The 6th Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge will take place on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July 2016. Our fantastic annual fundraising event has already raised over £80,000 for children’s and family charity, Ryedale Special Families.
For those new to our event, your challenge is to cycle 146 miles in 2 days on the now well-established and fully sign-posted “Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route”. This fantastic circular route was developed and launched by Sustrans in 2011 and is now part of the British Cycle Network.
Since we launched the event in 2011 we have run it in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions. For 2016 the route will run clockwise!
Start & Finish
The route starts and finishes at Norton College, (YO17 9PT) near Malton, North Yorkshire where you can leave your car, knowing it will be secure for the weekend. Unlike the traditional linear Coast-to-Coast type challenges, there are no logistical problems of leaving your car at the finish, then getting yourself to the start hours later, leaving you to 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. The camp includes showers, a hot meal prepared for you, licensed bar and live music! (Don’t worry - your tents and luggage are transported there for you, so all you have to do is erect your tent when you arrive!)
For those not prepared to camp, there is the option of B&B at a local hostelry nearby! Please see useful websites/contacts at the end – please note, you need to make and pay for your own reservations.
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, where showers and refreshments will also be available.
Suitable for all Levels
The Challenge is fun and welcoming, with the emphasis on enjoyment, tea and cake stops, sociability and mutual support, and is suitable for experienced cyclists as well as adventurous families, couples, individuals, or groups. This is most certainly not a race and all cyclists must abide by the rules of the Highway Code!
Cost of Entry
Our aim is to keep the entry fee as low as possible and provide everyone with a brilliant experience. This year our entry fee is £40.00 which is payable immediately, in order to secure your place (we have a limit of 175 entries!)
We also ask each rider to raise a further £60.00 in sponsorship (or more if at all possible!) which is due on or before the event start date of Saturday 16th July.
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, illness and/or additional needs.
Alternatively, if raising sponsorship is difficult, you can simply pay the minimum £60.00 yourself – see full details within the “ENTRY” and the “SPONSORSHIP” sections of this website.
On the Day
Riders will be set off in groups of 12 or so, a few minutes apart, between 08.00am and 09.30am on the Saturday morning and we try to encourage the slower and less experienced riders to go first.
The faster riders are encouraged to start later so they don’t arrive at the Hutton Cranswick overnight point too early. Our check-in staff do not arrive at the camp until at least 2.30pm and facilities are not available until that point.
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 by Big Bear Bikes. A St John Ambulance team (or similar) is also strategically positioned on both days, 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. If equipment is available and provided by a Guardian Angel, this must be paid for.
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 preparation (see the page marked “TRAINING”).
Useful websites, including places to stay for anyone not keen on camping!
RYEDALE SPECIAL FAMILIES
NORTON COLLEGE (Start)
HUTTON CRANSWICK SPORTS & RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Halfway Camp)
THE WHITE HORSE INN (Just Under 1 Mile from the Halfway Camp)
HIGHFELD FARM B&B, SOUTHBURN (1.3 Miles Away)
THE BEECHES B&B SKERNEN (2.3 Miles Away)
There are other places in Driffield, but that is 3 miles away!