YORKSHIRE WOLDS CYCLE CHALLENGE
We’re delighted to announce the 3rd running of the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge, our fundraising event which has already raised almost £20,000 for the charity Ryedale Special Families. We’re hoping to make it even bigger and better than before with one or two additions and improvements!
For those new to this event, the challenge is to cycle 146 miles in 2 days on the new fully signed “Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route”, a circular tour starting and finishing at Norton College, Norton, near Malton, North Yorkshire. Leaving your car at Norton College on Saturday morning you will set off along the first day’s 73 mile section. At the end of day 1, enjoy an overnight camp at Hutton Cranswick Sports & Recreation Centre, complete with barbecue, licensed bar and live entertainment! (Don’t worry - your tents are transported to Hutton Cranswick for you!)
After a hearty breakfast on Sunday morning, set off on the second 73 mile leg returning back to Norton College in the afternoon to collect your Completion Certificate and Goody-Bag and also where showers and refreshments will be available.
The Challenge is suitable for experienced cyclists as well as adventurous families, couples, individuals, or groups, but please note that this is not a race and all cyclists must follow the Highway Code!
An important part of your challenge is to raise as much sponsorship as possible for Ryedale Special Families!
The ride will follow the same Sustrans Yorkshire Wolds route which is 146 miles over rolling terrain, on some of the countries quietest cycle friendly lanes in the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds, completing the route over 2 days.
There will be 3 group set-off times as detailed below. The idea is to set riders off with other people of a similar ability, which will hopefully lead to a good group atmosphere and more accessible support. The faster riders have a later start time so they don’t arrive at the Hutton Cranswick overnight point too early. Riders have the freedom to move between the groups as they choose if they find they are too slow or too fast. Or you can choose to ride on your own if you prefer!
08:00am Group 1: The slowest group with the earliest start time, riders are estimated to finish between 8 and 10 hours (with stops). This group will have a support rider to assist with any problems such as mechanical or first aid.
09:00am Group 2: The medium speed group, estimated to finish in about 7 hrs (with stops). Riders should be able to ride at a constant speed of about 13-14 mph. This group will also have a support rider to assist with any problems such as mechanical or first aid.
10:00am Group 3: The fast group, estimated to finish in less than 7 hrs (with stops). Riders in this group should class themselves as competent riders and be able to ride at a constant pace of 14mph+. There will be no support rider in this group but riders will have contact with our support vehicle should the need arise.
As stated earlier, riders are free to move between groups as they wish, either faster or slower, or ride on their own if they choose. All riders will be given contact information for the support crew who can be contacted to assist with problems that can’t be overcome individually. Please take note of the kit recommendations listed on the page marked “Important”.
N.B. There is no pressure to finish by the estimated times. Riders have all day to complete the route at a pace they can enjoy. The route is fantastic and a substantial challenge which will require some training (see training tips page).