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Local (ish) Sportives - June

Le Petit Depart 2024
Cycle Sportive , Skipton – Sunday, 02 Jun 2024

Starting from Skipton, Le Petit Depart offers TWO fantastic routes to cater for all abilities.
Classic 80 mile Sportive Ride follows much of the Tour de France stage 1 and 2019 UCI World Championships route taking you over 5 climbs and along 6 dales. From the head of Wharfedale the route goes over Kidstones, the first official climb of the 2014 Tour de France.
 The 80miler continues along Wensleydale to Hawes, before returning to Skipton via the impressive Ribblehead viaduct, the quaint market town of Settle and lovely Malhamdale. The route returns to Skipton via scenic villages and a fast run back into town. 
Scenic Ride - this 38 mile route follows the Grand Depart route up and back down the magnificent Upper Wharfedale valley, stretching right up into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.  The return ride takes you back past the stunning Bolton Abbey. 


The Raptor sportive starts and finishes on the outskirts of Lancaster, and is a great ride that explores the many miles of remote cycling country in and around the nearby area of Bowland. 
Quiet roads and lanes throughout – along with breath taking scenery and challenging ascents that local riders relish. 

Black Sheep Big Spoon Bike Ride 2024 Cycle Sportive , Masham – Sunday, 09 Jun 2024

Now in its thirteenth year, the Black Sheep Big Spoon Bike Ride is building on the success of the original Black Sheep Brewery sponsored “Firkin Challenge” rides by raising money for disadvantaged and disabled children and young people in Yorkshire whilst enjoying some of England’s finest scenery.

The “Dessert Spoon” ride follows 55 miles of quiet, undulating roads through the lower reaches of Wensleydale heading north initially through the picturesque Hornby Park, before rising gradually to a glorious viewpoint at the top of Scarth Nick and a visit to the iconic Castle Bolton, before heading back down Wensleydale via Wensley, Middleham and Jervaulx Abbey.  There are two checkpoints along the route with hot and cold drinks and plenty of food, a support vehicle should you need mechanical assistance, not to mention two top tea rooms if required to enhance your enjoyment of the day.  Total climbing (none of which is worthy of a chevron on an O.S. map!) amounts to 3,200ft.
The “Serving Spoon” challenge is a hilly 87 mile ride, taking the same gentle start to the second checkpoint at Redmire, before heading up the long steady pull of Hargill Lane over to Grinton in Swaledale.  It comes back over the ridge via the north face of the Buttertubs pass, before heading back down Wensleydale to Redmire and then follows the same route back to Masham as the "Dessert Spoon" ride.  The two major climbs take the total climbing over the 87 miles to 6,400ft, but you will have three checkpoints with hot and cold drinks and food to replenish the energy used.
All riders will be welcomed back to the Black Sheep Brewery Visitor Centre with a complimentary hot meal and a pint of their award winning ale.

White Rose Classic 2024
Cycle Sportive , Ilkley – Sunday, 30 Jun 2024

White Rose Classic - Yorkshire's 'Must Do' Sportive
Ilkley Cycle Club offer 3 routes that cater for various levels of experience, ranging from 50 miles to 120 miles that will take you in to the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
Full details available on