Retro Ride: change of day!

We have discovered that Doyly’s Tearoom is closed on Sundays, and so it has been necessary to move the Retro Ride to Saturday.
We hope that this will not disappoint those of you riding lovely older bikes!

The Summertime Blues! 400km Audax at this year’s Rally

400km Audax at the York Cycle Rally :  Summertime Blues

400km cycling event starting from York Knavesmire. Controls at Thirn, Hawes, Appleby, Watson Hall, Castle Carrock, Mickleton Village Hall, Barton Truck Stop and York Knavesmire., plus 3 information controls.

A well-supported midsummer 400 with hills, but not a hilly ride. Campervan control at Thirn, and two village halls with food to see you through the darksome overnight section. Starts and finishes at York Cycle Rally.

The route takes in the cycle paths south of York and crosses the Ouse at the Bridge of Dreams, twice across the Wharfe before heading west into the Dales with a campervan stop and food at the eastern end of Wensleydale, then to Hawes and an evening ride over Mallerstang Common, into the Vale of Eden.

Lanes along the edge of the Pennines take you to a village hall at Castle Carrock where a warm welcome and hot food await.

The route then heads east of Eden and hopefully not to the Land of Nod, as it’s across to the Tyne Valley through Alston while the good folk are abed and over Yad Moss to a second village hall at Mickleton, with an optional bag drop and limited sleep space. Plenty of food, though.

Finally, it’s out of the hills to Barton Truck Stop World Heritage Site and across the Vale of Mowbray on your way back to York with a final section along the river path to get you back to the Knavesmire.

This ride will be for you if you like: being fed at the side of the road or at village halls, bridges, rivers, County Durham, Cumbria and Yorkshire. There’s a lot of Yorkshire.

This ride will not be for you if you don’t like: cycle paths, crossing the Pennines at night in midsummer with shooting stars across the sky (possibly), Barton Truck Stop World Heritage Site.

Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2024 

Distance: 400 km in 26 hours and 40 minutes

Time: 11:00 to finish by 13:40 the next day

Starting from: York Knavesmire

Fee: £30.00 

Closing Date: Enter soon as entries may close early if event is full

NON-MEMBERS are welcome but need to register first ( This is free – we ask you to do this so we can verify your contact details. You only need to register once and can then enter multiple events or in future convert to paid membership.

Organiser: Dean Clementson


The return of the “Tour de York” Guided Ride

We are delighted that the popular “Tour de York”, led by an expert Club Cyclist, will be featuring on this year’s Rally Guided Rides Programme.

This 68 miles long route will take riders through lovely countryside as well as pretty villages whilst circumnavigating the City of York.

An added bonus is that all who complete this ride are awarded a special commemorative sticker! Don’t forget to sign up, in advance at the Rally’s Information Hub.

New for this year: a themed ride: the life and times of George Hudson, “The Railway King”.

If you enjoy an informative ride, then this one could be for you!

One of our excellent guided ride leaders has devised an interesting and entertaining ride exploring the life and times of George Hudson, who was known as “The Railway King”. Never far from controversy, George Hudson was a key figure on the development of the railways in and around York in the early C19th.

Numbers for this guided ride will be limited to 15, and you will need to sign up, in advance, in the Rally Information Hub.

York Cycle Rally & Festival 2024 – March update!

Rally and Festival are shaping up! Help us by distributing the 2024 flyers…

As we look forward to warmer weather, an update on preparations for the York Rally and York Cycle Festival 2024! 

  • We’ve printed our 2024 A5 flyers! Front artwork is above, and the reverse is below. We rely very largely on volunteers to help us distribute these to fellow cyclists and anyone else who may be interested – so if you could help promote the event by finding good homes for some, please just email with your name, how many you’d like and your postal address, and we’ll send them off to you with our thanks! 

  • A good news round-up from the Rides team:
    • The Retro Ride is back – this will be suitable for all manner of older bikes, whether they are roadsters, road bikes, Moultons or even high wheelers! So polish up your pride and joy, and join us for a ride into the countryside around York!
    • Audax is back in force! There will be two rides available. The first is a 100k ride to Knaresborough and the second is a mighty 400k “Summertime Blues” ride through the Yorkshire Dales to the Vale of Eden and back to the Rally, well-supported with multiple village hall food stops. To join either ride you will need to register and enter online (using the links above), or by post, and pay the (modest) fee for each ride. 
    • Finally, good news that Aldwark Toll Bridge (free for cyclists!) has re-opened in good time ahead of the Rally. This is a very useful river crossing over the River Ure for cycle routes in the Easingwold area, and it is now full open again after repairs. 

  • A heads-up that we have had significant safety concerns raised about the level of motor vehicle movements on the site during the Rally, especially at busy times for cycle and pedestrian traffic, such as when led rides are setting off. It is very likely that we will have to restrict motor vehicle movements at times during the 2024 and future events. We are still working on the details, and will let everyone know about any new arrangements ASAP. We will do our very best to ensure that any restrictions are kept to the minimum compatible with safety.  

  • We also regret that due to non-negotiable requirements from our insurer, we will be unable to offer any electric bike battery charging facilities at Rally HQ this year. Please contact us if this will cause you serious difficulties. 

  • A shout out to the new organisers of the revived Kirkpartrick MacMillan (KM) Rally which returns for 2024 about a month before the York Rally – 24-26 May. It’s another historic cycling weekend based in southern Scotland (just north of Dumfries) and we’re sure they’d welcome bookings and support from people who enjoy the York Rally! 

  • A quick note that we’ve confirmed with Rally live music regulars The Sonics and Linda J that they’ll be back to perform at the 2024 event. We may even have some new acts, too…!

  • Finally, did you know we have a supporters’ club? You can join the Friends of York Rally from just £5/year, and this will get you a free programme and Friends badge at the next Rally! All funds from memberships go to support the event, and any generous donations towards the (substantial) costs are also most welcome. Thank you! 

We’re working hard to make this next York Rally – and Festival – the best yet! Our next organising team planning meeting is coming up on the 6th April, 10:30am at St Chad’s Church Hall, Campleshon Road, York – there’ll also be a Zoom option. As ever, all are very welcome to attend.

Finally, another reminder that discounted earlybird rates for campsite pitches are only available until the end of April – please do book your campsite pitch ASAP!

The Return of the Retro Ride!

We are delighted to tell you that there will be a Retro Ride at this year’s York Cycle Rally, which will be suitable for all manner of older bikes, whether they are roadsters, road bikes, Moultons or even high wheelers!
So polish up your pride and joy, and join us for a ride into the countryside around York!