The York Rally is an independent, volunteer run organisation, not affiliated to any national or local cycling club. It’s made up from cyclists who love the Rally and are not willing to see it fade away.
We are now incorporated as York Rally CIC, a Community Interest Company registered in the UK, company number 10647021.
Our inaugural meeting was held on Saturday 21st June 2014 to re-launch the York Rally for 2015. A committee was elected, and (after various changes at subsequent meetings) is as follows:
President: The Rally’s president was the late Brian Robinson (the first Briton to finish the Tour de France and the first to win a Tour stage – more details here.)
Chairman: Gerry Boswell
Event Co-ordinator: Paul Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: Rachel Thompson (email@example.com)
Campsite Steward: TBC (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rides Co-ordinator: Yvonne Ramage (email@example.com)
Trade Co-ordinator: Charlie Hodge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Volunteer Co-ordinator: David Lochhead (email@example.com)
Publicity Officer & Vice Chairman: Peter Eland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Committee Members: Dave Bishop (Arena activities and racing), Tony Stephenson (Auction), Peter Huxford (Sustrans liaison), Dylan Thomas (Catering), Michael Stainer & Peter Neumann (campsite team), Gary Knighton, Barry Raynor, Charles Jepson (Saddlebag sale)
For general Rally enquiries, or if you are not sure which address to use, please send an email to email@example.com and it will reach several of the committee members automatically.
The Rally is an all volunteer organised event, and is being run not for profit and purely for the love of cycling and to see this great event continue.
For each Rally we need to raise a total of £20,000+ to cover the basic costs of the Rally (see the Friends page for more details) so the committee is clear that every penny counts, and no money can be spent that has not been raised. In this spirit committee members have agreed not to claim expenses (travel, phones, stationary, postage, etc.).
We also have to make it clear that there are no ‘freebies’: any York Rally clothing worn by committee and volunteers is to be paid for by them personally. Both committee members and volunteers using the campsite are being asked to book pitches at the same prices as everyone else.
This lets us ensure that evey penny raised goes towards covering the unavoidable costs, including Knavesmire hire, insurance, showers, toilets, security, marquees, first aid, and much more.
All – especially anyone with ideas for the next Rally – are always welcome to attend meetings, or to contribute ideas! Other cycling organisations who could use the almost unlimited space available on the Rally site are most welcome to get in touch to explore the possibilities.
The next York Rally planning meeting, and AGM, will be held from 1 to 3 pm on the 3rd December 2022 at the Church Hall of St Chad’s on the Knavesmire, York. As ever, all are welcome – please just contact us via the firstname.lastname@example.org email address if you would like a lift from the station, or for Zoom joining info.