The York Cycle Rally is back on the Knavesmire this weekend – and organisers expect it to be the biggest yet.
The event brings thousands of cyclists from across the country to York for a whole weekend of cycling on the Knavesmire.
The traditional gathering, which dates back to 1945, hasn’t been able to take place for two years due to COVID.
The York Cycle Rally will take place from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 June.
There will also be talks, live music and children’s activities on site throughout the weekend.
Visitors can browse or buy bikes and kit, there will be displays of historic cycles, a bar on site – and the rally’s first ever open mic night.
Given current concerns about the cost of living, the volunteer organisers are especially keen to welcome families looking for a fun day out without breaking the bank.
“From the start we have kept the York Rally as a low cost, non-commercial event,” said one of the organisers, Peter Eland.
“We organise it as a friendly celebration of cycling, not for profit – and we’re all 100% volunteers ourselves. So please do come along and be part of it!”
Visitors are also able to camp for the weekend if they wish! The rally opens for campers on Friday evening, with Peter adding that “campsite bookings this year have been incredible.”
Advance campsite bookings have now closed, but aspiring campers are welcome to turn up on the day. Camping prices start from £30.
For those wishing to just come for the day – just come along! There is no tickets or booking required and the event is free entry. The event opens from 10am on the Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit the York Cycle Rally website or call the organisers on 07467 321 443.