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RIDE The Dales

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Spectacularly beautiful. Spectacularly tough.

The northernmost of our RIDE Series - it features one of the most unrelenting climbs on offer in Nidderdale.

Yorkshire doesn't really do flat. Riders are challenged to conquer the infamous Lofthouse climb (Trapping Hill) on our toughest, Champion route, whilst those on the Cool route can enjoy the sublimity on some of the most scenic cycling Yorkshire has to offer.

Take on this charity fundraising ride and raise money to fund vital medical research to save and change the lives of babies and children.

riders at the start line

Key Information

Early bird registration is now open!!

  • Date: 1 June 2025
  • Location: Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, York, Yorkshire YO26 9SS
  • Cool 41 Miles: £28.50
  • Classic 70 Miles: £38.50
  • Champion 100 Miles: £40.50
cyclists riding the undulating hills of the yorkshire dales

Our Champion route provides the opportunity to climb one of the toughest climbs in Nidderdale, Trapping Hill, or Lofthouse. Featured in the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 and UCI Road World Champs 2019, at 1.7 miles in length, and height gain of 248 metres with an average gradient of 9.9%, maxing out at 17%, it's an absolute beast!! The views from the top are totally worth it though!

Looking for something more sedate, but equally spectacular? Our Cool route takes riders past Fountains Abbey and through the cathedral city of Ripon, as well as picture-postcard villages such as Boroughbridge and Bishop Monkton.

As ever with an Action RIDE Series charity sportive, you can expect a great day in the saddle with first-class support from the charity that get cyclists!

Route details

Please note that other mapping platforms may provide different elevation statistics than those stated here.

41 miles

Cool Route

Distance:  41 miles
Climbing:  1,350ft
Start time:  08:45 - 09:15
Feed stations:  1 (26 miles)
GPX file: Coming soon...
Price:  £28.50



70 miles

Classic Route

Distance:  70 miles
Climbing:  3,759ft
Start time:  08:00 - 08:45
Feed stations:  2 (28 & 58 miles)
GPX file: Coming soon...
Price: £38.50

100 miles

Champion Route

Distance:  100 miles
Climbing:  5,744ft
Start time:  07:00 - 08:00
Feed stations:  3 (28, 55 & 86 miles)
GPX file: Coming soon...
Price: £40.50

what's included

stop watch

chip timing

Spanner and Screwdriver

mechanical support



Knife, fork and bottle of drink

feed stations



First aid kit

medical assistance


motorcycle outriders

cyclist in boroughbridge


Thank you for a very well-organised event. The signage was excellent and the route was fabulous. The rest stations were so welcoming and well-stocked with ample food and drink to refuel us, and even the offer of a hot drink - it was like waiter service! I will definitely look to do this event again.

Justine, RIDE The Dales finisher
volunteering at events


Can you spare the time to help?

Our RIDE Series depends on the generosity of volunteers who give up their time to ensure that participants have the best possible day in the saddle. We're always looking for willing volunteers to help support our rides so please get in touch if you think you can spare some time, and in return, we'll give you a FREE ride!

frequently asked questions

Can I ride an e-bike?

Yes, absolutely!

Do I need insurance?

We recommend that you have appropriate cover for you and your bike. We’ve partnered with Yellow Jersey to provide a 10% discount on their bicycle and travel insurance. You can find out more here.

Are spare parts available for my bike?

Yes, for most common bikes. Spares are chargeable.

What happens if I get lost or get into difficulties on the day?

On the day you will be given a contact number for our ride control, who will help with any issues.

How long do I have to complete the ride and what happens if I can't complete the distance?

The ride closes at 6.00pm. Very slow riders may be picked up and moved on.

Do I need to wear a cycle helmet?

You must wear a cycle helmet to take part.

How old do I need to be to take part?

You must be at least 16 on the day of the event to take part; if you are under 18 you must be accompanied by an adult.

What facilities are available?

Toilets are available at the start and finish venue. Our feed stations will also have toilet facilities. Your belongings/valuables should be locked in your car or carried with you. There are feed stations on route which will provide hot and cold drinks & snacks. Riders and supporters will be able to purchase food and drinks at the finish.

There is also free parking at the College but please do car share where possible, parking is limited.

What are the timings for the day?

Start times:

  • Champion: 07.00-08.00
  • Classic: 08.00-08.45
  • Cool: 08.45-09.15

Ride closes: 17.00

When will I receive my number and timing chip?

You will receive information by email ahead of the event. Our rider manual will be available for download around 2 weeks ahead of the event.

Your number and timing chip will be assigned on the day at registration. Simply head to our registration tent on arrival.

Can I get a refund, transfer or defer my entry?

Please see our Withdrawals, Refunds, Transfers and Deferrals policy here.

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