Who are the Organisers?
British Cycling Yorkshire Region is the event Promoter with its Chairman Bob Howden the event Organiser. This is however very a much a team effort involving members of the Regional Board, their families and friends. We come together in force for two weekends in the season, the first time centres upon the Ryedale Grand Prix in June (to be held as the National Championships in 2012) and the second is for the Ryedale Rumble.
Why do we organise?
Most of us have been involved in organisation for many years and it’s probably fair to say it’s what we do. The event isn’t a commercial venture and as a “not for profit” organisation we’re not in it for the money. Any proceeds from our directly organised events go towards operating our Yorkshire Youth Squad that provides opportunities for our Young riders to compete and bond as a team.
For 2012 we have an added incentive from our partnership with Help for Heroes. Many families around the country have been directly affected by the sacrifices that our armed forces make and we are happy to provide a platform to help.
Why Ryedale and the North York Moors?
If you are asking this question then chances are you’ve never been here, as this is an area of contrasting scenery that’s hard to equal. From the rolling hills and stately homes of Ryedale to the North York Moors with its breath catching beauty. It’s really too much to take in one visit and for all the Organisational team who are drawn from the more Southerly parts of Yorkshire it’s a magnet for us too. If you want to make a weekend of your visit then why not contact the Tourist Information Centre in Malton who will take care of your bookings and don’t worry they are well aware of cyclist’s needs as they also provide support for riders and officials to the Ryedale Grand Prix Premier Calendar Race. Click here to email
Ampleforth Abbey and College is an impressive target as you reach the end of your ride. It fills the horizon with its architecture and extensive grounds. In itself it hosts the largest community of Benedictine Monks in the country as well as one of the country’s foremost educational establishments. For our needs it has long been an ideal venue for our Ryedale Cycling Events. Add in the friendly and helpful staff at the St Alban Sports Centre and we really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. In recent years our association has helped to establish the Ampleforth Cycling Club that has achieved British Cycling’s Go-ride status. It also sees off duty staff members working as volunteers on the event providing support for us in vital areas, using their local knowledge.
The Abbey Tea Rooms and Gift Shop provide excellent venues for friends and families of riders to pass some of their day, before heading off to offer support on the Moorland climbs. For more information about the venue please visit their website by clicking here