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

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

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


Selby Three Swans Sportive – Yorkshire Cycling

Selby 3 Swans, another amazing new event in the Velo29 Calendar!

This Sportive was established originally by Selby Cycling Club, a victim of its own success and a credit to the great job done by the club it rapidly outgrew the capacity of a Club setup so was passed to Yorkshire Cancer Research. Hit by the pandemic, the charity is no longer able to run the event so Velo29 have stepped in to retain what is an important event for Yorkshire Cancer Research and to give you all yet another awesome day out on the bike!

20% of your entry fee (excluding booking fee) will go to Yorkshire Cancer Research, 5% will go to Selby Cycling Club. You are of course welcome to fundraise and donate further to the charity if you wish, we’d love to hear your stories on that.

As always, 3 great routes, feed stops on all of them, brilliant Velo29 signage, our great ride support and of course the friendliest atmosphere you’re likely to encounter!

Get your entry in soon!

Road Cycling 102.1 miles road cycling
Road cycling 67.1 miles road cycling
Road cycling 29.6 miles road cycling

Ride Stats
Distance: 29.6mi (47.6km)

Elevation: 499ft (152m)

Ride Time: –

Start: 08:30 – 08:45

Feed: –

Price: £27.50

Ride Stats
Distance: 67.1mi (108km)

Elevation: 1430ft (436m)

Ride Time: –

Start: 08:00 – 08:30

Feeds: –

Price: £32.50

Ride Stats
Distance: 102.1mi (164.4km)

Elevation: 2160ft (658m)

Ride Time: –

Start Time:07:30 – 08:00

Feeds: –

Price: £37.50

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.

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

Struggle Moors – Yorkshire Cycling

Struggle Moors is one of the UK’s hardest sportives in Yorkshire. Struggle Moors will next take place on 03 July 2022. Although this epic feat may feel frightful, with preparation, pacing and plenty of fuel it’s achievable for any aspiring road cyclist.

The event begins in the stunning setting of Ampleforth Abbey, North Yorkshire and takes riders over 112 miles of challenging terrain among breathtaking Yorkshire Moors landscape.

The route has been dubbed as one of the hardest sportives in the UK, with riders continuing their training following Struggle Dales to take on this monster event. Cycling Weekly reviewed it as: “One of the best days out and something to aspire to.”

180 km (112 miles)

Struggle Moors is one of the UK’s hardest sportives in Yorkshire. Although this epic feat may feel frightful, with preparation, pacing and plenty of fuel it’s achievable for any aspiring road cyclist.

The event begins in the stunning setting of Ampleforth Abbey, North Yorkshire, with accommodation at the start/finish, and takes riders over 180km of challenging terrain among breathtaking Yorkshire Moors landscape. New for 2019 is a 150km route, offering aspiring riders a taste of the epic ascents of the Yorkshire Moors.

The route has been dubbed as one of the hardest sportives in the UK, with riders continuing their training following Struggle Dales to take on this monster event.

180km Route

Struggle Moors sportive route is 112 miles long, taking in 10,193ft over five climbs set within the North Yorkshire Moors’ exposed, relentless but stunning landscape. Beware, there’s plenty of uncategorised climbs too!

150km Route

Struggle Moors now offers a challenging 95 mile route, ideal for aspiring riders keen to tackle the iconic ascents of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The new 150km route takes in 8,256ft still features Struggle Moors’ infamous climbs including Glaisedale Horror and Rosedale Chimney.

Boltby Bank: Location: mile 15; Distance: 0.7 miles; Elevation gain: 527ft; Steepness: 13% avg.

Carlton Bank: Location: mile 35; Distance: 1.1 miles; Elevation gain: 624ft; Gradient: 10% avg.

Limber Hill: Location: mile 66; Distance: 0.2 miles; Elevation gain: 176ft; Gradient: 16% avg.

Cote de Grosmont: Location: mile 70; Distance: 1.3 miles; Elevation gain: 769ft; Gradient: 10% avg.

Glaisdale Horror: Location: mile 85; Distance: 0.8 miles; Elevation gain: 608ft; Gradient: 14% avg.

Rosedale Chimney: Location: mile 91; Distance: 0.8 miles; Elevation gain: 600ft; Gradient: 14% avg.

Riders fly down the finish line into the stunning grounds of the Ampleforth Abbey where friends and family await them with cheers. Riders can nurse a beer and nibble on a burger before mustering up the energy to get to their feed again. There’s gourmet food vendors, a barista bar and plenty of beer on sale to allow riders to relax with a must-deserved pint while checking their chip time and cheering in their friends, club mates and fellow Strugglers.

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.”

Stockton Sportive – North York Moors – Yorkshire Cycling

The Stockton Sportive, one of the most inclusive events in the calendar!

From the “tougher than the Fred Whitton” Tour de Moor at 100 miles/ 11,000ft of the climbing route, right down to the nearly flat short route ride, there is something for everyone!

Any of the 4 routes available are stunning. Depart the established event site of Stockton Riverside on closed roads and ride away from the urban area escorted by motorbikes like a star in the Tour de France!

Every turn is signposted, there are motorbikes and service cars out on the course to keep you safe and help resolve any issues. First aid is available on all the routes and we have regular feed stops and water stations along the way.

Quickly you are on Country Roads heading deep into North Yorkshire and some wonderful scenery, riding down quiet lanes with 100’s of riders of all abilities and admiring this great part of the World.

The short ride is mostly flat, aimed at families and people who are new to Sportive riding. You still enjoy quiet roads in great scenery but the ride isn’t too challenging. You can take as long as you want to ride it, we have people on all kinds of bikes on the short route. It’s a great, fun start to Sportive riding.

Those looking for some more miles and serious climbing can take on the medium route, at 50 miles and 3,500 feet of climbing it’s a perfect route to see the countryside and test your riding ability.

More experienced riders can enjoy the long route which goes deep into the North Yorks Moors and really does test you with 6,568 feet of climbing! We see some wonderful Moorland and take in some lovely Villages on this route.

For the die-hard experienced Sportive rider, we have the toughest ride there is le Tour de Moor. Over 100 miles and 11,000 feet of climbing. Riders return declaring it the toughest ride they have event done.

Whatever route you chose the 2020 Stockton Sportive will be a great day out in a safe and well-supported event and your chance to be part of this spectacular weekend in Stockton-on-Tees.

Ride Stats
Distance: 40mi (64.3km)

Elevation: 1452ft (443m)

Ride Time: 2 – 4hrs

Start: 08:30 – 08:45

Feed: Kildale 17.5mi (28.2km)

Price: £27.50

Ride Stats
Distance: 51mi (82km)

Elevation: 3003ft (915m)

Ride Time: 3 – 6hrs

Start: 08:00 – 08:30

Feed 1: Kildale 18.1mi (29.1km)
Feed 2: Kildale 28.6mi (46km)

Price: £32.50

Ride Stats
Distance: 75.2mi (121.1km)

Elevation: 5802ft (1768m)

Ride Time: 5 – 7hrs

Start Time: 07:30 – 08:00

Feed 1: Kildale 18.1mi (29.1km)
Feed 2: Kildale 28.6mi (85km)

Price: £32.50

Tour de Moor Ride Stats
Distance: 105.4mi (169.7km)

Elevation: 9396ft (2864m)

Ride Time: 7 – 10hrs

Start Time: 07:30 – 08:00

Feed 1: Kildale 18.1mi (29.1km)
Feed 2: Cropton 58.7mi (94.5km)
Feed 3: Kildale 85mi (137km)

Price: £37.50

The Yorkshire Beast Sportive – Yorkshire Cycling

The Yorkshire Beast Sportive

HQ Thirsk Race Course YO7 1QL
Distance: 203.2 miles
Elevation: 16,329.8 ft (RWGPS)
Ride Time: 16hrs
Feeds: 5
Price: £85
Start: 05:00am Sharp
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.

Lincoln 262 Sportive – York – Yorkshire Cycling

Lincoln 262

Lincoln 262 is a massive challenge! We wanted to offer a Super Challenge Sportive to riders as part of their Beast prep but also to offer a different day out in the ultra distance area of Sportive riding.

We’ve made the route as flat as possible but managed to retain what you’d expect from Velo29, fun, diverse, scenic and memorable. You’ll depart York at 6am and must hit cutoff times at the 5 feeds to stay in the game, miss the cutoff and it’s bus back for you! You’ve got 14 hours allowed time so we base the cut offs at 12.5 mph average. Sounds easy, lets see back in York!

Riders looking for a personal record, a fastest average speed or some final Beast prep will love this event. Sure to be a sellout, get your place now!

An awesome 262 medal awaits you back at York, IF you make it.

HQ York Auction Mart
YO19 5GF
Distance: 262km
Elevation: 1,128m
Ride Time: 10 -14
Start: 06:00
Feeds: 4
Price: £55

1 Water Stop at 23.6 miles
1st Feed Stop at 53 miles
2nd Feed Stop at 96.3 miles
3rd Feed Stop at 120.3 miles
4th Feed Stop at 142.9 miles

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


Location: Gilling Castle, Gilling East, York, YO62 4HP
Classic 58 Miles: £42.00
Champion 101 Miles: £42.00

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