York Rally Sportive – 21st May 2017

Further update: rider timings are now online here.

Update Sunday afternoon: Thanks to all who rode the Rally Sportive today, and also to all the volunteers. marshals and everyone who helped with the catering! More later (the last finishers are still coming in!), but for now here are the (unedited) pictures taken at Low Mill plus a few more at Marton (food stop) and Rally HQ in Wigginton. Please email publicity@yorkrally.org 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.

Two rides into the beautiful North York Moors: 140 km & 100 km

On the 21st May 2017, two routes take riders from the start point in Wigginton (just north of York) high into the beautiful North York Moors. Enter online now.

Ride the Dunnie:
Wigginton (just north of York), Sheriff Hutton, Terrington Bank, Hovingham, Caulkeys Bank, Farndale, Low Mill, Castleton, Danby, Rosedale, Hutton le Hole, Marton, Castle Howard, Wigginton.
Come on, do it!

  • Come and ride it if you’re hard enough!
  • Probably the hardest Sportive in Britain!
  • Think you can climb? Prove it!

There are two ride lengths – and the longer ride comes in two versions, with or without the ridiculously steep (1:3) ascent of Rosedale Chimney Bank. Apologies that the updated mapping now has the longer ride a little under 140k in both versions – but there’s still plenty of climbing to get your legs going!

  • York Rally Grande Classic Dunnie: 132.7 km, via Rosedale Chimney Bank. Total ascent 1665.36 m.
    Download KML & GPX or see more info via MapMyRide. For Garmin, try TCX or CRS formats.
    Note: routes were updated 13th May.
  • York Rally Grande Classic Dunnie: 135.9 km, avoiding Rosedale Chimney Bank. Total ascent 1603.79 m.
    Download KML & GPX, or see more info via MapMyRide. For Garmin, try TCX or CRS formats.
    Note: routes were updated 13th May.
  • York Rally Classic Dunnie: 100 km. Total ascent 969.55 m.
    Download KML & GPX, or see more info via MapMyRide. For Garmin, try TCX or CRS formats.
    Note: routes were updated 13th May.

Entry is online until Friday 19th May via British Cycling: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/155921/York-Rally-Sportive#entry

For some pics and rider testimonials check out the last York Rally Sportive in 2015!

Any questions, please contact the organiser by phone: Pete Dunn 07740 171 252 or leave a comment below or on the Facebook event page – we’ll get back to you ASAP!

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 24-25 June 2017: be there!

Practical details

140k rides – Registration opens 7:45AM, start from 8AM
100k ride – Registration opens 8:30AM, 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

Printed maps will be provided but in case you’d like a preview, here are printable PDF maps also showing feeding station locations:
100k route – 4.5 Mb PDF – updated 13th May 2017.
140k (via Rosedale Chimney Bank) – 8 Mb PDF – updated 13th May 2017.
140k (avoiding Rosedale Chimney) – 8 Mb PDF – updated 13th May 2017.

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

Feel free to spread the word!


What people thought of our last Sportive…

…and a few images from the day! Click to enlarge:

See you there!

The all-volunteer York Rally team.

16 Replies to “York Rally Sportive – 21st May 2017”

  1. Just looked at map ,map my ride,for York dunnie 140km .it goes off road and across an unmanned level crossing.section after Thornton le clay,then crosses moor lane and goes straight on to stensall crossing going over an unmade track,which I think is stoney,is this correct?surely the route should have gone through flaxton?

    1. Thanks Andrew – I’ll get that checked out ASAP – just off to an organisers’ meeting this morning…

    2. Hi Andrew, many thanks again for spotting this – you’re quite right and we’re working now to amend it ASAP. Many apologies – not clear how the wrong GPX got used for mapping….

      1. And a note that the MapMyRide links, GPX and KML files are now corrected – printed maps being updated now…

  2. hi,

    i’m trying to download the gpx file for my garmin and having no success. i’ve downloaded it from map my ride and then tried to import to garmin but fails every time. i’ve tried this on both a PC and Mac. If i download the gpx from the Rally website i get a list of coordinates but then can’t work out how to get these on to my garmin.
    any ideas please.

    1. Hi Martin, someone on Facebook also reported issues with a Garmin – seems a reasonably common problem. I’m wondering if it’s because the GPX files have no time-stamps. Google suggests various fixes, but to start with I’ve converted the GPX files to “TCX” and “CRS” formats which are apparently for Garmin Courses, via http://www.gpsies.com/convert.do – could you let me know if either of those works please? Links added above. We don’t have any Garmin users here to test it…

  3. Any chance the smaller route could start earlier if you get all the longer riders off quickly?

    1. Yup definitely, common sense will prevail :-). If you need to be sure of an early getaway could you maybe just give organiser Pete Dunn a ring before the event and I’m sure he’ll be able to sort you out: 07740 171 252. Cheers! Peter

  4. Hi We have tried to Book On Line via British Cycling and we are unable to Book it is not accepting On Line entries. Will it be Ok to Book on the Day at £25 each. Please advise

    1. I’m almost certain it’ll be OK to book on the day at the advance rate – I’ve just left a message with the lady handling the bookings and will confirm for sure ASAP 🙂 All the best, Peter

  5. Hi,
    Just thought it would be polite to let you know I won’t be doing the petite tomorrow. Been struggling with a heavy chest cold for a week and it’s not budging.
    Hope everything goes well and good luck to all. Next year I’ll definitely be on the start line.
    I’ll check the Garmin download s as well Pete thanks for your help.

  6. Brilliant event – the most friendly bunch of people ever organising an event – thanks to everyone for making this one to remember- will definitely be back next year (may even do the long one!!!)

    1. Great you enjoyed it! Hit ‘reload’ on this page and photos should be up now 🙂

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