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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!

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.

Entry, parking and almost all activities are entirely free of charge! There’s camping on site, too, for the many visitors who stay for the whole weekend. The 2017 Rally will be held on the 24th-25th June 2017, and we hope we’ll see you there!

The all-volunteer York Rally organising team

PS As you can see, we’re busy revamping the website! Please bear with us as we knock it into shape for 2017.

What’s on when


Activities not to miss:


Cyclo-cross at the York Rally attracts a huge field of racers of all ages. Photo: Peter ElandThere are taster sessions and races for all ages and skills at the York Rally – from National Series grasstrack racing to cyclo-cross races from the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association, as pictured, 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 burn off energy at the Go-Ride Skills Circuit – it’s completely free: kids can just turn up with a bike (and a parent to sign the consent form!).

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

There’s a great family atmosphere at the Rally, with plenty of free opportunities to take part, 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 from Welsh craft brewery Crwr Ial – 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. Book your campsite pitch now – it’s much cheaper to do it in advance!


Useful info

(for visitors, volunteers, traders)


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