Yorkshire Reliability Rides 2020

New 9th Event Added to the Series!

What was the Hateful Eight has now become the Notorious Nine Yorkshire Reliability Ride Series 2020, as Moonglu add ninth event to the calendar. 

The 2020 Reliability Ride season kicks off with Struggle Events on 19th January 2020, providing winter motivation for nine consecutive Sundays. Check out all the Yorkshire Reliability Ride 2020 dates and download the routes below...

Yorkshire Reliability Ride 2020 Series

What is a Reliability Ride?

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

A Reliability Ride is not exclusive to Yorkshire. Nationwide, a Reli Ride is a long-standing winter tradition. It's 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 Reliability Rides are also used by competitive cyclists for training ahead of the racing season.

What happens on a Reliability Ride?

Reliability rides are for all abilities. Some Reliability Rides will set riders off in groups of average speed varying from 20mph to 12mph with the fastest riders leaving first. Others have no organised start, with riders setting off when they choose and riding with whomever they choose.

Traditionally the route is not signposted but a basic route map or description may be provided. Nowadays GPS files are available and you'll find all the Yorkshire series routes below. 

Riders then enjoy bike-riding banter over coffee and cake at the finish point. A Reliability Ride is a great way to meet and ride with new cyclists from different groups and clubs or to test your fitness against old rivals. 

Important info 

The event is not a race. It is run on public open roads without marshals or signposts and riders must abide by the Highway Code. There are no feed stations, timing chips or souvenir t-shirts etc. Riders are responsible for their own safety and must ride in a manner that is safe for themselves, other riders and road users. 

Under 16/18: Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All under 18s must provide a consent form completed by their parent or guardian. Download the consent form here

2020 Yorkshire Reliability Ride Dates & Routes:

All rides require riders to sign on and pay £4 in cash. Riders are encouraged to bring exact change.

Ride 1: Struggle Reliability Ride

Date: 19th January 2020
Start Time: 09.30am. Sign on from 9am.
Start Place: Prologue, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA
Finish Place: Prologue, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA
Route (90km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31716750
Route (55km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17783636
Organiser: Matt Mannakee, Struggle Events, 07748 632348, hq@ridethestruggle.com, www.ridethestruggle.com

Ride 2: Seacroft Wheelers

Date: 26th January 2020
Start Time: 08.30am – 09.30am
Start Place: Squires Café Bar  5 miles west of Sherburn-in -Elmet on B1222. Car park, refreshments and toilets available.
Finish Place: Squires Café Bar
Route (80km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26559806
Route (50km): Micklefield - Towton - Stutton - Bramham - Thorner - Aberford - Sherburn
Organiser: Antony Brumby, Seacroft Wheelers, 07772 080051, www.seacroftwheelers.co.uk

Ride 3: Harrogate Nova CC

Date: 2nd February 2020
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: Rigton Railway Crossing - just off A658.
Finish Place: Norwood Village Hall – refreshments available
Route (80km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29128983
Organiser: Mark Morris, 07545 741491, Harrogate Nova, www.harrogatenova.cc

Ride 4: Airedale Olympic

Date: 9th February 2020
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: B6161 Lay-by (Near Leathley Bridge – approx. ½ mile from A658 junction).
Finish Place: Holy Trinity Church Hall, Knaresborough
Route (70km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17780091
Route (49km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29059121
Organiser: Hamish Robertshaw, Airedale Olympic, 07796 272123, www.airedaleolympic.co.uk  

Ride 5: The Otley One

Date: 16th February 2020
Start Time: Long route starts 09.30am. Short route starts 09.45am. Sign on from 08:45am
Start Place: Buttercross (Market Place), Otley
Finish Place: Otley CC Clubroom
Route (100km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18123386
Route (50 km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18123623
Organiser: Steve Moncur, Otley CC

Ride 6: The Alex Warburton Memorial Ride – Alba Rosa

Date: 23rd February 2020
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Finish Place: The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Route (90 km):  https://www.strava.com/routes/11885408
Route (60km): https://www.strava.com/routes/23300285
Organiser: Phil Makinson, 07795 670523, philip.makinson@gmail.comwww.albarosacc.com

Ride 7: Leeds Mercury 

Date: 1st March 2020
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: Buttercross (Market Place), Otley
Finish Place: Otley CC Clubroom
Route (90 km): https://www.strava.com/routes/1331818
Organiser: Kevin Stuart, 07958 760 750, leedsmercurycc.blogspot.co.uk

Ride 8: Prologue Café Bash

Date: 8th March 2020
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: Prologue Café, Harrogate
Finish Place: Prologue Café, Harrogate
Route (90 km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18936098
Organiser: John Reid, 01423 503 000, prologuecycling.co.uk

Ride 9: Moonglu

Date: 15th March 2020
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: The Storehouse Ripon, opposite Moonglu Shop
Finish Place: The Storehouse Ripon, opposite Moonglu Shop
Route (80 km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30518846
Organiser: Roger Clarke, www.moonglucc.club

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  • Album of the Struggle Reliability 2019. Feel free to download & re-use. & yes, I missed the leaders on their return to Harrogate.

    • Jerry Watson
  • Album of the Prologue Reliability Ride:

    • Jerry Watson
  • Album of Seacroft Wheelers ride: https://photos.app.goo.gl/weODx23hwOZdNdkY2

    • Jerry Watson