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Yorkshire Reliability Rides 2022 - New 10th Event!

What was the Notorious Nine has now become the Terrible Ten Yorkshire Reliability Ride Series 2022, as Tadcaster CC add tenth event to the calendar. 

Yorkshire reliability rides 2022

Enter Event 2: Seacroft Wheelers, 23rd Jan, Squires Cafe Bar

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 ten 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

2022 Yorkshire Reliability Ride Dates & Routes:

All rides require riders to sign on and pay a small entry fee. Some clubs may offer entry online, which will become available below shortly. Entries on the day are still possible but riders are encouraged to bring exact change (£5). No entry, no ride!

Ride 1: Struggle Reliability Ride

Date: 16th January 2022
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 (85km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38270529
Route (55km):
Organiser: Matt Mannakee, 07748 632348, hq@ridethestruggle.com, 


Ride 2: Seacroft Wheelers

Date: 23rd January 2022
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
Long Route (85km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38333075
Short Route (55km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38333137
Organiser: Ian Hirst, Seacroft Wheelers, 07980 407134 www.seacroftwheelers.co.uk

Ride 3: Harrogate Nova CC

Date: 30th January 2022
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: Prologue, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA
Finish Place: Prologue, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA
Route (80km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38329421
Organiser: Mark Morris, 07545741491, Harrogate Nova, www.harrogatenova.cc

Ride 4: The Otley One 

Date: 6th February 2022
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
Long Route (100km):
Short Route (50 km):
Organiser: Steve Moncur, Otley CC

Ride 5: Airedale Olympic

Date: 13th February 2022
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
Long Route (70km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17780091
Short Route (49km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29059121
Organiser: Hamish Robertshaw, Airedale Olympicwww.airedaleolympic.co.uk


Ride 6: The Alex Warburton Memorial Ride – Alba Rosa 

Date: 20th February 2022
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Finish Place: The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Long Route (88km):
Short Route (62km):
Organiser: Phil Makinson, 07795670523, philip.makinson@gmail.com,

Ride 7: Tadcaster CC 

Date: 27th February 2022
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: Tadcaster Sports & Social Club
Finish Place: Tadcaster Sports & Social Club
Long Route (110km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38115131
Short Route (80km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38115109
Organiser: Michael Harrison, 07539681622, hello@tadcasrer.cc

Ride 8: Prologue Café Bash

Date: 6th March 2022
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, 01423503000, prologuecycling.co.uk

Ride 9: Moonglu

Date: 13th March 2022
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/32047685
Organiser: Roger Clarke, www.moonglucc.club

Ride 10: Leeds Mercury 

Date: 20th March 2022
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, 07958760750, leedsmercurycc.blogspot.co.uk

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