Multi-lap format, with riders in all categories completing 3 laps of the circuit.
The 2024 course will consist of three laps, with a total distance of approximately 45 kilometres.
Riders will ride the 5 kilometre beach section before exiting over the dunes and returning via a mix of singletrack and doubletrack. After passing through the arena riders re-join the beach, and the lap is repeated. All laps have the same beach exit, but the route varies off the beach each lap to reduce bottlenecks.
This format will give the leaders a clearer run to the finish while also providing a more enjoyable ride for more relaxed riders. With riders spread out, we can also put in more fun singletrack.
Battle in the Dark
The fantastic single-lap time trial, which is included with the admission fee, will take place on Saturday, the evening before the main event.
Riders will start at 20 second intervals and complete a single loop, starting immediately after dusk. Due to tide times, the event will not use the beach in 2023. The single circuit will be roughly 8.5 kilometres long and mostly singletrack with some doubletrack.
In addition to prizes for each rider who finishes in the top 10 overall, regardless of sex or category, there will be £100 first prize for the quickest Male and Female riders overall.
08:00 – Park opens
21:00 – Park closes, all advised campers arrive before this time if they wish to camp on Friday night
08:35 – High tide (8.7m)
12:00 – Registration opens
14:54 – Low Tide (1.2m)
14:30 – Little Bikers Challenge - for balance bikes and younger riders
15:00 – Youth events (U6 to U14)
18:00 – Registration closes
19:00 – Battle in the Dark Starts
20:49 – High tide (8.3m)
21:00 – Park closes, all advised campers arrive before this time.
We have the following categories and sub-categories, with equal prizes for male and female riders. For 2024 all categories and sub-categories will have podiums 1-3 places, with Open categories 1-5:
Grand Veteran (50-59)
Super Veteran (60-69)
Supreme Veteran (70+)
While we make every effort to make Battle on the Beach as welcoming and inclusive as possible, the following rules do apply:
- No electronically assisted bikes
- Anyone found to be riding under another person’s entry will be instantly removed from the results. It is a breach of our event insurance and we can not accept anyone who has not entered and is riding in their own name.
- Helmets are mandatory. Anyone caught riding without a helmet will be removed from the event immediately.
- No aero bars (MTB bar ends, and inner bar ends are allowed)
- Technical assistance is permitted. You are free to change bikes or parts, however, this is only allowed within the event arena. Changes are possible throughout the arena, but there will be a designated pit area where spare bikes or wheels can be left. All items are left at your own risk.
- Feeding is allowed within the event area, helpers are allowed to hand you bottles or food.
- Riders are free to help each other while out on the course, but swapping bikes is not allowed.
- To qualify for the Fat Bike subcategory you must ride the entire event on a bike with tyres that exceed 3.5″ front and rear. So-called “fat fronts” are not eligible, but can take part in the event overall.
- In-ear music players are not allowed.
- Anyone caught missing a section of the course will be disqualified immediately.
- Anyone caught dropping litter on purpose will be immediately disqualified. This includes discarding gel wrappers.
- Anyone who disobeys a marshall will be disqualified immediately.
- Anyone caught overtaking dangerously will have a 2 minute time penalty as a first offence and disqualification as a second offence.