White Rose Classic – Yorkshire Cycling

Welcome to the White Rose Classic 2022 – Ilkley Cycle Club is celebrating 10 years of running the event, the White Rose Classic is an established sportive taking you through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The event goes from strength to strength each year and to many is Yorkshire’s Premier Sportive.

In 2019 we teamed up with Nell Bank, (https://www.nellbank.org) which is the event HQ and is a perfect location for the start/finish line and post ride event village where riders can relax in peaceful surroundings.

We offer 3 routes to choose from:

– Short route via Grassington, enjoy the unique Yorkshire scenery and friendly camaraderie of a Club-run sportive.

– Medium route via Settle for those riders looking for a challenge.

– Long route via Hawes, for an authentic Yorkshire challenge with some serious climbing.

The event fee includes fully stocked feed stops, mechanical and medical support, in addition we provide a free post ride meal to each rider in the event village. There’s also beer on tap, fresh ice cream and we’ll bring back the live music. The easily accessible HQ facility also provides ample car and bike parking.

Once again, we are pleased to make road cycling more accessible to all. Don’t be intimidated: ride solo or with friends in a supportive environment where you can push yourself and help others.

The White Rose Classic is organised and run entirely by volunteers from Ilkley Cycling Club. All profits from the event go towards promoting grassroots cycling initiatives, local charities including Nell Bank and supporting our youth development programme, along with encouraging more men and women to ride bikes as per our club motto “From Recreation to Racing.”

The Yorkshire Beast Sportive – Yorkshire Cycling

The Yorkshire Beast Sportive

HQ Thirsk Race Course YO7 1QL
Stats
Distance: 203.2 miles
Elevation: 16,329.8 ft (RWGPS)
Ride Time: 16hrs
Feeds: 5
Price: £85
Start: 05:00am Sharp
Registration:
Chips are posted to you on Monday 14th June.

All riders must complete the event after 16 hours of riding/12.5mph.

The Finish Line will Close at 22:00

Back for another year, the toughest day on a bike there is! Climb 15,000ft over 200 miles whilst chased by the Yorkshire Beast at 12.5mph. When he catches you, it’s game over!

The 2022 HQ will again be Thirsk Race Course. It’s better positioned for Beasted riders as it also serves as feed 3, should you bail out! The facilities are great and it’s more accessible from the A1/ A19 with more local accomodation choices.

We are sticking with the 2021 route, the figure of 8 worked really well. A morning in the Yorkshire Moors, an afternoon and early evening (late for some) in the Dales. Who knows, for 2023 we might change and do the Dales first!

Sector 4 – 5 (Kilnsey to The Dales Bike Centre) is where he’ll get you. 140 miles in the legs and Park Rash followed by Flow Edge, you’ve got to be at the top of your game, there is no blagging it there. Make it to feed 5 (DBC) and “only” Grinton Moor and a ride into Thirsk stand between you and the “I Beat The Beast” wall!

600 people have now Beaten The Beast but many have failed, a very select group have battled and beaten The Beast 3 times! 2022 will no doubt see some try for a 4th crown! Mad/ Brave/ Fearless, call them what you will but you need to be quie a rider to take on The Beast!

Everyone who rides the Beast tells us it’s the toughest Sportive there is, they draw a comparison with other ultra-challenge events and without question, the Beast is the toughest!

A day to remember forever! Enter now and set your goal high for 2022, you will not have a bigger challenge.

Struggle Dales – Yorkshire Cycling

Struggle Dales is one of the UK’s most iconic sportives, set in the beautiful but challenging Yorkshire Dales landscape. The next Struggle Dales sportive will take place on Sunday 22 May 2022.

Entry opens on 5 November 2021, pre-register now at the event website to guarantee a place.

The renowned Struggle Dales Yorkshire sportive isn’t one to be taken lightly, but with prior training, grit and guts it’s achievable for almost any ambitious road cyclists.

Struggle Dales sportive begins in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire – host to the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships – making it an ideal weekend break for you and your support crew. The epic Yorkshire sportive takes riders over 108 miles of stunning yet unforgiving Yorkshire Dales terrain.

The tough sportive route has claimed cult status nationwide, with riders travelling hundreds of miles year after year to tackle the gruelling challenge again and again. Cycling Weekly reviewed it as “one of the best sportive events in the UK.”

174 km (108 miles)

ABOUT STRUGGLE DALES SPORTIVE
This iconic Yorkshire sportive begins in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire; making it an ideal weekend break for you and your support crew. The epic Yorkshire sportive takes riders over 108 miles of stunning yet unforgiving Yorkshire Dales terrain. The tough sportive route has claimed cult status nationwide, with riders travelling hundreds of miles year after year to tackle the gruelling challenge again and again.

ROUTE
The Struggle Dales sportive route is 108 miles long, taking in 9430ft over seven climbs set within North Yorkshire’s stunning scenery along the region’s best cycling roads.

Although there’s some challenging uphill segments, there’s plenty of fun segments too.

CLIMBS
BEDLAM: Location: mile 5; Distance: 0.6 miles; Elevation gain: 281ft; Steepness: 8% avg.

Best and Hardest Yorkshire Cycling Climbs

HARTWITH BANK: Location: mile 10; Distance: 0.7 miles; Elevation gain: 458ft; Gradient: 11% avg.

GREENHOW HILL: Location: mile 15; Distance: 2.4 miles; Elevation gain: 934ft; Gradient: 7% avg.

Greenhow Hill Yorkshire Hardest Cycling Climbs

MALHAM COVE: Location: mile 38; Distance: 1.1 miles; Elevation gain: 544ft; Gradient: 9% avg.

Malham Cove Yorkshire Cycling Climbs

PARK RASH: Location: mile 52; Distance: 1.2 miles; Elevation gain: 684ft; Gradient: 10% avg.

TRAPPING HILL: Location: mile 80; Distance: 0.7 miles; Elevation gain: 369ft; Gradient: 9% avg.

Trapping Hill Yorkshire cycling climb

TWO STOOPS: Location: mile 94; Distance: 1.6 miles; Elevation gain: 680ft; Gradient: 7% avg.

Etape du Dales 110 Miles – Yorkshire Cycling

The Etape du Dales is a stunning ride through some of the UK’s most remote and scenic countryside. The route of 110 miles covers many of the county’s major climbs and the dales of Wharfedale, Littondale, Wensleydale, Swaledale, Arkengarthdale, Birkdale, Garsdale, Dentdale, Ribblesdale – AND there is not a single set of traffic lights on the whole route!

Whichever route you take, each one of them features the opportunity to enjoy magnificent Yorkshire Dales scenery and warm Yorkshire hospitality.

​Each of our feed stations are generously stocked with a variety of treats that should satisfy every dietary requirement. We do everything we can to make sure you have the energy you will need to keep you going all the way to the finish back at Wharfedale Rugby Club where a hearty finishing meal awaits.

​The Etape rides cover classic routes that tackle a number of renown named climbs – and innumerable bumps and hills along the way. But you get to choose how challenging a ride you make it – from a leisurely day out in the Yorkshire Dales to a challenging epic demanding all your strength and experience.

Still covering the same 110 miles in the Yorkshire Dales as in previous years and starting and finishing at Wharfedale Rugby Club in Threshfield near Grassington. The 2018 event turned the tables and went the opposite way round to the traditional route, and many riders liked the change and the option of a shorter route, so we’re keeping it that way round for another year. The Etape du Dales is an extremely difficult ride and requires an excellent level of fitness, and riders are now faced with the northern ascents of Buttertubs and Fleet Moss, the summit of the latter coming at just 20 miles to go! The course has good signage, legendary feed stations but you still should be aware of the route and terrain. Make sure you have adequate clothing and your equipment is in perfect order, a bottom gear of 34 x 28 as a minimum is recommended.

Threshfield to Ribblehead
After a gentle start up the stunningly picturesque valley of Littondale to Halton Gill, the first major climb of the event comes with the climb of Dale Head over the back of the peak of Pen-y-ghent and down to Stainforth FEED STATION. In Stainforth its a right turn up through Horton-in Ribblesdale and on to Ribblehead. 28.6m

Ribblehead to Garsdale Head
This section is gem! It starts off innocently with a steady climb away from Ribbblehead towards Hawes before turning left (the mini Etape Route carries straight on here so follow the correct signs!) and plunges down in to Dentdale. As with every valley on the route, what goes down must go up and the next climb is the epic pull up to Dent Station, the highest mainline station in England. Cresting the top of the climb, please exercise great caution on the very steep fast descent to Garsdale where right to the Moorcock FEED STATION. 41m

The Moorcock to the Tan Hill Inn
​Leaving the Moorcock, head north along Mallerstang Common under the stunning Wild Boar Fell (keep an eye out for the Nine Standards on the peak) to Nateby where right. Continue up the steep climb and over the wild and remote moorland road to Keld to a left turn up yet another steep climb to the FEED STATION at the highest pub in the UK, the Tan Hill Inn. 63m

Tan Hill To Hawes
Leaving the feed station there is a little bit of respite as the road descends gently for 7 miles before the right turn towards Low Row. This signifies the start of the steep and unrelenting climb to the ford which over the years has proved to be a bathers delight – you have been warned. The sensible option is the footbridge. Descend to Low Row and follow the valley of Swaledale west to the bottom of the next epic climb – Buttertubs! Once over here its all down hill to the last FEED STATION on the route out of Hawes. 87m

Fleet Moss and Homeward Bound
With almost 90 miles in your legs the climb of Fleet Moss from the north side is one of the steepest and longest of a very hard day, but the top is a welcome site as its almost all down hill from now on. If you’re not in too much of a rush to finish, the delightful valley of Wharfedale is a sight to behold – one of Yorkshire’s gems so enjoy!

Event HQ –
Headquarters
Wharfedale Rugby Club
Wharfeside Avenue
Threshfield
North Yorkshire
BD23 5BS

5 Dales Sportive – Yorkshire Cycling

The 5 Dales Sportive has run under the umbrella of Richmond Cycling Club for the past 12 years. The club has now decided to hand over the event to Velo29 to ensure its longevity as one of the most challenging Sportives in the calendar.

This is in effect for the 2018 event, we’ve moved the date to September which is essential and also avoids a very busy spring calendar, hopefully, the new date offers a late-season challenge in some fine autumnal weather!

In 2014 Richmond CC introduced the Tour de France Special Edition routes which due to their popularity and excellent feedback Velo29 have decided to continue.

With a choice of 5, 4 and 3 Dales tours to enjoy, this is one of the toughest rides there is! The 5 dales, at 190km and 3,500m of ascending, is brutal by anyone’s standards. The routes and scenery are stunning, this is a part of the World not often explored on a bike, we go so far into the Dales that unless well supported in an event such as this, few would brave the challenge!

5 Dales Sportive

HQ Richmond School
DL10 7BE

Routes:

Short
Ride Stats
Distance: 97.3km
Elevation: 1528meters
Ride Time: 3 – 6hrs
Start: 08:30 – 08:45
Price: £25

Medium
Ride Stats
Distance: 138.8km
Elevation: 2268meters
Ride Time: 5 – 9hrs
Start: 08:00 – 08:30
Price: £30

Long
Ride Stats
Distance: 191.9km
Elevation: 3158meters
Ride Time: 5 – 9hrs
Start Time: 07:30 – 08:00
Price: £35

The Big Fat Bike Ride Sportive – Yorkshire Cycling

STILL the ‘Friendliest Sportive Around’.

Back with a vengeance plus some improvements and additions to ensure that you get the best experience you’ve ever had and that the Fat Lad cycling Sportive continues to be one of the best in the Sportive calendar.

Get a great taste of Yorkshire cycling and Yorkshire hospitality at its best!

Fully Supported
Fully Sign Posted Route
Local Caterers
Proper Food Stops – we invented proper food stops on Sportives and we guarantee you won’t go hungry
New Format Post Ride Celebrations – post ride hot food will be served – DJ, post ride banter and bar!
Free Route Photo – don’t forget to smile!
Commemorative FLAB GIFT
Great Banter – The FLAB community are still the friendliest you’ll find
Option to Ride with Flampions – so you won’t be alone
Stunning Scenery – it’s amongst the best you’ll find

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Fully Supported
Fully Sign Posted Route
Local Caterers – we’re using all local catering supplied by some of our favourite local businesses
Proper Food Stops – we invented proper food stops on Sportives and we guarantee you won’t go hungry
New Format Post Ride Celebrations – post ride hot food will be served – DJ, post ride banter and bar!
Free Route Photo – don’t forget to smile!
Commemorative FLAB GIFT
Great Banter – The FLAB community are still the friendliest you’ll find
Option to Ride with Flampions – so you won’t be alone
Stunning Scenery – it’s amongst the best you’ll find
LOCATION – Ilkley Rugby Club 2 Denton Rd, Ilkley LS29 0AA

UP T’ DALE – 25 MILER
A FAIRLY EASY RIDE WHICH GIVES YOU A TASTE OF YORKSHIRE CYCLING.

BEGINNER RIDER ◆ DIFFICULTY 2 ◆ ↗ 528M ◆ FOOD/DRINKS STOPS 1 ◆ DEPART 11:00AM

Rated 2/5 for difficulty as some might not be used to Yorkshire hills, this beautiful undulating route weaves up the Wharfe Valley for a gentle half days ride.
There are some nips along the route (this is Yorkshire after all) but none last for long, lots of people get off and walk and the scenery is well worth it.
Taking “The Back Road”, the route weaves along stone walled country roads, past the ruins of the 12th Century Bolton Abbey and out towards historic Barden Tower. A steep descent to the river, crossing via the ancient Bridge onto the east bank is followed by your first challenging climb. The road then rolls on to its half way point in pretty Burnsall village, home to Postman Pat, for a well deserved food stop provided by the flabulous ‘Wharfe View Cafe’.
Heading back on the west side of the river you’re straight into your toughest climb, but from here, it’s mostly down hill and you’ll pick up the road back through Bolton Abbey, meeting up with riders from other routes for the final 10km home.

OVER YONDER – 50 MILER
A CRACKING MID LEVEL RIDE.

INTERMEDIATE RIDER ◆ DIFFICULTY 3 ◆ ↗ 967M ◆ FOOD/DRINKS STOPS 2 ◆ DEPART 09:00AM

Rated 3/5 for difficulty, this is a stunning and challenging intermediate ride. Leaving Ilkley on “The Back Road”, the route follows that of the 25 milers, before turning off just before Burnsall and heading through Grassington after which the ride takes on a different feel, snaking up the flat (Yorkshire flat), valley bottom on single track, low traffic roads, past Great Whernside and on to delightful Kettlewell and your first refreshment stop.
You’ll continue a little further up the valley, before heading south, past the limestone cliffs of Kilnsley Cragg and back to Burnsall for a legendary Fat Lad lunch stop provided by the flabulous ‘Wharfe View Cafe’ at 60.5km. You’ll be ready for it and post lunch you’ll take on your toughest climb out of Burnsall on the west side of the river.
It’s mostly down hill after that as you pick up the road back through Bolton Abbey, meeting up with riders from the other routes for the final 10km home.

THE FULLOCK – 75 MILER
A CHALLENGING RIDE THROUGH STUNNING SCENERY AND DEEP INTO THE YORKSHIRE DALES.

STRONG INTERMEDIATE RIDER ◆ DIFFICULTY 4 ◆ ↗ 1600M ◆ FOOD/DRINKS STOPS 2 ◆ DEPART 08:15AM

Rated 4/5 for difficulty this is a challenging route with some tough climbing. Taking the “The Back Road” to Askwith, there’s a long steady ascent onto Askwith Moor which will warm your legs up for arguably the toughest part of the ride, the climb through West End and up Greenhow Hill.
Thereafter it’s a nice rolling downhill through the charming village of Hebden and into Grassington. You’ll be through most of the climbing now and the ride takes on a different feel, snaking up the flat valley bottom on single track, very low traffic roads, past Great Whernside and to Kettlewell for your first refreshment stop.
Then you have half an hour or so to enjoy the breathtaking isolated valley of Littondale and the gentle climb up Silverdale between the towering hills of Pen-y-ghent and Fountains Fell, before the last real ascent of the day.
You’ll pass Malham tarn and (carefully) take the steep, winding descent off Malham Moor, past the dramatic limestone cliffs of Malham Cove and into Malham village.
After our legendary Fat Lad lunch stop it’s pretty much down hill all the way! Almost! You’ll undulate your way home, through rolling farmland and Yorkshire stone villages picking up ‘The Back Road’ from Bolton Abbey and riders from the other routes, to follow the River Wharfe to the finish where you’ll be 1600m of climbing and many lung fulls of the freshest Yorkshire air, better off.

THE EPIC – 100 MILER
DEFINITELY EPIC AND ONE OF THE TOUGHEST, MOST BEAUTIFUL ROUTES IN THE DALES.

ADVANCED RIDER ◆ DIFFICULTY 5 ◆ ↗ 2325M ◆ FOOD/DRINKS STOPS 4 ◆ DEPART 07:30AM

Planned to give our most experienced riders, (already comfortable on our Fullock route), a new challenge.
The Epic is guaranteed to test, taking you deep into the stunning Dales and up some of Yorkshire’s most iconic climbs. Setting off from Ilkley and heading through Bolton Abbey and up the valley, your first leg warmer skirts around Appletreewick, climbs to Hebden and flattens through Grassington and Kettlewell, where you’ll stop for your first refreshments.
Thereafter you’ll snake up the breathtaking (literally) Park Rash with it’s 25% inclines and hairpin bends and on through Coverdale. Stop for a quick refresh in Swinithwaite before your next big climb up Kidstones. Then it’s all down hill back to Kettlewell and lunch.
You’re onwards towards Kilnsey, before picking up the route to Malham and your final challenge of the day.
Riders will need experience of long distances and Yorkshire (style) territory to get the most from this day. Ride Marshalls will be around to mentor and coach but for your own safety and enjoyment, riders will have to make our checkpoints by certain times to continue on the ride.
Riders registered on this ride can swap to the shorter routes before or on the day via our sign up pages.

The Ram Sportive 68 Miles – Yorkshire Cycling

The Ram Sportive is a brilliant day out riding along remote Roman roads that pass between the famous 3 giant peaks of Ingleborough, Pen Y Gent and Whernside – quiet lanes are followed throughout your journey – and the hidden gem of Barbondale offers some of the best scenery and cycling The Dales has to offer.

Great sportive. Well organised, breath-taking scenery, clearly signed route, perfectly placed feed station, superb photos and, most importantly of all, cheerful marshals’ & Top Dog Team.

Distance
110.2 km / 68.3 miles

Ascent –
1063 m / 3487 ft

Event HQ –
3-1-5 Health Club – Lancaster – LA1 3PE (M6 junc 34)

Your day starts on The Lune River pathway and you ride a short way alongside the River Lune before leaving the cycleway for the quite lanes that lead to The Dales.
Your route then crosses the main Skipton / Kendal road to pass through the remote villages of Austwick and Horton in Ribblesdale – and you now ride among the giant peaks of Ingleborough, Pen Y Gent and Whernside that make up the notorious “3 Peaks Challenge”.

The famous Ribblehead Viaduct (as seen in Harry Potter) is glanced shortly before leaving the “main” road and descending into Dentdale and a stunning viaduct – below which will be your chance to refuel at our well stocked feed station.

Then its on to Dent village and its cobbled streets, a chance to park your bike, visit the loos, stretch your legs and maybe buy a hot drink and cake from one of the nearby local cafes.

Go easy though – as your route soon soon turns and steeply climbs up Gawthrop towards the hidden gem that is Barbondale – a big favourite with most of the Top Dog Team – just remember that what goes up must come down !!

Soon enough you arrive at the famous Devils Bridge near Kirkby Lonsdale (count the bikers)

After a short section of A road, you turn left to follow narrow, undulating traffic free lanes away from Kirkby Lonsdale and then more country lanes lead you back towards the Lancaster area – with one last ascent to give memorable views over Morecambe Bay and the Cumbrian Fells

free secure parking on tarmac
rider numbers posted to participants – no queuing for registration
on site toilets
mechanical support en route
professional medical support – by paramedics in a fully equipped ambulance
qualified remote area 1st aiders en route
100% way marked course
GPX files of each route sent out with event day information e mail in week before the event
quiet roads and lanes throughout
British Cycling Public Liability insurance cover
1 x well stocked feed station en route
friendly marshals and helpers
free to download event photographs
riders times published online post event
broom wagons to retrieve broken bikes and riders
post ride goody bags, completion certificates, drinks and snacks
souvenir event medals available for purchase with online entry