The 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ showed the world what everyone from Yorkshire knew all along: that God’s Own Country is an incredible place to ride your bike.
The good news is that there are more cycling sportives in Yorkshire than ever taking place, so we’ve rounded up some of the best.
Sigma Sports Ride Yorkshire Sportive
When: Sunday, August 11 2019
Where: Thisk Racecourse, Yorkshire
Starting out north and heading through the Vale of Mowbray, the Ride Yorkshire Sportive covers some easy miles on the gently rolling terrain – Yorkshire cycling at its best!
Selby Three Swans Sportive
When: Sunday, September 1
A fundraiser for Yorkshire Cancer Research (but with no minimum fundraising target), the Selby Three Swans Sportive offers distances of 48, 101, and 160km, meaning there should be a route for everyone no matter what their ability. Starting and finishing in Selby, the all three routes are generally flat, so this might be a nice relaxing way to finish the season, with a nice boost to morale thanks to a high average speed.
Ay Up! Yorkshire Sportive
When: Saturday, October 12 2019
Where: Ripon Racecourse, Ripon
With a stereotypical Yorkshire name, the Ay Up! Yorkshire sportive offers a stereotypical Yorkshire ride with hard roads and steep hills. All three routes tackle the tough White Horse Bank, with the two longer routes heading off further into the North York Moors to give nearly 2,000m of climbing for the longest option.