2015 York Rally archived website

Now that the 2015 Rally is over, we have archived the 2015 website, complete with this old homepage (below) and its various sub-pages. For photos and reports from the 2015 York Rally, please see here. As most of the links in these archived pages will lead to the current versions of the site, for easy access here are the other main parts of the 2015 site:


yr-artwork01Welcome to the York Rally website

The York Rally is an annual gathering of cyclists on the Knavesmire in York. It ran for almost 70 years since its foundation in 1945 until 2012.  Now an independent  group of volunteers, some new to the event and some long-serving stalwarts, have revived the Rally for 2015, supported by the Friends of the York Rally.

The 2015 York Rally is now over! This website will be updated to reflect this ASAP, but for now we just have some initial closing comments and thanks. We’re back in action again soon, doing more fundraising at our Sportive on the 20th September 2015.

The Rally will definitely be back next year, too, and please note that the provisional dates are now 18-19th June 2016. More ASAP once we have final confirmation.

Event highlights included:

The up-front costs of staging this event are daunting. To support the Rally’s revival, please do consider becoming a Friend of the York Rally! Sign up as you enter, or at Rally HQ.

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We are delighted to acknowledge the generous assistance of:

Our vision for the Rally

The revived Rally is being organised by a committee of enthusiastic cyclists on a purely volunteer basis – many of us are giving up our time alongside busy working lives to make it happen, and we are not even taking expenses this year.  So why are we doing it?

The long history of the Rally (under names including The Grand All-Yorkshire Cyclists Rally, the CTC Rally, and York Cycle Show) means that for many cyclists it’s an unmissable opportunity to meet up with old friends, go on rides, share memories and make new ones with like-minded fellow cyclists.

We’re also sure that the Rally has amazing potential to be a welcoming and inclusive event to attract newcomers to cycling, and for everyone to experience cycling’s benefits for active health, for quick and enjoyable transport, for recreation and touring, and as a sport.

In the spirit of the original founders of the event, we would also like to make the Rally a real rallying-point for all of the nation’s cyclists (and many beyond).

To this end we are inviting all sorts of cycling clubs, organisations and interest groups to be at the Rally free of charge and to show what they do: we’d like to bring together everything from cycle racing to vintage bikes to unicycles! We have almost unlimited space on the huge Knavesmire, the grassy open space within the York Racecourse (horse racing) track.

It would be wonderful to line the grasstrack arena and the main avenue approaching it with enthusiast club stands, a real celebration of grass-roots cycling and the people who make it happen.

We hope you can be there and will want to support the event!

25 Replies to “2015 York Rally archived website”

  1. I live quite near to the Knavesmire and will help if required. We used to run the VTTA stand at the rally for many years.

    1. Brilliant, many thanks! I’ve drawn this to the attention of our volunteer team and they’ll be in touch with more info 🙂

  2. Having been at the York Cycle Rally in 1978 on a vintage, Dutch made, spring suspended bike, I am pleased to learn that this event is back again. See you all there!

  3. hi
    i am a raleigh chopper fan i restore & repair
    Grahams vintage choppers.
    would it be ok to come along 20-21 june
    with my mk1 1970 chopper

  4. I’ve already booked to do L’Eroica Britannia at Bakewell – what a shame the two events are the same weekend !

  5. I have been attending the York rally for many years, and was sad when it was cancelled, so great it is back on, I shall be there

  6. As above, I would like to book a pitch but it seems like the whole site is not working at the moment.

  7. Glad it’s back . 1st came in ’85 , had some years off when our children arrived , was just getting back into it when it got canned.

  8. Delighted to see the Rally back. I have many fond memories of the event from the 1980s and 1990s especially. I hope it is a great success and goes from strength to strength.

  9. Have train tickets for two people and two bikes Grantham to York leaving Grantham at 14:21 on 19th June. No longer need them . Free to good home….

  10. I have been attending the York Rally for quite a lot of years, and am pleased to see it back again. One question, what time will it start on Saturday?. Looking forward to coming back.

  11. Will be ridi g from Doncaster Saturday morning with a group. Will attend rally saturday afternoon and su day morning before riding home for teatime. Welcome back

  12. Hi came to York rally first time at 66 years young great time where is your event in September 20th and is it like the rally my wife and I are on electric bikes so no long runs but hope to see you in June if not before at seseptembwr pulse send more info on sept

    1. Hi Peter, thanks for leaving the comment. The Sportive isn’t like the Rally – it’s more a day out with a choice of three supported day rides at different lengths, with food laid on, way marking, sag and broom wagons, etc! Ride at your own pace or with friends as you like. It starts at Wigginton, just to the north of York, and heads north from there, the shorter ride stopping just short of the Howardian Hills and the longer two routes carrying on into the North York Moors. The shorter ride would be just fine on electric bikes. For more details and route sheets etc. click here or please do get in touch with any questions! All the best, Peter

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