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Event Venue: Ripon Racecourse,
North Yorkshire, HG4 1UG
North Yorkshire Cycling
Starting your day at one of the best looking racecourses in the country, the Ay Up Yorkshire Sportive will take you immediately east to explore some of the low land areas of Yorkshire before sending you to tackle the infamous White Horse Bank.
The first town to cross your path will be that of Boroughbridge, touching on the River Ure then shortly after, you’ll cross the River Swale for the first time. From here you continue east on some rolling terrain through the town of Easingwold and on to our first split, where epic riders head south while standard and short route riders push north.
Epic riders get one last chance to push up their average on some more flat miles before the hills approach. As you return north from the loop you will come across the Howardian Hills AONB, winding your way through this beautiful landscape heading ever northward to rejoin the rest of the riders and enter the North Yorkshire Moors National Park via the Abbey village of Ampleforth.
From this point on you really start to get a sense of the history of the area, passing by Ampleforth College and Byland Abbey with more to come. At the southernmost tip of the National Park, short riders head out west for home while epic and standard riders head north to tackle the climb up to the White horse and the top of Sutton Bank.
Then comes a flat section across the top of the Hambleton Hills before dropping down to the picturesque ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, crossing the river Rye twice before climbing to the top of Sneck Yate Bank, followed by a steep descent out of the Yorkshire Moors. After a quick bimble through Thirsk, you then continue south to rejoin the short riders for the last few miles of gentle terrain as you head for home.
- Route: Epic
- Distance: 100 Miles
- Route: Standard
- Distance: 82 Miles
- Route: Short
- Distance: 52 Miles
Times and Awards
Times and Awards
Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on our results page. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.
What our customers say about us
Did the Watt Bike 40 mile Sportive today, had a lovely time. Great route on quiet roads with challenging hills, all well signposted and a lovely atmosphere. The marshalls & staff deserve a special thank you for standing out for hours in truly gruesome weather. The feed station was well stocked with all needs catered for, the bike wash stocked up with Muc-off products and the soup at the end were the icing on the cake. Southwell racecourse had brilliant facilities. Shame about the weather being freezing cold & sooo wet but totally worth it, had a lot of fun. Thank you to all involved.
I would just like to say a big thank you to all the marshals and support mechanics on the Wattbike Falkirk Ride on Sunday; the guys were absolutely amazing. We had several issues en route including punctures, cramps, a crash and ever-decreasing morale, but these guys supported us right to the bitter end and got us through the epic course. I have never attended such a well-organised event; even the signage was spot on. So well done and thank you!
Brilliantly organised event! I'm very new to cycling and did this event on my own but still chatted to lots of people and had a great day! Would definitely recommend UKCE to everyone! To top it off it was a lovely warm day in the beautiful New Forest! Excellent
well organised event. The new forest route was stunning with beautiful wild life on the way
Superb organisation and in ride support. The New Forest event was the best-organised event I completed in 2019
I completed the Ay Up Yorkshire this weekend. The EPIC course was my first 100mile ride, and I really enjoyed the challenge. The big climbs are close enough to home to give them another go!
Really well-organised, excellent course signs, and great to see medical support available out one the course.😀👍
I went on the Box Hill sportive. It was a very well organized event, with marshals at the busiest junctions and signage at every junction, plus feed stations. There was a proper start/finish line with chip timing. The route was downloadable in advance as a .gpx file. Very nice scenery in the surrey hills area of outstanding natural beauty.
A great day out with great staff and well planned.
Just completed the Eye up in Rippon the Standard absolutely brilliant well organised and good signage. Have done a few e events this year. 2020 I will be in my 80th year so looking forward to taking part in UK Cycling Events.
Well organised, great routes and good support leads to excellence bike rides.