Black Shuck Sportive

A unique twilight event

The Black Shuck Sportive: Can you keep the the beast of the North Norfolk Coast line at bay?

As Legend has it. The huge black hell hound roamed the North Norfolk Coast bringing death to any poor soul (cyclist) that happened to meet it!   The secret of surviving an encounter with this hound was to not stop cycling.

With the History lesson over, this cycling event aims to get everyone back to the event centre around 5pm for a BBQ (socially distancing). Held on a Saturday, The Black Shuck Sportive gives you an extra day to rest your legs before returning to work and school on Monday.

A Sell out in 2020 but unfortunately a storm which brought down trees and caused flooding meant we had to cancel the event. This was the 1st time since forming we have had to cancel a event.

There are three routes of approx  28 - 30 miles each + a family friendly up to 10 mile route to get the under 16's and their families out on their bikes. The family route has been designed to have low traffic, not too many hills and also be rewarding. Best of all you get a brilliant medal to show off to your friends. (average distance approx 8ish miles)

The routes have a very good mix of beautiful countryside rolling hills and un-spoilt views.

The Thursford Collection will also host the Feed-zone which again will be the normal Norfolk Cycling Events high standard.  Lots of food and drink!

This is very much a family friendly event so if your family doesn't ride they can come along and use the outdoor adventure play area and join you for the post ride BBQ.

The Thursford Collection will provide their 'posh BBQ'  and their bar will also be open. Norfolk Cycling Events will be selling fresh coffee, tea and home made cakes.

Terms and Conditions

By purchasing an event entry you agree to the Norfolk Cycling Events terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions can be read here.

Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.

Reviews form 2019

1: "Really well organised and a great event! We rode the 30 and the 60 between the 4 of us. Thank you to the whole team".
2: "Brilliant event. Even the Black Shuck got me near Stiffkey. He jumped out and pushed me off my bike. Hang on... that's a lie.... I got cramp and fell off my bike!"
3: "Once again a tremendous route and a wonderful day. Thank you for a great event."
4: "Brilliant! well organised and your route signage was the best!"
5: "Really well sign posted. Shame about the weather conditions but you prepared us all and there was an amazing selection of food at the feed station."
6: " Fantastic event as always. So well organised and a great food stop.
7:" Always a warm welcome at registration upon arrival. Great venue, routes and feed stops. Norfolk Cycling Events always delivers!"

Black Shuck Route Information

Event Information

Online Entries Close

Wednesday 22nd September at 11:59pm


10 miles:
1 x Loop (30 miles)
2 x Loops (60 miles)
3 x Loops (90 miles)
AGES 10 - 16 (max 60 miles)
Under 10's (max 30 miles)


*plus £1.50 booking fee.
^Each under 16 must be accompanied by a full paying adult.


Saturday 25th September 2021


Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 0AS


8:45am for the 3 loops - Closes at 9.30am
10.45am for the 2 Loops - Closes at 11.30am
12.45pm for the 1 Loop - Closes at 1:15pm
1:45pm for the Family Route -Closes at 2.15pm

Start Time:

9:15am - 9:45am   3 Loops
11:15am - 11:45am    2 Loops
1:15pm - 1.45pm    1 Loop
2:00pm - 2:30pm     Family Routes

Event Closes


Entry on Day:


Pre Event Info Pack

Will be emailed when online entries close.

This Event Includes:

• Event Centre Facilities
• Free Parking
• Event Specific Finishers Medal
• Event Photography
• Free Energy Drinks and Snacks at Feed Zones
• Full Route Marking
• Garmin + GPX Downloads
• Event Catering
• Mechanical Support by Paul Cycles
• First Aid at Event Centre
• Emergency Support