York Rally

tom73

Veteran
Location
Yorkshire
We had a great time such a welcoming event. lovely group ride out on Saturday a 1st for me think I've got my head around all the signals :wacko:.
I did learn a few thing's don't get behind the one with the really squeaking disc brakes , is that clicking, squeak coming from my bike bike or one round me. Hill's let you pass others without making it look like you really need to make a break from one or two pains in the neck. :whistle:

Almost bagged bike or two on the Sunday along the way too. Oh well maybe next year on the whole a well ran event and a big heads up to all involved.
See you next year :okay:
 

bikepete

Veteran
Location
York, UK
2020 dates confirmed and campsite bookings open!

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Pale Rider

Legendary Member
..signed up for camping 2020, going down Thursday night to help out on Friday, maybe see you in the arrival tent or when I'm directing traffic
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Blimey, do they get traffic now?

One of the pleasures of my visit was plenty of room to park, no jams, and plenty of room to move about on site.
 
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currystomper

currystomper

Veteran
Location
Fife
Hi 😲 - that's the camping traffic arriving on Friday evening, it can get quite busy, but like you say plenty of room and it flows well!
 
Location
London
never been - though often thought of it.
Anyone care to outline its attractions?

I suppose I may have a buried fear that it will be a bit full-on/too much on the nerdy bike talk front.
 

Pale Rider

Legendary Member
never been - though often thought of it.
Anyone care to outline its attractions?

I suppose I may have a buried fear that it will be a bit full-on/too much on the nerdy bike talk front.
I went for the day a few years ago, which was one of the first rallies after a hiatus.

There was a large number of beards and sandals, but the patter I had with various people wasn't excessively nerdy.

I took part in a short organised/led ride - down the planets track to Selby.

A village hall was opened specially for our lunch - proceeds to the church roof fund - which I thought was a nice touch, and more than I was expecting.

Lots of longer organised rides on offer, the patch is fairly flat so there's no need to be too scared of mileage.

There's also some short evening/pub rides, aimed at giving those camping something to do.

A few stalls to see on the field, bike jumble, clothing, and other retailers.

Not much in the way of complete bikes, although there seemed to be a focus on trikes and quads.

The stuff on the field wouldn't take longer than an hour or two to look at, so to make the most of a visit I reckon you'd need to do one or more of the organised rides, particularly if you were stopping overnight.
 
Location
London
Thanks @Pale Rider - I do actually have a pair of shimano sandals, though not yet used. Might be able to manage a beard by June.
May well pop along for a day or so with a tent if wandering in northern parts.
 

iluvmybike

Über Member
I went a few years ago - I felt it was something I 'ought to do' in my cycling lifetime especially as I'm now getting on a bit! We camped. It wasn't the best of experiences I must admit not helped by poor weather. The stalls were mostly commercial outfits just trying to get rid of all their end of line stuff. The cycle jumble was of interest but we couldn't get near it. We didn't find it very friendly - unlike other cyclists gatherings we have been too. We went on one of the 'guided' rides on the Saturday. Despite being advertised as 'easy paced' they went off like a train and if you stopped to take photos along the nicely scenic route you got left behind. Indeed on the return leg we did get totally left behind and had to find our own way back to the Knavesmire along with a few others.
 

Kingfisher101

Senior Member
I once went on a ride through this and it was really good and there was some really nice people as well.
The actual event though is pretty poor I thought. It all little kids riding round in circles and knackered old kit etc.
 
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currystomper

currystomper

Veteran
Location
Fife
I enjoyed the Audax ride, the camping, the food and beer. I volunteered at the event, which help to break the ice as I was on my own. It certainly not the place to go to see the latest two wheel gear excepting the trike stall.
 

rogerzilla

Legendary Member
The thing that puts me off is the 200 mile schlep to York. It may be near the centre of the UK but the centre of population is near Hinckley, about 100 miles south! York is not convenient for many people.
 

gom

Senior Member
Location
Gloucestershire
The actual event though is pretty poor I thought. It all little kids riding round in circles and knackered old kit etc.
For me this is part of its charm. If I want equipement porn I watch GCN.

The thing that puts me off is the 200 mile schlep to York.
But for many people closer than B'ham or London where all too much seems to happen. I enjoyed the cycle from/to Manchester on several occaisions.
And, of course, York is somewhere to go to for pleasure, even without a bike event.
 
Location
London
The thing that puts me off is the 200 mile schlep to York. It may be near the centre of the UK but the centre of population is near Hinckley, about 100 miles south! York is not convenient for many people.
see it as a bike ride - or you can train it part way with the bike. Lots of nice rides to York.

And the Romans and Vikings managed to get to York OK - without bikes.
 
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