It’s time for another York Rally update! We’ve plenty of developments to report since the last newsletter.
Before we get to that, though, a quick request. We all need to keep pushing awareness of the Rally to keep it flourishing! Word of mouth is the most powerful method there is – so if you know or bump into like-minded people who might want to join us at the Rally weekend, especially camping, do please give us a mention and pass on the website or phone number! You can also download print-it-yourself cards or flyers here. Thanks in advance!
The new Friday evening quiz
New for the York Rally 2019 – a cycling and general knowledge quiz on Friday evening! Book your team’s entry now. We’ve hoping the new quiz will be a convivial way for anyone on site on the Friday evening (21st June) to enjoy spending time with friends on site, take advantage of the catering and bar (both will be open), help us offset the costs of the marquee hire AND have a chance to win prizes!
Teams will have a table each (for up to six players) and as there’s finite space in the Lounge marquee numbers are strictly limited. Team entries cost £10 and are open now for online booking – also on the day if there are tables still available.
Many thanks to volunteer quizmaster Pete Dunn who will conduct proceedings with a mix of cycling and general knowledge questions, and may the best answers win! The quiz will start at 7:30 PM. For all the details, and bookings, see: http://yorkrally.org/quiz/
Rally clothing – on sale now!
To clear some space for new stock we are having a sale of Rally-branded clothing – with selected items reduced to just over cost price!
- T-shirt with printed logo: was £11 SALE: now £9.50
- Polo shirt with embroidered logo: was £14 SALE: now £11.50
- Hoodie with embroidered logo: was £23 SALE: now £16.50
- Sweatshirt with embroidered logo: was £17 SALE: now £12.50
Please just head over to the merchandise page or click below to order securely online, or contact us for postal ordering.
News from our trade show exhibitors
Many thanks to the traders already booked in for the Trade Show – we’re delighted to support them by passing on these notices. Please do support them if you can, and if one of your favourite suppliers doesn’t yet exhibit at the Rally, please do suggest it to them and point them to these details for potential exhibitors.
Yourspokes and Poetry in Motion Cycles
New for the 2019 Rally will be a live spoke-cutting service! Dylan Thomas of Yorkspokes (part of Poetry in Motion Cycles) will be there with a comprehensive stock of spoke blanks and can produce spokes to just about any length on the spot. Perfect for those tricky wheel-builds, or to gather some spares. He’s also there to discuss your wheelbuilding and custom bike building and restoration needs!
Inspired Cycle Engineering
Chris Parker of Inspired Cycle Engineering writes: I am one of the founding directors of Inspired Cycle Engineering Ltd, affectionately known as ICE Trikes. The York Cycle Rally is one of the key dates in my calendar both professionally and privately and has been since 1996. The Rally is a great place to catch up with friends, old and new, and trade associates to talk about everything from tread patterns, paint jobs to gear inches and speciality real ales. I always look forward to the event and as a company director the value of the York Cycle Rally is great for the recumbent industry in the UK. I am genuinely overjoyed to be able to support the 2019 event which coincidentally is also ICE Trikes’ 20th year of building trikes and we’re having a party at the Rally to celebrate! I sincerely look forward to seeing and chatting to as many visitors as my team and I can and allowing those of you who want to, test ride one of our amazing trikes on our test track kindly set up by the organisers. See you at the Rally! Chris
Golden Age Cycles
Welcome to new exhibitors Golden Age Cycles! Brian Reid writes: Golden Age Cycles of Bicester was established to cater for the growing interest in cycling heritage, specialising in British racing cycles from the 1950s to the 1990s. These were handmade by craftsmen proud to show their name, including Hetchins, Mercian, Bates and many others. Our skilled team source and restore the highest quality machines for discerning new owners, as well as being highly experienced in servicing and restoring customers’ period cycles. We are always interested in purchasing high quality cycles, selling on commission and providing insurance valuations. Find us at Building 137, Bicester Heritage, Buckingham Road, Bicester OX26 5HA, Tel. 07952 062201, where we are open by appointment.
In other Rally news
SPORTIVE & RETRO: More Rally fundraising comes in the shape of our next fundraising Sportive, which takes place on the 28th April 2019. All the details are here (also forms for postal entry) or you can enter via British Cycling here. Advance entries are just £25 – on the day (if spaces are left) it’s £30. All funds raised go to support the York Rally! This year we’re also adding a gentler, shorter 50-mile (80 km) “Retro Classic” ride for classic cycle connoisseurs – but it still finds its way to the same fabulous main food stop at Marton. Ride in style! Click for full details about the Retro Classic.
2019 BADGES: Could you help us choose a design for the next York Rally badge? We’ve set up a poll on our Facebook page where you can vote for your favourite design, or feel free to email us instead. We’d also love to hear from any graphic designers who might be able to volunteer their help. Meanwhile, 2018 and 2017 badges are on sale now.
All are very welcome at our next York Rally planning meeting which is to be held from 10AM on the 23rd March 2019 at St Chad’s on the Knavesmire Church Hall, Campleshon Road, York. Please just let us know if you would like a lift from the railway station.
Thanks again for your support of the York Rally – we’re already looking forward to seeing many of you in June!
With best regards,
The York Rally team