Sportive: 20th Sept 2015

York Rally Grande Classic Sportive

20th September 2015

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Update 23rd September 2015

This year’s Sportive is now over!  Many thanks to all of the 150+ riders who took part, to the many volunteer helpers who made it all happen, and especially to organiser Paul for taking on this stressful and demanding job.

Results (times) are now available via the British Cycling event page.

We did not have a photographer booked as such, but an independent photographer from CRK Photography (07518 543831) was on Rosedale Chimney Bank as the 140k ride went past and has posted a gallery of images via Facebook. Apart from that we just have a few images taken at the Sherriff Hutton and Low Mill feeding stations:

Thanks to all who have already posted kind words and pictures on the 2015 Sportive Facebook page. They are much appreciated:

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Following last year’s successful fundraising Sportive, the York Rally is organising a repeat event this year, on the 20th September 2015. All funds raised from this year’s Sportive will be used to support youth activities at the 2016 York Rally.

You can read a report on last year’s event here, and click below for a taste of the reaction from riders:

For 2015, the three routes (36 km, 100 km, 140 km, about 22, 62, 86 miles) are much as last year – see maps below. All routes will start from Wigginton Village Hall just north of York, and the longer rides head up into the spectacular North York Moors, while the shorter ride stays to the mostly flat countryside below the Howardian Hills.

The organisers have a long list of improvements to put in place after last year’s Sportive, the first we’d run. This will include clearly identifiable signs (and even more of them!).

As before, entry is via the British Cycling online booking system (you do not need to be a member – the website may encourage you to join but it’s not required): you can enter online now! Online entries close at 8PM on Friday, 18th September. Entry on the day is also possible on all rides, although that is subject to there still being places available. We have a numbers limit which we can´t exceed for safety (and food!) reasons, and pre-booked riders have first call on places. So to ensure a space we´d definitely recommend pre-booking if at all possible please.

The 2015 also has an event page on Facebook – please do share reactions and pictures from your ride!

Rider info

  • The 36k ride (approx 22 miles) is flat and designed primarily for families and those wanting a gentle ride. The ride will be well-signed with marshals at any difficult junctions. There will be appropriate feeding stations en route and a sag wagon will be available on call. A broom wagon will also run the course at the end of the event. Start time window: 9AM to 11AM. Download GPX or KML routes via MapMyRide and enter online now!
    For more route details and GPX/KML downloads, click here.
  • The 100k ride (approx 62 miles) is flat for the first 10k and then starts to climb becoming more challenging. Travelling through spectacular scenery this route is designed for those who want a challenge but don’t feel fit enough for the longest ride. Again feeding stations will be available en route with a proper tea stop provided. Sag wagon and broom wagon as 36k ride. Start time window 9AM to 10AM. Read a route write-up by the organiser, and you can download the route as KML or GPX via Mapmyride and enter online now!
    For more route details and GPX/KML downloads, click here.
  • The 140k ride (about 86 miles) follows the route for the 100k before it branches off to include more challenging climbs including the famous Rosedale Chimney (with an optional bypass route for those who, perhaps, have already experienced the Chimney Bank! But every cyclists should try it once…). Again feeding stations will be available en route with a proper tea stop provided. Start time window 8AM to 9AM. Sag wagon and broom wagon as 36k ride. Download the route as GPX or KML via Mapmyride. Enter online now!
    For more route details and GPX/KML downloads, click here.And this is the route bypassing the Chimney. Download the route as GPX or KML via Mapmyride:
    For more route details and GPX/KML downloads, click here.

7 Replies to “Sportive: 20th Sept 2015”

  1. Hello, Is there a minimum age limit for the 36km ride, as i would like my grandson who is 13yrs old to join me. He has been road riding for approx 14 months. Please advise

    1. Paul has probably replied by email already but yes you can enter on the day, although that is subject to there still being places available – we have a numbers limit we can’t exceed for safety (and food!) reasons, and pre-booked riders have first call on that. So to ensure a space we’d definitely recommend booking if possible.

  2. Do you think that there will still be places on the day and if so what time would I need to get there to register. Many thanks Steve

    1. Hi Steve, places still available on all rides so yes do come and enter on the day. Start windows are:
      38k ride: 9AM to 11AM
      100k ride: 9AM to 10AM
      140k ride: 8AM to 9AM
      Probably best get there 20-30 mins before you’d like to set off.
      Cheers!
      Peter

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