Despite it’s reputation for being one of Yorkshire’s toughest cycle sportives, the Ryedale Rumble is also attracting younger riders.
Freddie Singleton is one of those who has signed up for the 80km Inspire route.
Freddie, a Year 9 student from Ryedale School, is excited to be back on his bike after having an op on his arm which had kept him from training over the past couple of weeks:
I’ve never done a sportive before but I’m really excited about doing the Inspire route, including Boltby Bank. It’s going to challenge me but I’m not scared of it.”
Freddie is one of several pupils entered from the school who are helping fundraise for ‘Friends of Ryedale School’, organisers of the event.
Lizzie Coutts, event director, is keen to emphasise that the Inspire route is a great opportunity for less experienced riders:
The Ryedale Rumble has an understandable reputation based on Boltby, Blakey and Chimney Bank all being on the 170km Extreme route. It’s not known locally as ‘The Beast’ for nothing.
But our shortest 80km Inspire route opens up the event for riders such as Freddie who are at the start of their sportive life or for those who want step up from long bike rides and work commuting.
Whatever level you’re at, or want to get to, our three routes hopefully will provide you with something to aim for”.
Two images from the Inspire route:
All riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. A parental consent form is required for each rider under 16.