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:
There’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.
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.
Young riders can be like Bradley at the Go-Ride “Come and Try” session: 11AM on Saturday on the Grasstrack Arena.
There’s a great family atmosphere at the Rally, with entertainments and more. Here Bo entertains with his cycle-transported Punch and Judy show.
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.
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…
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.
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
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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