In this difficult and extraordinary year the York Rally team wishes you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year, and we really hope we can see many of you soon at another York Rally.
As you will know, sadly the 2020 Rally was cancelled in March due to COVID-19. Thank you again for all of the messages of support in the wake of this announcement.
Since then the organising committee has kept active and in regular contact, and we are in good shape to organise another Rally just as soon as conditions allow.
We will make a final decision on a Rally in 2021 at our upcoming meeting and AGM in January (see below).
At the moment we are cautious about raising any expectations for 2021. Even after the cancellation early this year, the Rally finances are sound but we cannot risk running anything but a ‘full throttle’ Rally – one which we can be confident will go ahead and one for which Rally-goers can be confident to book campsite pitches in advance. We will have to weigh up the welcome news of vaccines with the risk of ongoing restrictions.
We do want to run the Rally again just as soon as possible, which is why we are leaving the final call as late as we can. The final decision about a 2021 York Rally will be made at January’s meeting, and we will then let everyone know ASAP.
Meeting and AGM The next York Rally meeting, and AGM, will take place virtually on the 23rd January 2021. As ever, all are welcome to attend. If you would like to join, please contact us.
We will let everyone know about the meeting’s decision on a 2021 Rally as soon as possible!
Meanwhile we wish all Rally-goers the best of health and cycling happiness, and a very Merry Christmas.
Just a quick note to thank all of the well-wishers and contributors who have left comments on this website, on the York Rally and Friends of York Rally Facebook pages, or contacted us direct, as we come up to the dates the York Rally would have taken place, had it not been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Head over to the Friends of York Rally Facebook page in particular to join in the celebration of the Rally that could have been – you can join fellow York Rally supporters in posting old photos and recalling treasured memories for everyone to enjoy!
As we spend this year’s Rally weekend at home we can certainly look forward to future events. The organising committee is active by correspondence and eager to resume planning for the next Rally.
We do very much hope and expect to be back in 2021 – but until we’ve confirmation of dates for the Knavesmire, and the committee has formally decided that the COVID-19 risk has sufficiently reduced, we’d rather not make any announcements just yet.
Just as soon as we have news of future events we’ll let everyone know!
Meanwhile, we wish all Rally-goers the best of health and safe cycling, until we can meet again in York!
A rather belated update as we gear up for the 2020 York Rally in June!
Cwrw Ial beer and vegan pizza – both booked!
We’re delighted to announce the return of community brewing company Cwrw Ial to the York Rally! Pictured above at the 2016 Rally, they’ll be bringing a selection of their fine beers.
We’re also very happy that Mio Pizza, whose vegan menu went down so well at the last Rally that he sold out, will be back with increased stocks ready for a very busy weekend in 2020!
Campsite – earlybird prices are still available!
For the full Rally experience it’s best to stay on site! And as ever, we’ve made sure that the earlier you book your campsite pitch, the cheaper the prices. The reduced rate earlybird fees are still available until the 30th April 2020.
This year we welcome a long-standing friend of the Rally, Peter Poppy, to the campsite team. He’ll be handling bookings by post, so please do note the new address if you’re sending us your booking form , a copy of which you can download from our website.
For all the campsite details, and for both online and postal bookings, please just click the button:
Without a graphic designer on the York Rally volunteer team, we always struggle with designs for the York Rally badges. And this year, we’re also running low on badges for our supporters club, the Friends of York Rally – so we need a new (undated) design for that as well as one for the 2020 Rally.
We note, by the way, that 2020 marks 75 years since the first York Rally in 1945 (see some history here). That may be something that could be commemorated in the badge design, too…
Bands and more booked!
To ensure that the Rally runs smoothly our team of hard-working volunteers books all sorts of things well in advance – marquees, toilets, showers, tables, fire extinguishers, catering… and also on the list is the artists who provide our live music!
We’re very happy that we have again booked American Routes, featuring Irene and Brian Hume (formerly of hit band Prelude) for the Saturday evening performance, and The Sonics will again be delivering their lively rock and roll set on Saturday morning!
Cleaning – changes afoot
An essential if less glamorous thing we must arrange before the Rally is cleaning of toilets and showers. Since we revived the Rally we have been incredibly fortunate that Rally-goers Pippa and John have taken on this role with incredible dedication, keeping the facilities spotless throughout the weekend and handing them back to the Racecourse in a better state than we found them! We have received numerous positive comments over the years, both from Rally-goers and the Racecourse.
For 2020, John and Pippa are stepping back from cleaning – we wish them many very well-deserved Rallies without this duty, and pass on our sincere thanks.
That does mean we must make some alternative arrangements, and we feel we should recognise that it will be very hard to live up to the standards set by John & Pippa, who were on site full time.
We are currently looking at commercial cleaners who may come in a few times per day over the weekend, unless there’s someone among you who might want to take on the (paid) cleaning role? If that could be you, please email Charlie on firstname.lastname@example.org to talk details!
And for everyone – please do bear with us if the new arrangements don’t quite rise to the level of previous years! We’ll certainly adjust for future Rallies once we see how any new cleaning arrangements work in 2020. And your assistance in ‘self-cleaning’ the facilities after use will be much appreciated in any case!
Help us recruit!
Do you know fellow cyclists who don’t yet join you in attending the York Rally? It would be great if all of our attendees, friends and supporters could make it a new year’s resolution to mention the Rally to at least one cycling friend in the coming months and urge them to come along! We’re happy with numbers so far, but the Rally’s ongoing vitality depends on new visitors – who we hope will become regulars!
Could you help distribute the Rally’s 2020 leaflet (per the picture at the top of this email?) At other events, at campsites or at cafes to fellow cyclists? If you would like some paper copies (A5) please just email with your address to email@example.com
Also on the recruitment front, we always need more willing volunteers to help on the organising committee – the only requirement is really that you can attend a good proportion of our meetings, which are around 8 times a year, on Saturnday mornings in York. In particular there’s a role for a volunteer fundraiser – if you fancy taking that on, we’ll do our very best to support you and make it a rewarding role! Please just contact Paul Reid on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07467 321443 if you’re interested.
All are welcome – especially newcomers, and anyone interested in joining our organising committee – at our next York Rally planning meeting, which takes place at 10am on 28 March 2020, at the Church Hall of St Chad’s on the Knavesmire, Campleshon Road, York. Please just let us know if you would like a lift from the railway station.
We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the Rally in June!
We’re delighted to confirm that the next York Rally will take place on the weekend of 19-21 June 2020! Our all-volunteer team is already looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Knavesmire once again…
Campsite bookings are open now, so please do take full advantage of the earlybird discounts! And all are welcome at our upcoming AGM.
Campsite – super-earlybird bookings are open now!
For the full Rally experience it’s best to stay on site! And as ever, we’ve made sure that the earlier you book your campsite pitch, the cheaper the prices. The cheapest super-earlybird rates apply until the 31st December.
This year we welcome a long-standing friend of the Rally, Peter Poppy, to the campsite team. He’ll be handling bookings by post, so please do note the new address if you’re sending us your booking form, a copy of which you can download from our website.
For all the campsite details, and for both online and postal bookings, please just click the button:
All are welcome – especially newcomers, and anyone interested in joining our organising committee – at the York Rally AGM, which takes place ahead of our next planning meeting. Start time is 10am on Sat 30th November 2019, at the Church Hall of St Chad’s on the Knavesmire, Campleshon Road, York. Please just let us know if you would like a lift from the railway station.
And we’ll be in touch after that meeting with another newsletter to keep you up to date with plans for 2020!
Two weeks to go: a new Retro Ride, rides & talks finalised, live music update and much more in our last update before the Rally!
Dear fellow cyclist,
With just two weeks to go it’s time for another York Rally update! We’ve been busy with final preparations so please read on for more details on the following:
We’ve a new Retro Ride! Get out your classic steel-framed bike….
The rides list is now finalised – many thanks to all our volunteer leaders!
The talks schedule is also finalised – many thanks to our speakers!
Welcome to American Routes – our new Saturday evening band…
– congratulations to tricycle riders and trike builders, a big
thank-you to clubs and associations supporting the Rally through
programme advertising, and a reminder to bring cycling donations!
This will be the last general email newsletter before the Rally, but we will also be emailing booked-in campers with arrivals information etc. shortly before the event, so please watch out for that!
1. New Retro Ride
Polish up your classic steel framed bike! We’re delighted to have a new RETRO RIDE, departing 9:50 on Saturday 22nd June. It’s a gently undulating 26 miles to Tadcaster and beyond, taking the retro riders to a refreshments stop around the midpoint. Many thanks to volunteer ride leader David Kimberley for organising.
We have a fine line-up of rides for the 2019 Rally! You’ll find many old favourites (some with changed names) but also a number of new items, which you’ll see highlighted in red if you click the link below. The new rides include a 50k Audax (running alongside a lightly modified 100k – for both please do book ASAP so that we can order Audax UK entry cards), the new Retro, and a ride on Sunday morning to see a professionally acted “Historical Promenade” about the Solar System Greenway.
Many thanks to all of our speakers who have volunteered to give talks at the Rally! We’ve everything from classic cycle racing to the latest research illuminating the helmet debate, as well of course as e-bike Q&A sessions where you can explore the latest technology. More speakers are always welcome, especially perhaps with touring talks. Please just get in touch if you’d like to volunteer for next year.
The Foresters, the Rally’s traditional Saturday evening band for many decades, retired in late 2018 and have now sadly disbanded. We thank them for their many fine performances at the Rally – they will be much missed! Now for the York Rally 2019 we are delighted to welcome country-folk band “American Routes“, featuring Irene and Brian Hume, legends of the north-eastern music scene who with Prelude had a ’70s smash hit with “After the Goldrush”: click below to watch them perform it (on Youtube). Please make them very welcome, from 7:30 pm on Saturday 22nd June!
Many congratulations to the Tricycle Association, who are celebrating their 90th anniversary at the Rally! We’re delighted that judging by campsite bookings there will be a splendid turn-out of tricycle owners this year. And don’t miss the TA’s celebratory display on “Barrow Lane” – the first row of campsite pitches as you enter the Rally!
Congratulations also to our long-standing trade show exhibitors and supporters Inspired Cycle Engineering, who at the 2019 Rally are celebrating 20 years of making recumbent trikes! Do try one out on their test track. Extra thanks to ICE for (as in previous years too) lending us their display for the talks.
Please do book anything you can online ahead of the Rally – this really does help reduce the pressure on our volunteers on the day, and helps us plan. So please do book your campsite pitch, saddlebag sale table, and quiz team table in good time – thank you in advance! All online bookings will close on the Monday (17th June) before the Rally. And do please remember to bring any bikes or kit which you could donate for us to sell to help boost the Rally’s funds, as mentioned in our our previous newsletter.
Thank you again for your support of the York Rally – we’re already looking forward to seeing many of you in June!
With just a month to go it’s time for another York Rally update! We’ve plenty to get through so please read on for more details on the following:
2019 badges are now here! Pick yours up at the Rally or order online.
Children’s activities – boosted for 2019 with a treasure hunt and the return of Punch & Judy!
A new band for Saturday night, as long-serving favourites The Foresters have retired…
Good news for vegans – and also for those arriving on Friday…
The Quiz on Friday night – tables are going fast so book now for your team!
Rally round-up – Sportive, thank you to Villages Guides, thank you to Tandem Club, a reminder to bring cycling donations, Audax entries open (also for a new shorter ride), and a new Retro Ride coming up…
1. 2019 badges
2019 badges are here! Thanks to all who helped with the design on Facebook – we’re very happy with the final version, which references the historic Clock Tower which overlooks the Knavesmire. Pick one up at the Rally or order online below…
We’re boosting the free activities for children at the Rally – on and off the bike. First we have a new Treasure Hunt for secret stones. Then there’s the welcome return of Wildlife Activities from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and also the return of Punch and Judy. Plus the Grand Parade and opportunities to race – click below to read all the details!
After many years (decades?) of dedicated service at the Rally, we are sad to announce that The Foresters (pictured) have finally decided to retire. So the live music on Saturday evening will be from a versatile new band with a country music background – please do make them welcome! Rock and roll band The Sonics will also be back on Saturday morning…
We always try to get a good varierty of catering outlets at the Rally, but it’s often been hard to book vegetarian and vegan options on what is a busy summer weekend. So we’re delighted that for 2019 we have booked Mio Pizza, a local wood-fired pizza specialist. And even better, their offerings include a full vegan menu (PDF)!
They, and other outlets including the Brew York bar, will be open from when gates open on Friday evening. Please do stay on site to eat if you can – the Rally benefits from a percentage of your spend, and it means we can better attract vendors next year!
Tables are booking up for the new cycling and general knowledge quiz on Friday evening! Book your team’s entry now. 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. The quiz will start at 7:30 PM. For all the details, and bookings, see: http://yorkrally.org/quiz/
Thanks to all who ride our recent fundraising Sportive – and to all of the volunteer team who helped make it happen! Read more, and see the pictures, on the Sportive web page.
Many thanks to the “Villages Guides to Local Business Services” who have kindly advertised the Rally in their informative publication which is circulated to households across Yorkshire and beyond.
Many thanks to The Tandem Club who recently ran an article about the Rally in their club magazine. We’ll look forward to seeing many tandems on the Knavesmire in June!
A reminder that our Saddlebag Sale cycle jumble will have a table selling donated items to raise funds for the Rally – please remember to bring anything you can spare!
Showers – campers will be happy to hear that for 2019 these will be connected to mains power and drainage, and so we can extend the opening hours: now 6AM to 10 PM. They’ll be located inside the fenced enclosure to make this possible.
Rides – we’ll have more details shortly in our next update, but we’ll be running a full schedule of rides from the Rally, as ever. We’re also looking forward to a new Retro Ride – and a note that entries for the 100k Audax are open now, alongside entries for a new 50k Audax ride – both on Saturday morning.
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/
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
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
We’re honoured that the Tricycle Association have chosen to mark their 90th anniversary with a celebration at the Rally! Current plans include a special display on the campsite’s ‘Barrow Lane’, ‘try a trike’ opportunities, vintage trikes on display and of course trike-focused rides. New members to this historic Association are always welcome!
We’ve been revamping the website again and the new front page is largely completed. Do please take a look!
A reminder to campers that for 2019, we are looking to streamline the check-in process, especially for pre-booked campers, to prevent the queues which developed in 2018. So in 2019, campers who book in advance(earlybird prices still available!) will be able to check in and have pitches allocated from 3PM, so that when the site opens at 4PM you can go straight on. We cannot allow vehicles on site before 4PM: the volunteer set-up team needs the time to fully prepare the site and make it safe.
Campers arriving on the Friday should note that there will be food and real ale available on Friday evening from our caterers on site – and do please support the on-site vendors, as a percentage of the takings goes to help support the Rally.
Entry forms for the British Schools Cycling Association racing on the Saturday of the Rally are now available to download. Please do pass the word and get the entries in!
A table selling items to raise funds for the Rally has also been kindly donated by the organisers of the Cottingham Cycle Jumble on the 17th March. Please do attend if you can and support this event!
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!
Christmas greetings from the York Rally team and our best wishes for safe and enjoyable cycling in 2019! We’ve a few developments to report since the last update, but the main thing to mention is the reduced-rate booking deadlines for campsite and Saddlebag Sale:
Campsite bookings – last week of super-earlybird!
You can save a tenner on campsite bookings for the York Rally 2019 if you get your skates on! Booking at the super-earlybird rates is available until end of December, so book now to save. Advance bookings really help our planning, too.
2019, we are looking to streamline the check-in process, especially for
pre-booked campers, to prevent the queues which developed in 2018. So
in 2019, campers who book in advance will be able to check in and have
pitches allocated from 3PM, so that when the site opens at 4PM you can
go straight on. We cannot allow vehicles on site before 4PM: the
hard-working volunteer set-up team needs the time to fully prepare the
site and make it safe.
Could you perhaps arrive early and be part of that team? We’re always looking for more volunteers to help out in the days before the Rally opens, to set up the site. Please just make a regular campsite booking and add a note that you’d like to arrive early – or register here as a volunteer – and as a helper you’ll be most welcome to camp the extra nights (Wednesday and/or Thursday) at no extra cost.
the Rally’s finances do not yet permit any volunteer discounts, so all
volunteers (and indeed Committee members) camping on site do need to make a standard booking. Thank you in advance for your support!
Saddlebag Sale: prices rise at end December!
2019 bookings for the Saddlebag Sale (the Rally’s cycle jumble, which takes place on the Sunday), are also open now at the earlybird rate of £10 – this rises to £12 after the end of December 2018.
In 2018, as you will have seen, we had a table set aside outside the Saddlebag Sale for donated cycling gear, which was sold to raise funds for the Rally. This raised a tremendous £450 and we’re hoping that next year we can raise even more. So please do save up any unwanted parts and accessories, good condition clothing and even complete bikes which you might like to donate to help the Rally. Simply bring your items to next year’s Rally and drop them off ASAP at Rally HQ, or at the Sportive, or we can also accept them at any of our regular planning meetings in York.
In other news
Many thanks to all of the committed volunteers who agreed, at this year’s AGM in late November, to serve for another year on the Rally organising committee. We could always use more willing hands – please do just get in touch if you’d like to help and could come to most of our planning meetings, which are in York on Saturday mornings every month or so.
For those on site on Friday night, we are planning a cycling quiz on the Friday night in the main marquee. The bar will also be open :-). We’ll have more details in a future newsletter…
A reminder that entries are still open for 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.
All are very
welcome at our next York Rally planning meeting which is to be held from
10AM on the 26th January 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 next year!