Four challenge events available£220+per person per weekendsat & sun rides + B&B £50+per personride only
“A brilliant day from start to finish. The service offered for the same price as many sportives stands this service over and above, excellent guides, excellent route, pre ride bike check, drink and nutrition on tap, with a mechanic following you all the way.” Warren Langthorne, York
Check out our new video 'A Day Out With YVT' for a glimpse of what to expect.
One Saturday each month from April to August we are hosting a fully supported ‘challenge ride’. The routes are incredibly varied with each one having its own very distinct character to show off the wide variety of terrain and scenery in the Yorkshire Dales and the South Pennines.
The rides are an exclusive individual guided and supported experience similar to a ‘sportive’ ride in that there is a set route, but are not timed. What you get over and above a typical sportive is a pre-ride bike check, a support vehicle and team mechanic, the benefit of riding in a small group with your own dedicated ride leader and lunch. The rides are a great way of exploring new territory in the safe hands of YVT and will be of interest to local riders as well as visitors to the area. We guarantee to give you an epic day out that will stay long in your memory! If you are concerned about running out of energy on the ride, there are a number of spaces available in the support vehicle, so you can hop on board if necessary.
We are excited that Simon Warren (author of the Top100 climbs series of books) has devised two cracking routes for us and these will take place on 27th April and 29th June 2019.
Maximum of 32 riders on each ride, so book early to reserve your place! Up to 4 ride groups, with the options of a faster/slower group to suit the pace of riders.
Why not make a challenge weekend of it and stay with us for two nights? Arrival Friday night, ride the Challenge Ride event and enjoy a Sunday morning ride with one of our ride leaders before heading home in the afternoon. We have a number of accommodation providers, including the Wheatley Arms, the Craiglands Hotel and the Riverside Hotel. There is a high demand for accommodation in Ilkley at the weekends during the summer period, so please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to make a reservation.
Key Climbs: Cote de Barden Moor, Cote de Park Rash and Cote de Greenhow
A unique and exclusive opportunity to experience some of the best sections of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire. Enjoy a day out in the hills in style with everything provided for you, including a team mechanic, a lovely lunch stop and prizes along the way!
The route covers the best of the final stage, now called the ‘Yorkshire Classic’. You will get to experience the iconic climb of the Cote de Park Rash (which is not included in the official TDY sportive!) plus numerous other climbs picked out by Simon Warren as well as the beautiful scenery and vistas of the Yorkshire Dales.
The ride is suitable for keen cyclists of all abilities, you don’t have to be a hardcore hill climber, you just need to enjoy the challenge of classic Yorkshire climbs, whatever pace you go up them!
Key Climbs: Barrows Lane, Haworth Main Street, Cote de Oxenhope Moor, Heptonstall Lane - Widdop Moor
This route gives a taste of riders a taste of Bronte country, now famously used in both the Tour de France and the Tour de Yorkshire. There’s a truly distinct character to this part of Yorkshire and if you’ve not been here before, the roads and scenery will win you over big time! Don’t be deceived by the relatively short distance of the ride, the hills are not long but they come thick and fast meaning that the ride will feel much more than the 61 miles! The ride also tips a nod to the spring cobbled classics, taking in 2 short (not steep) cobbled climbs.
After a climb out of the Wharfe Valley a more testing rise from the Aire Valley takes you over to Haworth to join a section of the 2014 Tour de France route taking in the famous cobbles and the Cote de Oxenhope Moor. An exhilarating descent will you deliver you to the 'happy valley' town of Hebden Bridge and then shortly onto the (top 100) climb of Heptonstall Lane followed by scenic Widdop Moor. The route then bears east again and riders are treated to a classy descent into Carleton before the final climb of Addingham Moorside heading back into Addingham then onto Ilkley.
Key Climbs: Blakey Bank, Sleights Moor, Caper Hill, White Horse Bank, Rosedale Chimney
"Whenever I am tasked with building a big ride in the North Yorks Moors it is always a case of, how many climbs can I fit in. With so many killer hills, so much 25% and 30% gradient, I’m like a kid in a candy store, wanting to cram in as much as possible. Alas, due to the way the roads fall, you would be looking at a 300km ride to bag all my favourites so some editing has to be done and what I have here I think is the perfect day out. Ticking off gems such as Blakey Bank, Sleights Moor, Caper Hill, White Horse Bank and of course Rosedale Chimney it’s going to be one hell of a day on two wheels, most of which will be spent deep in the pain cave." Simon Warren, 100Climbs.
Key Climbs: Kidstones, Buttertubs Pass, Grinton Moor
Your chance to ride the best sections of the 2019 UCI World Championships Mens Elite Road Race ahead of the actual race in September 2019. You will ride out through Wharfedale and take on the big climbs of Kidstones, Buttertubs pass and Grinton Moor. Then experience one of the flatter fast sections heading towards Masham before taking a scenic and challenging route back to the start point in Ilkley.
The route misses out some of the urban sections of the actual race route and also the finishing circuit in Harrogate as it is not rideable under usual traffic regulations.