Welcome to the York Rally and York Cycle Festival!

The next York Cycle Rally will take place in June 2025 as part of the York Cycle Festival.

The provisional dates are 20-22 June 2025, but this cannot be confirmed until the horse racing calendar for York Racecourse is finalised, usually around September.

Please bear with us as we update our web pages for 2025!

What is the York Cycle Rally? Famous since 1945 as the annual ‘gathering of the cycling clans’, the York Rally draws cycle tourists and Audax riders; club cyclists and racers; vintage, veteran and retro cycle riders and experts; grasstrack and cyclocross racers; cycle campers and bikepackers; HPV, adaptive and recumbent riders; everyday cyclists and many more.

It’s a grand, traditional and refreshingly non-commercial celebration of cycling in a family-friendly atmosphere, with camping on site.

Please watch this website, follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter for latest updates! We look forward to seeing you in June!

The all-volunteer York Rally organising team

Whether you cycle already or not, please do come along! There’s a family atmosphere and plenty to do all weekend, including live music, food and a real ale bar. And entry is free!

The York Rally, founded in 1945, is famous as the UK’s historic gathering for cycle tourers, grass-roots racers, vintage/retro cycle experts and more! And it’s also 100% volunteer organised!

There’s camping on site for the many visitors who stay for the whole weekend – book early for the lowest prices!

Or just turn up and pay on the day – there is plenty of room. We’ve space for tents, caravans and motorhomes alike.

I feel the need to express what an incredible weekend we had at our first York Rally. Absolutely everything was perfect, from the communications beforehand to ensure our group were sited together on the fantastically spacious pitches, the day-parking organisation, clean toilets (unheard of for portaloos after a weekend!), reasonably priced food, friendliness of the volunteers, and the provision of what I can honestly say is the best and quietest route I’ve ridden in the UK… (from a visitor in 2018, left on our Facebook page)

A family event

With a safe, friendly family atmosphere the York Rally is a great day out for all the family – with plenty of activities for children even off the bike. And almost everything is completely free of charge!

What’s on and when

Buy a show programme on the day for just £1 to see the full schedule!




The Friday Evening Quiz

Join the Quiz from 7:30 and relax
after your journey to the Rally!

Eat, drink and be merry

Photo: Richard Yarwood

There’s a great range of caterers offering food and hot drinks on site at the Rally, covering the whole event from when gates open on Friday afternoon, to the early mornings for breakfast and through the day into the evenings. Please do support the on-site catering with your custom so that they’ll continue to support the event – and because a percentage of the takings goes towards the cost of running the Rally! Find out more.

Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to York Rally over the weekend. Excellent organisation, super atmosphere and very very busy indeed. Full credit must go to the volunteer organisers who worked tirelessly in both organising this event and then working throughout during the hot weather this weekend – all done with a smile on their faces […] I was surprised by the 1,000s in attendance each day at York, I can see this event going from strength to strength. Very well done everybody involved and see you again next year! (from a visitor in 2018, left on our Facebook page)

Bag a bargain at the Rally

Auction sale

Cycles go under the hammer! Buy or sell on the Saturday of the Rally, Any cycling item welcome.

Saddlebag Sale

At the cycle jumble on the Sunday of the York Rally you can join eager buyers or book a table and sell – or donate your spare items for us to sell to raise Rally funds!

The trade show

See the latest products, enjoy demos like this wheelbuilding session, find out about e-bikes and more at the York Rally trade show.

The York Rally trade show is a great opportunity to see the latest cycling gear and consult industry experts about anything from electric bikes to wheelbuilding, and to obtain specialist kit for e.g. touring. You might also bag a bargain or two! Find out more about the trade show.

Rides at the Rally

Out on a ride at the 2015 York Rally: Photo Robert Johnstone

The York Rally is the starting point for masses of rides, ranging from short, family-friendly pootles to evening pub rides to all-day adventures into the Yorkshire Moors and Wolds. Find out more about the rides.