Ataxia Classic 2024 - Ataxia UK

Ataxia Classic 2024 is back...

It’s time to grease those chains and saddle up for the Ataxia Classic 2024! With spectacular scenery, a choice of three routes and FREE limited edition water bottles and cycling jerseys for fundraisers – so what are you waiting for?

Boost your fundraising

Take 2024 up a gear by taking part in the Ataxia Classic this September

On Sunday 22nd September we will be gathering our cyclists to take part in the Ataxia Classic cycle in Yorkshire to raise funds and awareness.

  • Based out of the charming market town of Pocklington, you'll cycle through the rolling hills of the East Riding of Yorkshire and pedal parts of the renowned Tour de Yorkshire whilst taking in the spectacular Yorkshire Wolds scenery. 
  • There will be refreshments before you set off in the morning, and food and drinks to welcome you back to base before you collect your well-deserved medal!
  • This year's venue will be the Kilnwick Percy Golf Club, located at Pocklington, YO42 1UF
  • All fundraisers will receive a FREE bespoke water bottle, a FREE high-performance cycling jersey morning refreshments and their lunch. Please take a look at cycling jersey our size guide here and select your requirements below. If you'd prefer to receive a Ataxia UK t-shirt to wear please email us on fundraising@ataxia.org.uk

What people said about the Ataxia UK Classic...

Get a flavour of the event – browse the pictures from the 2020 edition. 

“We thoroughly enjoyed the day, and big thanks for organising such a great event👍 The highlight for me was the friendliness and camaraderie of all the cyclists who even stopped for a chat with my son, who has Friedreich's Ataxia, and my two daughters, who were on the route cheering us all”.
– Stephen

“Great day out - beautiful scenery, great course and the wind gave the event full Yorkshire authenticity. Many thanks to the team for the very detailed and thoughtful organisation”.
Gerry

“A well-run event, a great route in beautiful countryside on safe, quiet roads.”
Ken

“Great event. We met some lovely people and the organisational team were brilliant”
Alison & Martin

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Classic 2024 bottle

Stay hydrated in style!

All fundraisers will receive a FREE limited-edition Ataxia Classic 2024 water bottle to help you keep hydrated on the day.

Plus, this year all fundraisers also receive a FREE high-performance cycling jersey!

Make it a family fun day!

We would love to have your friends and family there on the day to support you too, and they’ll be able to relax at the Kilnwick Percy Golf Club while you are out cycling.

Everyone who registers will receive refreshments before they set off and an exclusive medal, plus you can purchase meal tickets for lunch for you and you family

The Ataxia Classic will raise crucial funds for research and to support for those affected by ataxia. We therefore ask that everyone fundraises. As we welcome you to the team, we will be with you every pedal of the way and will fully support you in hitting your target and cheering you over the finish line!

Route Options

This year's Classic will have three routes to choose from. We've got something for everyone, whether you are a super or standard cyclist, fancy a new challenge or just want to take part in an awesome event!

For a detailed view of the routes, visit our interactive Google map here

Short & Accessible Route: 13.4 km
Elevation gain: 357 ft

The short route starts and finishes at the Kilnwick Percy Golf Club with superb views of Pocklington and surrounding areas. 

The course is 13.4km long and has approximately 357ft of climbing. The all-new Short & Accessible Route covers some fantastic views of Pocklington and it’s ideal for novice cyclists, taking you on an exciting discovery tour as you cycle towards a cure for ataxias. 

The entry fees for the Short & Accessible route are:

  • Fundraising participant – £15
  • Non-fundraising participant – £30

Medium Route: 56.2 km
Elevation gain: 2,061 ft

The medium route starts and finishes at the Kilnwick Percy Golf Club with superb views stretching over the East Riding Of Yorkshire. The course is 56.2km long and has approximately 2061ft of climbing. The Route covers some impressive views of the Yorkshire Wolds and although the Route could be relatively challenging for novice and intermediate cyclists, the last 15km is quick and generally downhill which will set all riders up for lunch back at the KP Golf Club.

The entry fees for the Medium route are:

  • Fundraising participant – £25
  • Non-fundraising participant – £40

Long Route: 99.6 km
Elevation gain: 4,350 ft

Much like the Short & Accessible and Medium Routes, the most challenging, Long Route, starts and finishes at the Kilnwick Percy Golf Club.

The course is 99.6km long and has approximately 4,350ft of climbing. The Route will reward you with the stunning scenery of picturesque Yorkshire, while also taking you through the food centre of the Wolds – Malton. A guaranteed pick-me-up to help you push back towards the post-cycle refreshments at the KP Golf Club. 

The entry fees for the Long route are:

  • Fundraising participant – £30
  • Non-fundraising participant – £50

More information

There are lots of options for accommodation in and around Pocklington, and here are just a few:

  • The Feathers Hotelsee website
    Phone: 01759 303155 Email: info@thefeathers-hotel.co.uk

     

  • The Plough Inn
    Address: Main Street, Hayton, York, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO42 1RJ  Phone: 01759528329

     

  • The Ramblers Rest B&Bsee website
    Address: Main Street, Millington, York YO42 1TX
    Phone: 01759 303292

     

  • Ashfield B&B
    Address:
    Ashfield Canal Head, York YO42 1NW
    Phone: 01759 305238

     

  • The Londesborough Arms see website
    Address: 44 High Street, Market Weighton, YO43 3AH Phone: 01430 872214 Email: londesboroughbandb@outlook.com

     

  • The Fleece Inn – see website
    Address:
    47 Main Street, Bishop Wilton, YO42 1RU
    Phone: 01759 368 251  Email: timbadec@aol.com

     

  • Seaways Glamping – see website
    Address:
    Copper Beech, Fimber road, Fridaythorpe, Great Driffield,
    Email: YO25 9RX 

There are some basic rules that we ask you to adhere to:

  1. Every rider must wear a safety helmet
  2. Riders are responsible for ensuring that their bikes are roadworthy
  3. Every rider must ride in accordance with the Highway Code and be aware of local road/traffic conditions at all times.
  4. Every rider pays attention to the route warning signs and particularly is careful to ride down a hill at a safe speed.
  5. Remember that this is not a race

Disclaimer

We have attempted to select routes that are not only challenging for the riders, but are also enjoyable and safe for everybody of variable ability to ride.

Whilst we have attempted to identify likely areas of ‘increased risk’ to the rider, it is not possible to eliminate all risks. Our responsibility is to identify risks that it would be reasonable to conclude exist and introduce control measures to reduce them. The risk assessments have been reviewed by multiple people and are made available for you to view.

As organisers, we have attempted to reduce the risk relating to adverse weather conditions by holding the event in mid-September. Unfortunately, we know that we can never guarantee the weather but this does go some way to ensure warmer and calmer weather.

Participation in a cycling event on public roads can be physically demanding and may pose certain risks to participants, especially those with ataxia. Individuals should take into account their own physical abilities and medical history. Before participating in the Ataxia Classic, participants with ataxia should consult with their medical provider or healthcare team to discuss any concerns or questions they may have about their ability to participate.

Please note that the ultimate responsibility rests with you, the rider. It is only you who can make the decision as to your own safety. It is your responsibility to adjust your speed and assess road conditions at a particular place, at a specific time relating to the prevailing weather conditions, volume of traffic or road surface etc, at busy crossings it is your responsibility to assess the traffic conditions and only cross when it is safe to do so. Remember, this is not a race so take the time to ensure you are safe to cross rather than rush the decision.

We will have a support vehicle out on the roads and you always have the option of asking for assistance, turning around or stopping.

We have Ataxia UK rest stops on this ride where you can receive water and ask the marshals there any questions you may have. If you feel unwell or in the event of adverse weather conditions, we would far rather you stop and await the arrival of support than carry on and suffer fatigue or worse. There will be marshals at key higher risk areas which are also marked on your route maps. Marshals at these points will be wearing ‘High Visibility’ vests.

We ask that all riders work with us to ensure their safety and the safety of others on the day.

This disclaimer is not intended to discourage you from participating in cycling events. Rather, it is intended to encourage you to make informed decisions about your participation and to take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety.

By signing up, you agree:

  • To participate in this event entirely at your own risk and you agree that you must ride in a manner which is safe to them and others.
  • That it is your responsibility to ensure that you are able to take part in and complete the ride safely.
  • That it is your responsibility to ensure that the bike used is appropriate and safe for the route and you.
  • You are aware that when riding on a public highway the function of marshals is only to indicate direction and that you must decide whether the movement is safe.
  • To wear appropriate clothing and safety equipment for the weather/road conditions on the day.
  • To rely on your own ability in recognising and reacting to all hazards.
  • That no liability whatsoever shall attach to Ataxia UK, promoter, promoting club, organiser or event sponsor in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by me in or by reason of the event, howsoever caused.
  • To follow all traffic laws and regulations, and be aware of my surroundings at all times.

Ataxia UK will use the personal information you are submitting to us in accordance with our Privacy Notice, which is available on our website at: https://www.ataxia.org.uk/privacy-policy/

Riders for the short & accessible route must be aged 11 and over. 

Riders for the medium & long routes must be aged 14 and over.

Riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult for all routes. 

All bikes are permitted on all routes. It is the responsibility of the rider to ensure that the bike used is appropriate for the route and the individual taking part.

Fundraisers receive: Pre-cycle refreshments, water station refreshments, lunch, a water bottle, a cycling jersey and a medal. 

Please take a look at our size guide here and select your requirements below. If you'd prefer to receive a Ataxia UK t-shirt to wear please email us on fundraising@ataxia.org.uk

Non-fundraisers get: Pre cycle refreshments, water station refreshments, and a medal included. 

Lunch will be available to buy on the day for all non-fundraisers and family and friends. 

Just contact our Fundraising team at: fundraising@ataxia.org.uk or 020 7582 1594

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