We are aiming to bring back group led rides for 2023 subject to ICC Club members volunteering to led them

Ride as part of a group with a ride leader

As beautiful as the Yorkshire Dales scenery is, you might enjoy it more with riding in the company of others. For this year’s White Rose Classic, we offer the opportunity to ride the Dales in a Group with a ride leader – even if you come to the event by yourself.

For each of the three Routes, there will be groups of different speeds led by experienced Ilkley Cycling Club ride leaders. After you have registered to ride, you can join one of the Group Rides in advance.

Group Ride Start Times

Hawes Long Route Groups

Average speed – 6:45am
Steady – 7:00am

Settle Medium Route Groups

Average speed – 7:45am,
Steady – 8:00am

Grassington Short Route Groups

Medium speed – 8:45am
Steady – 9:00am


If you find yourself in a group which is too fast you can drop off the ride, or if it’s too slow for you, you’re welcome to ride off in front – just tell the leader. We start the average (fast paced) group before the steady (slower paced) group, so that anyone in the average group who finds the pace too demanding can drop off and then join the steady group when it catches them.

All you need to do is “volunteer” to join a Group Ride.

A word of thanks from a happy group rider:

Dear All,
As one of a group of 7 novice cyclists, I would like to Thank You! for the most amazing experience yesterday on the White Rose Classic. The event was fabulous. So much support from volunteers who made the day exceptional; providing lunch, water at the top of that final brute of a climb, a wonderful welcome at the start and a great celebration at the finish.

I have no idea as to how much thought and effort went into the planning and organisation but I thought you all ‘pulled it off’ perfectly! (I did the London – Brighton last year and WRC was in a different league).

Please pass on our thanks to your incredible team. We are all weary today but fired up for the next sportive – it may take a while to forget the pain of the climbs – but the sense of achievement overrides that.

Yours, Sue