Sun 4 Jun 2023 York, North Yorkshire, UK

RIDE Vyking | Classic

Marking 70 years of Action Medical Research, the Classic Route takes riders into Nidderdale AONB with its rolling dales and friendly villages. Earn your medal conquering the challenging Classic route!

  • Sun 4 Jun 2023
Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, York




Age 16 & over

  • 70 miles road cycling


Go head to head with the challenging terrain of North Yorkshire. Three invigorating cycle challenges, ranging from 41 miles to 100 miles exploring the region's beautiful scenery and famed cycling climbs. Fully supported, with feed stations, medical assistance, mechanical support and even motorcycle outriders to ensure a premium feel, with every turn of the pedals. 

Starting and finishing at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, all routes enjoy the flat terrain around Boroughbridge to commence the ride, before the three distances part ways, the Cool Route passing Fountains Abbey, with the longer Classic and Champion routes diving into the Yorkshire hills, to take on some of the fine cycling roads of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


  • Vykings assemble

    The newest ride of Action's popular, annual RIDE Series.

  • Tour de Yorkshire legacy

    Fountains Abbey UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nidderdale AONB and Trapping Hill feature.

  • Complete day out

    Enjoy a great day in the saddle with first-class support throughout and the 'pro' feel of motorcycle outriders.

  • All levels of cyclist

    Short, medium and long rides cater to a wide range of abilities. 

  • No fundraising target

    Easy entry online with no sponsorship minimum - simply raise as much as you can.

  • Support Action Medical Research

    Ride to raise awareness and funds to help sick and disabled babies and children.

This event is part of RIDE Vyking.

  • All fitness levels
  • Families
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams

Start times

  • 07:00-08:00 | Champion Route starts
  • 08:00-08:45 | Classic Route starts
  • 08:45-09:15 | Cool Route starts
  • 18:00 | Cut off time for finishers

E-bikes welcome

This is a traditional road sportive; the most suitable bike would be a drop handle road bike, although hybrids and e-bikes are perfectly suitable also.

  • Cafe
  • Changing facilities
  • Free parking
  • Park
  • Rural
  • Showers
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate
Thorpe Underwood Estate
North Yorkshire
YO26 9SS

Queen Ethelburga's College

With York only a short trip away, the inviting proposition to explore this historic city beckons. A wonderfully vibrant yet compact centre, there are heaps of options to explore on the Saturday before your ride, from the renowned Yorvik Museum to sightseeing around the many iconic sights. York is also the perfect tonic post-ride, with lively pubs and bars, a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and a superb selection of eateries to help you retrieve some of those lost calories!

  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Hilly
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • Toilets
  • Water stations
  • Wave start
  • Way markers

The Classic Route marks Action Medical Research's 70th birthday and passes the historic market town of Ripon and the National Trust's impressive Brimham Rocks before powering through Pateley Bridge and up Greenhow Hill, one of Britain's greatest cycle climbs.


  • Public transport links

  • Chip timing
  • Medal

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising support

Ride for a reason

All events in the RIDE Series are organised and run by children’s charity, Action Medical Research. By taking part in an event, not only will you have a great time with first-class support throughout the day, but you’ll also be helping to raise vital funds to help sick and disabled babies and children.

There is no sponsorship target; you are simply encouraged to raise or donate as much as you can.

  • Age 16 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online

16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Entry fees


Entry fee


Great organisation and thoroughly enjoyed the route. I will definitely enter a future sportive!

As a Yorkshire rider myself I am developing an exciting new route for RIDE Vyking, one which I think you'll love even more and will prove to be popular amongst the Yorkshire community. There will still be lots of incredible views and climbs to remember!

Brilliant organisation, superb signage along the well thought out and beautiful route. The volunteers deserve lots of praise because without their help, cakes, jelly babies and other essential food we would not have got round. Many many thanks.

Great organisation and thoroughly enjoyed the route. Will definitely enter a future sportive!

Thank you for a very well-organised event. The signage was excellent and the route fabulous. The rest stations were so welcoming and well-stocked with ample food and drink to fuel us, and even the offer of a hot drink - it was like waiter service! I will definitely look to do this event again. Thank you to all involved.

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Age 16 & over

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