The Hateful Eight – Yorkshire’s Reliability Rides 2017

Reliability Rides – what to expect…
The reliability ride is traditionally a test of a cyclist’s reliability and that of their bike coming out of the winter period.  The emphasis is on fitness, self-reliance and navigational skills, although they are also used by competitive cyclists for training ahead of the racing season.The objective is to complete the prescribed route within a given time.  The route is not signposted but a basic route map or description may be provided (along with a GPS file these days).

The ride is not a race.  Like a normal cycling club ride, it takes place on open roads and without marshals etc.

It is imperative that participants ride responsibly and in accordance with the Highway Code.

In comparison to sportives, reliability rides are low key and aimed at local club cyclists or riders interested in joining a club.  There are no feedstations, timing chips or souvenir t-shirts etc, although refreshments are available following the ride.

For further information on reliability rides, see the British Cycling website.


Date 22nd January 2017
Start Time Signing on and start 09.00am
Start Place Fodder, Great Yorkshire Showground, Railway Rd, Harrogate HG2 8NZ
Finish Place Fodder, Great Yorkshire Showground, Railway Rd, Harrogate HG2 8NZ
Route 80km View the route and download the GPX:
Organiser Matt Mannakee 07748 632348



Date 29th January 2017
Start Time Signing on and start 08.30 – 09.30
Start Place Squires Café Bar  5 miles west of Sherburn-in -Elmet on B1222. Car park, refreshments and toilets available.
Finish Place Squires Café Bar
Route 80km Micklefield – Towton – Tadcaster – Wetherby – Sicklinghall – Harewood Bridge – Weardley – Alwoodley – Shadwell – Thorner – Aberford – Sherburn
Route 50km 09.45 Micklefield – Towton – Stutton – Bramham – Thorner – Aberford – Sherburn
Organiser Antony Brumby 07772 080051


Ride    3 HARROGATE NOVA CC – £4
Date 5th February 2017
Start Time 09.30
Start Place Rigton Railway Crossing – just off A658.
Finish Place Norwood Village Hall – refreshments available
Route 80km Wetherby-Boroughbridge-Ripon-Fountains Abbey-Ripley-Killinghall-Pennypot Lane.
Organiser Vaughan Caswell  Tel. No. 01423 507603.  Email:  Club website:


Date 12th February 2016
Start Time 09.30
Start Place B6161 Lay-by (Near Leathley Bridge – approx. ½ mile from A658 junction).
Finish Place Holy Trinity Church Hall, Knaresborough
Route 70km Farnley – Norwood – Summerbridge – Burnt Yates – Kirkby Malzeard – Ripon – Bishop Monkton – Knaresborough
Organiser Hamish Robertshaw  07796 272123


Ride     5 Otley Cycle Club – £4
Date 19th  February 2017
Start Time 09.30 AM, sign-on from 8.45 AM

  • Wristbands are issued to all paid riders
  • There’s an option to pre-pay £1.00 extra for tea/coffee at the post ride cafe
Start Place Buttercross (LS21 3HN) Otley (market place in the town centre)
Finish Place 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.

Route 100 km 100 KMs in 3.5 hours. Start 09.30: Otley, A65 Ilkley, Addingham, Bolton Abbey, Barden Tower, Appletreewick, Grassington, Kettlewell, Kilnsey, Threshfield, Burnsall, Barden, Bolton Bridge, Addingham, Ilkley, Askwith, finish at Chevin Cycles in Otley.

Route for download:

Route 50 km 50 KMs in 3 hours.  Start 9.45: As above to Barden Bridge (cross river), Cavendish Cafe, Bolton Abbey, Ilkley, Askwith, finish at Chevin Cycles in Otley.

Route for download:

Organiser Stephen Gallagher


Ride       6 The Alex Warburton Memorial Ride – Alba Rosa – £4
Date 26th February 2017
Start Time 09.30
Start Place The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Finish Place The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Route Bramhope-Alwoodley-Scholes-Barwick-Aberford-Saxton-Church Fenton-Ryther-Ulleskelf-Bramham-Collingham-Kirkby Overblow-Arthington-Creskeld Lane
Organiser Phil Makinson 07795670523


Ride       7 Leeds Mercury – £4
Date 5th March 2017
Start Time 09.30
Start Place Buttercross (Market Place), Otley
Finish Place Otley CC Clubroom
Route (90 km) Otley, Pool, Arthington, Harewood bridge, A61, Kirby Overblow, Sickinghall, Wetherby, B1224, left at X roads to cattal bridge, left to old A1. Up to Boro B, left to Knaresboro A6055, right to Ripley B6165, left to Killinghall, over the A59 to Pennypot lane, left at the end to grovel over Norwood edge and down via Farnley to Otley
Organiser Kevin Stuart  07958 760 750


Ride 8 Prologue Café Bash – £4
Date 12th March 2017
Start Time 09.30
Start Place Prologue Café, Harrogate
Finish Place Prologue Café, Harrogate
Route (90 km) Prologue-Pennypot-Darley-Dacre-Summerbridge-Blazefield-Risplith-Ripon-Skelton-Borobridge-Minskip-Staverley-Farnham-Scotton-Ripley-Killinghall-Harrogate-Prologue
Organiser John Reid website: Tel: 01423 503000 Email: