White Horse Sportive – Yorkshire Cycling

The White Horse is a fine way to end your Sportive Season.

With three distance options, there is something to suit all abilities. From the 26mile short route with one “challenge” climb, the Medium route with some major hills and the long route which tackles both Carlton and White Horse Bank. The routes are all really well designed and though the distances are not overly long there are no sections which are just there to get from A to B. Every mile is on beautiful North Yorkshire country roads with great views, breathtaking views and hardly a car in sight.

As well as the climbs we enjoy some fast and challenging descents and some great sections which are our personnel favourites but hardly known by local riders. The medium and long enjoy a brilliant 15mile section from the White Horse to Osmotherley, roads you won’t know well but will do soon!

Everyone arrives back at the HQ with a real buzz, as we twist through the empty lanes with only cyclists in sight we’ll be lost in what a wonderful route the White Horse is and how enjoyable riding these roads in a Velo29 Event really can be.

White Horse Sportive
25 September 2021
HQ Laurence Jackson School
TS14 6RD


Ride Stats
Distance: 59.2km
Elevation: 515m
Ride Time: – Start: 08:30 – 08:45
Price: £25

Ride Stats
Distance: 111.9km
Elevation: 1582m
Ride Time
Start: 08:00 – 08:30
Price: £30

Ride Stats
Distance: 139km
Elevation: 2099m
Ride Time: –
Start Time: 07:30 – 08:00
Price: £35

Ride Vyking Sportive for Action Medical Research – Yorkshire Cycling

Vykings assemble for this brand new Yorkshire bike ride in the grounds of Gilling Castle where the serene landscape will lull all into a false sense of security ahead of a less than gentle Sunday morning ride out.

This sportive promises a thigh-busting ride that will leave you gasping for breath as you take on 6473ft of gain on the longer route and 2999ft of gain on the shorter route.

Offering up our toughest sportive yet the Vyking charity bike ride takes in some of the most feared climbs in England. Alongside brutal ascents including Boltby Bank, the dreaded Rosedale Chimney will call on you to channel your inner Viking and summon up the power of Odin before attacking this top ten climb. With an average gradient of 13% and a maximum of 33%, it is the joint steepest paved road in England. This universally feared, chain-snapping, vicious, double hairpin stretch may only be 0.8m miles but the only ones amused by its one-in-three gradient will be the grazing sheep you’ll be dodging!

Alongside the brutal climbs, if you have time to look up, the routes offer miles of stunning views across Yorkshire as well as fantastic country lanes and roads through spectacular landscape.

Be a Vyking for the day with Action Medical Research on this charity cycle ride with first-class support throughout the day and help our fight for little lives.

58 Miles: £42.00
Registration: 7:15 – 8:15am
Start Time: 7:15 – 8:20am

101 Miles: £42.00
Registration: 6:30 – 7:15am
Start Time: 6:30 – 7:20am

The imposing winged exterior of Gilling Castle provides an impressive backdrop to our toughest ride yet!

A castle has stood on this site since the 14th century and this brooding giant sets the tone for the epic challenge facing riders on our brand-new sportive. The sense of grandeur starts straightaway as we welcome riders in its impressive Great Hall.

Our team of volunteers will be on hand to help refuel your ride.

With four feed stations serving up a selection of snacks and hot and cold drinks, we’re sure to have everything you need to refuel, replenish and get you back on the road. Feed stations can be found at:

Hawnby – Champion & Classic 23 miles
Westerdale – Champion 57 miles
Amotherby – Champion 84 miles, Classic 45 miles

Date: Sunday 19 September 2021
Location: Gilling Castle, Gilling East, York, YO62 4HP
Classic 58 Miles: £42.00
Champion 101 Miles: £42.00

Beyond Yorkshire Sportive – Yorkshire Cycling


Yorkshire is home to outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere.

Each route will weave through stunning, massively varied scenery and historical landscapes creating an experience to be remembered.

This is a great ride to give a varied profile, some ups, plenty of downs and spectacular Yorkshire scenery.


With aid stations and on course support, you ride, we will help you finish.

Starting and finishing just on the outskirts of Wetherby at Wetherby racecourse.

Come join us for a smile that will last for weeks.


All routes will start and finish at Wetherby racecourse and we have tried to make the whole route as open and free flowing as we could.

The event centre location is at

Wetherby racecourse

  • Free parking (Parking is next to the event centre and registration)
  • Toilets (portaloos)
  • Pre and Post event massage (Fee payable).
  • Hot and Cold drinks and small snacks (Fee payable)

We will have the finest coffee house serving Hot drinks, snacks, please bring some change as we are not sure about the mobile networks for card payments.


LONG ROUTE 160 km or 100 Miles

MEDIUM ROUTE 101 km or 62 Miles

SHORT ROUTE 58 km or 36 Miles


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
4 September 2021

HQ Richmond School
DL10 7BE


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

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

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

Dalesman Triathlon Ripon – Yorkshire Cycling

It’s been a long time coming but TriHard are finally hosting a Full Distance Triathlon. Those are the same distances as the Kona Ironman race, but the weather will likely be a bit cooler and the route is definitely more interesting.

Based at Ripon racecourse with full camping and catering facilities and with routes that will give you a proper flavour of what the beautiful Yorkshire Dales has to offer.

Sunday 22nd August 2021
Full Distance 2.4 mile swim – 112 mile bike – 26.22 mile run
Half Distance 1.2 mile swim – 56 mile bike – 13.11 mile run
Quarter Distance 0.6 mile swim – 28 mile bike – 6.6 mile run

Pre-race meal and post race food included in Full & Half distance races, but extra meals can be booked for friends and family or Quarter distance entrants

How would you like a free entry?

We’re excited to announce that the Brownlee Brothers are supporting The Dalesman Triathlon to raise awareness and funds for the Brownlee Foundation. Alistair and Jonny who have both raced our Helvellyn Triathlon, love the route and venue and are really excited and keen to be associated with this new event.

“If you want free entry to the event and to get your hands on a fantastic bundle of goodies worth £700 all you need to do is raise £1000 for the Brownlee Foundation and get training!”

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee

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 –
Wharfedale Rugby Club
Wharfeside Avenue
North Yorkshire
BD23 5BS