The Wharfedale Ton

This 2022 Wharfedale Ton will take place on Friday 17 June.

For the 2021 event the route was updated due to concerns about the growing traffic congestion in York city centre and as a result the middle 50 miles section changed.  You can download the route here.

You can download the GPX file here.

About the Wharfedale Ton

In 2016, Gordons partner, Phil Paget, had the idea of creating a 100-mile charity cycling event involving business professionals riding through beautiful Yorkshire countryside. From that initial thought, the hugely successful Wharfedale Ton was born.

Organised by key sponsor, Gordons LLP, the event raises money for Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice in Bradford.

Chain reaction

The first event in 2016 involved just 120 riders cycling a magnificent scenic route, stretching across Wharfedale from Ilkley to the Vale of York and back again, and raised £6,907. Following its’ success the Wharfedale Ton has been repeated in 2017, 2018 and 2019, when over 270 riders took part.  With a break in 2020 due to the pandemic, The Wharfedale Ton returned in September 2021 and raised over £8,770, bringing the total amount raised for the hospice to over £60,000.

Phil Paget said: “It’s fantastic to see so many business people from around Yorkshire getting on their bikes to take on the challenge for such a great cause. We’re also very grateful to the support provided by local businesses in the organisation of the event, as without them the Wharfedale Ton would not be as successful as it is.

“I am very proud of all those who took part, not only for their efforts during the rides, but also those who donated so generously for such a good cause. The Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice provides a range of services for cancer sufferers and their families in Bradford and we are very happy to be able to support the hospice in this way.”

Our co-sponsors include:

Gordons, RSM, Lloyds Bank, Calder World of Travel, Naylor Wintersgill, Lishmans the Butcher, Craven Jewellers, Roberts Mart & Co, Reed Boardall, Arena Group, Brook-Dobson Brear Limited, Pavers Limited, Melrose Textile Co Ltd, and Thorpe Mill Limited.

How to enter

The Entry Fee is £31.50 which includes a charitable donation of £30 per rider all of which is donated to our chosen charity plus a processing fee of £1.50.

We also encourage riders to raise additional donations from friends, colleagues, customers and suppliers.

Entrants are invited to ride alone, in pairs or in groups, with many taking part who have never ridden the 100-mile distance before. It takes an average of six to eight hours to complete the challenge, after which all participants rest their limbs and join each other for some food and drink in Ilkley.


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