Giordana GFNCS Gran Fondo Florida, San Antonio, March 26th 2017, 4 Timed Sections, 3 Distances - Register NOW!
Welcome to Gran Fondo North America >> What is a Reliability Ride?

What is a Reliability Ride?

In the U.K., a reliability ride is known as 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.

They are great way to get in some early season miles and work on your base endurance.

The route is not signposted but a basic route map or description may be provided (along with a GPS file these days). There are no feedstations, timing chips or souvenir t-shirts etc, although refreshments are available following the ride.

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.

Reliability Trials are, like Audax events, not races, but rather long distance rides which emphasise fitness, self reliance and navigational skills - the difference being that Reliability Trials normally stipulate the completion of a given route (e.g. 100 miles) within a given time limit (e.g. 8 hours), whereas Audax is all about completing a route as close as possible to a set average speed.

Reliability Trials are most often run by Cycling Clubs and usually take place in the winter period, often used by regular racers and club riders to maintain winter fitness. Riders taking part in a Reliability Trial will be issued with a route card, detailing the course of the event, which usually needs to be signed or stamped at various control points throughout the route (some of which coincide with the refreshment stop).

The growth of Audax and Sportive events has overshadowed the Reliability Trial. However, trials tend to be smaller, friendly and less expensive to enter. Reliability Trials (like audaxs) also tend to be organised by not-for-profit cycling clubs rather than professional event organisers, and are therefore a great way to engage with your local club and find out more about club cycling.

Yorkshire Reliability Ride Series

The Yorkshire Reliability Rides are a long-established highlight to the counties cycling calendar. Originally set up as Ron’s Reliable Five, the series has expanded to eight events.

U.K. Reliability Ride Calendar

You can find a whole host of reliability rides on our 2017 U.K. Gran Fondo and Sportive Calendar.

The Struggle Reliability Ride, 22nd January 2017, Fodder, Great Yorkshire Showground, Railway Rd, Harrogate


Tag: whatis
Jan 05 2017 - NEWS: What is a Reliability Ride?
Jan 07 2017 - NEWS: What is a CX Sportive?
Oct 08 2016 - NEWS: What is a Gran Fondo?
Dec 03 2016 - NEWS: What is a Sportive?
Dec 03 2016 - NEWS: What is a Century Ride?
Apr 17 2016 - NEWS: What is a Gravel Grinder?
Tag: yorkshirereliabilityrides
Tag: reliabilityrides
Tag: granfondoguide
Jan 01 2017 - NEWS: Top 10 Toughest Gravel Grinders Out West
Jan 05 2017 - NEWS: Top 10 New Year Resolutions for Cyclists
Dec 31 2016 - NEWS: Top 10 Cycling Tips for the New Year
Jan 07 2017 - NEWS: What is a CX Sportive?
Dec 26 2016 - NEWS: 2017 North American Gran Fondo, Gravel and Century Rides Revealed
Dec 28 2016 - NEWS: 2017 UK Sportive, Gran Fondo and Adventure Cross Calendar Revealed
Dec 31 2016 - NEWS: Buyer's Guide to Smart Turbo Trainers for Zwift
Dec 31 2016 - NEWS: Indoor Smart Training and Zwift
Dec 08 2016 - NEWS: Tom Dumoulin puts out invite to join him on a training ride and accidentally creates Gran Fondo
Dec 08 2016 - NEWS: Strava: Which Country is the Quickest?
Jul 02 2016 - NEWS: Top 10 Italian Gran Fondos for 2017
Oct 08 2016 - NEWS: What is a Gran Fondo?
Sep 15 2016 - NEWS: The UCI Gives The Go Ahead For Disc Brakes To Be Used In Mass Cycling Events
Jun 30 2016 - NEWS: UCI wants to restart disc brake trials in June
Jun 25 2016 - NEWS: Disc Brakes not Banned from Canadian Amateur Events - But not Recommended
May 18 2016 - NEWS: Spains RFEC is the Second Governing Body to Ban the Use of Disc Brakes in Cycling Events
Mar 21 2016 - NEWS: 10 New Gran Fondos for 2016
Mar 08 2016 - NEWS: Mental Preparedness and Go-to Workouts For Indoor Riding
Jan 15 2016 - NEWS: Top 15 US Gran Fondos for 2016
Jan 04 2016 - NEWS: 11 Must-Ride US Gran Fondos for 2016
Jan 02 2016 - NEWS: Top 11 Canadian Gran Fondos for 2016
Dec 27 2015 - NEWS: Get Ready for the 2016 Gran Fondo Season!
Jan 03 2015 - NEWS: Top 11 US Gran Fondos for 2015
Jan 01 2015 - NEWS: Happy New Year to all our Followers!
Dec 22 2014 - NEWS: Industry Recognition for Gran Fondo Guide
Jan 01 2016 - NEWS: A guide to Gran Fondo events in North America, Europe and Beyond ...