It’s pretty obvious from this blog that we’re big fans of cycling, and in North Yorkshire especially. But there are times when we need to come out of our comfort zones and explore new areas, and when you’re doing that there’s nothing like having local knowledge to get you around. And when that local knowledge also includes full mechanical support and a team of terrific ride leaders you know you’re on to a winner.
With cycling fast becoming the ‘go to’ social activity for families as well as the chosen way of commuting for many professionals, our roads are seeing more new and perhaps less savvy cyclists than ever. Whilst most of us lay claim to being able to ride a bike well enough, there’s a side to all this that is often secondary or often an after thought – Safety.
With the Tour De France seemingly a long distant memory, Cycling in our glorious region seems just as strong if not stronger than ever before. The roads are filling up with cyclists of all ages and life is just happier and more harmonious as a result – ok that last bit might be in our heads : )
A new amateur cycling team has been launched with support from Wold Top Brewery and other local businesses.
For some people, riding a bike is a means to get fit. For others, fitness is a consequence of doing what you love.
Most of us probably sit somewhere on a line between the two that fluctuates depending on the favorability of time and weather. Much as we love Yorkshire cycling, even we have to admit that the Tour visited over a particularly great weekend and that there are cold, wet days and dark damp evenings in which we’d much rather be inside, albeit still on a bike.
In and among the massive uptake in road cycling and mass participation events, it would seem that us roadies are starting to diversify our two wheeled interests. Continue reading
As we’ve hinted at before, sportives have become a dime a dozen around North Yorkshire – an event needs something special to impress us. The Struggle does that by pitching itself as the ‘been there,done that, time to really prove myself’ choice of ride. Continue reading
There’s a lot of sportives in North Yorkshire this year. A really, really lot of them. And that’s good for the local economy and good for cycling. And there’s a lot of opportunity to relive the highlights of Stage 1 of the Grand Depart and hit the great climbs of Buttertubs et al and their equally awesome neighbours. But if you want the connoisseur’s choice then head East and hit the lesser-ridden gems of the Yorkshire Wolds.
Cast your minds back 12 months and Harrogate was host to one of the greatest cycling spectacles this country has ever seen. In fact, many claimed this great small town had perhaps hosted one of the most memorable Grand Depart ever.
“Dan, it’s Sanjai from Chevin Cycles, what do you make of ebikes?”
“Errrmmm I don’t really know, I guess they’re good for people that can’t ride up hills”
“How about when they’re mountain bikes?”
“I haven’t the faintest idea”
“Would you like to find out?”