The Hateful Eight Yorkshire Reliability Ride Series 2019 kicks off with Struggle Events on 20th January 2019, providing winter motivation for eight consecutive Sundays, concluding on 10th March. Check out all the Yorkshire Reliability Ride 2019 dates and download the routes below...


The Yorkshire Reliability Rides are a long-established highlight to the counties cycling calendar. Originally set up as Ron's Reliable Five, the series has expanded to eight events.

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 Reliability Rides are also used by competitive cyclists for training ahead of the racing season.


Reliability rides are for all abilities. Some Reliability Ride 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 bike-riding banter over 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.


The event is not a race. It is run on public open roads without marshals or signposts and riders must abide by the Highway Code. There are no feed stations, timing chips or souvenir t-shirts etc. Riders are responsible for their own safety and must ride in a manner that is safe for themselves, other riders and road users.

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

Ride 1: Struggle Events

Date: 20th January 2019
Start Time: 09.30am. Sign on from 9am.
Start Place: Prologue, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA
Finish Place: Prologue, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA
Route (90km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17783636
Organiser: Matt Mannakee, Struggle Events, 07748 632348, hq@ridethestruggle.com, www.ridethestruggle.com

Ride 2: Seacroft Wheelers

Date: 27th January 2019
Start Time: 08.30am – 09.30am
Start Place: Squires Café Bar  5 miles west of Sherburn-in -Elmet on B1222. Car park, refreshments and toilets available.
Finish Place: Squires Café Bar
Route (80km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26559806
Route (50km): Micklefield - Towton - Stutton - Bramham - Thorner - Aberford - Sherburn
Organiser: Antony Brumby, Seacroft Wheelers, 07772 080051, www.seacroftwheelers.co.uk

Ride 3: Harrogate Nova CC

Date: 3rd February 2019
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: Rigton Railway Crossing - just off A658.
Finish Place: Norwood Village Hall – refreshments available
Route (80km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29128983
Organiser: Mark Morris, 07545 741491, Harrogate Nova, www.harrogatenova.cc

Ride 4: Airedale Olympic

Date: 10th February 2019
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: B6161 Lay-by (Near Leathley Bridge – approx. ½ mile from A658 junction).
Finish Place: Holy Trinity Church Hall, Knaresborough
Route (70km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17780091
Route (49km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29059121
Organiser: Hamish Robertshaw, Airedale Olympic, 07796 272123, www.airedaleolympic.co.uk

Ride 5: The Otley One

Date: 17th February 2019
Start Time: Long route starts 09.30am. Short route starts 09.45am. Sign on from 08:45am
Start Place: Buttercross (Market Place), Otley
Finish Place: Otley CC Clubroom
Route (100km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18123386
Route (50 km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18123623
Organiser: Otley CC

Ride 6: The Alex Warburton Memorial Ride – Alba Rosa

Date: 24th February 2019
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Finish Place: The Lawnswood Arms, Otley Rd. Adel, Leeds
Route (90 km):  https://www.strava.com/routes/11885408
Organiser: Phil Makinson, 07795 670523, philip.makinson@gmail.com, www.albarosacc.com

Ride 7: Leeds Mercury

Date: 3rd March 2019
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: Buttercross (Market Place), Otley
Finish Place: Otley CC Clubroom
Route (90 km): https://www.strava.com/routes/1331818
Organiser: Kevin Stuart, 07958 760 750, leedsmercurycc.blogspot.co.uk

Ride 8: Prologue Café Bash

Date: 10th March 2019
Start Time: 09.30am
Start Place: Prologue Café, Harrogate
Finish Place: Prologue Café, Harrogate
Route (90 km): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18936098
Organiser: John Reid, 01423 503 000, prologuecycling.co.uk

To contact the club committee please email hello@albarosacc.com