Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


The annual York Cycle Rally has been an institution in York since 1945 and has run every year, with few exceptions, on the Knavesmire Race Course for both local residents and those from further afield. For thousands of cyclists it is a cherished event that sadly was cancelled in 2013 by the former organisers. In 2014 a group of volunteers formed to resurrect the event and the rally has been successfully staged in 2015, 2016 and 2017. However, it has become apparent that to grow the event to previous levels and make improvements, external funding must be sought. The current group of volunteers has been responsible for fund raising, obtaining sponsorship, direct funding and never claiming out of pocket expenses to ensure that the rally goes ahead.

The event is designed to inspire cyclists of all ages. We provide a fun free to attend weekend where cyclists can gather, celebrate cycling, meet old friends and make new ones. Over the weekend there are various track cycle races ( some of which count towards official series), live music, rides out into the local countryside, talks, trade stands and club stands. Many people who attend do so year after year and the event forms a significant date in their calendars.

Funding from Aviva will help us ensure the future of the rally for years to come, grow and improve the event encouraging even more people into the sport.

York Cycle Rally

Moment of Pride

It is only through the dedication and sheer hard work of the volunteers that this cherished annual event has been re-established. To those involved, and those who attend, it is a flagship event for cycling.

Location: Knavesmire, Racecourse Road, York, United Kingdom