Event: 7 July 2013
The White Rose Classic sportive was resurrected by Ilkley Cycling Club in 2012 with the aim of providing entrants with a first class event on the finest roads the Yorkshire Dales have to offer. The sportive has a route for everyone.
The short route at 50miles is a challenging ride with 1500m of ascent making it an ideal introduction to sportives. The medium route at over 80miles and 2400m splits to take in a climb over Halton Gill with stunning views of Pen-y-Ghent before dropping down into Settle and on to the feedstation at Airton. The long route continues to the head of the Wharfedale valley before climbing over Fleet Moss to Hawes where a well stocked feedstation will be waiting, and then returning over the Coal Road. All three routes finish over the local climb at Langbar before descending back to HQ where there will be hot food (included in the entry fee) for all riders and a goody bag.
The new modern Ilkley Rugby Club will once again provide a start/finish location with ample parking, showers, changing facilities and bar to celebrate the ride. Last years successful ‘tented village’ of stands and entertainment for friends and families at the HQ will be repeated including an ice cream van, a bouncy castle and children’s events sponsored by local firm Spooners.
As food plays an important part in sportives the White Rose Classic is sponsored by Warburtons Bakery and Booths Supermarket who supply us with Brioches and bread rolls. All feedstations will be stocked with both sweet and savoury food as well as plain water and energy drink.
Ilkley Cycling Club look to replicate the success of last year’s sell-out event and make it even better in 2013. Once again chip timing, mechanical and medical support will be provided and this year custom WRC cycling jerseys will be available to buy.
The event supports Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice, and local charities LS29, Out of the Box and Youth Cycling Development.