You might think that ‘ay up’ is nothing more than an affectionate greeting in this part of the world, but the phrase also hints at what you’ll be doing in the Ay Up! Yorkshire Wiggle sportive — you’ll head up, then up, then up once more, on a series of testing hill climbs along the route.
Heading out from Thirsk Racecourse, you’ll be able to designate the first few miles to settling into the ride and warming up for the lung-busting climb challenges that are yet to come. In this early, sedate part of the course you’ll be given the opportunity to appreciate the surrounding scenery, before heading up the first climb, which will in turn give you excellent views of the Thirsk area. Indeed, gorgeous scenery is part and parcel of this ride… but so too is pain!
On this climb, which follows alongside the White Horse landmark in Kilburn, you’ll enjoy a brief leg rest and interlude at the top before plummeting back down the other side of the climb, ready for the next test. Continuing to bear north, you’ll go through Roulston Scar and Sutton Bank, upholding the breathtakingly panoramic hillside views in the area.
This ride isn’t lacking in historical sites as you’ll soon meet the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey – dating back to 1132 – in the Rye Valley. You’ll have been riding on a slight incline to have reached this point, and the gradient continues to push hard as you head to Rievaulx Moor, through numerous idyllic villages before reaching Stokesley – wherein a mill lies that was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086.
Life on the moors is not easy as undulating terrain pairs with exposed rural roads to make for awkward riding conditions. The end of the Ay Up! Yorkshire sportive is no easier and it’s a rocky final few miles – be sure to save your best ‘til last.
We always welcome volunteers at our events so if you fancy joining the crew for the day and helping out, please get in touch. You will be rewarded for your efforts and will be able to choose an event to ride for free. If this particular event is fully staffed, you can always put your name down for another event. More information about volunteering can be found on our Volunteer at a Cycling Event page, along with the link to the online application form.
Rider times and finisher certificates for this event are now online. View yours by visiting our Results Page
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.
SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit www.sportivephoto.com once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!
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Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.