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VC York Autumn Reliability Ride for St.Leonard's Hospice

We're very pleased to announce a new VC York event coming up this October 25th: The VC York Autumn Charity Reliability Ride. Starting from YorkSport village in Heslington, the ride will cover 120km and around 1000m of climbing on a circuit of the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds.

The VC York Reliability Ride is a late-season club event intended to fill the gap in road events at this time of year and maybe serve as a season closer for road riders.  It's open to anybody, in fact we welcome riders from other clubs (and those not affiliated to clubs to come and join in). It's non-competitive, rather in the traditional sense of a Reliability Ride, this event is a test of your self and your bike. Riders will be set off in groups but are expected to be fully self sufficient and able to deal with any mechanical issues that might occur.

There are no support vehicles, no route signage and no feed zones. Riders pretty much take care of themselves. above all they need to ride safely whether alone or in a group and observe the Highway Code and other rules of the road. We must all ensure that everybody gets completes the event safe and sound.

Entry costs £5 if you register online via the British Cycling event page or £6 on the day with all profits going to St Leonard's Hospice, a fantastic local charity that provides palliative care for local people suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

The Route


A fantastic 120km (75mile) route has been chosen which, starting and finishing at YorkSport Village in Heslington, takes a clockwise tour of the lanes and climbs of the Yorkshire Wolds to the East of York, passing through Murton, Warthill and Buttercrambe before a long climb at Acklam. The route then heads to Thixendale, Fimber and Wetwang, climbs towards Huggate then through Middleton on the Wolds, Lund, Etton and Market Weighton. One last climb from Londesborough then it's down Nunburnholm Hill and into Pocklington before heading back to York on Elvington Road.

The rolling hills and exposed roads will provide an enjoyable but challenging ride for all entrants.

The route will not be signposted so you will rely on your own ability to follow a map (or a GPS device). GPS files are available for the route in a number of formats:

Online registration for the VC York Autumn Charity Reliability Ride for St Leonard's Hospice is available through the British Cycling website and more details will be posted here as they become available. In the meantime, feel free to ask questions in the comments section below.

What you need to know

Pre-event Rider Information Pack now available for download.


Sunday 25th October 2015. Start from 9am (sign-on opens at 8:30)


York Sport Village, Lakeside Way, York, YO10 5FG (map/directions)

How much:

£5 if you enter online £6 on the day.


It's a great ride for a great cause. St. Leonard's Hospice will receive all profits from the event.

For further updates, keep an eye on the VC York website, Facebook page and Twitter.

Help us spread the word

We want to raise as much as possible for St. Leonard's Hospice. In order to do this we need your help to spread the word about this ride. You can help us by:

  • Telling your friends/club
  • Tweeting and Facebooking about it with a link to this page
  • Download and print this poster and pop it into your local bike shops
Later Event: November 1
Club Meeting, Sunday 1st November