The World Championships are returning to the UK and what better way to get into the mood for this once in a (half) lifetime event than to ride on the same roads as the pros a week before the Mens and Womens road race. Harrogate has established itself as one of the homes of cycling in the UK with its proximity to the Yorkshire Dales and other amazing hills. Over this weekend you have the choice of a 2 or 3 night package with guaranteed sportive entry, small group warm up rides, mechanical support, rental bikes and airport transfers if you are coming from overseas. We look forward to welcoming you in beautiful Yorkshire for one of the best cycling weekends of the year and the perfect warm up for the World Championship weekend to come.
One week before the men & women's road race, this is the perfect ride to get you into the mood for the high point of the racing season. The first time it has been in the UK since 1982.
If you have not been here before, you are missing out. A cycling region right up there with anywhere in Europe, Yorkshire offers amazing climbs on quiet country lanes. We take in some stunning routes on our warm up rides before the sportive.
The UCI Road World Championships has not been in the UK for 37 years. Take the unique opportunity to be part of this historic event in the Yorkshire Dales. Cycle the same roads as the professionals and soak up the atmosphere of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.
Arrival day for most people. Check into our hotel from 2pm and then our mechanics are on hand to work on bikes before we go out for a quick 50km spin at 3pm.
After a nice big English breakfast, we set out for a 60km spin into the hills taking in some climbs you won't ride in the sportive. Afternoon at leisure to check out Harrogate.
Sportive day! We will run a bag drop service on the day and then we will celebrate in the evening at the hotel bar.
Departure day. We will be running a short 50km cool down ride in the morning getting back to the hotel for check out.
One of the iconic hotels in Harrogate, the Crown Hotel is right in the middle of town a short walk from Betty's Tea Rooms.
We have 2019 Giant Defy Advanced 1 available in all sizes. These have Ultegra with 50/34x11/34 and disc brakes.
There are three routes, all starting and ending in Harrogate. The long route goes furthest into the Dales with two classic climbs. The middle and shorter routes still pack a good amount of climbing and some great scenery into a shorter route each with at least one long climb.
Choose the Route
Ride Distance: 145
Elevation gain: 1909
Ride Distance: 98
Elevation gain: 1300
Ride Distance: 72
Elevation gain: 916
Most people in the UK drive and there is parking (£12 per day) at the hotel. Alternatively, we can collect from train station and we are running a transfer from Leeds Bradford Airport at 3.30pm and 8pm on Friday and returning at 8am on Monday.
We run warm up rides on Friday afternoon at 3pm, Saturday at 10am and Monday at 9am. The rides are:
Friday - 50km
Saturday - 60km
Monday - 50km
All warm up rides are led by expert local ride leaders and our support vehicles with pop up feed stations and mechanical assistance. You will receive a day bag on arrival for these rides to pack extra layers.
We have two and three night packages available for the UCI World Championship Sportives.
All Packages Include:
3 nights single package
3 night twin / double package
2 nights single package
2 night twin / double package