cycling nutrition

As great as the riding is on the White Rose Classic, it is the food and drink, your cycling nutrition – along with your legs – that powers you for the day.  With that in mind, we have spaced three fittingly-stocked feed stations out on the road. Which ones you visit depend on the route you are riding.

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Grassington cycling nutrition


Everyone on all three routes passes through Grassington – and those riding the Medium and Long Routes come through twice – so we put out a spectacular spread here.  Whether you just want to top up drinks on your way to Hawes, or are looking for more substantial sustenance, the Grassington Feed Station will match your needs. All Routes: mile 31/kilometre 50. First timing point is here. Open: 07:45-16:00

  • The Feed Station is just across the river after passing the centre of Grassington.
  • You’ll get a chance to enjoy authentic Yorkshire hospitality: Fresh water/energy drinks to refill your bottles Pastries, fresh fruit, and home-made, savoury sandwiches.
  • You can also grab traditional cycling nutrition: gels and bars to eat on the road. (Remember to stuff the wrappers back in your jersey to deposit at the next stop – not on the road!)

Please use the toilets provided – not the walls or bushes in the car park.

The Grassington Festival will be in full swing, meaning that the town will be hopping even more than normal. Please be especially mindful of pedestrians!

When you leave the feed station, continue on the B6265 in the direction you were going when you arrived.  For all riders on their first visit that means turning right and heading west.  Medium and Long Route riders returning after Settle, then turn left when leaving.


Long Route only: mile 52, kilometre 84

Open 09:00-13:30

We are hosted at the renowned Wensleydale Creamery, which is on the route as you come into Hawes.  (If you have ridden the White Rose Classic in the past, note the route change in Gayle that leads directly to the Creamery.) Please be aware that the Creamery is very popular. Give way to cars and pedestrians in the area.

– This feed station promises a taste of something different – a sample of Wensleydale Cheeses.  It may not be traditional cycling nutrition, but make note of what you like, we’ll have truckles available for sale when you get back to Ilkley!

– Toilets are in the main building next to the feed station.  You can go around to the side entrance on the right.

After leaving Hawes, the big challenge is the Coal Road climb, followed soon after by the Deepdale climb.  The next feed station is in Settle at mile 89/kilometre 143.

Wensleydale Creamery
Cyclists having a pit stop


Medium Route: mile 53/kilometre 86

Long Route: mile 89/kilometre 143

Open: 10:00-15:00

It is at this point in the ride that your cycling nutrition becomes very important.  You’ve come a long way, but you are just at the foot of the toughest climb of the day.  This is a designated as a “lite” feed station.  You can get drinks, bars, and gels, but don’t eat weigh yourself down.  Slip something into your jersey pocket to enjoy once you are at the top enjoying the views across the Ribble Valley to Pendle Hill.

You have a tough climb, a glorious descent, and then about 8 rolling miles (about 15 miles total) to get back to the Grassington feed station where you can relax and indulge a bit before breezing down the Wharfe Valley to the final objective of the day, the short, but not too steep, Langbar climb.


So you have made it back to Ilkley after a long day in the saddle – congratulations!  Hungry, eh?  We have a piping hot meal all ready for you at Event Headquarters.  We’ll be featuring locally made frankfurters from Lishman’s of Ilkley.

Your entry fee covers the cost of the after-ride meal.  Meals will be available from 13:30 until 18:30.  Exchange your event wristband for a free meal.  If you have friends or family who want to join, the meal is available for all at a very reasonable fee.

No need to rush off, either.  Your first beer from the Ilkley Brewery bar will be at a special price, and you can purchase soft drinks as well.  There will be tables set up so you can be comfortable as you cheer riders in to the live music from Hattie Barnes and Declan Vink, while savouring something sweet from Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream.

Hattie Barnes