Polaris challenge adventure ride

Riding t' mountain bikes in t' Yorkshire Dales


The Polaris Challenge took place in northwest Britain on the weekend, and the Challenge, along with the new night ride proved to be a real success.


Based in Malham in the Yorkshire Dales, the Polaris Challenge combines mountain biking with navigation and outdoor skills as two-person teams try to score as many points as possible by reaching checkpoints in the available time.

This edition of the Polaris started with a six hour daylight ride on Saturday. After a few hours rest, the riders then tackled a two hour evening session where they tried to hit as many checkpoints as they could in the dark. Sunday concluded the event with a four hour ride in the morning.

The scoring was different from previous Polaris Challenges in that all three stages were taken into account. The overall winner was Whyte rider Steve Heading, after a closely fought battle with Neil Atkinson (solo rider) of Torq/Buff and Andy Wrigley and Chris Hope (pair) of Keswick Bikes. Iwona Szmyd won the Ladies.


Head over to our blog page to read a race report from Mick Smith, one of the riders who took part in the event.