With regret this event has been postponed until 2014.  Anyone who has already entered will receive a full refund in the next few days and we apologise for any inconvenience.

Bellingham Blast 2013 promises to be another fantastic cycling experience.  The Blast offers a wide range of cycling experiences taking in the glorious scenery of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest Park.

Blast Challenge  Saturday 21st September. A ride over mixed surfaces ranging from quiet country roads to exhilarating forest tracks.  The route has many climbs and descents and is a must for all cyclists who enjoy a challenge!  The youtube clip taken on a head cam by one of last years participants will give you a flavour of what we have to offer.  This is suitable for MTB

Blast Road Challenge Saturday 21st September.  A

Published on 23 Sep 2012 by Leslie Thompson.
'Bellingham Blast Sept 2012, extremely tough ride, suspension definitely recommended. The forestry sections were difficult on a cyclo cross bike with no suspension. Fabulous view of Kielder reservoir.
Shot in HD which used the battery up much faster than standard definition, so unfortunately I only captured the ride out via the North shore to Kielder and missed the South shore return'

We love this clip - it gives a great insight into what the route is and you can even see a squirrel scamper across the path.  Thanks Leslie

2012 Bellingham Blast

Most of the forest road sections are not normally promoted for cycling, so this gives the event a unique route through Northumberland National Park. You also will be cycling around part of the Kielder Marathon "The most beautiful marathon in the United Kingdom"
The Start Line to the first Bellingham Blast
When do I register for the sportive? You register from 8am-10am on the morning of the event.  You will be given your map, information on the area and your timing chip then.

Cycle chiefs have revealed the routes for the Bellingham Blast – the North East’s exciting new mass bike ride event.  Kielder Water & Forest Park and the Northumberland National Park will provide the stunning backdrop.  Two routes have been announced -  a 61 mile (100km) circuit for serious bikers on mixed surface (Saturday) and a choice of family rides on the Sunday, on quiet, tarmac country roads.
Although not a race, the longer outing will take four hours plus to complete, whizzing riders along country roads from Bellingham to Tarset and the Combe then looping round the North side of Kielder Water to Kielder Castle, then to Stonehaugh, and back to Bellingham.  Some sections will be on logging roads and organisers say race timing will be available. 

The less strenuous family routes take in a spectacular link between Bellingham and Dally Castle, often with more red squirrels than cars. Registration is £5 for a family of four or £2 per person.  Email to book a place as you cant register for this through the website.

Alex MacLennan, Recreation, Tourism & Communities Manager with Forestry Commission, said:

“The aim is to draw new visitors into one of the nation’s most breath-taking areas. Entries are flowing in and it will be wonderful weekend.  It’s a fantastic way to explore the area at your own pace and for those fancying a challenge they can look to beat their own personal time challenge.”