Cycling past Yorkshire’s famous white horse

Few villages are so obvious for miles around than Kilburn on the south-eastern fringe of the North York Moors National Park. It may be tiny, its residents numbering 227 at the time of the last census, but on a clear day it is possible to hone in on its location from about 30 miles away in Harrogate.

For this is a village with a famous landmark so huge it was covered to avoid the cross hairs of German bombers during the Second World War. The famous White Horse of Kilburn lies to the south of Sutton Bank; a beautiful beacon of white rocks arranged in equine shape on the sheer Roulston Scar hillside. Its surface extends 318ft long and 220ft high, making it the largest of Britain’s white horses.

And all riders taking part in the 2018 Ryedale Rumble will enjoy seeing it up close as they pass through the village.

Kilburn White Horse on the route of the 2018 Ryedale Rumble

The horse, which covers almost two acres, was first marked out by local schoolmaster John Hodgson and his pupils in 1857 before being cut into the limestone of the North York Moors National Park by 31 men.

Since the hillside is formed of limestone, the horse was created by removing topsoil and exposing the underlying rock. This Yorkshire landmark is clearly visible in the satellite view of Google Maps. In fact, during World War II the horse was covered over to prevent it from becoming a conspicuous navigation landmark for enemy bombers. A collection of funds was made for its construction with the balance in an account still providing for maintenance today.

The horse goes with the weather. When the sun shines it dries it out and makes it really white. But when it’s wet and miserable it goes very dark grey and it gets the nickname, the ‘old grey mare’.

Chalk chippings used to be added to the horse, but that stopped due to the danger of it slipping down the hill into the visitor car park. Today the chippings are spray painted with pressure hoses.

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Is this the UK’s most scenic cycle sportive?

Over the next few posts we’ll be highlighting some of the major landmarks riders will be passing on the route of the Ryedale Rumble.

Whichever ride you sign up for take a glance at these stunning abbeys as you pass by. Great place for family and friends to cheer on too!

Abbeys on the route of the Ryedale Rumble
Byland Abbey

This beautiful ruin, set in the shadow of the Hambleton Hills, was once one of the great northern monasteries. A truly outstanding example of early Gothic architecture, Byland inspired the design for the famous York Minster Rose Window as well as influencing many other religious buildings throughout Europe. Its splendid collection of medieval floor tiles still in situ is the largest in Europe.

Ampleforth Abbey

Home to a Community of Benedictine monks since 1802. The Abbey Church is the centre of monastic life and is open to visitors all year round.

Guided tours of the Abbey Church are available every Thursday at 2:15pm or by appointment. On certain dates pre-booked tours of the Apple Orchard and Cider Mill are also available and these tours include a delicious lunch and produce sampling.

Explore the beautiful lakes, trails and woodlands or take advantage of the extensive sports facilities including a fitness gym, 9 hole golf course and swimming pool.

For rest and relaxation enjoy a refreshing cup of tea in the Tea Room, where sandwiches, lights meals and afternoon tea are served. Try a slice of delicious apple cake made with apples from our orchard.

In the Abbey Shop you will find a wide selection of gifts and monastic produce including the famous Ampleforth Cider, Abbey Beer and Brandies made using fruit from the estate.

Rievaulx Abbey

Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, Rievaulx is one of the most complete, and atmospheric, of England’s abbey ruins. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular visitor attractions in the North.

Learn about the monks in medieval times – how they devoted their lives to spiritual matters and at the same time established a thriving business to become one of the wealthiest monasteries in Britain.

Rumble flyers have arrived

Ryedale Rumble flyers

We’re really chuffed with our A5 flyers that have just arrived from the printers.

Our logo seems to work well on everything!

The team will be busy getting these out and about North Yorkshire’s cycling establishments very soon.

Tour de Yorkshire 2018 skirts the North York Moors

While the Ryedale Rumble get’s in there and mixes it with the toughest climbs the North York Moors can throw at a cyclist, Stage 3 of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire is a sprint stage and circuits the southern edge.

Tour de Yorkshire Stage 3 Map

Stage 3 Tour de Yorkshire 2018

Stage three at 184km won’t be as straightforward as the race’s first day. Two lumps are situated in the first and latter part of the stage and they aren’t easy.

Côte de Sutton Bank is the first to come up and houses a 12% gradient over 1.4km, waking up any legs that day that may still be asleep. Then 51.5km from the end, riders are faced with the Côte de Silpho, which while not as a instense as the first climb of the day will definitely hurt being 1.5km at 8.2% in the last part of the stage.

Let’s compare the hills on both rides:

Hills on Toiur de Yorkshire and the Ryedale Rumble

There’s great TDY viewing all along the A170 with lively crowds in Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside and Pickering. The following day the people of Kirkbymoorside will be out in force again encouraging runners in their annual Kirkby 10K fun run, before that will be the tractor rally.

That leaves Bank Holiday Monday for all you riders to get out there on the hills getting ready for the Ryedale Rumble – July 29th – got your entry in yet?

Every rider will get one of these

We’re so pleased to see how our Ryedale Rumble logo is working for us. Here it is on our chosen mug design.

Every rider completing their ride next year will be presented with one of these:

Ryedale Rumble 2018 mug

In 2019 we’ll choose a different background colour.

We’re looking forward to welcoming back riders year after year and helping them grow their collection of fabulous Rumble mugs.

Look out for news announcing the launch of our bespoke Ryedale Rumble cycle jackets – they are amazing.

Ryedale Rumble to use Sports Timing Solutions

We’re delighted to have Hull-based, Sports Timing Solutions, as part of the team bringing you a great sportive experience next year – the 2018 Ryedale Rumble.

Sports Timing Solutions

Their bespoke cycle sportive timing system is perfectly suited to our sportive event and, with our race secretary Rick Eve having already worked closely with them on the Kirkbymoorside 10K, they come highly recommended.

Some of their services we’ll be using include:

– Disposable handle bar timing chips
– Real time personal GPS tracking for all competitors
– Personalised finisher certificates
– Unique no mat antennas (no mats on the roads)
– Inflatable start/ finish gantry
– Professional PA system

Find out more about Sports Timings Solutions by visiting their website.