Dalby Dare

What is it?

Dalby Dare is your chance to ride a full loop of the official World Cup course (6.7km) under race conditions before heading out onto the Dalby Dare course for another 14km of some of the best trails and that Dalby Forest has to offer. At the end of that, just like in the Elite world cup races the next day you’ll get to finish under the World Cup arch in the heart of the World Cup village. With the chance to ride everything the pro's do, a good chunk of what they don't and a goody bag (which even the pro’s don’t get). What's not to like?

Am I Up to the Task?

Built to test the best, Dalby Dare is a course built on black grade trails, hard enough to test the endurance of the best in the world, tricky enough to make hardened professionals take the chicken run on some descents. It's been rated as one of the best world cup courses ever by the UK mountain bike press. You don’t need to be as fit as the professionals to get round, but you will need to be skilled enough to cope with the technical difficulties the ride presents. To make life easier on the day we’ve created a number of categories to give you the chance to start your ride with people of similar ability. Roll over the icons above to find out more.

How to enter

If you rode last year, heard everything you need to know from someone who did and you know you’ve got what it takes to ride Dalby Dare just head to ticketmaster now to buy your place on the start line.

As if the chance to ride a timed lap of the world cup course wasn’t enough, entry to Dalby Dare also gets you an amazing package of benefits. For your entry fee of £33.50 (plus booking fee) - you also get:

  • A weekend spectator pass to the World Cup Weekend worth £19
  • Exclusive Dalby Dare participants T-shirt - No Dare, no wear!
  • Goodie bag assembled and sourced by Purple Mountain
  • Online finishers certificate
  • Final e-newsletter, detailing everything you need to know and more!


As you’ve probably gathered already, Dalby Dare is no walk in the park. As far as the course goes you only ever get it as easy, or as tough as the professionals, you’ll need all your riding skills to be in black grade best shape to get around this course.

However, we know that the best technical skills aren’t always accompanied by the biggest engines, so with that in mind we’ve created 3 categories for you to choose from. These decide what time your ride begins and hopefully mean you’ll spend more of your ride with people of similar ability. If you’re fast it should mean less traffic in front. If you’re slow, less angry wannabe’s spoiling your singletrack. So, when you enter, choose one of the following that best represents your riding abilities:

Big Ring - Expected finish time 1 hour - 1 hour 30 mins
You only know one speed and that’s fast! You’re race ready, took off your granny ring as soon as you got your bike and are taking part to compare your lap time against the pro’s.

Middle Ring - Expected finish time 1 hour 30 mins - 2 hours
You’ve taken part in a few enduro’s before, but are more into racing your mates than chasing ranking points. You might wear baggy shorts but you’re still serious about your riding and happy to feel the burn every now and again.

Little Ring - Expected finish time 2 hours - 2 hours 30 mins
You happily ride red and black grade trails and love the technical stuff. When it comes to climbing though you don’t mind sticking it in the granny ring. You’re taking part for bragging rights with your mates and we can expect to see you posing for the camera at every opportunity.

Goody Bag

In 2010 our goody bag was assembled by Purple Mountain, they’re a permanent feature here in the forest and provide spares and sustenance for thousands of mountain bikers in Yorkshire year round. Last years goody bag had socks, mitts, energy bars and all sorts for lucky participants in Dalby Dare and was worth the entry fee alone. This year we’re teaming up again and we’ll be releasing details of the goody bag closer to the event.

Essential Info

Start time: From 3pm, Saturday 21st May
Riders will start in 3 waves according to category , so make sure you arrive at the right time to take your place on the start line. We’ll be sending you an e-newsletter closer to the event with all the details you need to know.

Friday 20th May: 12.30pm – 3pm
Saturday 21st May: 12pm – 2pm

Dalby Dare training: The World Cup course is open for practice on Friday 20th May from 2pm to 4pm. Please note: There will be no practice time on challenge day as the World Cup course will be in use for the Junior and under 23 races of the World Cup on Saturday Morning. Riders practising on the course outside of the set practice time will have their entry revoked. You will only be allowed on the course after you have signed on and collected your number board. This is an open session, so if you’re lucky you may get to rub shoulders on the course with the Likes of Julian Absalon and Nino Schurter!

IMPORTANT - No helmet = No ride: NO EXCEPTIONS!

Accommodation Links

To find the right accommodation for you and your companions, head to www.yorkshire.com/accommodation for a selection of the best guest houses, hotels, self catering and camping across the region.