Volunteer to join a Group Ride led by a local. It won't be all sight-seeing, but expect some conversation and local colour, as well as the advantages of riding in a group! The ride leader will manage turns, regroup at the top of major climbs, send someone back to you if you lose touch and will do all we'd usually do on a club ride to keep coherence - please follow their instruction. There are three distances, and two speeds each - so if you do eventually drop out of a faster ride, you can be swept up by the ride following. Pacing equates to Silver/Bronze, or ICC standard B1/2 or 2//3 rides (though we can't guarantee to gain you a 'time' as the pace is a guide and the emphasis is on riding as a coherent group).
Please note that you join these rides under the same rules as for entering the sportive, this includes your own responsibilities to yourself and other riders, and no liability is accepted by Ilkley Cycling Club or ride leaders for accident, injury, damage or loss.