Brevet Populaire

VeloClub 167 members organise a significant number of national long distance cycling events, using local knowledge to find the most interesting routes in a region while at the same time remembering ease of navigation and places to find refreshment along the way. Here is a list of the 100km and 150km events, also known as ‘Brevet Populaire’ that exist thanks to the work of VC167 and volunteers.

  • January: Goodbye Christmas Yorkshire Pudding: Aldbrough St John
  • April: Ripon Canter: Aldbrough St John
  • April: Overground Underground: Newby Wiske
  • April: Don’t keep to the road: Newby Wiske
  • April: Moor Gravel Forever: Newby Wiske
  • June: Northern Dales Summer Outing: Aldbrough St John
  • September: Northern Dales Populaire: Arnside
  • September: Dave’s Mini Autumn Sportive: Richmond
  • September: Humber Bridge 100: Welton

Goodbye Christmas Yorkshire Pudding: 100km cycling event starting from York. Controls at Pocklington and Malton, plus 2 information controls. An exciting route with a good cafe at 50km. Start and finish at McDonalds in Clifton Moor. Typically runs in January, visit the Audax website to enter online.

Goodbye Christmas Yorkshire Pudding

Ripon Canter: 100km cycling event starting from Aldbrough St John, near Darlington with a control at Ripon; a flatlands early season ride that typically runs in April, visit the Audax website to enter.

Ripon Canter

Overground Underground: 50km cycling event starting from Newby Wiske, near Thirsk. A gentle ride around the Vale of Mowbray with one section of ‘mild’ off-road. Oh; and Dragons. Over the A1 and under the A1 to get back to the finish. A wonderful excuse for a bike ride. New for 2019 and running in April. Enter online via the Audax UK website here.

Overground Underground

Don’t keep to the road: 100km cycling event starting from Newby Wiske, near Thirsk. Controls at Hutton Rudby and Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge. This event includes large sections of hilly off-road. Beware the moon. Stay off the moors. Keep to the road (or not!). This event typically runs in April, for entry information and route images visit the Audax UK website.

Don’t keep to the road

Moor Gravel Forever: 150km cycling event starting from Newby Wiske, near Thirsk. Controls at Hutton Rudby, Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, Glaisdale and Cockayne (layby near Cowhouse Bank), plus 1 information control. A mix of bastard hills, off-road climbs and descents, abandoned railways, hidden valleys, forestry trails and pubs. Typically runs in April, enter online at the Audax UK website. In 2018 the organiser wrote:

There’s free camping (it really is free, but I’ll almost certainly wave a charity tin in the direction of anyone camping, cos the start/finish is my mate’s farm, and all proceeds from the ride will go to the Alzheimer’s Society – no obligation though) and food at the start and finish, and an all-night after-ride party. I think we eventually went to bed at 4 am last year – with the 300 on the same day, I’m hoping riders on the 150 will be finishing at around the same time as riders on the 300. It’ll be a great atmosphere – it was last year. And the year before. The event has a minimum speed of 12 kph. Ah go on.

Moor Gravel Forever

Northern Dales Summer Outing: 100km cycling event starting from Aldbrough St John, near Richmond. Controls at Fremlington and Barnard Castle, plus 2 information controls. Typically runs in June, enter online at the Audax UK website.

Northern Dales Populaire: 109km cycling event starting from Arnside Hostel with a control at Dent and 3 information controls. Beware there is poor to no mobile phone signal at Arnside Hostel. Typically runs in September and can be entered online at the Audax UK website.

Dave’s Mini Autumn Sportive (previously called Dave’s Mini DaleTour): 100km cycling event starting from Richmond, North Yorkshire. Controls at Kettlewell and Middleham, plus 4 information controls. Typically runs in September and can be entered online at the Audax UK website.

Humber Bridge 100: The Humber Bridge 100km Brevet Populaire ran in September 2017 and 2018 – while the organiser was working at St Helen’s Church in Welton (near the Yorkshire end of the Humber Bridge). The organiser is moving to a new Church during 2019 so will be unlikely to run this event again – but he promises to run new events asap. You can read about previous Humber Bridge 100 events here.

Humber Bridge 100