2017 York Rally: coming up fast!

2017 York Rally: coming up fast!

The Rally is just weeks away now. It’s all looking good, with rides firming up, a talks list including Chris Juden and the Bishop of Selby, and much more…

Campsite – advance bookings close Friday 16th!

There’s just a week left to get your advance campsite booking in! We have to close bookings a week or so before the event to give our campsite team a chance to lay out the site, keeping groups together and juggling various other constraints. Campers with advance bookings can fast-track through campsite check-in (just go to the ‘pre booked’ desk) too. So book your space now.

Rides list filling up – including the Audax.

We still have a few rides to confirm but the rides list is filling out well. Note in particular that the traditional 100k Audax ride into the Howardian Hills is definitely happening this year – it was missed off the Audax UK website and calendar due to an oversight, but you can still enter direct with us and ride it under Audax UK rules. See the rides page for all the details of this and many other rides.

York Rally Sportive – thanks to all!

Many thanks to all who entered and helped with the fundraising Sportive which we ran in May. It was perfect riding weather into the North York Moors and we had some lovely feedback from riders. Special thanks to organiser Pete Dunn for taking on this demanding task, and to the all-volunteer team who made it happen! There are masses of pictures online here.

Talks – inc. Chris Juden and the Cycling Bishop!

We’re still finalising the talks schedule – any proposals are very welcome – but we’re delighted that among this year’s speakers will be well known cycling technical (and much else) expert Chris Juden, whose talk “Choose your discipline” will be at 5PM on Saturday. Another highlight will be Bishop John, the Cycling Bishop of Selby, whose talk will be on Saturday at 2PM. Watch the talks page on the website for a full list shortly!

Food at the Rally – and real ale…

We’ve arranged an varied line-up of catering for this year – and it’s from several reliable providers. The fantastic grill wagon that came across from the car boot sale last year after we were let down by other caterers will be back. There will also be vegan food provided by local York bike shop/cafe Bicis-y-mas, a specialist beef burger caterer, possibly also a ‘hog roast’ type outfit, and 2 coffee vans plus a coffee tricycle! And two ice cream vans, because it’s sure to be sunny… and the relaxed bar area will be supplied with local real ale from craft brewery Brew York.

Other York Rally news

  • A reminder that we have a provisional date for the 2018 York Rally already! Keep the 23rd-24th June clear in your calendar. This has been cleared with City of York Council (who handle the venue hire) but is still subject to final confirmation until the 2018 horse-racing calendar is firmed up.
  • Check out some media mentions: BikeBiz and Cycle Industry News, and in the York Press: 
  • Our final meeting before the 2017 Rally will be this Saturday – 10th June – and in a change of venue (due to local road closures for another event) we will meet at the St Chad’s Church Hall on Campleshon Road at 10AM, before walking over to the Knavesmire for a site visit. As ever, all are welcome – especially newcomers!

Many thanks again for your interest in the York Rally. We hope we’ll see you there again in 2017!