Sportive & Retro Classic: 28 April 2019

York Rally fundraising Sportive & Retro Classic

Sunday 28th April 2019

Update Sunday evening: Many thanks to all who rode the Rally Sportive today, and also to all the volunteers. marshals and everyone who helped with the catering!

Provisional results/times are now available via British Cycling , and below are the pictures taken at Hovingham (and a few near Foston). Sorry that some aren’t all that brilliant.

Please just email with the picture number(s) if you would like a higher resolution copy of any of them (no charge 🙂 ) or if you would like any image you’re in removed. Apologies to anyone who I missed!

Enjoy a challenging and rewarding day out, with great cake, at the 5th fundraising sportive run by the experienced, all-volunteer and very friendly team who organise the traditional annual cyclists’ gathering on the Knavesmire in York, the York Rally.  All funds raised go to support the Rally!

On the 28th April 2019, two well proven Sportive routes take riders from just north of York high into the beautiful North York Moors.  Enter online now or scroll down for postal entry forms.

Running alongside the Sportive this year is the Retro Classic, a gentler, shorter ride for connoisseurs of classic steel-framed cycles. Read all about it here.

Two Sportive rides into the beautiful North York Moors:

140 km & 100 km:

  • York Rally Grande Classic Dunnie 140k
    Total ascent: 1687 m.
    Actual distance 133 km (83 miles)

    Route downloads: GPX or KML
    Route online at MapMyRide: here
    Printed map PDF: here (hard copies will be provided to riders on the day)
    Feeding stations are at
    – the A170 crossing (at approx 32 km / 20 miles)
    – Low Mill (approx 44km / 28 miles)
    – Danby (at approx 64km / 40 miles)
    and the main food stop at Marton (at 93 km / 58 miles).
    The route is mostly unchanged since last year, but we have changed the start to avoid traffic in Wigginton.

  • York Rally Grande Classic Dunnie 140k:
    Alternative route avoiding Rosedale Chimney Bank
    Total ascent: 1656 m.
    Actual distance 140 km (87 miles)

    This option diverts for a section of the return leg to avoid the ridiculously steep Rosedale Chimney Bank – for some riders, doing it once may be more than enough!
    Route downloads: GPX or KML
    Route online at MapMyRide: here
    Printed map PDF: here (hard copies will be provided to riders on the day)
    The route is mostly unchanged since last year, but we have changed the start to avoid traffic in Wigginton.

  • York Rally Classic Dunnie 100k:
    Total ascent: 959 m.
    Actual distance 101 km (63 miles)

    The 100k route diverges from the longer rides just after the Low Mill feeding station, re-joining before the main food stop at Marton.
    Route downloads (updated 23 April 2019): GPX or KML
    Route online at MapMyRide: here
    Printed map PDF: here (hard copies will be provided to riders on the day)
    The route is mostly unchanged since last year, but we have changed the start to avoid traffic in Wigginton.

Enter now! Come on, ride the Dunnie!

Enter online via British Cycling:

Postal entries:
Please download the appropriate form(s), complete and print out then return to the address on the form with your cheque (to “York Rally”):
– York Rally Sportive 2019: 140k ride entry form (.doc)
– York Rally Sportive 2019: 100k ride entry form (.doc)
– York Rally Sportive 2019: Retro ride entry form (.doc)

What to expect:
For many photos (which we provide free of charge at high res to entrants) and rider testimonials check out previous York Rally Sportives in 2018, in 2017, in 2015 and in 2014 or click below for a sample of rider reactions:

Any questions, please contact the organiser by phone: Pete Dunn 07740 171 252 or leave a comment below or on the York Rally Facebook page.

Volunteers to help run the event are always welcome and much appreciated! If you could help marshall, staff a feeding station or take on various tasks at ride HQ, again please just contact organiser Pete Dunn on 07740 171 252.

This Sportive is a fundraiser for the York Rally, the traditional cyclists’ gathering held since 1945 on York’s Knavesmire. The next Rally is on the 22-23 June 2019: be there!

Practical details

Times are now the same for both Sportive rides:
140k rides – Registration opens 8:00AM, start from 9AM
100k ride – Registration opens 8:00AM, start from 9AM
Last start 10AM

Rally HQ
Sign-in and start is at: Find it on Google Maps here (it’s labelled “Wigginton Parish Council”).

Please park sensibly in the surrounding streets. There is also parking available outside “Cyclescene” a few hundred yards from the Old School House – at

Are your mates fit enough? Sign them up and see…

See you there!

The all-volunteer York Rally team.

I just wish to express my thanks to you and your team for organising the York Rally Sportive on 28/04/2019. It’s a very friendly and efficiently run sportive and is still the best event in the area plus a good day out in beautiful countryside. Just to let you know I did not eat all the cakes at Marton! Thanks again, Dick Brooks. Quoted with permission after the 2019 Sportive

Huge thankyou to all those who organised and supported this friendly and enjoyable event. As a retro rider good to see so many old bikes complete with brake cables and downtube shifters. Met and chatted with lots of riders some of whom had travelled big distances to support this event. The weather was favourable-ish (looked like it was going to be wet some of the day but nothing fell on us), winds in the face in the morning but then blew us all the way back to the start, so someone has massive powers of persuasion. The lunch stop, at Marton, a highlight but it wasn’t bad when we returned to HQ either and another spread, even complete with soup. I can’t make the Rally this summer so wanted to support this event anyway and tend not to do many sportives these days but this was special and well worth doing – thanks again and see you next year. From “Chat Noir” on the Cycling UK forum

8 Replies to “Sportive & Retro Classic: 28 April 2019”

    1. Thanks for the heads-up – all should be fixed now! If the GPX files open up as code in your browser, you may need to do a right-click (or whatever, depending on what you’re using to view the page) and “save as” to get the actual file downloaded.

  1. Hi,
    Thinking of entering this ride with my boyfriend. Just wondering if you get medals and if the route is sign posted. Thanks x

    1. Hi Asia, yes the route is all very well signposted (and we also provide paper maps for you to take with you). We don’t offer medals, sorry. Hope we’ll see you there! All the best, Peter

  2. Hi Just tried to download the route by using the link above and also from map my ride but niether will work is there anyother way of getting a GPX file of the route please?

    1. Try right-click and “save as” – or whatever the equivalent is on your device – and it shoudl work. But I’ve also emailed the files to you direct – happy to do this for anyone else who is struggling! Just email me on publicity *at*

  3. The day before the event and the GPX file link only produces code, when I select save as it does not convert as a route on the garmin. Therefore I assume its still broken?

    1. Sorry if it’s not working for you. It seems to be OK for others (not necessarily on Garmin, mind – I’m not a Garmin user myself either). Anyway I’ll email you now with the GPX files and some further suggestions.

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