2015 has proved so far to be another great year for cycling in Yorkshire with the Tour De Yorkshire stage race in May bringing top level pro cycling to our county. Cyclists & non cyclists were out in huge numbers in Ilkley again watching the riders sprint along the Grove followed by the Cow & Calf Climb . We were given a special mention as Ilkley was referred to as “the capital of cycling in Yorkshire ” by the commentators.
As well as a great spectator sport , cycling is very much an activity in Ilkley Cycling Club for participants at all levels from those learning to ride with their families , joining in our youth activities or wanting to join one of our social rides ( see the Rides page ), challenging themselves at our renowned White Rose Classic Sportive,( entry here) to our local club racers keen to succeed across all the cycling disciplines ( details on our Racing pages )
Our training day on Saturday 28th Feb at the Steven Burke Sports Hub , Nelson was a great success & well attended by young people and adults – it shows what great use we could make of our own local off road circuit facility – hopefully our plans will see some progress.
Well supported Ilkley Cycling Club race events have included our Open 10 Mile & 25 mile Time trials in March & April. ICC ’s 2 day team race took place again on the 30th & 31st May with teams competing from all over the country. The Town Centre Races brought all of Ilkley out again on June 24th for an even more spectacular evening of racing from youth boys & girls through to the Elite women & men . The White Rose Classic on June 28th was another great event and our ‘vintage tweed’ ride the day before attracted a colourful bunch of non lycra clad riders . In October we will be running our really successful ICC Cyclocross event again.
Entries open 10th October for the 2016 edition of the White Rose Classic Sportive on the 26th June 2016 . We have the fabulous Ilkley Rugby Club as our HQ again . The 3 challenging route options ( 50 , 84 & 114 miles) remain virtually the same with a slight change from Burnsall – taking all riders up the Fell to Barden Tower then onto Bolton Abbey rather than via Appletreewick. To encourage even more women new to cycling to participate or for those wanting to challenge themselves to a longer route riding with other women we are offering optional additional women only start times for each route with support riders following the group in case of any problems ( alongside the mechanical etc support offered to all riders). We are also looking into providing a “splash & dash” extra drink station at Settle . Details are now on our website and further information via the BC entry link . A great incentive for autumn & winter training . more details & entry link here
Ilkley Moor Vaults – Stockeld Rd 7pm Local lad Scott Thwaites has very kindly agreed to spend an evening with ICC. There will be an opportunity to meet Scott, get a signed photo and take any of your own photos. Read More
The third running of the Ilkley Cyclo Cross races at the Lido will take place this Sunday the 8th. As each year goes by the support for the event grows this year it is anticipated that the numbers racing in Read More