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AOCC RIDES

Airedale Olympic Cycling Club offers a range of rides to suit all abilities and lifestyles. Rides start from Rawdon or Lawnswood and go to a wide range of destinations near and far usually involving a cafe stop. Rides are planned to travel at a speed suited to that particular ride or group. Find out more below.

Regular Ride List

What should I expect on a club ride?

You should expect a safe and enjoyable group ride. To help achieve this, please bear the following in mind:

  • Ensure that your bicycle is roadworthy, with brakes, gears and tyres in good condition.
  • Bring with you a pump, spare inner tube and multi-tool.
  • Wear clothing appropriate to the weather.
  • Fit mudguards during wet weather and winter months.
  • Bring water, snacks and money for the cafe.
  • Bring emergency contact details with you.

To increase enjoyment and efficiency we ride as a group. To help achieve this, please bear the following in mind:

  • Listen to the ride leader briefing ahead of the ride.
  • Ensure that you are comfortable with the ride distance, route and intended speed.
  • Ride according to the Highway Code and be courteous to all other road users.
  • Ride in close formation, no more than two-abreast, and go single-file when road/traffic requires.
  • Ride at a steady speed which can be sustained by all group members.
  • Re-group at the top of hills or following splits at junctions etc.
  • Communicate with the group to point out road hazards and any issues.

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TypeDayLocationDestinationRouteTime
Beginners / Easy RideSaturdayMicklefield House, New Rd Side, Rawdon LS19 6DFBuffers Cafe30 miles9:30am
AIR - Airedale Intermediate RideSaturday & SundayMicklefield House, New Rd Side, Rawdon LS19 6DFSee Facebook for details50-80 miles9:00am
SRAN - Saturday Ride At NineSaturdayMicklefield House, New Rd Side, Rawdon LS19 6DFSee Facebook for details50-80 miles9:00am
Sunday Club RunSundayMicklefield House, New Rd Side, Rawdon LS19 6DFSee Facebook for details50-100 miles9:00 or 9:30am
Evening RideWednesdayLawnswood Cemetery (JE Spence Car Park) LS16 8AASee Facebook for details20-40 miles6:30pm
Airedale Olympic Reliability Ride
Date10th February 2019
Start Time9:30am
Start PlaceLeathley Lane lay-by (B6161), near Pool-in-Wharfedale
Finish PlaceHoly Trinity Church Hall, Knaresborough
Routes49km Short Route - Click Here

70km Long Route - Click Here
CostEntry fee £4 payable in cash at the start
DetailsClick Here for additional notes on the routes & ride

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 and the guidance of the 95 Alive initiative – click here to view document.

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 feed stations, timing chips or souvenir t-shirts etc, although refreshments are available following the ride. Route cards and maps will be available at the start.

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

British Cycling – Get into cycling, road reliability trials

The Hateful Eight – Yorkshire’s Reliability Rides 2019

What is a Reliability Ride?

The Yorkshire Reliability Rides are a long-established highlight of the counties cycling calendar. Originally set up as Ron’s Reliable Five, the series has expanded to eight events including The Struggle’s ride on 21st January.

A Reliability Ride is not exclusive to Yorkshire. Nationwide, a Reliability 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 they 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 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.

There are no feed stations, timing chips or souvenir t-shirts etc. The ride is not a race. It takes place on open roads without marshals. It is imperative that participants ride responsibly and in accordance with the Highway Code.

Yorkshire reliability ride dates and routes

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

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Ride 1: Struggle Reliability Ride

Date20th January 2019
Start Time9:30am
Start PlacePrologue, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA
Finish PlacePrologue, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA
Route82km Route - Click Here
OrganiserMatt Mannakee, Struggle Events, 07748 632348, HQ@RIDETHESTRUGGLE.COM, www.ridethestruggle.com

Ride 2: Seacroft Wheelers

Date27th January 2019
Start Time08.30am – 09.30am
Start PlaceSquires Café Bar 5 miles west of Sherburn-in-Elmet on B1222
Finish PlaceSquires Café Bar 5 miles west of Sherburn-in-Elmet on B1222
Route81km Route - Click Here
OrganiserAntony Brumby, Seacroft Wheelers, 07772 080051, www.seacroftwheelers.co.uk

Ride 3: Harrogate Nova CC

Date3rd February 2019
Start Time9:30am
Start PlaceRigton Railway Crossing - just off A658.
Finish PlaceNorwood Village Hall – refreshments available
Route85km Route - Click Here
OrganiserVaughan Caswell, 01423 507603, Harrogate Nova, www.harrogatenova.cc

Ride 4: Airedale Olympic

Date10th February 2019
Start Time9:30am
Start PlaceB6161 Lay-by (Near Leathley Bridge – approx. ½ mile from A658 junction).
Finish PlaceHoly Trinity Church Hall, Knaresborough
Routes49km Short Route - Click Here

70km Long Route - Click Here
OrganiserHamish Robertshaw, Airedale Olympic, 07796 272123, www.airedaleolympic.co.uk

Ride 5: The Otley One

Date17th February 2019
Start TimeSign on from 08:45am

Long route starts 09.30am

Short route starts 09.45am
Start PlaceButtercross (Market Place), Otley
Finish PlaceOtley CC Clubroom
Routes50km Short Route - Click Here

100km Long Route - Click Here
OrganiserOtley CC

Ride 6: The Alex Warburton Memorial Ride

Date24th February 2019
Start Time09.30am
Start PlaceThe Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Finish PlaceThe Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Route88km Route - Click Here
OrganiserPhil Makinson, Alba Rosa, 07795670523, www.albarosacc.com

Ride 7: Leeds Mercury

Date3rd March 2019
Start Time09.30am
Start PlaceButtercross (Market Place), Otley
Finish PlaceOtley CC Clubroom
Route93km Route - Click Here
OrganiserKevin Stuart, 07958 760 750, leedsmercurycc.blogspot.co.uk

Ride 8: Prologue Cafe Bash

Date10th March 2019
Start Time09.30am
Start PlacePrologue Café, Harrogate
Finish PlacePrologue Café, Harrogate
Route90km Route - Click Here
OrganiserJohn Reid, 01423 503 000, prologuecycling.co.uk
Sunday Rides

Traditionally the main weekly ride of the cycling club: long summer days in the saddle, shorter winter warmers and everything in between.  The pace is steady and sociable, and the destination is always a café.

Whilst a calendar of destinations is planned in advance, both this and the route are confirmed on the day to suit the weather conditions and other requirements.  Sunday club rides also sample roads further afield through ‘park and rides’.

Everyone is welcome on the Sunday club run although the distances may be a little long for beginners.  If in doubt speak to Julia, Rob or an experienced rider beforehand.

Each Sunday Ride is now advertised in advance via the club Facebook page.

AOCC MEMBERSHIP

Airedale Olympic Cycling Club welcomes novice and experienced cyclists to become members of the club. Find out about trying a club ride and how to join here.

Come & Try

The Club encourages prospective new members to come and try a ride or two before joining. Please arrange this by contacting the club in advance via our contact page

Most prospective members will join the Saturday ride starting at 09.30 from Micklefield Park, Rawdon to Bolton Abbey (cafe) and back, where the route can be tailored to suit your ability. Experienced cyclists may trial club rides of greater distance/speed to suit.

Beginners / easy ride

Ideal for prospective new members, cyclists new to group riding or those just wanting a local, sociable cafe ride. Steady pace along a route that may include or exclude hills to suit all participants.

  • Saturday morning (09.30-12.30 approx.)
  • Meet at Micklefield Park, Rawdon
  • Destination Bolton Abbey
  • Distance 30 miles approx. [TBC]
  • Typical speed [TBC]

Become a member

Joining the Club is easy and comes with a range of benefits

Membership is open to anyone aged [16 TBC] or over and costs just £10 per year (or part of) and is renewable in October. Unfortunately the Club does not offer junior membership at present.

First year membership comes with a £10 discount from your purchase of a Club jersey.

New members are encouraged to join the Club via the British Cycling website, although can join offline by contacting the Club’s Membership Secretary.

  • Group rides of different distances, destinations, hills and speed. Click Here!
  • Social riding
  • Competitive riding and races
  • Improved fitness and riding skill
  • Social events
  • Cycling holidays
  • Club kit available to buy here.
  • Discount at local bike shops
  • Volunteering opportunities in cycling events

British Cycling / Cycling UK

All Club members are strongly encouraged to be a member of either British Cycling or Cycling UK as such membership provides you with liability insurance and a range of other benefits. See British Cycling and Cycling UK websites for details.

Please note – Club members who are not members of British Cycling or Cycling UK, and non-members who have already taken part in two club rides will not benefit from any liability insurance.