Otley Sportive 2013

Hundreds of cyclists of all abilities took part in a fun-focused event in Otley on 14th September.

The 2013 Otley Sportive, which features three routes of different lengths through Wharfedale, takes place.

The organisers built on the success of last year, when hundreds of people took part and more than £2,000 was raised for local charities.

Otley Sportive organiser Luke Minshall, who says the event’s ethos is all about “having fun, not egos” is looking forward to another busy day.

He said: “With the passing of Le Tour de France for 2013 the focus is really on Yorkshire to provide a hub of cycling glory”.

“This year we already have more cyclists signed up than last time, making this event our biggest ever”.

“We believe we have some of the best cycling routes Yorkshire has to offer, and offer three routes to make our event available to anyone with a bike who fancies a ride”.

“We have a 12-mile route for families and those riders wanting something shorter. Riding from Otley to Ilkley and back, this route has one major hill both ways but is also ideal for beginners”.

“Then we have a 38-mile ride which takes in three beautiful loops of Yorkshire heading towards Pateley Bridge and back – but before getting to the tops you have to climb the infamous Norwood Edge. 

“And our 70-miler takes in some fantastic climbs and offers riders a ‘rolling ride’ but don’t take the rolls lightly the ride starts off with a 700ft climb.”

Each route will begin from the Bridge Church, on Bridge Street, and entry fees from this year’s event will raise money for the Church’s Scout Group and Leeds Mencap. Returning riders were welcomed back with tea, coffee and cake.