Sportive: 21st Sept 2014

York Rally Grande Classic Sportive

21st September 2014

Update 21st Sept 2014. A huge thank you to all of the 120-odd riders who rode the Sportive today! We hope you all enjoyed the day, and we really appreciate your support – it will go a long way to funding the 2015 Rally revival!

A first report from the Sportive and rider pictures are posted here.  Provisional timings are here on the BC website. And here’s a taste of the reaction from riders:

The rest of this page will be left as it was before the Sportive for historical interest.

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To help raise initial funding for the Rally, the organisers are staging a classic Sportive ride on the 21st September this year (2014), starting from Wigginton Village Hall just north of York and heading up into the spectacular North York Moors. The two longer rides follow routes similar to the past York Rally’s Ron Kit Sportives, while the 35km is a short route appropriate for families.

Rally organiser Paul Reid has been scouting out the routes and has provided this great write-up of the 100k Classic route!

New: We now have a new Sportive leaflet, showing all three routes! Print some out and tell your friends…

York Rally Sportive - A5 mono leaflet, JPG format for online use
York Rally Sportive – A5 mono leaflet, JPG format for online use

Routes shown are provisional and are subject to possible minor changes, in which case new versions will be uploaded ASAP.

Rider info

  • The 36k ride 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 but a broom wagon will run the course at the end of the event. Enter online now!
    NOTE – Sept 13th update – the 36k route has very slightly changed, so the GPX files posted before are not quite accurate. The latest route is available on MapMyRide where you can export an updated GPX file.

  • The 100k ride 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.  Read a route write-up by the organiser, and you can download the route as KML or as GPX. Enter online now!

  • The 140k ride 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. Sag wagon and broom wagon as 36k ride. Download the route as KML or as GPX. Enter online now!

And this is the route bypassing the Chimney: download as KML or as GPX.:

13 Replies to “Sportive: 21st Sept 2014”

  1. Is it possible to start the Sportive Ride later than 8am as I will need to ride to Wigginton from York and won’t get there for 8am?

    1. Hi Karen,
      8am is the start of the window which, for the 100k ride, can run up to 10a.m. For the 140k ride I’m afraid that the window will only be till 9. For the shorter ride there is a little more leeway.
      Hope this helps, look forward to seeing you on the 21st, Paul

  2. Sadly I now can’t make the ride- can you tell me who I should contact and how I can get a refund?

  3. I can do 100km very comfortably but I am not a fast rider. What is the expected return time for the slower riders on this route?

    1. Sorry, just seen this. I’ll check with Paul but as far as I know there’s no time cut-off within reason – we’ll count everyone out and count them back before we go home :-). I’ll ask Paul how long it took him as he won’t have been super swift either. He’s away from his email just now but should get back online later…

  4. Hi can you pay on the day and if not what is the cut off time for bookingthe 140k.
    The problem is that I may need to work but will know for sure in a few days.

  5. Mike Nuccoll and myself completed your 100km ride today and as we are both Geriatrics we certainly enjoyed it Mike more than me on the climb to Nunnington Hall My thanks to all your band of happy helpers especially your ladies at Marton their chocolate Brownies were to die for (do not tell my wife Athena)
    Again many thanks
    See you next year
    Dick Brooks

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