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Northern Grip returns bigger and even better on 8th July 2017

Hills, Thrills and Bellyfuls

Welcome to Northern Grip 2017. This year we take the fun on tour. Not far, in fact just over the hill to discover a whole new side of Northern trails and culture. Last year’s inaugural event was amazing but we don’t just want to do the same thing again. So we’re taking all the great stuff from last year’s festival, making it bigger, better and bolder. This year we land in Lee Quarry and Stubbylee Park, Rossendale.

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The Riding

For those who don’t know, Lee Quarry and its companion Cragg Quarry are trail centres with a difference. Handbuilt out of the remnants of a bygone industrial era, the Quarries pack in several miles of rocky, twisty singletrack amidst a weird and wild landscape.

The riding at Northern Grip however will be much, much more than Lee Quarry and Cragg Quarry combined. Seriously, there will be more miles of trails than you could hope to get round over a weekend.

More trails? Oh yes indeed. Lee Quarry and neighbouring Cragg Quarries are just the start of the riding on offer at this year’s Grip. The relocation of the festival to Rossendale allows for an unprecedented amount of varied riding.

Wild riding, mild riding, singletrack, gravel, rocks, roots, 30km monsters, 3km pootles… you name it. We’ve even got some climb-free options if you want cruise and views. All mapped out and way marked on the day for your convenience.

As with the 2016 festival, there’ll be some surprises out there on the hills too. The epic sausage rolls and the acid-brass band surprises of last year’s Grip will be hard to top but top them we shall. You won’t want to miss this year’s show.

The Entertainment

This is the USP of the event. This is the thing that other bike events lack. It’s not called a festival for nothing. Celebrating and socialising. What are we celebrating? Simply, the mountain bike and everything it bring into our lives.

Like last year, we kick off with our opening party on Friday night. Then on Saturday we’ll have shiny demo bikes galore, great food and drink, amazing music and dancing – we have it all lined up for you in our festival hub again this year. We’ll also be bringing some eye popping surprises for you to explore up in the quarry.

Demo bikes already confirmed include Specialized, Orange, Yeti, Haibikes and Sonder. On the music front we have last year’s heroes Mr Wilsons Second Liners again for you, with Mr Gareth Brooks lined up for DJ duties. We’ll have more music details to announce very soon.

There’ll also be trade stands, bike clinics, Q&As with interesting bike bods and much else besides.

We wrap things up on Sunday morning with breakfast for all and a big old group ride exploring some of the amazing Rossendale trails beyond Lee Quarry.

If that sounds like your sort of thing, get yourself a ticket.

The Details

Northern Grip 2017
8th July 2017
Lee Quarry & Stubbylee Park, Lancashire

Stubbylee Park, Bacup OL13 0DE

The Riding

Much, much more than Lee Quarry. Much, much more than even Lee Quarry and Cragg Quarry combined. Seriously, there will be more miles of trails than you’ll be able to get round. The riding at this year’s Grip will be immense.

We’ll be catering for all abilities. Having said that, we can’t really avoid the rides being rather hilly. Pack your climbing legs. And your knee pads.

There will be one modest loop that should be experienced by everyone and will be about 10km in length. Ideal for demoing a bike. There’ll be plenty of other lengthy routes to do afterwards (or on the Sunday) for those who have the legs.

The Entertainment

This is the USP of the event. This is the thing that other bike events lack. It’s not called a festival for nothing. Celebrating and socialising. What are we celebrating? Simply, the mountain bike and everything it bring into our lives.

Music and food will be a strong focus for the festival. Local bands, local food, local drink. This area of the Pennines has all of these in abundance and it’s this aspect that’s as big a draw to the area as the terrain and riding is.

There’ll also be trade stands, bike clinics, Q&As with interesting bike bods and much else besides. This year will pack many more surprises than last year’s event.

Northern Grip is a bunch of like-minded mud-flecked mountain bikers getting to know each other over a beer. If that sounds like your sort of thing, get yourself a ticket.

The Details

8th July 2017
Lee Quarry, Lancashire

Northern Grip returns bigger and even better on 8th July 2017 so why not get involved and buy your tickets today!

Tickets

Tickets cost £25.00

Tickets will get you access to everything going on in The Northern Grip Hub and out on the hills including:

Recommended route guide and marked trails
Access to Festival Hub and exhibitors
Access to demo bike fleet
Exclusive discounted clothing and bike deals
On site catering and bar
Live music
DJs
Access to secure bike parking
Emergency support services
Prizes and competitions
Discounted use of jump bag
Access to Friday and Saturday night social events
Camping space* and parking
Complimentary half of Bunny Hop Ale
Souvenir Northern Grip button badge

*Camping is £15 for one night (Saturday) and £25 for two nights (Friday & Saturday). Includes secure bike park, toilets and showers.

You’ll also be eligible for a prize draw to win some stuff. To buy a ticket go to Skiddle’s Northern Grip event page.

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