thirty Route, 60 and 100km). Each feed station will aim to provide;

  • Water
  • Energy Drink
  • Snack foods such as bananas, cake bars etc
  • If weather dictates then hot drinks.

The feed stations will also allow access to a track pump, basic tools, lubricants and a limited supply of inner tubes which can be obtained by exchange of a punctured tube. The food and support provided by these feed stations should not be a riders only form of support and each rider should aim to carry enough food and spares to complete the event. A drop bag may be submitted for transfer to the 100km feed station. A bag will be provided at the sign on to be clearly marked with rider name.Please do not include additional water bottles or fluids. The organisers accept no responsibility for return of these drop bags so please do not include anything you expect returned.

Mechanical Support

There will be mechanical support available at some points on the course (locations will be confirmed on the day).This is a service additional to the entry fee and any repairs and parts will be billed for at the finish.Where possible we will aim to subsidise this service.


The event, though non-competitive, will be timed from start to finish and intermediate split times will be taken at points on the course (an important safety measure).

Finishing Times

All riders will be provided their finishing time upon return to the event village. The Dirty Reiver 200 finishing times will be classified as follows;

  • Highwayman – Finishing time less than 8 hours and 30 minutes
  • Outlaw – Finishing time less than 10 hours
  • Brigand – Finishing time over 10 hours

Rider Briefing

In an effort to ensure every rider is well informed, a detailed rider briefing is available to download below:


This presentation should be viewed prior to sign on. However, we will make an effort to present this information at the Event HQ.

A brief summary will be made approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the event and any changes or notifications will be made then.

Any queries please contact us at contact@focal.events

Rider List

Please check you are correctly registered and make note of your rider number as this wil make sign on quicker:


Please email us at contact@focal.events should you have a query regarding your entry.

Required Kit

The required kit is applicable to both Dirty Reiver and Dirty One Thirty riders.

  • Emergency Whistle
  • Survival blanket
  • Waterproof jacket (as a minimum taped or welded seams).
  • Warm hat or buff type head covering.
  • Front light, at least 200 lumens or suitable for navigation and riding in the dark with at least a 2hr burn time.
  • Rear light with a flashing mode
  • Mobile phone
  • Food for the duration of the event
  • Ability to carry at least 1.5 litres of water

Recommended Kit

  • Bike with 33c or larger tyres.The course is designed to favour gravel bikes but any off-road capable bike in good working order can be used.
  • GPS navigation and spare batteries if required
  • Spare long sleeve base layer and socks.
  • Spare disc pads
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Multitool
  • Pump, it is recommended a standard pump be carried to supplement any C02 inflators.
  • Chain links
  • Chain lubrication
  • Basic first aid kit

Make sure that you carry essential spares and have the ability to undertake rudimentary repairs of your bike; parts of the route are remote.

Checkpoints/Cut Offs

The Dirty Reiver and Dirty One Thirty are long distance events, much of which cover exposed and remote terrain. The weather conditions can be variable and it may require some riding after dark. To ensure the safety of all participants a strict set of cut off times will be in place. The checkpoints and cut off times are as follows;

  • 24km – 10:30 (3 hours). This is an average of 8 km/h.  This cut off will divert to LSW Trail as the return.
  • 60km – 12:30 (5 hours).This is an average of 12 km/h.This cut off also ties in to the first feed station.
  • 130km – 17:30 (10 hours). This is an average of 13 km/h. Note this cut off will put you within easy reach of the start/finish.
  • 175km – 21:15 (13 hours 45 minutes). This cut off will short cut back to start via LSW Trail.

The Dirty One Thirty will utilise the first two cut off times. After this point the course must be followed to the end. Should you be unable to finish notify a marshall on the course for advice on your best course of action. These times will be rigidly enforced and should a rider not make the cut off in time a shortened return route to the start will be provided. It is the responsibility of each rider to ensure they have been checked in by the staff at the checkpoint. If the rider decides to drop out of the race they must notify checkpoint staff, or staff at the start/finish area.

Start Times

The event for all distances will start at 07:30 on Saturday 21st April 2018.It is compulsory that riders are at the start line 20 minutes before the start for a final rider briefing and updates to the event.



  • 12:00 – 20:00, Gravel Expo.  All supporting brands will be displaying their wares and chatting gravel.
  • 16:00 – 22:00, Sign on open.
  • 19:00 – 21:00 Pasta Party (Prices and menu TBC, Vegetarian and Gluten free options available)

The rider briefing can be downloaded and viewed prior to arriving at the event. There will be no formal briefing other than a start line rider briefing to outline any changes.


  • 06:00 – 06:30, Sign on open
  • 07:10 – Start line rider briefing
  • 07:30 – Event Start
  • 22:00 – Finish line closes

* The organisers retain the right to amend the programme should issues arise.Any change will be communicated to riders at the earliest opportunity.


The Dirty Reiver has partenered with the Kielder Campsite to offer riders a convenient place to stay. Please book your camping through the Kielder Campsite Event Page. Directions to the campsite can be found here. Alternate accommodation suggestions;

Please ensure you check travelling times from your accommodation to the start to ensure you are there in plenty of time.

Refunds, Transfers and Deferements 

Please read this section carefully to avoid any dissapointment later

  • Riders may apply for a 100% refund (up to) 6 weeks prior to the event and a 50% refund (up to) 4 weeks prior to the event.
  • There will be no refunds or deferement of entry after a date 4 weeks before the event.
  • All refunds will incur a £5 administrative fee.Entries are non transferable.
  • Rider Transfers are not allowed.  If prior to 4 weeks before the event you wish to transfer your entry please email us at contact@focal.events

Terms and Conditions

The Terms and Conditions detailed below apply to all entrants participating in the Dirty Reiver. Completion of an entry form or purchase of an entry by every participant acknowledges acceptance of these Terms and Conditions by the participant.

  1. Riders are required to attend a start line briefing and read briefing notes and sign to confirm that they agree to abide by the instructions given.
  2. All riders must be self-supported.The event organisers and staff are not responsible for your preparedness while riding the course.
  3. You should ensure that both yourself and your bike are in a serviceable state to complete a 200 km gravel road ride.  A standard road bike is NOT suitable for this event.
  4. Each participant, upon signing the registration form, agrees that they are physically and mentally capable of riding the distance they have chosen. If, during the event, they decide to change their route and distance, then all consequences of this action are theirs.
  5. If the situation arises that you are in an accident and are not capable of making the decision to call the emergency services, the rider agrees that a member of the organisation or a member of the public/other rider may call for them.
  6. At any time pre, during, and post event, riders must conduct themselves in a manner that does not discredit themselves or the event organisers. Riders must be considerate to other users of bridleways, tracks, byways and public ways when riding on and off road.
  7. Riders are expected to respect the countryside that the event travels through. It should be remembered that this is both a working landscape and home to many communities. Riders stopping for a comfort break are asked to do so discretely and appropriately and not to cause any offence to local residents or other riders.
  8. There may be sections of public road included within the course.  You must obey all Highway Code rules.
  9. Riders whilst participating in the event must do so wearing a helmet complying with latest EN1078, ANSI Z90/4 or SNELL standards. Any rider not conforming with this term will not be allowed to start or will be removed from the event if started.
  10. Riders must carry the minimum required equipment for the full duration of the course.Spot checks may be used to ensure rider safety.
  11. The organisers reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event.  This will be considered  should access to the event or sufficient portions of the course be deemed too dangerous due to severe adverse weather conditions or due to any other scenario that makes the event not viable.
  12. The participant accepts that the event they are entering is not a race in any format.
  13. The Event Registration Form must be completed by a person aged 18 years or over. This event is not open to riders under 16.
  14. All riders are covered by third party insurance for the duration of the event. The cost of this is included in your entry fee. In addition, Focal Events are covered by public liability insurance.
  15. Organisers cannot take responsibility for loss or damage of personal possessions during the event.
  16. During the event there will be warning signs at appropriate points on the trails or roads used for this event. Absence of these signs does not signal there are no dangers approaching and it is the individual rider’s responsibility to make a decision regarding whether to ride a section or not. The marking of the route does not necessarily indicate that the trail or road is rideable and the participant is deemed to make their own decision about whether to proceed on bike, foot or not at all.
  17. Riders are expected not to drop or leave any litter on any part of the route and to dispose of it responsibly at an appropriate place or bin. Any rider found littering will be disqualified from the event.
  18. Each participant will be fully responsible for any fees or costs incurred or arising from an accident either involving or caused by the rider. This includes, but is not exclusive to, fees from Police, Air Ambulance, Fire and Rescue and the Ambulance service.
  19. Each participant hereby grants to Focal Events an exclusive, absolute and irrevocable worldwide assignment in perpetuity in the photographs/film/video/electronic representations and/or sound recordings of the participant obtained at the event and grants to Focal Events the right to use and publish such content in any and all media. The participant hereby releases Focal Events from any and all liability from such use and promotion. The participant hereby authorises the reproduction, sale, copyright, exhibit, broadcast, electronic storage and/or distribution of said photographs/film/video tapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings without limitation at the discretion of Focal Events. The participant specifically waives any right to any compensation they may have for appearing in any of the photographs/film/video/electronic representations and/or sound recordings of the participant at a Focal Events event.
  20. In the event that a participant fails to complete the course for any reason they agree to return to or call the event centre before the close of the event and report to a member of staff. Not doing so will mean that a search may be organised and the subsequent cost will be billed to the rider.
  21. Riders may apply for a 100% refund (up to) 6 weeks prior to the event and a 50% refund (up to) 4 weeks prior to the event.There will be no refunds or deferement of entry after a date 4 weeks before the event i.e. 23rd March 2018. All refunds will incur a £5 administrative fee.Entries are non transferable.
  22. An acceptable charge for any loss or damage caused by a rider to timing equipment will be made.