The Aye Up Yorkshire Sportive will start from the well-equipped and convenient Thirsk Racecourse. There are 3 routes available - Epic 91, Standard 55 and Short 31.
The route starts with an easy rolling warm-up across open Moors which will prepare you for the first challenge of the day, the climb to the White Horse at Kilburn. Thomas Taylor commissioned the epic ‘White Horse’ which has become a National icon. Heading north past Roulston Scar and along Sutton Bank the route offers spectacular views to the west over Thirsk.
At Boltby Scar the short course turn for home whilst the standard and epic routes continue east for more stunning views, quiet roads and history at the ancient Rievaulx Abbey in the Rye Valley. The climb to Rievaulx Moor see's the epic route continue north along Newgate Bank up to Cross Holme, Cold Moor and Hasty Bank before descending through the trees to the rather picturesque Stokesley – the Mill here was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086.
A short respite from the hilly moorland terrain will allow you to recover before hauling up the epic Shepherd Hill onto Osmotherley Moor which feels remote - it’s a proper adventure now! Heading east under the watchful gaze of the Whitestones atop Black Hambleton you will descend Hawnby Moor crossing rivers and passing grand manor houses and castles as you head back to Thirsk. At the finish you will receive your well-earned finishers medal, T shirt and Free Powerbar Recovery Bar. You can enjoy refreshments, bike wash facilities and massages whilst you reflect on what will have been a big day out!
Please Note: Children under 16 must ride with paying adult, valid ID is required.