Sun 30 Jun 2024 Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK Entries closed

White Rose Classic | The Challenge

Yorkshires must-do sportive in the Yorkshire Dales! Another epic adventure of the 'White Rose Classic' in the cycle mecca that is Yorkshire (Gods Own Country).

  • Sun 30 Jun 2024
  • Entries closed
Nell Bank Centre, Ilkley

The Challenge



Age 18 & over

  • 84.1 miles road cycling + 7119 ft ascent


All routes take you in to the stunning Yorkshire Dales where you’ll be riding on some of the roads and tackling some of the climbs made famous by the pro peloton during the 2014 edition of the Tour de France with Stage 1 from Leeds to Harrogate.

This led to the creation of the Tour de Yorkshire which ran until 2019, in 2018 Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire featured a decisive uphill finish on the famous Cow and Calf in Ilkley, the hometown of the White Rose Classic. In 2019 the UCI World Championships were held in Harrogate where the Women’s elite race tackled the Norwood Edge climb out of Otley.

There are 3 routes that cater for various levels of experience, ranging from 46 miles to 120 miles that will take you in to the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Choose the route that matches your experience and goals, each one of them features the opportunity to enjoy magnificent Yorkshire Dales scenery.

Whichever route you choose you will experience our Yorkshire-style hospitality from the start line, at the feed stops and at the finish line. Each of the three feed stations features homemade sandwiches and other culinary treats. The team does everything they can to make sure you have the energy you will need to keep you going all the way to the finish line back in Ilkley.

This event is part of White Rose Classic.

Event details

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Free venue entry
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams


  • Bar
  • Changing facilities
  • Free parking
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Urban


  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Hilly
  • Marshals
  • Navigation required
  • Out and back
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Undulating
  • Water stations
  • Wave start


  • Carbon neutral
  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy
  • Trees not tees

What's included

  • Chip timing
  • Eco medal
  • Map
  • Race photo


  • Age 18 & over
  • 350 places
  • Enter online

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Age 18 & over

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