‘The Otley One’ – Reliability Ride

18th February 2018

How is your winter training going? Are you looking to test your legs? Have you challenged yourself to a full set of Hateful 8 rides? Do you just look for a good cuppa and a fantastic spread at the end of a ride?….

sign on

A Reliability ride is all about participants demonstrating that they are a ‘reliable rider’, by completing a ride within a specified time. The case of Otley’s event this is 100K in 3.5 hours or 50K in 3 hrs. Groups of cyclists work together to ensure that they get around the course safely and in time. All riders are required to be self-sufficient. They need to fix their own bikes and take any food or personal medication with them on the ride.

This event takes place on the open roads and rules of the Highway Code must be obeyed at all times. They are much simpler affairs than Sportives –maps are available, there is no chip timing, no signage on route and no support. Consequently they are cheap to participate in.

100k ride to Kettlewell & back (in 3.5hrs) starts from 9.30am

50K ride to Barden and back (in 3hrs) starts from 9.45am

This reliability ride has been going for many (20+) years. Note it is essential that you pay on the day, no payment for entry no insurance.

Signing on starts at 8.45 @ the Buttercross in Otley (central traffic lights and market place). Cost to ride the event is £4 person. Nearly £2 per rider goes to British Cycling to provide insurance for the event.

You will also have the option of paying £5 meaning you will get a prepaid tea/coffee at the finish.

Eat Cake

Leaving Otley

Remember this is not a race!!

We have to share the roads with other road users. Groups will be set off at 1 – 2 minute intervals.

Look after one another – have a safe ride.

Returning to Otley

Please sign off at Chevin Cycles & come and eat CAKE!

Tea/coffee cakes and an abundance of food will be available at Otley Cycle Club Clubroom, located 50 yd down the cobble lane from Chevin Cycles.

The Detail

100 km in 3.5 hours. Start 0930: Buttercross (Market Place), Otley. Route:(100km) A65-Ilkley – Addingham-Bolton Abbey- Barden Tower -Appletreewick-Grassington-Kettlewell-Kilnsey-Threshfield-Burnsall-Barden-Bolton Bridge -Addingham-Ilkley-Asquith-to Finish at Chevin Cycles in Otley.

Refreshments at Otley CC Clubrooms (50 yards down cobble street from Chevin Cycles) – a fantastic assortment of homemade produce and a cracking cuppa!

See link below for full route
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18123386

50 km in 3 hours start 0945: As above to Barden Bridge (cross river) – Cavendish Cafe-Bolton Abbey-Ilkley-Asquith-Otley Finish at Chevin Cycles in Otley.

Refreshments at Otley CC Clubrooms (50 yards down cobble street from Chevin Cycles) – a fantastic assortment of homemade produce and a cracking cuppa!

See link below for full route:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18123623