Yorkshire Velo Tours 'Challenge 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 a top café stop. 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 up to 4 spaces available in the support vehicle, so you can hop on board if necessary.
Most people think of Yorkshire climbs as short and steep, well this ride will prove you wrong! Three major climbs feature on this ride, all before lunch. They are characterised by Alpine like gradients of 5-9% occasionally creeping into the lower teens.
The route heads over to Silsden, Cononley and then Carleton for a climb of 4 miles long that takes you over the Lancashire border to Colne. Shortly after Colne the next gradual climb of Gisburn Road out of Blacko allows you to hit a comfortable tempo on the consistent gradient of around 7%. After the descent, you will enjoy some gently rolling country lanes and villages taking you back to Ilkley via Airton, Hetton and Burnsall.
Comments from riders who came on this ride in 2017:
"Thanks for a great experience Charles and team. Great company, fantastic scenery, challenging ride... a top day out!" - Matt from Leeds
"The group were all very sociable and all abilities were catered for with Charles being ably and informatively assisted by Dan. Both were Ilkley CC members and knew the area very well. What can I say....I'll be back". Rich from Newalk
Ilkley, United Kingdom