York Leeds York, the biggest new event in the Northern Calendar.
Depart from the Historic City of York and ride out on carefully selected roads to avoid any serious traffic. We almost immediately join the River Ouse as we head onto some stunning little Country roads in the direction of Leeds.
There are 3 route choices, the short at 40 miles, the medium at 63 miles and the long at 101. The medium is aimed at the recreational and progressing rider.
Its longer than our typical shortest option however its really a rather flat ride and so enjoyable we felt that our short route regulars would enjoy the challenge and the recreational cyclists of York and Leeds could take part and really stretch their legs!
The iconic Cheshire Cat, one of the first major Sportives in the UK is back with the best of what was originally created, great routes, fantastic feed stations, the classic Mow Cop and the Velo29 twist, a great price!
Setting off from the beautiful Queens Park in Crewe, a fantastic backdrop, you find yourself winding your way out of Crewe to find some quiet roads in the Cheshire countryside, nothing too strenuous a gentle spin around picturesque country lanes.
Three stunning routes all leave Thirsk and head straight out onto quiet country lanes, with small villages and some beautiful North Yorkshire scenery. The routes are not super challenging, but as always we've found some really interesting roads around Farndale, famous for its daffodils, and there will be roads not even the most regular rider know well. The long route offers the most serious challenge, and Blakey Bank will not disappoint those looking for a test!
This classic sportive, named after and on the same route as the original Tour of the Peak road race, which ran from 1943 through to 2005, is steeped in cycling history; you will follow in the wheel tracks of some of the top original British bike racers who have graced these roads.
The long route is probably one of the toughest challenges that can be done at 115 miles and over 10,000ft of climbing, it certainly isn't to be underestimated! A little more tame but still with the Killer Mile of Winnats Pass, the medium route is 62 miles and manages to squeeze in over 5000ft of climbing - a great starting point if you're looking for a challenge and the long route is just too much! Bakewell Showground gives you beautiful surroundings to start and finish your day.
Starting from Croft, NorthYorkshire, three routes will head out on some mostly flat country lanes, in amazing scenery, away from busy traffic, in the direction of Richmond - nothing too tough in the early miles. They will then climb away in the direction of Buttertubs on some little ridden roads, up through Swaledale. The medium route will tackle the killer 'Cote de Grinton Moor', whilst the long route will continue to drag forever upwards to the Buttertubs climb, which straight away, is steep! It's a long climb but the descent is an awesome one! 30 miles, 68 miles, 94 miles.
Again this year, the Ripon Tour Sportive will give you a unique opportunity to relive the memories with 1,000s of cycling fans and ride on the now hallowed roads from stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France.
From the climbs, still covered in riders names, to the fast descents and beautiful villages, this Sportive brings you as close to the Tour route as you are going to get.
For riders of all abilities, with great support on well-signed routes so you cant get lost, the Ripon Tour Sportive is a must do event for any serious cycling fan.
The Stockton Sportive, one of the most inclusive events in the calendar!
From the tougher than the Fed Whitton Tour de Moor 100 miles/ 11,000ft of climbing route right down to the nearly flat Spin ride, there is something for evryone!
Any of the 4 routes available are stunning. Depart the established event site of Stockton Riverside on closed roads and ride away from the urban area escorted by motor bikes like a star in the Tour de France!
Whatever route you chose the 2017 |Stockton Sportive will be a great day out in a safe and well supported event and a your chance to be part of this spectacular weekend in Stockton-on-Tees.
Setting off from Whitby the roads are superb, and as we descend to Sandsend and ride along the sea front, the views are amazing. The most picturesque start to any sportive! But dont relax, well shortly be climbing Lythe bank,with its long drags to the top. From Lythe we disappear into the North Yorkshire Moors and their spell-binding scenery, quiet roads, stunning little villages, tough climbs and exhilarating descents, before returning to Whitby to celebrate our part in the famous Whitby Regatta, now in its 177th year and one of the oldest such events in the World. 32 miles, 58 miles, 79 miles.
The White Horse is a fine way to end your Sportive Season. As we twist through the empty lanes with only cyclists in sight well be lost in what a wonderful route the White Horse is and how enjoyable riding these roads in a Velo29 Event really can be.