The Richmond 5 Dales Sportives, are now arranged by Velo 29. They were originally run by Richmond Cycling Club, prior to 2018.

All info below is now obsolete and remains because it seems a shame to delete it!

Ride information:

Same routes as 2014's Tour de France Special Editions.

We have a fantastic, popular, well established sportive that has been running for 12 years, and we want to be a part of the Tour legacy by utilising the now-legendary 2014 Grand Depart route.

All 3 routes follow part of the Grand Depart route, with the main 118 mile route taking in all 3 climbs, as well as quite a few others including Fleet Moss and The Stang!


This Google Map gives loads of info about all the routes - have a look.

5 Dales, 118 miles and 8 major ascents, including Kidstones, Buttertubs and Whipperdale Bank - the 3 Tour climbs.

This one is for experienced cyclists only.

In the same league as the Etape du Dales and the Fred Whitton Challenge.

3 feedstations: Keld, Hawes 1, Hawes 2.

Challenge times: Gold - 7h15, Silver - 8h15, Bronze - 9h15

Same as the main route, but misses 2 of the hardest climbs. Still climbs Buttertubs and Whipperdale Bank.

Enter the 115, but take this option if you're having a bad day!

Challenge times: Gold - 5h45, Silver - 6h15, Bronze - 6h45

2 feedsations: Keld, Hawes 1.

Follows the main route for the first 30 miles, then 'escapes' down Swaledale. Still a major challenge, especially up Whipperdale Bank, the final climb!

Challenge times: Gold - 3h45, Silver - 4h15 - Bronze: 4h45

1 feedstation: Keld.

Registration and start opens from 7.30am. Last rider away by 9am.

Event HQ is Richmond School DL10 7BQ

"Richmond Meet" occurs very Spring Bank Holiday weekend (at the end of May)

Now firmly re-established on the racing calendar, the annual Richmond Cyclists’ Meet is a popular attraction for riders and spectators, both locally and nationally. Held every Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May, 3 quality events offering something for everybody, both competitively and non-competitively.

Swaledale SPOCO Time Trial

Thursday evening sees riders compete for the Swaledale Trophy during the CTT registered Swaledale SPOCO Time Trial. The course is approximately 26 miles with a 'bit of a climb' in the middle. Racing begins from Round Howe, Richmond at 7pm.

Further information and entry details available from the Cycling Time Trials website:

5 Dales Cyclosportive

The 5 Dales Cyclosportive is increasing in popularity year on year. This year the routes will repeat last year's to accommodate the TDF Stage 1 climbs.

Event timing and rider reconciliation are provided by Sportident Timing Systems together with online entry and mechanical support, First Aid and feed stations are provided. The HQ facilities with parking, changing and registration at Richmond School are second to none and there is a live display of rider times and a hot meal provided at the end for all riders (n.b. all included in the entry fee).

Grass Track Meeting

Perhaps the most novel of the Richmond Cyclists’ Meet events is the Grass Track Meeting on the town’s cycling track. The grass track on the cricket field in Richmond is 1 of only 3 banked cycling-specific tracks in the country and is arguably the best ! Racing on the track dates back to the late 1800s, when local bookies would take bets on the riders, who gave their bikes, which were Penny Farthings", names – much like horse racing. Richmond’s population would treble in size with spectators coming to witness the spectacle of the racing and the morning carnival parade through the historic market place, In the early days of the Olympics, the Meet was an Olympic selection event.

The parade starts from the Grass Track at 10am. It’s a fantastic event and is growing in popularity with the riders, there's hot food and a licensed bar on site in the Cricket Clubhouse and last year over 1000 spectators lined the banks of the track. The jewel in the crown of the grass track meeting is the British Cycling National Championship race – in 2013 the 800m sprint championship at 1pm supported by a round of the 8km National Endurance Series. Locally, the most popular race is the inter-club championships, where local clubs compete for the “Richmond Cobble”. Racing kicks off at 12pm and usually concludes by 4pm, after which Richmond Cycling Club extend an invitation to all to join them for a wind down celebration in the Cricket Club. There are also childrens races for all ages and abilities, just a bike, helmet and enthusiastic parents needed !