Entries for the Clennell Colossus, set in the majestic Cheviot Hills, have been flowing in thick and fast since they opened three weeks ago.
The Colossus is a 45-mile, single-loop, cross-country mountain-bike challenge aimed at any level of rider – as long as you’re fit.
There are plenty of long uphills and fast downhills on the course and each rider can make of it what they will.
There is a good mix of terrain thrown into the mix with forest tracks, grassy old drovers roads and loose rock paths and the views are something to savour forever.
One of the aims of the event on June 14 is to bring people to the Northumberland National Park, which is ideal for outdoor sports such as mountain biking.
Big bulky fells spread out over a large geographical area make for good riding in one of England’s most remote areas.
High Fell Events has worked closely with The Forestry Commission, British Cycling, National Park and many more to make the event happen and the reception it has received so far is tremendous.
The event starts and finishes at the impressive Clennell Hall country house, which is now sold out of rooms for the night before the event.
There is, however, free camping on offer for people to stay Friday, Saturday and Sunday and there is a bar, restaurant, free wi-fi, showers, toilets and bike wash available.
There are other B&Bs in the area and High Fell Events will be able to offer advice.
The route will be well marked and there will be feed and water stations, and even a café where non-competitors can watch riders pass by.
A safety team will be on hand and at the finish, competitors will be given T-shirt mementoes.
The Clennell Colossus is proving to be a very popular event. It costs £22 to enter and a portion of every entry is donated to the local Mountain Rescue Team.