YORKSHIRE WOLDS CYCLE CHALLENGE
We’re delighted to announce the 4th running of the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge, our fantastic annual fundraising cycling event which has already raised almost £40,000 for Ryedale Special Families.
2014 is a massive year for cycling in Yorkshire as we play host to the Tour de France and there is bound to be a huge amount of interest and excitement. Our event will take place on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th July – the week following York’s “Grand Depart”!
And to celebrate this we’ve taken the decision to run the event in an anti-clockwise direction for the first time! This will give those who have done the event 2 or even 3 times before a change, and means that thereafter we can alternate the route each year (indeed, just like the Tour does!)
For those new to our event, the challenge is to cycle 146 miles in 2 days on the relatively new and fully signed “Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route”, a fantastic circular route developed and launched by Sustrans in 2011 and now part of the British Cycle Network.
The route starts and finishes at the same place - Norton College, near Malton, North Yorkshire http://www.nortoncollege.org/about/#where_we_are so unlike the traditional Coast-to-Coast type challenges, there’s no logistical problem of leaving your car at the finish, then getting yourself to the start hours later!
Leaving your car at Norton College on Saturday morning you’ll tackle the first day’s 73 mile section at your leisure, with plenty of refreshment stops along the way. At the end of day 1, there’s an overnight camp at Hutton Cranswick Sports & Recreation Centre http://www.huttoncranswicksra.co.uk complete with warm showers, barbecue prepared for you, licensed bar and live music! (Don’t worry - your tents and luggage are transported to Hutton Cranswick for you!) For those not prepared to camp, there is the option of B&B at a local hostelry nearby!
After a hearty breakfast on Sunday morning, you’ll 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 where showers and refreshments will also be available.
The Challenge is suitable for experienced cyclists as well as adventurous families, couples, individuals, or groups, but please note, this is not a race and all cyclists must abide by the rules of the Highway Code!
An important part of your challenge is to try and raise as much sponsorship as possible for Ryedale Special Families, a local charity who provide on-going care, support, activities and events for over 400 families throughout Ryedale who have children with disabilities and/or special needs. (Alternatively, if raising sponsorship is difficult, you can simply pay the minimum £50.00 yourself – see full details within the “ENTRY” and the “SPONSORSHIP” sections of this website)
The ride follows the amazing Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route, which is 146 miles over rolling terrain, on some of the country’s quietest cycle-friendly lanes around the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds.
Riders are set off in small groups of 12 or so, a few minutes apart, between 08.00am and 09.00am on the Saturday morning and we try to encourage the slowest and less experienced riders to go first. 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 start later 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!
Support is provided by a number of “Guardian Angel” cyclists who watch out for anyone requiring assistance, plus we have a vehicle offering back-up mechanical support, provided for the first time by Big Bear Bikes. A St John Ambulance team is also strategically positioned in case of any real emergency!
All riders are given contact information for the support crew who can be contacted to assist with problems that can’t be overcome individually. It is imperative that all entries take note of the kit recommendations listed on the website page marked “IMPORTANT” and bring the appropriate spares (particularly inner tubes!) with them.
N.B. Riders have all day (on both days) to complete the route at a pace which they can enjoy. The route is fantastic but it is a significant challenge which will require some training (see the page marked “TRAINING”).