Join us for the ultimate Father’s Day weekend in the beautiful Avon Valley, the York Cycling Festival is the perfect mix of time away with family and friends, leisure and of course riding. Picturesque York is just 90 minutes from Perth, experience an awesome weekend with us at the inaugural York Cycling Festival – presented by the Shire of York.

There will be 4 events held over the weekend:

Saturday 2 September

Stage 1: 3km King and Queen of the Mountain Hill Climb – Mount Brown

Starting from the corner of South and Lowe Streets, the ITT Hill Climb is 3km in distance. Riders will start in 30-second intervals, travelling along South Street turning left onto Suburban Rd, which turns into Newcastle Street, continual on Newcastle Street crossing over Panmure Rd and onto Steer/Pioneer Rd. Finishing on the top on MT Brown.

  • 9:30am start time, to be completed by 11:00am
  • Approximately 130 competitors
  • Grades to start at 9:30am in the following order in 8 – 10 minute intervals:
  • Masters 50+
  • Masters 40 – 49
  • Women’s A Grade
  • Women’s B Grade
  • Women’s C Grade
  • Women’s D Grade
  • 5 minute break
  • Men’s A Grade
  • Men’s B Grade
  • Men’s C Grade
  • Men’s D Grade

54km Gran Fondo Participation Ride

The Participation ride follows the same course as the Road Race. This event is based on participation and fun, all riders are encouraged to ride together throughout the entire event. There will be two experienced riders as chaperones to the bunch.

  • 12:00pm start time, to be completed by 1:30pm
  • Approximately 30 riders
  • Grouped ride with riders of various abilities chaperoned by two experienced riders. All riders depart at 12:00pm

Stage 2: 54km – 132km Graded Road Race

The Road Race will start from the assembly area at Pioneer Avon Park race village and will travel under convoy through town in a 1km neutral section. Riders will then re-group at the Start/Finish line on Knotts Road ready to start their event. You’ll travel up Knotts Road becoming Talbot Road and turning left onto Talbot West Road. Continue along Talbot West Rd and turn left onto Qualen West Road follow this until it meets again with Talbot Road.

Depending on whether you are racing one, two or three laps you will turn here accordingly. The race will finish at the starting point back on Knotts road. There will be a 1km and 500 metres to go signs on the side of the road.

No following vehicles except office vehicles are permitted to follow the event.

  • 12:30pm start time, to be completed by 5:00pm
  • Approximately 130 competitors
  • 12:45pm Men’s A Grade – 3 laps, 132km
  • 12:50pm Men’s B Grade, Women’s A Grade and 40 – 49 Masters – 2 laps, 94km
  • 1:00pm Men’s C Grade, Women’s B Grade – 1 lap, 54km
  • 1:05pm – Men’s D Grade and Masters 50+ – 1 lap, 54km
  • 1:10pm Women’s C and D Grades – 1 lap, 54km

Sunday 3 September

Stage 3: Town Criterium (including “Little Critters” ride)

Christie Retreat, Avon Terrace, Lowe Street and South Street will be closed to traffic from 10am to 2.30pm as per the map below. During the closure, traffic controllers will be in attendance on street corners directing traffic. Cars will not be able to park on the closed sections of the streets from 8am.

  • 10:00am start time, to be completed by 2:30pm
  • Location: Town Centre of York
  • Approximately 130 competitors
  • 10:00am – Women’s C and D Grade 25 minutes plus 2 laps
  • 10:30am – Men’s D and Masters 50+ 30 minutes plus 2 laps
  • 11:15am – Masters 40 – 49, Men’s C and Women’s B Grade 35 minutes plus 2 laps
  • 12:10pm – Men’s B and Women’s A Grade 40 minutes plus 2 laps
  • 12:50pm – Little Critters
  • 1:30pm – Men’s A Grade 50 minutes plus 2 laps


  • Little Critters is a free ride for children aged 15 years and under on any bike, supervised by parents. The Little Critters ride is held on the same Town Criterium circuit starting at 12.50pm for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Riders will race in grades A to D and masters 40/49 and 50+, with separate Men’s and Women’s’ grades.
  • Element Road Series: Riders must hold a Cycling Australia license, International license or ride on a ‘Day Permit’. This race includes quality cyclists at local, state, national and international level.


Riders will receive 100 Element points for each stage of the York Cycling Festival presented by the Shire of York, with the KOM/QOM, Road Race and Criterium each attracting 100 points for the first place in each grade – you could be taking home 300 championship points if you take out your grade for each of the three stages.

The most points per grade accumulated over the three stages wins the grade section of the Tour. You must ride all three stages to be considered the overall tour grade winner.

The Masters categories in York will not accumulate overall Element Series points. If you are a masters level rider and wish to race for points please enter in your appropriate grade.


York Cycling Festival
Saturday 2nd September
Time Event Location
7:00am – 9:00am Pre Race – Registrations Event Village – Pioneer Avon Park
8:45am – 9:00am Pre race briefing Town Hall, Avon Terrace
9:30am – 11:00am Stage 1: 3km King and Queen of the Mountain: Mount Brown Hill Climb Starting at South and Lowe Streets
12:00pm – 1:30pm 54km Gran Fondo Participation Ride Starting at South and Lowe Streets
1:30pm – 5:00pm Stage 2 Graded Road Race: 54km up to 132km Starting at South and Lowe Streets
6:00pm – 6:45pm Medal presentations Castle Hotel
7:00pm onwards Community Dinner Castle Hotel
Sunday 3rd September
Time Event Location
8:00am onwards Pre Race – Registrations Event Village – Pioneer Avon Park
10:00am – 2:00pm Stage 3: Town Criterium Town Centre (closed roads)
12:00pm Medal Presentations – Men’s D Grades, Women’s C/D Grades and Masters 50+ Town Centre
12:50pm – 1:00pm Little Critters kids ride Around the Town Criterium Circuit (closed roads)
1:05pm Medal Presentations – Men’s B/C Grades, Women’s A/B Grades and Masters 40/49 Town Centre
1:30pm – 2:00pm Final A Grade Race Town Centre (closed roads)
2:30pm Medal Presentations- Men’s A Grade and Tour Presentations Town Centre (closed roads)



Event Director Glenn Te Raki 0451 412 809
Race Director Daniel O’Donoghue 0411 131 314
Chief Commissaire Saturday Kim Webberley 0416 118 832
Chief Commissaire Sunday Lorraine Schutz 0439 196 000



Car parking is available on Lowe Street opposite Pioneer Avon Park. Additional parking can be found on side streets around the Town Centre.


The York Cycling Festival is a great opportunity to get your kids into racing. Little Critters is a free ride for children aged 15 years and under around the Town Centre circuit.

  • Little Critters receive a number plate for their bike to keep
  • The ride is supervised by parents and coaches
  • All bikes accepted (BMX, MTB, road etc.)
  • A great opportunity for your kids to ride on closed roads!

No experience necessary, your kids are sure to enjoy riding in a fun and supportive environment!

Date: Sunday 3rd September

Time: Meet at 12:45pm outside the York Motor Museum for a 12:50pm start

Location: Avon Terrace

Sign up: From 11:30am outside the York Motor Museum



All riders, volunteers and officials are required to check in at the Registration Desk located at Pioneer Avon Park.


It is not recommended for any non-official vehicles to follow the riders during any stage of the tour, and in most cases, non-official vehicles may be moved on by the event marshals and officials.


There are many great vantage points. On day one – Mt Brown is recommended during the ITT Prologue and Talbot Rd for the second stage Road Race. Please refrain from having vehicles follow the riders’ bunches.


CycleSport WA have produced a formal Traffic Management Plan with Advanced Traffic Management. On Saturday, the road remains open and riders must not cross the white line during the Race.

If the competitor fails to comply with this traffic rule, they will be fined and will face disqualification from the remainder of the event.

On Sunday, on-street parking on the Town Criterium circuit will be banned from 8:00am, with the formal road closures in place from 10am to 2:00pm.


You will not be permitted to warm up on any part of the racing courses on day one, there will be an area on The Pioneer Avon Park to warm up using stationary rollers/trainers and marquees can be erected in this location with prior arrangement with the Event Director.


The event will be conducted under the rules and regulations of Cycling Australia. The Cycling Australia scale of penalties will apply. For more information please refer to the Cycling Australia website – www.cycling.org.au


There will be signs pointing out 1km and 500 metres to go positions, these will be positioned at the closest points to that distance from the finishing line.


Medal presentations for the two stages on Saturday will be held at approximately 6:00pm in the courtyard of the Castle Hotel in the York township centre.

Following presentations there will be a community dinner also at the Castle Hotel from 7:00pm, it is recommended you book to secure a table.

Medal presentations for the Sunday Criterium will be held on the Avon Terrace in front of the Start/Finish Area.

Stage three presentations

12:00pm Men’s D grades, Women’s C/D grades and Masters 50+

1:05pm Men’s B/C grade, Women’s A/B grade and Master’s 40/49

2:30pm Men’ A grade

Grade Tour Presentations



Thank you to the Shire of York for supporting the York Cycling Festival.

Thank you to the ongoing support of our partners of the Element Road Series.


  • Tour riders briefing will be held at Saturday 8:45am at the York Town Hall.
  • Riders will be allocated start times for the ITT Prologue, if this time is missed you will not be allocated another time.
  • All riders will be required to assemble before the Saturday afternoon Road Race at Pioneer Avon Park. 11:40am for the Gran Fondo riders and 12:10pm for all graded tour riders.
  • After assembling for the graded Road Race, ALL riders will follow the lead race vehicle together in a 1km neutral section via Avon Terrace to the start on Knotts Road where you will re-assemble waiting the graded start times.
  • No following vehicles will be permitted to follow the road race, there will be a spares vehicle provided for each race.
  • Riders will be responsible to know the amount of laps of their own graded Road Race.
  • There will be signage from 1km out into the Road Race finish.
  • Both Saturday stage presentations will be held at the Castle Hotel on Avon Terrace at approximately 6:00pm Saturday evening.
  • We will do our BEST to upload the prologue results to social media ASAP after the finish of the stage.
  • If riders are racing the first day only, they must return their transponders and race numbers to the race officials at the Event Village Registration Tent at the conclusion of the Road Race.
  • Riders racing the Sunday Criterium only will need to register for their grade and collect their transponder and race number no later than 1:30 hours before their race start time (from the Registration Tent at the Pioneer Avon Park Village).
  • Riders to assemble 10 minutes prior to their Criterium start time in the ‘riders assembly’ area at Pioneer Avon Park.
  • Riders involved in any accident or mechanical will be allowed one lap out at the discretion of the Chief Commissaire in the Criterium.
  • There will be a ceremony at 1:15pm before the commencement of the Men’s A Grade Criterium on Avon Terrace in memory of Terry Driessen, all riders are asked to attend.
  • The Men’s A Grade Criterium riders will also be racing for the Terry Driessen Memorial Trophy, which will remain in the property of CycleSport WA.
  • Criterium presentations will be held during the racing (refer to the ‘Medal Presentations’ section) and the final A Grade Memorial presentation will follow the conclusion of the A Grade event.
  • All riders are expected to act in a professional manner at all times and it is expected you will clean or clear any rubbish or items you have used during your time at the York Cycling Festival.

For any concerns on the day or for further information on the event please contact Glenn Te Raki, Event Activation Specialist on 0451 412 809.

For further information about the York Cycling Festival, visit www.element.asn.au/event-profile/york/