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White Rose Classic

White Rose Classic

June 24 2018
Ilkley, Yorkshire, UK

Widely considered the premier Yorkshire road cycling sportive, the White Rose Classic offers three challenging routes which will take you into the heart of the stunning Yorkshire Dales. You will take in some of the iconic climbs which have made the Yorkshire Dales a cycling mecca for professional (2014 Tour de France, 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, 2019 World Championships) and amatuers alike. All routes start and end in Ilkley and none are to be taken lightly!

The Grassington 50 Short Route (50miles/80km and 4165ft/1270m climbing) takes in the Norwood Edge climb en-route to Grassington, returning along the picturesque Wharfedale valley, and the challenging Langbar climb a few short miles from the finish.

The Settle 84 Medium Route (84miles/136km and 6835ft/2085m) continues on from the Grassington feed station.  The Route heads up quiet Littondale to Halton Gill before turning west toward Settle. From there, riders slog up the notorious Albert Hill climb and out of the Ribble Valley, returning via Wharfedale.

The epic, Hawes 114 Long Route (114miles/183km and 9340ft/2850m!) is right up there with the hardest Dales routes. It adds the infamous Fleet Moss on the way to Hawes and the misleadingly quaint-sounding Coal Road from Garsdale Head towards Dent. It is a route which your head and legs will remember for years to come.

Optional group rides leaving from the Start area at even intervals let you ride with friends, old and newly-made, in a supportive environment, helping you achieve what you only dreamed of before.

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The tough final climb of Langbar at the White Rose Classic Sportive

Routes: 50, 84, 114 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: E - Extreme terrain with frequent steep hills and long sustained climb
Entry Limit: 1000
Start Times / Itinerary

Hawes 114 Long Route – start between 06:30 and 08:00

Settle 84 Medium Route – start from 7:30 to 9:00

Grassington 50 Short Route – start between 8:30 and 10:00

Feedstations location and hours:

- Grassington (All Routes):    07:45 – 13:00

- Hawes (Long Route): 10:30 – 13:15

- Airton (Medium and Long Route): 11:00 – 16:00

- Ribblehead Splash & Dash – energy drinks & water only (Long Route only) 11:30-14:30

Timing points:

- Grassington Feedstation (all routes)

- Hawes Feedstation (Long Route only)

- Airton Feedstation (Long and Medium Route)

- Langbar (all routes)


Registration is online, in advance. £34 by credit card on the British Cycling site.  Limited on-the-day registration if space available.

What's Included?

Entry fee includes timing, with splits, amply-stocked feed stations with cakes, homemade sandwiches, energy drinks, gels, mechanical support, a hearty, after-ride meal, a unique event momento, and priceless views of the Yorkshire Dales!

Packet Pickups

At Event Headquarters, Ilkley Rugby Club, on event day, June 24, 2018, starting at 06:00.

Prize / Race Categories

Timing standards, including separate female standards.


- Long Route: Gold: 7:15hrs, Silver: 8:30hrs, Bronze: finishing

- Medium Route: Gold: 5:45hrs, Silver: 6:45hrs, Bronze: finishing

- Short Route: Gold: 3:30hrs, Silver 4:00hrs, Bronze: finishing


- Long Route: Gold: 8:20hrs, Silver: 9:45hrs, Bronze: finishing

- Medium Route: Gold: 6:35hrs, Silver: 7:45hrs, Bronze: finishing

- Short Route: Gold: 4:15hrs, Silver 4:45hrs, Bronze: finishing

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Registration/Entry On the Day
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
Escort / Police Escort
Roving Mechanical Support
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Electronic Start/Finish Hill Timing
Strava KOM
Strava QOM
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
Free Training Rides
Post Ride Shower
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
Two Hill Climbs
Three Hill Climbs
Four Hill Climbs
Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders
Start Address: Ilkley Rugby Club, Denton Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0BZ
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Jun 24 2018 - EVENT: White Rose Classic