The West Riding Classic 2019
27th April 2019, 30, 60 & 70 miles, Clapham-Clapham, North Yorkshire, £20
It is official, this years West Riding Classic was a classic.
After sending out weather warnings in the run up to the event both Mike and I were worried that no one would turn up and we’d left to eat 250 portions minestrone soup.
But thankfully over 150 brave riders turned up and took on the challenge we had set them.
It is true that as riders arrived back in Clapham I did have to help a few of them with their gloves and helmets, but as I did so the very same frozen riders were buzzing after a truly unforgettable day in the saddle.
The official times are now available below, along with the galleries of photos from our brilliant official photographer.
Thanks again to everyone that bought a ticket to enter our event, and well done to everyone that made it to the starting line.
Fingers crossed for sunshine on our 10th Yorkshire event, the West Riding Classic 2020!
‘Welcome to Goma!’ Theatre in the Mill – SQ, Centenary Square, Bradford, 21-28 September 2019
The Open Wheel have been commissioned by Theatre in the Mill to produce an installation at the theatre’s new City Square space in Bradford. The Open Wheel will be the first artists to show in the space, the installation is called ‘Welcome to Goma’ and will run for the whole week of the UCI World Championships. The installation will include photos from this years West Riding Classic, portraits from Goma Cycling Club, video installations and the central piece – Welcome to Goma – a Virtual Reality club ride with Goma CC.
The installation will also include a Cycle Café which will host events, screen the world Championships and run group rides for fans.
In addition, there will be workshops where visitors can learn how to customise their own sports wear using Congolese patterns and also become international members of GCC.
We are very excited about this event, which is supported by UNESCO City of Film, and we would like to extend an invitation to everyone who has ever taken part in The West Riding Classic, The Yorkshire 101 or The Commuter Belt Classic.
The West Riding Classic 2020 – 10th edition
Next year’s event will be our 10th in Yorkshire so we are hoping to make it a special one. The date for it will be either April 18th or 25th.
Photos and rider times
The official photos and rider times are below, these are PDFs and may take a minute or two to load,
Official times 2019
The famous West Riding Classic cycle sportive returns for the IX edition with an updated route for 2019.
We’ve made some small changes which we believe will make the West Riding Classic an even better day in the saddle. There are minor changes to all three routes for 2019, the most significant change is that we now avoid the A65 altogether and instead return via beautiful Knight Stainforth and Austwick.
Short route – a little shorter but also a little harder!
The short route now drops in to the village of Ingleton before climbing out through Chapel-le-dale on ‘the wrong side’ of the valley.
Long and Extra-long – a new view!
The two long routes take a slight diversion into Malham, arriving instead by Janet’s Foss.
All routes – a new valley and avoiding the A65!
Once in Settle, we start our final gentle climb up Stainforth Lane, passed Knight Stainforth descending through a beautiful valley and into Austwick. This means we no longer either cross or use the A65 at all.
The West Riding Classic is an independent, family run cycle sportive held in the Yorkshire Dales since 2010. It is a proudly analogue event which eschews the digital timing systems, high energy gels and anonymous technology of much of modern cycling. The West Riding Classic returns with it’s clocking-in cards, delicious home cooked food and old-fashioned comradery.
Described by British Cycling as:
Great route! great food! great vibe! A must-do on the sportive calendar”
The West Riding Classic starts and finishes at Clapham Village Hall and there are three routes to choose from: Short (30 miles), Long (60 miles) and Extra Long (70 miles). And there is plenty of climbing – 2200 metres of vertical ascent on the extra long route – as the route navigates each of the famous three peaks Ingleborough, Penyghent and Whernside.
The West Riding Classic also supports two great causes, Cave Rescue Organisation and Goma Cycling Clubs.
Clapham Village Hall, Cross Haw Lane, Clapham, North Yorkshire, LA2 8DZ
• 8am – 9:30am: extra-long route, 70 miles, 2200m vertical climbing
• 8am – 10:30am: long route, 60 miles
• 10am – 11am: short route, 30 miles