Cyclo Sportif

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York Cycling Festival – presented by the Shire of York

Pioneer Avon Park | Saturday, 1 September | 94km or 53km

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Join us for the ultimate Father’s Day weekend in the beautiful Avon Valley, the Cyclo Sportif York is part of the York Cycling Festival. York Cycling Festival is the perfect mix of time away with the family, friends, leisure and of course riding.

There are plenty of accommodation options in and around York.

Check out the event on Facebook and invite your friends HERE

Date:  Saturday, 1 September 2018

Venue:  Pioneer Avon Park, Lowe St, York WA 6302

Rider Check-In: from 7am – ONLY one team member ideally the team captain will need to visit the registration desk to collect the team timing band.

Rider Briefing: from 7:30am

Depart Avon Pioneer Park: from 7:50am

Start times: from 8am

Parking: Free parking is available off Lowe Street.



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A Distance – 94km

B distance – 53km

Please note that all routes and distances are subject to change.

Please Note: Entries close on Tuesday Midnight prior to the event. Entries fees are lower due to reduced costs from collaboration with York Cycling Festival.

Member Non-Member
All Distances $39 $49


Our rides are based on the European style team events.  Riders organise themselves into teams of four to nine riders. A team can be made up of any ‘like’ group such as your friends, regular riding group or work colleagues.  You can ride any type of bike provided they are consistent across your team (ie, all road bikes, hand bicycles or mountain bikes). A Cyclo Sportif is conducted in race-like conditions with each team receiving a time however it is NOT race – it is about enjoying a challenge with your friends and participating as a team – not ‘winning’.  Your team must work and remain together throughout the event.

Fully Supported

Bicycling Western Australia has developed a reputation of presenting fun and exciting events in a safe environment. This event is fully supported with approved traffic management, corner marshals, on-road support and water stations.


Role and responsibilities of the Team Leader

The team leader plays a pivotal role in the success of a Cyclo Sportif team.

The leader is responsible for getting the team organised and ensuring all team members have registered before the cut-off date.  They do not have to register each member as members can add themselves to their chosen team directly from our registration site at any time.

1. Get the team together and ensure your riding partners are committed. You can register your team and either get your team members to individually register with your team  or you can collect your team members’ details and register your whole team at the same time. Find more details on here.

2. Ensure all team members have registered before the close-off date

3. Organise your team on the day and arrange a suitable meeting point

4. Collect and distribute the timing band and team numbers ONE timing band per team will be issued and it is suggested the Team Manager wears this.

5. Team Managers should attend the pre-ride briefing and relay this information to all team members.  The pre-ride briefing covers the course route, any specific hazards on the course and things to watch out for.

6. Get your team to the start line on-time – you will be given a specific start time before the event.

7. Managers assume responsibility, manage the team out on the road and reinforce ride protocols.

6. ENJOY the ride!

7. After the ride, return the timing band and team numbers (replacement bands cost $100 and will be charged if lost).

Thank you to all the Team Leaders. Without your great work and support our events wouldn’t be as successful!


Bicycling Western Australia prides itself on presenting fun, timed participation events – NOT RACES.  We cater for many levels of bike riders, so please follow the protocols below to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable ride.


  • Safety is paramount. While we make our best endeavours to improve rider and course safety, it is each rider’s own responsibility to adhere to the protocols listed below and to take responsibility for their own safety
  •  There are no ‘referees’ or ‘commissaires’ as these events are NOT races
  • It is every participant’s responsibility to adhere to good cycling etiquette and RESPECT other bike riders and road users
  • All riders should carry a mobile phone in the event of an emergency or to enable Event Control to contact them if required

Road Rules

  • Ride according to the road rules.  All standard road rules apply throughout the event.
  • You MAY be given priority by traffic controllers at some intersections.  Follow all the instructions given by licensed traffic controllers


The wearing of an Australian Standards approved cycling helmet is mandatory

Music Devices

The use of personal music devices such as iPods by riders during an event is not permitted

Motorbike Marshals

  • Marshals are provided for your safety and the safety of others
  • Please obey any instruction or direction by any event offical
  • This may include direction to stop

Passing Teams

  • Do not interfere with other participant teams or riders
  • If another team catches your team you must allow them to pass before regrouping
  • No drafting – teams must not draft off the team in front, if you catch up to another team either overtake or drop back
  • If you are overtaking a team, you MUST overtake by riding in single file and do not interfere with the other team.  Give multiple advance warnings as you come up behind them.  Remember, some of the teams may not be as experienced as you.
  • Riders must ride no more than two abreast
  • Riders must keep left at all times

Do NOT Abandon Riders

  • The principle of Cyclo Sportif and all BWA events is to participate and to complete a set challenge.  A team should not ‘abandon’ a rider.  The team should stay together even if one rider punctures.  The only exception is unresolvable mechanical failure.  On this occassion participants can make their way back to the start/ finish area on their own.
  • Contact Event Control and advise location of the abandoned rider.

Time Trial Bikes

  • Time trial bikes are not permitted for use in events unless the time trial bars are removed.

Disc Wheels

  • Disc wheels are discouraged

Bike Type

  • Most bikes are suitable for entry into events such as hybrid bikes, road bikes and mountain bikes. Team bikes should be consistent in type, that is, all road or all MTB. Tandems are accepted in either format.

Team Briefing

  • Team Briefing occurs 30 minutes before the first team starts. These briefings highlight course safety concerns. Attendance by the Team Leader or a single representative as a minimum is compulsory.


  • Most BWA events are timed.
  • Generally, one team member on each team will wear a timing band.  The timing band should be worn on the ankle to ensure accuracy.
  • The timing band must be returned to the registration desk at the conclusion of the event.

Please be courteous to other riders and make everyone’s day enjoyable.


So you have heard about the Cyclo Sportif series and want to give it a go.  People naturally have many questions before they start.  We have listed some of the more frequently asked questions.  If you want to know more please contact us or visit the event policy.

Do I need to be a member of Bicycling Western Australia to ride?

No, you do not have to be a member of Bicycling Western Australia to ride in our events.  However, members receive a number of great benefits including discounted and early-bird entry to events as well as being covered by Australia’s premium bike accident insurance.  All the membership benefits are listed on our website.  We are delighted to welcome new faces to all of our events, so please feel free to come and try.

I don’t have a team, can I still join?

Absolutely!  You can enter as an individual and we’ll place you in a composite team with riders of a similar ability.  Before you know it, you’ll all be great mates!

Is a meal included in the entry price?

No, following feedback from participants we no longer include a meal as part of the entry price.

Who can be in a team?

You can make up a team in so many different ways – work colleagues, family, regular riding mates.  Corporate teams are a great way to increase the profile your business, develop leadership and team building skills and encourage a healthy and active workplace.

How do I register a team?

You can create and register a team through our registration site.  We’ve made it easy for you to collect your team riders’ details.

When are events on?

View our calendar of events for more details.

When do registrations close?

Registrations generally close at midnight on the Tuesday prior to the event (if not sold out prior).  Late entries will not be accepted so please ensure you and your team mates register before the close-off date.

What happens if I can’t keep up?

Cyclo Sportif is all about team work and we have strict team protocols including working and remaining as a team.  So if someone is faster, then they can assist by giving the slower rider a gentle push if needed.  Of course, it’s best to develop a team where you all have about the same ability, so you can truly enjoy the Cyclo Sportif experience.

Do I need all the kit?

No, but you will need to start with the basics.  1. A reliable bike. A road bike is preferable, but a mountain bike or hybrid bike is acceptable.  2. Helmets are compulsory.  3. A good pair of cycling shorts is a must for comfort.  3. A reasonable pair of cycling shoes and set of pedals that you “click” in will make the experience more pleasurable.  4. Water bottle. You can always add to your kit as you go along.


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