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Welcome to the York Rally!

The York Rally is a major cycling event on York’s Knavesmire which has been held almost every year since 1945. Whether you cycle already or not, please do come along, bring the family and have a go! Entry, parking and almost all activities are entirely free of charge!

The York Rally is also famous as the UK’s grandest weekend meet for cycle tourers, grass-track and grass-roots racers and historic cycle experts – and many more enthusiastic and friendly people who just love cycling and are happy to share their passion. Many have also joined our supporters’ club, the Friends of York Rally. There’s camping on site, too, for the many visitors who stay for the whole weekend.

The 2017 Rally was held on the 24th-25th June 2017, and we’ll have details of the next here ASAP!

The all-volunteer York Rally organising team

Activities not to miss:

Cyclo-cross at the York Rally attracts a huge field of racers of all ages. Photo: Peter ElandThere’s spectacular racing to watch or take part in, for all ages and skills, at the York Rally – from the British Schools Cycling Association’s National Grasstrack Championships and Come and Try Go-ride session (both on Saturday) to cyclo-cross races from the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association on Sunday, with many young rider classes.

A ride heads out from the York Rally. Photo: Peter Eland Numerous led rides head out from the Rally, from under five miles to over 100! There are many short, safe family-friendly and traffic-free outings, as well as more challenging routes for more experienced cyclists. On Sunday, a ride heads over to Naburn for a cycling church service.

British Cycling Go-Ride at the 2016 York Rally. Photo: Peter ElandYoung riders can be like Bradley at the Go-Ride “Come and Try” session: 11AM on Saturday on the Grasstrack Arena.

York Rally 2016: Punch and Judy. Photo: Peter Eland

There’s a great family atmosphere at the Rally, with entertainments and more. Here Bo entertains with his cycle-transported Punch and Judy show.

The 2015 Saddlebag Sale. Photo: Robert Johnstone

There are plenty of opportunities to bag a bicycle bargain at the Rally. Not only is there a full trade show packed with the latest innovations like electric bikes, there’s also a cycle jumble and a busy cycle auction sale.

Adults can relax in the York Rally’s licensed bar with a pint of very reasonably priced real ale – and of course there are several food options on site too.

The Pretend Stage perform at the York Rally 2016. Photo: Peter Eland

There’s always live music at the Rally: as well as legendary folk band the Foresters, who play the main tent on Saturday evening, the Rally is rocked by local musicians including The Pretend Stage, whose set arrives transported by cycle trailer…

Photo: John Jackson

You’ll see some amazing bikes at the Rally! As well as attracting cycle tourists from across the country and beyond, the Rally is one of the UK’s greatest gatherings of historic cycles and their expert owners.

Photo: Mike Handley

The Rally covers the whole weekend, and many visitors stay on site from Friday night onwards. There’s plenty of space, both for lightweight campers who arrive by bike or on foot, and also for caravans, motorhomes and campers with cars. Campsite bookings are now closed – so please just turn up on the day! We won’t run out of space…

What’s on when


Useful info

We’ve tried to put everything you need to know online! So please just click for full information for visitors, volunteers, and traders. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

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    1. We do! I’m fairly certain at least one tandem-specific ride is already planned for this year. I’ve emailed our Rides Co-ordinator Gary on rides@yorkrally.org to check and will let you know ASAP. Also, new rides and ride leaders are always very welcome, so if you fancy running a tandem ride yourself do let us know 🙂

      1. Just to confirm that there will be the traditional tandem-specific ride on the Saturday, led by Dave and Lydia Falkingham, and Gary also mentions that most of the rides from the Rally are suitable for tandems.

  1. Good Day,
    Our first time coming to this event.
    Two things, how far from the rail station is the event, and are dogs allowed in the event.
    Many thanks!,

    1. Hi Keith, it’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the station, or under 10 minutes by bike. Dogs are no problem, with a few provisos, listed on our FAQ page:

      Dogs are permitted in all areas of the York Rally site except for any condoned off areas, including the arena and any other areas from which the general public is excluded and, with exception of assistance dogs, in the marquees or in the vicinity of catering areas. Dogs must be kept under close control and keepers are requested to refrain from using extending leads in all camping, trade/exhibition areas, other circulation areas and designated access routes. All waste from dogs must be disposed of appropriately and certainly not in the recycle bins.

      Hope that’s what you need, look forward to seeing you there!

  2. Thanks everyone for your work to make this year’s event enjoyable. Numbers appeared reduced but please persevere. Attended decades ago with my Dad and the past 3 years with the RSF.
    Not sure if this will help but as a recently retired cycle shop owner I wonder if you could widen your clientele. Looking around the campsite etc there was the traditional niche of tandems, trikes, tourers etc. As, for ever, hoping to grab a bargain. The local “recycling stalls ” had bits we usually scrapped so most scrounges could get the bits at home for almost nothing if they were prepared to pay for the repair skills of their local IBD.
    I saw no attempt to attract the modern sportif wannabe. They are the dominant cash rich riders and younger. Your clientele, like me are ageing and passing on.
    Not a lot has changed since my Dad brought me to York some 50 years ago. Hope this is constructive rather than criticism.
    Best wishes.

  3. A big ‘thank you’ to the Rally Committee, other helpers and organisers for another successful Rally this year. I have been to every Rally since 1980 and although the numbers are not at the level they were pre-2000 (the fiasco year), there is an increase year on year since re-introduced three years ago, the dry weather will have helped too. Keep up the good work and looking forward to York Rally in 2018.

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