Team Chevin Cycles

Reliability Rides – what to expect…

The reliability ride is traditionally 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 they are also used by competitive cyclists for training ahead of the racing season.

The objective is to complete the prescribed route within a given time. The route is not signposted but a basic route map or description may be provided (along with a GPS file these days).

The ride is not a race. Like a normal cycling club ride, it takes place on open roads and without marshals etc. It is imperative that participants ride responsibly and in accordance with the Highway Code.

In comparison to sportives, reliability rides are low key and aimed at local club cyclists or riders interested in joining a club. There are no feedstations, timing chips or souvenir t-shirts etc, although refreshments are available following the ride.

For further information on reliability rides, see the British Cycling website:

Sunday 31st January - Seacroft Wheelers

Signing On and Start: 08.30 – 09.30
Start Location: Squires Café Bar 5 miles west of Sherburn-in -Elmet on B1222. Car park, refreshments and toilets available.
Finish Location: Squires Café Bar
Route 80km: Micklefield - Towton - Tadcaster - Wetherby - Sicklinghall - Harewood Bridge - Weardley - Alwoodley - Shadwell - Thorner - Aberford - Sherburn
Route 50km: 09.45 Micklefield - Towton - Stutton - Bramham - Thorner - Aberford - Sherburn
Organiser: Antony Brumby 07772 080051

Sunday 7th February - Harrogate Nova

Signing On and Start: 09:30
Start Location: Rigton Railway Crossing - just off A658.
Finish Location: Norwood Village Hall – refreshments available
Route: Wetherby-Boroughbridge-Ripon-Fountains Abbey-Ripley-Killinghall-Pennypot Lane
Organiser: Vaughan Caswell Tel. No. 01423 507603. Email: Club website:

Sunday 14th February - Airedale Olympic

Signing On and Start: 09:30
Start Location: B6161 (Near Leathley Bridge – approx. ½ mile from A658 junction).
Finish Location: Holy Trinity Church Hall, Knaresborough
Route: NEW ROUTE Farnley - Norwood - Summerbridge - Burnt Yates - Kirkby Malzeard - Ripon – Bishop Monkton – Knaresborough
Organiser: Hamish Robertshaw

Sunday 21st February - The Otley One

Signing On and Start: 09:30
Start Location: Buttercross (Market Place), Otley
Finish Location: Otley CC Clubroom
Route 100km: A65-Ilkley-Addingham-Bolton Abbey- Barden Tower -Appletreewick-Grassington-Kettlewell-Kilnsey-Threshfield-Burnsall-Barden-Bolton Bridge -Addingham-Ilkley-Askwith
Route 50km: Start 09.45 As above to Barden Bridge (cross river) - Cavendish Cafe-Bolton Abbey-Ilkley-Askwith
Organiser: Ian Cullen 07929 004887

In memory of our friend Craig Armitage there will be collection buckets at registration and at the café clubrooms afterwards. With all money going to the road safety charity Brake (

Sunday 28th February - The Alex Warburton Memorial Ride – Alba Rosa

Signing On and Start: 09:30
Start Location: The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Finish Location: The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Route 100km: Bramhope-Alwoodley-Scholes-Barwick-Aberford-Saxton-Church Fenton-Ryther-Ulleskelf-Bramham-Collingham-Kirkby Overblow-Arthington-Creskeld Lane
Organiser: James Sutherland 07734 289884

Sunday 6th March - Leeds Mercury

Signing On and Start: 09:30
Start Location: Buttercross (Market Place), Otley
Finish Location: Otley CC Clubroom
Route: Otley, Pool, Arthington, Harewood bridge, A61, Kirby Overblow, Sickinghall, Wetherby, B1224, left at X roads to cattal bridge, left to old A1. Up to Boro B, left to Knaresboro A6055, right to Ripley B6165, left to Killinghall, over the A59 to Pennypot lane, left at the end to grovel over Norwood edge and down via Farnley to Otley
Organiser: Kevin Stuart 07958 760 750

Sunday 13th March - Prologue Café Bash

Signing On and Start: 09:30
Start Location:Prologue Café, Harrogate
Finish Location: Prologue Café, Harrogate
Route: Prologue-Pennypot-Darley-Dacre-Summerbridge-Blazefield-Risplith-Ripon-Skelton-Borobridge-Minskip-Staverley-Farnham-Scotton-Ripley-Killinghall-Harrogate-Prologue
Organiser: Matt Mannakee