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We are proud to announce details of the first ever

Tour de Yorkshire

  • Stage 1 on Friday 1st May will start in Bridlington and finish in Scarborough - 174km
  • Stage 2 on Saturday 2nd May will start in Selby and finish in York - 174km
  • Stage 3 on Sunday 3rd May will start in Wakefield and finish in Leeds - 167km

Stage 1 will start in the seaside town of Bridlington and 174km later finish further up the coast in Scarborough. The riders, from all over the world, will pass through spectacular coastal scenery and the iconic North York Moors landscapes. From the start line in Bridlington the riders will head along the Flamborough Head Heritage Coast before turning away from the coast into the North York Moors National Park, through Dalby Forest and towards Pickering. They’ll then take a spectacular journey back to the coast at Whitby, and then south to Robin Hood’s Bay with the ultimate race to the finish line on the seafront at Scarborough.

Stage 2 will see the race start outside the imposing Selby Abbey. The route takes in much of the Yorkshire Wolds, and from Selby will take the peloton towards Market Weighton, through North Newbald and on to Beverley, where they will turn north to Malton, then on to Stamford Bridge. Spectators will have the chance to see a circuit of York and organisers are hoping for a dramatic finish in the city. And as part of the legacy of the Tour de France to get more women cycling there will also be a dedicated women’s event on a circuit through York on day 2, the 2nd May.

Stage 3 will see the peloton make a return to some of the roads raced in the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France, only with a twist; starting in Wakefield, riders will travel south to Barnsley before heading to Holmfirth where they pick up the Grand Départ route in reverse, racing to Ripponden before riding the iconic Cragg Vale – which in the Tour de France was the country’s longest continual climb and now becomes the longest continual descent. The riders will then make their way to Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope and through the famous cobbled streets of Haworth, one of the most iconic images of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.  After a steep climb at Goose Eye the riders will once again see Ilkley, with the famous climb up the Cow & Calf before a sprint point at Arthington and then what is expected to be a hugely popular finish line in Roundhay Park in Leeds.

Here are the Tour de Yorkshire routes maps:




Many in the media are already dubbing it as one of the biggest and most exciting cycling events in the UK in 2015 and we hope you will be part of it. The race will start around midday each day; we will be issuing more detailed timings shortly, and you can watch anywhere along the route for free. It will also be shown live on television in the UK and across Europe and a huge television audience is expected, once again shining a spotlight on Yorkshire.

Amateur cyclists can also take part in the Tour de Yorkshire Ride, a mass participation bike ride which promises to be one of the most challenging and popular sportives in the British calendar. Organised by Human Race, it will take place before the pro race on the morning of the final day, Sunday 3rd May and thousands are expected to take part. You can register here, more details will be released next week.

Welcome to Yorkshire is also organising a month long Tour de Yorkshire Festival from 1 April to 3 May 2015 to showcase the county’s rich and diverse cultural offering. The Yorkshire Festival, which accompanied the Tour de France Grand Départ, will be held in 2016. 

Welcome to Yorkshire will shortly be contacting the Tour Makers who supported the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014 and recruiting a smaller number of Tour Makers to support the Tour de Yorkshire.

The race is being organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation, with support from British Cycling and local authorities throughout the county, especially the start and finish towns and cities; Bridlington, Leeds, Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield, York and North Yorkshire County Council and East Riding Council.

You can keep up to date with all the latest information about the Tour de Yorkshire here:

Website:  www.letouryorkshire.com

Twitter: @LeTourYorkshire #TdY

Facebook:  Facebook.com/LeTourYorkshire


The Magnificent Seven

Yorkshire’s Reliability Rides 2015

ALL ENTRIES £3.00 (please have correct change when signing on).

. 25th January 2015. Start 09:30/09:45 Start/Finish Squires Café Bar .5 miles west of Sherburn-in -Elmet on B1222. Car park, refreshments and toilets available. Route 80km.09:30 Micklefield - Towton - Tadcaster - Wetherby - Sicklinghall - Harewood Bridge - Weardley - Alwoodley - Shadwell - Thorner - Aberford - Sherburn Route 50km.09:45 Micklefield - Towton - Stutton - Bramham - Thorner - Aberford - Sherburn Organiser – Antony Brumby. 07772 080051

Ride 2. HARROGATE NOVA CC.1st February 2015. Start 09:30. Start Place Rigton Railway Crossing - just off A658. Finish Place Norwood Village Hall Route 80km Wetherby-Boroughbridge-Ripon-Fountains Abbey-Ripley-Killinghall-Pennypot Lane. Organiser - Vaughan Caswell 01423 507603. www.harrogatenova.cc

Ride 3. AIREDALE OLYMPIC. 8th February 2015. Start 09:30. Start Place B6161(Near Leathley Bridge – approx. ½ mile from A658 junction). Finish Place Holy Trinity Church Hall, Knaresborough Route 80km - Leathley-Gated Road-Norwood-Summerbridge-Burnt Yates-Ripon-Boroughbridge Organiser:

Ride 4. THE OTLEY ONE. 15th February 2015. Start 09:30/09:45. Start Place - Buttercross (Market Place), Otley Finish Place - Otley CC Clubroom Route 100km. Start 09:30. A65-Ilkley-Addingham-Bolton Abbey- Barden Tower -Appletreewick-Grassington-Kettlewell-Kilnsey-Threshfield-Burnsall-Barden-Bolton Bridge -Addingham-Ilkley-Asquith Route 50 km. Start 09:45. As above to Barden Bridge (cross river) - Cavendish Cafe-Bolton Abbey-Ilkley-Asquith Organiser - Ian Cullen 07929 004887

Ride 5. ALBA ROSA – Alex Warburton Memorial Ride. 22nd February 2015. Start 09:30. Start/Finish - The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds Route Bramhope-Alwoodley-Scholes-Barwick-Aberford-Saxton-Church Fenton-Ryther-Ulleskelf-Bramham-Collingham-Kirkby Overblow-Arthington-Creskeld Lane Organiser - Jamie Tweddell 07920 554 544

Ride 6. LEEDS MERCURY. 1st March 2015.Start 09:30. Start Place - Buttercross (Market Place), Otley Finish Place - Otley CC Clubroom Route (90 km) Otley, Pool, Arthington, Harewood bridge, A61, Kirby Overblow, Sickinghall, Wetherby, B1224, left at X roads to cattal bridge, left to old A1. Up to Boro B, left to Knaresboro, right to Ripley, left to Killinghall, over the A59 to Pennypot lane, left at the end to grovel over Norwood edge and down via Farnley to Otley Organiser – Kevin Stuart.

Ride 7. PROLOGUE CAFÉ. 8th March 2015. Start 09:30. Start/Finish - Prologue Café, Harrogate Route (90 km) Pennypot, Dacre, Brimham Rocks, Ripon, Stavely, Scotton, , Ripley, Organiser - Matt Mannakee

Gary Verity


Gary Verity


The C.A.Rhodes Memorial for 2014 is to be made to Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire, in recognition of his conceiving of and masterminding the Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France.
The memorial was instigated in 1961 as a tribute to the memory of Charles Arthur Rhodes (1895-1961) doyen of the Yorkshire Road Club, co-founder in 1932 of the Yorkshire Cycling Federation and a nationally recognised timekeeper and administrator.

The Award is regarded as the greatest distinction Yorkshire Cycling can bestow.

The award will be presented at the Yorkshire Cycling Federation Annual Luncheon
on the 22nd February 2015 at Scarthingwell Golf Club.

Attached is a copy of the - Citation

Attached is a copy of the - Summary Roll of Honour

Attached is a copy of the - YCF Lunch Menu

CA Rhodes Award Web Site - www.carhodesaward.org.uk 



YRC Annual Luncheon
The Met Hotel Leeds - Sunday 23rd November 2014

Eighty eight guests attended this year’s annual prize presentation at The Met Leeds. Special guest Brian Robinson gave an insight into his cycling career answering questions and comparing it with today’s riders.  Peter Dodd returned for a second year and spoke about the successful Grand Depart from Leeds and The Tour de France in Yorkshire. He also answered some interesting questions from the floor.  Paul Cummins proceeded to present the awards with Brian Robinson and Peter Dodd to YRC members followed by the raffle which raised £179 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Hope to see you all next year.

Steven & Jayne Smith

Thanks to:

Brian Robinson, Special Guest.

Peter Dodd, Guest Speaker - http://www.yorkshire.com/

Phil Fryer, loan of sound system - http://www.justtobefrank.co.uk

Paul Cummins, MC and awards presentation.

Phil Hurt, prize winners card.

Mike Dixon, photography.

Carol Macklam, Ros Bell, Jane Brown and John & Linda Hardy - for their help on the day.

To everyone who attended, provided raffle prizes and bought raffle tickets.

- Award Winners Photographs



YRC Club Clothing Online Shop

Welcome to Your Club Shop!

To access the exclusive Yorkshire RC Online Club Shop, please go to www.yourclubshop.co.uk and enter the following unique password in the club password box:


All club kit is custom made and will be manufactured within our current lead time of 4 weeks.

If you have any special requests such as size amendments or certain date requirements please state in special instructions box  or follow up email to sales@sportsandleisurebrands.co.uk, or call 01522 778805, where one of our team will be happy to help you.

10% OFF for the next month on all orders of £50 or more (offer ends on 05/11/2014).

Please use code YKRC10 in your basket to receive the discount.

A link to the shop has been added to the side menu bar


YRC Annual Luncheon
The Met Hotel Leeds - Sunday 23rd November 2014

Guest Speaker

Welcome to Yorkshire Marketing Director

Peter Dodd

Also Special Guest - Tour de France stage winner

Brian Robinson

Menu and details


“Club Scrap” 15 mile Time Trial

1st placed rider, on Handicap – Club Award. -  (YRC 1st Claim)Paul McDonald 32:48 (2-50).
1st placed Veteran, on Standard – Club Award. (YRC 1st Claim) – Carl Saint +7-03.
2nd Handicap: open to all riders – Philip Turton 33:32 (1-00). 
2nd Standard: open to all riders – Mike Shacklock +4-56. 

- Full Results


1st - Henry King - Ilkley CC - 18-53.3 
2nd - Carl Saint - Yorkshire RC - 19-33.3
3rd - Ben Jacobs -Albarosa CC - 20-30.4 

- Full Results A - (including Yorskshire Hill Climb Points 2014)

- Results B


YRC Club 50 mile Time Trial
Incorporated in the YCF Andy Wilson event - 13/6/14

YCF event was won by Team Swift’s Andy Jackson in a course record 1-41-16. A PB for Philip Turton fastest on actual, and on handicap (YRC Trophy for 1st on handicap) and currently in leading position for fastest YRC 50 of the year.









Philip Turton







Michael Cross







Paul McDonald







Stephen Mooring







Steven Smith







Adrian Stott







Mike Shacklock







Allen Bell







John Baines












Final Club 10 mile at Tadcaster this Wednesday – sign on at Magnet Club Car Park from 19.00 for 19.30 start. Course Tadcaster to Sherburn on A162. Enter on line £3, inc.levy. Guest riders welcome.

Cyclesense League event on Thursday night is a 10 mile on A168 between Allerton Park and Kirk Deighton T.I. Sign on from 18.30 in quarry entrance on east side of A168, to north of Allerton Park. Don’t be late if riding – entry initially restricted to 10 riders from each club, until 19.10. This course has seen maximum field (40) on last couple of occasions.


East Morton Charity Hill Climb

The Busfield Arms, East East Morton, near Keighley. Wednseday 23rd July 6.30pm. Run and cycle routes, various prizes - Details



“Tudor Rose” YRC 25 mile Time Trial
Sunday 22nd June 2014. Course V236/1

It was one of the best days of the year for our Open 25 last Sunday. Keith Murray was the winner with a near 30 mph 50-11. Jo Blackburn was fastest of the women with a 57 min effort. Of the YRC riders Paul McDonald did a 53 min ride, Alasdair Bruce a 56, with Pete Walls just behind on 57 minutes. Thanks to Steve & Jayne Smith, for all their efforts in organising the event, Time-keeper John Hardy, and all the members and friends who turned out to assist. - Full Results


PETER GEOFFREY GAMBLE Died 5th April 2014, aged 75

The Yorkshire Road Club has lost another long-serving member with the death of Peter Gamble on the 5th April, aged 75, following a long illness. Peter leaves his wife, Doreen, and their three daughters; Carol, Andrea and Ruth; and grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at Calverley Parish Church on Thursday April 24th at 12 noon. - Full obituary



6/11/1925 to 1/04/2014

Sadly I have to report that Don Benn passed away at the beginning of April. A Life Member of the Yorkshire Road Club, he was a member of the YRC team that won the RTTC 100 mile Championship in 1954 with George Baxter and Eric Britton. - Full obituary



“Hancock” 10 mile Time Trial
Sunday 6th April 2014. Course V212

Fastest Rider - Mike Cross 22:39 - Club Award.
1st rider on Handicap - Mike Riches 21:41 (7:10) - Club Award
1st Veteran, on Standard – Mark Johnson +3:30 - Club Award
1st loser, on Handicap, Tom Cullen 22:08 - £5-00.
1st loser, on Standard, Phil Goode, +3:50 - £5-00.

Thanks to everyone who took part. Not a bad morning, quite warm for the time of year. Tailwind on the longer return leg – inc up the Red Wall. We just about got away dry,despite the gloomy forecast. - Full Results

SUNDAY APRIL 13th 2014 – YORKSHIRE CYCLING FEDERATION 50km up to 120km. Held under CTC Guidelines.
Various Start Points/Distances to Pocklington and back.
Main start point for Leeds area is LOTHERTON HALL 08:30
ORGANISER: Eileen Goodban Tel.0113 257 6023. 
ENTRY FEE: Advance entry (Secretary has forms) - £2-50. Entry on line - £3-00.
Entry fee includes entrance to Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington (Café).
Certificates for all finishers.


Bob Howden

The C.A.Rhodes Memorial for 2013 is to be made to Bob Howden in recognition of his outstanding service to the furtherance of cycling both in Yorkshire and nationally, including his recent election as President of British Cycling.

The memorial was instigated in 1961 as a tribute to the memory of Charles Arthur Rhodes (1895-1961) doyen of the Yorkshire Road Club, co-founder in 1932 of the Yorkshire Cycling Federation  and a nationally recognised timekeeper and administrator. The Award is regarded as the greatest distinction Yorkshire Cycling can bestow.

The award will be presented at the annual Yorkshire Cycling Federation luncheon on the 23rd  February 2014.   

A copy of the citation is attached. - Citation


Ian Fairweather


Tour de France 2013 - by John Blomeley

Sean Yates with John Blomeley

John followed the Tour from Nice to Paris, meeting Sean Yates and collecting lots of freebies along the way - Pics and story

GORDON “TINY” THOMAS - 1921 to 2013

I regret to inform everyone that Gordon Thomas passed away on 10th April. Gordon was a Life Member of the Yorkshire Road Club - Full Obituary

The Funeral is at Nab Wood, Shipley. 12.40 on Tuesday 23rd April. Funeral time/date confirmed. Family flowers only. Any donations to Sue Ryder.


Pool Triangle - Hilly TT


The Pool Triangle events run by YRC are to be discontinued in 2013.

The course is considered too busy these days, being a signposted route from the Bradford area to the A1M and North. Otley CC still have some events booked there at the moment.

YRC are organising some mid-week 10s at Arkendale and Tadcaster, the neaest to Leeds that doesn’t require many marshalls. We will hopefully form an evening league next year on a Tuesday, a break before the Tadcaster League. If we are able to get some other clubs involved too we will have enough helpers to run more than just out & back courses.

Dates for 10s – all start 19.30 Enter on line £3. Guest riders welcome, as long as members of a CTT Affiliated Club.

Wed May 15th - V212 Arkendale Lane End – Walshford – A168
Wed May 29th - V212 Arkendale Lane End – Walshford – A168
Wed June 12th - V318 Tadcaster – Sherburn – A162
Wed June 26th - V318 Tadcaster – Sherburn – A162
Wed July 17th - V212 Arkendale Lane End – Walshford – A168
Wed July 24th - V318 Tadcsater – Sherburn – A162
Wed July 3rd is Otley Town Centre Race.
July 9th to 11th is Great Yorkshire Show.
YCF have a Hill-climb at Cragg Vale on Wed 10th. Start 19.00. Entries close Sat June 29th. Enter on line on CTT site.


Tour De France 2014

Jumping forward to 2014, Little Valley Brewery are looking at having a function/bar on, or adjacent, to Cragg Vale for the Tour de France stage in Calderdale. All members will be very welcome to attend.

Link to Le Tour in Yorkshire web-site http://letour.yorkshire.com/email-updates Anybody can sign up to receive e-mail updates.

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