Daffodils Sportive

Velo29 Events

Daffodils Sportive
Medium Route

16 March 2024

HQ Thirsk School, Topcliffe Rd, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1RZ


Distance: 119.5km
Elevation: 1,347m
Ride Time: 5 – 8hrs
Start: 08:00 – 08:30
Price: £32.50

In the week before the event from 10am Tuesday until 18:00 Thursday we need you to complete a Pre-Event Questionnaire and book a time slot. ESSENTIAL please.

Please collect rider packs from the HQ on your way to the start line.


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Entries close on Sunday night 1 week before the event.

For any questions relating to Pre-Event Questionnaire or Time Slot Booking email depart@velo29.com

At 72 miles and nearly 5,000ft of climbing the Daffodils medium route is designed for the regular Sportive Rider who hasn’t quite got to their full-season fitness yet or the progressing rider looking for something achievable to start his season. The ride is long enough to test the fitness but is without any horrible lung-busting climbs. It stays away from the exposed Blakey Ridge, just in case Spring isn’t quite in full flow yet!

From Thirsk we head out on quiet country roads, cresting the bottom of White Horse Bank, the main feature in a later Velo29 Event. We pass the two Abbeys of Byland and Ampleforth before heading across the Vale of Pickering to Farndale. Still riding with the long route we chance upon the amazing and famous “Surprise View”, opening in front of our eyes as we leave Gillamoor. This was a favourite rest stop of mine on this very route.

We then descend into Farndale and hope for some Daffodils! As we ride the bumpy but rolling roads, most riders will be amazed they don’t spend more time here on these beautiful sheltered lanes. Before long we’ll reach the feed at the BRAND NEW for 2020, Farndale Village Hall. After the feed, we start to ascend Blakey Bank but only halfway as the medium splits here from the long.

The medium route rolls quickly towards Hutton-le-Hole, a short sharp climb out the village and then it’s a dash back across to Kilburn, with a wonderful feed station in Gilling East on the way home.

You’ll know you’ve ridden 77 miles but you’ll head home feeling you’ve put some quality miles in the legs early season on some amazing roads. You will have deserved your complimentary medal, beer, sausage bun and massage before heading home for a well-deserved rest.


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