What a year awaits us at Ilkley Cycling Club in 2014 as we welcome the Tour de France and Le Grand Depart to our special corner of Yorkshire.
To start what will be a wonderful week, entries are now open for the White Rose Classic 2014 on Sunday 29th June (details here) , which will kick off a week of club activities leading up to the Grand Depart the following weekend. To support all the visiting cyclists, including those riding in the White Rose Classic, Ilkley Cycling Club will be putting on a full week of events and activities alongside other local agencies and businesses.
image courtesy swpix.com The club will be running a series of daily "club rides" where everyone is welcome. In the evenings we have something special planned for Tuesday 1st July , Wednesday 2nd will be the famous Otley Town Centre races, and Thursday 3rd will see the TDF team presentation in Leeds .The weekend Stages 1 & 2 will see Ilkley and our surrounding area full of cyclists , families & friends enjoying the TDF spectacle & all the festivities planned around it .
Ilkley is of course crammed full of excellent pubs and restaurants, and we will work with them to make sure it will be a great atmosphere all week with a series of guest speakers, party-nights, and lots of other things to do.
At the heart of this, we are organising a campsite at East Holmes Fields for the whole week, using facilities at the Rugby Club. The campsite is in a beautiful riverside location, next to the famous Ilkley Lido, with views of the Cow and Calf, and a 5 minute stroll into the heart of Ilkley.
Come and join us in celebrating the world's biggest annual sporting event arriving on our doorstep!
2013 – A fantastic year for Ilkley Cycling Club
Without a doubt, 2013 was a great year for cycling, for Yorkshire and especially Ilkley Cycling Club.
The White Rose Classic, our own very special sportive, again saw riders tackling the beautiful and challenging roads of the Yorkshire Dales.
This year’s additional challenge was the blistering heat faced by the riders & helpers – a memorable day for all those riding and the large team of ICC members who run the event.
2013 saw our best Road Race and TT season with many Road race & Time Trial wins & top placings for ICC racers at local and national level.
We ended the season an impressive 6th place overall for points scored by Yorkshire teams (see here for race results)
Ben Hallworth - Winner Brentor Road Race Stage 2
Our youth riders excelled , managing to notch up gold medals and impressive placings in the National Schools racing championships and a range of other races through the year- report and results here
Ilkley Cycling club won the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards Club of the Year at an awards ceremony at St. James’s Palace in London on 9th July 2013.
The prestigious award, presented by the Alliance’s President HRH The Earl of Wessex, celebrates the very best that community sport and recreation clubs offer across the country.
John Mills, Director of Coaching, Education and Development at British Cycling, said: “Ilkley Cycling Club has truly harnessed the interest in cycle sport and turned that inspiration into participation. The club is an outstanding example of a team of volunteers and cycling enthusiasts, who put their all into the sport.We are extremely proud to see the club awarded with this accolade, it couldn’t be more deserved.” More information here
Further recognition came when Ilkley Cycling Club was awarded the 51st Bradford Council B-active award. The award was presented by Josh Edmondson, of Team Sky, at the SkyRide event on Sunday 11th August. News story hereWe have also seen in 2013 the launch of an exciting new project called “Ilkley go:cycling”.
This project aims to get more people cycling, more often and for everyday trips – to work, to the rail station, or just to pop to the shops. The project has its own dedicated website -www.ilkleygocycling.org.uk
Ilkley Cycling club has grown to become the largest cycling club in the UK with more than 1,100 members, and all since we re-established in 2011. We have featured regularly in local and national news coverage in relation to the club's growth and success and our commitment to encouraging cycling for all levels and all ages through our wide range of rides and activities and our ambitious projects to promote cycling for everyone.
Our motto is "recreation to racing" and we're proud to continue to support all levels of local bike riders from beginners to experienced racing cyclists. See our Youth page for information on our youth development programme and our rides page for details of our regular club rides, women specific rides,daytime social rides and family rides.
We have regular velodrome trips organised for ICC members and an away trip to Helmsley in North Yorkshire planned (see our 'Events ' page for further details). For our active youth membership we have regular coaching sessions in Ilkley plus track sessions at the Richard Dunn Centre Bradford . We also have a BMX session organised for ICC members at the National Cycling Centre . Upcoming events and details are listed on our Youth Pages
If you're not already convinced to join ICC we have a number of discounts available for ICC members for cycling related activities - details on the "Join Us " Page - You can join or renew your membership to ICC online.
To promote cycling to the people of Ilkley (and surrounding areas) and to those who cycle in or near our town
To provide an avenue for club members to race and compete by having affiliations to governing bodies (British Cycling, Cycling Time Trials, MTB, cyclocross etc)
To provide a focus for recreational cyclists and promote the sport at grassroots level.
To be open to all, and to encourage cycling for everyone.