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The Classic (100km)

Our Classic route is a real tour de force of the highest sections of the Wolds, offering a stern physical challenge to cyclists of most abilities as well as breathtaking scenery from the rolling peaks. After the modest hills around the Great Wolds Valley, the route past Sledmere sees both climbs and descents increase in severity and your bike handling will be tested at various points. The rewards though for these endeavours are substantial with most of this route along largely traffic free single lane roads which wind along deep dales giving a sense of freedom and joy. The sections into Thixendale and out of Millington are to be particularly savoured. After Huggate you will be grateful for the long descent back into Driffield and a well earned rest.

Distance: 100 km

Start Window Time: 9.30am-10.30am


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Cost: £29.50

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Among Market Towns: Driffield to Rudston
Once you have navigated the busy Driffield bypass you are soon into the country and heading towards the former market town of Kilham. The road climbs steadily through gently rolling landscape dotted with wind turbines. A lively descent takes you into Kilham itself which you go through, exiting the village just beyond the imposing church. From here the road heads north towards Rudston. Again, you will be going uphill before descending again into the village itself and possibly catching a glimpse of the Church and its churchyard which houses Britain's largest monolith, 34feet tall and dating back nearly 4000 years.

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Chasing the Gypsey Race; Rudston to Helperthorpe
There's a stiff climb out of Rudston on the B1253 but the views from the top are worth it. You are now riding along one edge of the Great Wolds Valley, a geological feature centred around the Gypsey Race Watercourse. You soon come off this road and wind your way along a single track road, passing through the pretty village of Thwing before emerging onto the road which runs along the valley floor and parallel to the Gypsey Race which can be glimpsed in sections on your left as you ride along. The road levels out as  you pass through the scenic villages of  Butterwick, Weaverthorpe and Helperthorpe.

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Along the Top; Helperthorpe to Birdsall
This part of the route takes you to the first feed station at Sledmere but also out along the northern part of the course. Sledmere Hall and village is very much part of the landscape around here, developed by a succession of members of the Skyes family over eight generations. It is also very much at the heart of our Sportive and you can appreciate some of its importance in the sight of the main house and gardens as well as the impressive monuments as you pass through. You can then enjoy the fast descents into both Duggleby and North Grimston

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In the High Wolds; Birdsall to Huggate
This is arguably the most scenic part of the whole route as it is characterised by stiff climbs, wonderful views and long descents through steeply inclined pasture land. The scene is set from the start at Birdsall, with its pictureseque white fencing, an imposing church and the stately Birdsall House, often used in period films. Beyond this you climb to a spectacular view before descending to the isolated village of Thixendale, regularly cut off during winter. You then rise to the highest point in the whole Wolds at Garrowby Hill (246 metres) before crossing the main road and following straight roads towards Millington. A sharp left hand turn at the village leads you along sinuous narrow roads set into a high sided valley, past Millington Woods before rising to Huggate. 

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The Homeward Run ; Huggate to Driffield
This final stage leaves the hills behind and sees you ease back down towards Driffield on relatively flat roads. Passing through broad rape and wheat fields, you pass through the villages of Tibthorpe and Kirkburn, both mentioned in the Domesday book, before joining the main Driffield-Bridlington road which offers an easy ride back to the finish.

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