White Rose Classic

July 02 2023
Ilkley, Yorkshire, UK
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Distances: 46, 84, 120 miles
Difficulty: Extreme terrain with frequent steep hills and long sustained climb
Limited to: 1000 Participants

Widely considered the Yorkshires premier cycling sportive, the White Rose Classic offers three routes catering for all abilities, all routes 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 amateur's alike. 

The Short Route, (Updated for 2023) is 46miles (74km) and takes in 3005ft/915m climbing. We've removed the Norwood Edge climb & the descent down Dibbles Bridge en-route to Grassington. This route will now descend Skyreholme and loop round to Hebden en-route to Grassington returning along the picturesque Wharfedale valley, riders then have the option to tackle a local climb up Langbar or bypass this back to the finish line.

The Challenge Route (84miles/135km and 6911ft/2106m) retains the Norwood edge climb & descent of Dibbles bridge en-route to Grassington.  The route the heads towards Littondale before baring right in Arncliffe towards 'Halton Gill Climb before heading towards Settle. From there, riders slog up the notorious Albert Hill climb and out of the Ribble Valley, returning via Wharfedale.

The epic Hawes Long Route (120miles/192km and 10,645ft/3245m!) is right up there with the hardest Dales routes. Whilst retaining the Norwood edge climb & descent of Dibbles bridge en-route to Grassington. It adds the infamous Fleet Moss climb on the way to Hawes and the misleadingly quaint-sounding Coal Road from Garsdale Head towards Dent. It then heads into 2 of the quietest dales: Deepdale and Kingsdale. It is a route which your head and legs will remember for years to come.

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

Start Located At: Nell Bank Centre, Denton Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0DE
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Event HQ opens from 6.30am

Registration is from 6.45am

 - Epic route start time is from 7.00am

    - Challenge route start time is from 7.45am

       - Short route start time is from 8.30am

Challenge & Short route riders can start sooner if they wish. All riders must have started by 9.00am (Start line closes at 9.00am)

Registration Fees

Standard Entry Fee: £42pp 

Current promotion - 5% discount off the the standard entry fee, use code: GIRO2023  (only via the White Rose Classic Website)

We also offer group discounts of 4 or more entries, group entries need to be made together to qualify for the £35 per person entry fee.

For group bookings please contact the event team directly at whiteroseclassic@icloud.com


Your entry fee includes:

 - Chip Timing

 - Free onsite car parking

 - Free event photos

 - Free post ride meal (Excludes a drink)

 - Up to 3 feed stops depending on route

 - First Aid Support across all routes

 - Start line mechanical support

 - Mechanical support at the 1st feed stop

 - Radio communications in areas with no mobile coverage

Feed stops have Torq energy gels, energy drinks, as well as cakes, pastries, homemade sandwiches, and other savoury and sweet snacks and fresh fruit. Our first feed stop also provides a local independent coffee provide for you to purchase your caffeine fix.

Prize / Race Categories

The event does not offer categories or prizes for 2023. 

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Changing Rooms
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Course Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
Post Ride Shower
Finish Line Chute
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry