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The White Rose Classic cycle sportive is not a race, but a sportive for a wide range of riders, sanctioned by British Cycling.  It features three distinct routes to suit your experience and riding style.  We’ve had fast riders blitz the Short Route, and leisurely riders tackle the Long Route for a great day out.

You need to register for one of the routes, but you can change your mind when you Sign On.

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A lot of work goes into making everything run smoothly on the day.  Once you have registered, find out below about the Event logistics so your day starts fast – and ends safely!  There are 3 amply-stocked feed stations to keep you going out on the road.

And keep a smile on your face, because our event photographer may catch you on some of the toughest climbs.

White Rose Classic Cycle Sportive

The White Rose Classic cycle event is enjoyed by 1000 riders, who often bring their friends and families. There are also 100+ Ilkley Cycling Club volunteers needed to make the Event run smoothly. To accommodate this crowd, we have reserved the entire Nell Bank conservancy, just north of the town centre, for the Event Headquarters (HQ).

– Denton Road, Ilkley LS29 0DE
– HQ is open from:06:00 until 18:30
– Ample Free Event Parking is available on the field immediately on the left after turning from Denton Road into Nell bank – follow the signs and marshals. From 6:30 on, riders will be leaving via the same entrance, so please drive with care!
– There are toilets and changing facilities.

Secure your bike! We have never had trouble during the event, and we would like to keep it that way.

Please follow these simple, common-sense rules: Although we provide bike racks, this is an unsecured location. You are responsible for your bike – consider locking locking it.

The same is true at all the feed stations. Don’t assume that because others have left their bikes unattended that it is safe to leave your bike.

Chances are you will be driving to the White Rose Classic. There is train service to Ilkley from Leeds, but only a limited number of bikes are allowed on trains, particularly at peak times.

If you have not finished by 18:30 (or, preferably when you know you cannot make it on time), call Event HQ at the number on the Contacts card you receive at Sign On. Meal service ends at 18:30. Even if you arrive just under the time limit, you may not have enough time to get a meal.


Nell Bank map



All participants must register before the event.

Before you can ride, however, you must Sign On at Event HQ. No matter which route you selected when you registered online for the event, you can select a different route at Sign On.  Long and Medium Route riders note Sign-On time closing below.

  • We close online registration once the event is full (1000 riders) or, in any case, at midnight on Wednesday 23rd June 21.
  • Sign On at Event HQ is open from 06:00 until 09:15
    • Long Route Sign On closes at 07:15
    • Medium closes at 08:15
    • Short closes at 9:00
  • You must present printed identification (credit card, drivers licence, etc.) in order to Sign On.
  • You will be asked to confirm your emergency contact details
  • Riders aged 16 and 17 need to hand in a signed parental consent form and be accompanied by an adult.
  • Sorry, no riders under the age of 16 can participate
  • The Start Line opens at 06:30
  • All riders must start by 09:30


The White Rose Classic cycle event is non-competitive, i.e. not a race!  If you ride recklessly or endanger others, whether on the road, at Feed Stations, timing points, or anywhere else while an Event Participant, you will be asked to drop out of the event.

Each year we make a significant donation to a local charity from the proceeds of the Event.  Since 2018, the Event has donated over £5000 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as our designated charity.  Please ride safely so they can have the day off!

– You must have a hard-shell helmet conforming to CE standard EN1078 to be allowed to start.

– We do not allow Tri-bars in the Event. They are a potential danger to other riders in the event of an accident. If you show up with them, you will be asked to remove them before starting.

– We recommend that you carry a printed form of identification with your with name, address, and emergency contact details in the event of an accident.

– There will be Ride Marshals at the start/finish, at the timing points and feed stations, and at a select few locations along the road. They are there for everyone’s safety. Please follow their directions. If they want you to slow down or stop, it is for a good reason!

In the event of emergency during the White Rose Classic cycle sportive, call the number on Contacts card given to you at Sign On.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance


Timing wristband

The White Rose Classic is non-competitive, but that does not mean that we do not offer you the chance to track your time on the route.  We track your Start and Finish, as well as your time at three key intermediate points, Grassington, Settle, and Hawes.

Your times will be live on the Web from when you first dib your chip at the Start until you reach the Finish.  Data from the intermediate stations at Grassington and Hawes is immediately posted to the White Rose Classic Live Timing site.

Friends and family can monitor your progress through each timing point.  Once you have reached Grassington, we will start to post your estimated time of arrival based on our selected route, so friends and family will know when to expect you.

To take the pressure off at the feed stations, you can optionally “dib out” as you are leaving.  Your time spent at the feed station will be automatically deducted from your total time.  So relax and enjoy… but don’t lose track of time: you still must finish by 18:30 in Ilkley to have your time recorded.


– Proceed to the start area at the front of the Event HQ area.

– The Start Marshal will give you a short rider briefing .

– Marshals will group riders to start together, coordinating with road marshals for safety.

– Timing starts when you dib your wristband chip at the start, except your Start time will be delayed by 3 minutes to allow you to slowly and safely exit Nell Bank.

– From the Start until the end of the road down to Denton Road is a “neutralised zone.”  You may be stopped by marshals ushering cars into the car park.

– After turning left onto Denton Road, you do not have to continue to ride with the people you start with, but please follow directions from Marshals. They are there for everyone’s safety.


– We turn the Start line into the Finish line after 09:30. You need to cross it both at the Start and Finish to get your time registered.

– Please dismount after finishing.

– Walk your bike to the racks provided.

– We close the finish line at 18:30 – call HQ if you are not there by that time!

– Now for a hearty meal. Please hand in the purple wrist band you received at Sign On. If you are hungry for more, or have friends/family with you, you can purchase the meal for a very reasonable price.