The White Rose Short Route is perfect for those taking on a first sportive challenge who want to see why so many cyclists are drawn to Yorkshire. At 50 miles it is plenty long enough to get a feel for the beauty - and challenges - of the area. The route is no pushover, tackling the famous Norwood Edge climb, before for a well-earned rest at the Grassington feed station. Sailing from there down Wharfedale past Bolton Abbey, the last challeng of the day is the Langbar climb, before the downhill to finish back in Ilkley.
With the White Rose Medium your ride into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, starting up Norwood Edge, over Greenhow to the first feedstation in Grassington. From Kilnsey in Wharfdale the Route ventures into remote Lintondale and Silverdale before dropping into the ancient market town of Settle.
From Settle you tackle the steepest climb of the day, Albert Hill, before sweeping down into the final feedstation in the quaint village of Airton. The route eventually rejoins Wharfe river leading to the final climb up Langbar and a welcome downhill finish in Ilkley.
The epic long route at 114 miles takes in the climbs of Norwood Edge, Fleet Moss and Garsdale Head (Coal Road), finishing with a final climb over our local hill at Langbar. With nearly 3000m of ascent, it is a challenge for all riders, but gives you an opportunity to take in the most dramatic views of the Yorkshire Dales. Riding the Long Route you will know why the Tour de France came to ride these roads!
Women can find a companionable group for any of the 3 White Rose Classic routes, including 50, 84, and 114 miles. The women-only groups will ride together with an experienced rider. It is a great opportunity to take on a challenge you may never have considered before!