Cycle Route – Littleneck – 19th April 2017

April 19th, 2017   |   Posted in Uncategorized   |   No Comments


12.5 Miles


Ascent:  1400ft


Terrain: country roads and stone tracks, with some woodland sections – take care on the stone trods. Also some easy railway line cycling on the Cinder Track

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You can view an online map of this route here.
1.  From Littlebeck Village Hall car park turn right at the junction, up the hill, signposted ‘Local traffic only’ – it’s very steep (1:4)!
2. On reaching the main road (B1416), turn right and continue along it in the Scarborough direction (ignoring the minor right turns to Falling Foss and May Beck).

3. Turn left.

4. Turn right for Hawsker.

5. Turn right for Hawsker.

6. Turn left.

7. Turn left at the main road (A171) and then left again at the light-controlled crossing to join the ‘Cinder Track’ through a wooden gate. Follow the old railway line straight ahead, passing Trailways cycle hire/refreshments.

8. Immediately before Larpool viaduct, turn right off the track, right onto the driveway and then right again onto Larpool Lane, to run under the brick bridge and down towards Ruswarp – or carry your bike down the steps on your left to reach the same road.

9. Turn left, up the steep hill, towards Golden Grove.

10. Turn right up a bridleway – it’s easy to miss if you’re cycling too fast, and if you reach Golden Grove hamlet you’ve gone too far. There’s a track bearing right, off the road and up into a field, with the bridleway lying to the right of the gateway and hedge. Continue along the Monk’s Walk (a stone trod), through the woods, to Sneaton.

11. Turn right along the road (or turn left first for the café and ice cream at Beacon Farm).

12. Turn right, then left, for Ugglebarnby.

13. At the junction, cross straight over and follow the stone track (signposted ‘Community Access Project’).

14. Turn right along the track and then descend (past a ‘motorcycles and vehicles forbidden’ sign) down a steep track to a wooden bridge. Take care – very steep, and occasional steps and roots.

15. Turn left across the footbridge and cycle through the woods, passing a ‘Littlebeck’ sign and crossing two sets of stepping stones.

16. After the second set of stepping stones, bear left over a concrete ford and continue along the track to cross another ford. Head up the steep hill.

17. Turn left at the junction and follow the road back to Littlebeck and the Village Hall.

Tadcaster is ready for the Tour de Yorkshire

April 11th, 2017   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

Tadcaster has announced the line up for the Tour de Yorkshire celebrations on Saturday 29th April. The town will be hosting the start of both the Women’s race and Stage 2 Men’s.

The town is planning on celebrating the day in style!


The event will begin with the Yorkshire Regiment Drumming Corps marching through the town; this is especially poignant as the Yorkshire Regiment formed part of the clear up team following the 2015 flood. Shortly after the bells of St Mary’s church will ring out and the women will start their race at 0910.

Running alongside the TDY event will be the first ever Tadcaster Cycle Festival, held across several locations in the town but predominantly on St Joseph’s Street, the Festival will have a carnival feel to it and provide entertainment and interactive stalls for all to enjoy.

Town Councillor Kirsty Perkins explains the planning behind the festival

“We wanted everyone to be able to move around the town and enjoy all we have to offer in the hope that they will return!

The festival covers many places in the town.

St Joseph’s Street will be closed for the day and there will be lots to see and do.

As well as the Minster FM roadshow we are really excited to have World Champion Trial Biker Jack Carthy will be doing demonstrations for us on the day.”





“We also have a live piece of street art by Graffiti artist Sledone.

He’ll be doing a commemorative piece for the town to keep based on the TDY’s visit to the town.

From one side of town to the other there will be wonderful exciting things to do.

After all that’s gone on over the past couple of years, the TDY is our opportunity to shine and show people what we are capable of and why Tadcaster is a great place to visit”


Main Events

  • Start of the two races
  • Big screens showing the race live at the Bus Park and Social Club car park
  • Minster FM roadshow with live acts throughout the day, including a Little Mix tribute act and local dance groups sponsored by The Web Adventure Park and York Sports Village
  • Vintage Bike museum in the Riley Smith Hall
  • Tadcasters’ “tour de canard” duck race on the river
  • Street entertainers Granny Tourismo and Wacky Wheelers fun bikes
  • Balance Bikes demos

Susie Brindley, Tour de Yorkshire Project Manager for Selby District Council said

“This is a massive opportunity for Tadcaster to showcase itself on a regional, national and international stage.

The Tour de Yorkshire is so much more than a bike race, It’s great to see how it brings people together and of course what better excuse to have a party in the town.”


Cycle Route – Malton – 27th March 2017

March 27th, 2017   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


 25.5 Miles


Ascent:  604ft


 Distance: 27.7 Miles
Refreshments: Pubs in Kirby Misperton, Great Barugh, Normanby and Great Habton
Public toilets: In Malton
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You can view an online map of this route here.
1. Start at Malton Market Square
2. Turn left then immediately right on to the narrow lane, then track.
  1. After the bridge go straight ahead, and at the first fork bear right.
  2. Bear left past the barrier, then turn right along the second track. turn left at the road.
  3. Cross the River Rye and follow road signs to Kirby Misperton.
  4. Go straight ahead at the roundabout and bear left past the pub.
  5. Turn right a the T-junction (or left for short cut back to Malton).
  6. Turn left across the river to Salton (or straight ahead for the pub)
  7. Turn right in to the village, and then right again at the top past the pub.
  8. Turn right to retrace your outwards route

Essential guide to the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire: teams, route and sportive

March 23rd, 2017   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire is set to take place from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April, while the women’s event is a single day race on Saturday 29th and the mass participation sportive will be held on the final day of the weekend.

Coming off the back of the Tour de France‘s visit to England’s largest county back in 2014, the Tour de Yorkshire is a legacy event that has proved very popular with roadside crowds over its short two-year history.

The 2017 event will be the race’s third edition as it solidifies its place in the professional cycling calendar.

Tour de Yorkshire 2017: Teams

The 18 men’s and 18 women’s teams that will be competing at the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire have been revealed.

The line-up in the men’s race is a mix of WorldTour and Pro Continental teams, which usually makes for exciting racing as the lower tier riders head out in the breaks to shake things up.

Team Sky have a good record at the race, taking the overall win in 2015 and only just missing a repeat victory in 2016. Fan favourite Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) was the victor in 2016 and he has stated his intention of returning to defend his title.

The women’s startline will include many teams making their debuts, including Dame Sarah Storey’s newly-founded squad.

Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
BMC Racing Drops Cycling
Team Sky Boels-Dolmans
Katusha-Alpecin Hitec Products
Orica-Scott Team Sunweb
Team Sunweb Ale Cipollini Galassia
Dimension Data Canyon-SRAM
Direct Energie Cyclance Pro
LottoNL-Jumbo Wiggle-High5
Cofidis Bepink-Cogeas
Aqua Blue Sport FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
Delko Marseille Provence KTM Ford EcoBoost
Roompot NL Loterij Jadan Weldtite
Raliegh-GAC Cervelo Bigla
Bike Channel Canyon Lares-Waowdeals
One Pro Fusion RT Fierlan
Team GB Storey Sport
JLT-Condor NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli
Madison-Genesis Team WNT

Tour de Yorkshire Timings Announced

March 7th, 2017   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

The race timings for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire have been unveiled by Welcome to Yorkshire.

The Stage of the Coast and Wolds is the first stage of the race, being held on the Yorkshire Coast on 28 April.

STAGE 1 - TDY 2017 - Timings - Bridlington to Scarborough

It will begin at 12:35pm outside Bridlington Spa and the first intermediate sprint will be contested in Pocklington at 13:48pm before the peloton tackle the Côte de Garrowby Hill at 14:06pm.

The next categorised climb comes on the Côte de Goathland at 15:42pm, and the race reaches the coastline again at Whitby for the second intermediate sprint point outside Whitby Abbey at 16:03pm.

The Côte de Robin Hood’s Bay must then be ascended at 16:19pm before the now legendary finish along Scarborough’s North Bay at 17:00pm.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said:

“It’s always exciting to share these timings as supporters can now plan exactly where and when they want to watch the action. Every time I see them I’m astonished by how quickly the peloton travels, but these are the very best riders in the world after all! 

 Of course, there is a huge amount of added entertainment planned across the county over the full three days, and be sure to line the route early to see our colourful race caravan and fleet of Yorkshire cycling legends pass through.” 


TDY 2017 Stage 1 Full Route

Cycle Route – Sledmere – 31st January 2017

January 31st, 2017   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments

17 Miles


Ascent:  1030ft


This ride starts on the high Wolds at Sledmere estate village. Visit Sledmere House, the splendid Georgian and Edwardian house owned and lived in by Sir Tatton Sykes. (for opening times see

Ride away from its fine park-land setting to visit outlying villages with some fine views to the Vale of York, and Duggleby Howe Neolithic burial mound. The Norman church in Kirkby Grindalythe is worth a closer look



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You can view an online map of this route here.


  1. Head into the village past the Eleanor Cross and Wagoners’ Memorial monuments, and turn left opposite the pub.
  2. Go straight on at The crossroads following a brown Byway sign.
  3. Turn right at T-Junction into Helperthorpe, again following a brown Byway sign.
  4. Turn left in village, then first left to pass Haverdale House.
  5. At the T-Junction turn left downhill towards West Lutton.
  6. Take first right into the village along Back Lane, then right again at the T-Junction.
  7. Where the road bears left, turn right onto a minor road and climb steadily to High Mowthorpe Plantations
  8. After the plantations turn left and descend towards Duggleby.
  9. Go straight on at the crossroads into Duggleby and turn left to Kirby Grindalythe. (Duggleby Howe is the mound visible in the field on the right.)
  10. At the T-Junction turn right towards Kirby Grindalythe.
  11. Turn right into the village (turn right again alongside the stream to see the Norman church). Continue back to Sledmere and turn right at the Wagoners’ Memorial to return to the car park.

Cycle Route – Hawes – 27th January 2017

January 27th, 2017   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


46 Miles


Ascent:  3947ft


This route starts off with a gentle run down Wensleydale but then becomes tougher. A long climb up Coverdale takes you over Park Rash and down into Wharfedale, and then after another flatter section there is the climb over Fleet Moss to finish.



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You can view an online map of this route here.


  1. Turn right out of car-park then immediately right again by going around the island. Go over a bridge and upto a T junction. Turn right (signposted Sedbusk). Follow this minor road to Askrigg and climb up through the village.
  2. Keep right at the top of the village (signposted Carperby) – after the climb out of the village it’s an easy ride down the valley. Carry straight on through Carperby or divert right down the hill to Aysgarth for Café and toilets, and a look at the Falls.
  3. Go through Redmire, or divert to Castle Bolton for a look round. Up a short climb and then continue on this road to reach a T-junction with the A684.
  4. Turn right drop down over the river and take the next left. A steep climb takes you over to Coverdale and a T-junction.
  5. Turn right (signed Carlton) and follow this lovely road up the valley, through the villages of Carlton, Horsehouse and Braidley. There is a short descent to cross the river, and then back up the other side. The final section of the climb is tough, but then there is a quick descent to Kettlewell. Take care on the descent as there are tight corners.
  6. When you reach Kettlewell go straight across and down the side of the shop, then turn right on to the main road up the valley. Carry on through Starbotton to reach Buckden.
  7. As you reach Buckden village, turn left (signed Hubberholme). This lovely road climbs gently up Langstrothdale valley, and after passing through Hubberholme there are few houses about. After Oughtershaw the climb up Fleets Moss starts for real with a few steep hairpins at the top.
  8. From the top of Fleets Moss is a very quick run back to Hawes. The first section of the descent is steep and straight but watch out for sheep and side winds. After you drop into Gayle village you turn left over a bridge and then around to the right. Past the Wensleydale Creamery to a T-junction. Turn right to return to the start.


Tour de Yorkshire land art contest launched

January 19th, 2017   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

THERE’S 100 days to go until the start of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire – and a tourism organisation has marked the date by launching an annual land art competition.

Welcome to Yorkshire said last year’s cycle race proved a huge success, with massive, eye-catching installations displayed along the route.

“A giant piece of art featuring a horse, ram and wild boar riding a penny farthing on Sutton Bank – commissioned by the North York Moors National Park Authority and Hambleton District Council – was crowned the winner after an international public vote, and the coveted trophy is now up for grabs once again,” said a spokesman.

“Whether it’s a church spire draped in a blue jersey, a field housing a mammoth bicycle, or a market square spelling out messages of support, all works are welcomed and stand a great chance of being beamed to over 11 million people in 178 countries when the race’s live television helicopters sweep across the county.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “These fantastic pieces really bring the race to life and give you the chance to celebrate your community.”

This year’s route for the race includes Tadcaster.

For more information, visit, while entries and questions can be emailed to


Unknown. (2017). Tour de Yorkshire land art contest launched. Available: Last accessed 19th January 2017.

24 Days of Christmas!

December 15th, 2016   |   Posted in Uncategorized   |   No Comments

Missed any of our Christmas countdown on Twitter and Facebook?

Look no further for the most up to date list below…


#Advent #10ToGo  – #10 Cycling Myths Uncovered

We don’t pay for the roads we use, we risk our lives, and we’re all sweaty… Myths about cycling abound among non-cyclists. Here are some rebuttals.


#Advent #11ToGo – 11 worst cycling kit blunders

We like to think of ourselves as pretty style-conscious cyclists here at Cycling Weekly. Of course, we’re not infallibile, but are still well placed to offer advice on the kit choices that should be avoided at all costs.


#Advent #12ToGo  – How To Ride A #12 Hour Time Trial

Before I started coaching in 1968 I rode in about eight 12hr time trials and since then I have looked after numerous riders of all standards in this event. I remember early in my coaching being told by a former national 12hr champion that the best way to ride the event was to use a schedule that kept the speed at a conservative level for at least the first 100 miles.


#Advent #13ToGo  – #13 Things You Should Know About Cycling

Riding a bike is an easy and fun way to get in shape.


#Advent #14ToGo – Beginner’s Training Plan: From 0 to 30 Miles in 14 Weeks

There’s no such thing as can’t. With TWC’s beginner’s training plan you’ll be cycling 30 miles in no time.


#Advent #15ToGo  – A history of cycling in #15 jerseys

Has the cycling team jersey mirrored the ups and downs of the sport itself? We look back at the last few decades to investigate.


#Advent #16ToGo – Best 16 Arizona Road Cycling Routes

Arizona cyclists voted in an epic social media battle to determine the best road bike rides in Arizona, and Mt. Lemmon reigned supreme, followed by Mt. Graham and Mingus Mountain. The longest climb in the state, Mt. Lemmon boasts an elevation gain of nearly 6,000 feet with one HC climb and two category-5 ascents all just steps away from Tucson. Thanks to all riders who voted in the Best Arizona Cycling Route Challenge.


#Advent #17ToGo  – #17 of the best international sportives to ride in 2017

With the clocks set back and winter beginning to tighten its grip, this time of year is when many of us take a break from cycling and don’t give much thought to the year ahead.

However, it won’t be long until we tire of sitting at home with our feet up and are itching to get out on the bike once again. As soon as the riding starts, thoughts may turn to what exactly we’re doing all this winter mileage for.


#Advent #18ToGo  – #18 Miles Per Hour – Universal Truths of Cycling!!

Do I even need to explain this? If you’ve even gone on a half dozen road rides in your life you know what this means. You pull up to a red light…you stay clipped in and pause…surely the light’s gonna turn…you track stand…any second now…wait for it…waaaaaait for it…nothing…so you relent, unclip, and as soon as your foot touches the ground, blink! It turns green. Son of a…! Is there a device buried in the pavement that reacts to your cleat? A magnetic trigger? Unless we dig up the street with a backhoe, we’ll never know.


#Advent #19ToGo  – #19 of the best smartphone cycling apps for iPhone and Android

Smartphones have revolutionised cycling. With more capability than the humble bicycle computer, the smartphone allows you to easily track and record rides, plan routes, keep on top of your training, and much more besides.

This is a list of some really useful cycling apps currently available. From navigation to planning routes and fixing your bike, there’s something for everyone here.


#Advent #20ToGo  – Our @ClaudButlerUK Blossom #20″ wheel girls bicycle

Our Claud Butler Blossom Girls 20″ mountain bike has an 11 inch frame


#Advent #21ToGo  – #Sustrans Route #21 – This route runs south from Greenwich out of London through Lewisham

This route runs south from Greenwich out of London through Lewisham (the Waterlink Way) to Crawley, and then via East Grinstead and Eridge to Heathfield and Eastbourne.


#Advent #22ToGo  – 22 Signs That You’ve Got A Serious Road Cycling Addiction

We’re not saying it’s a problem, but we both know it’s true…


#Advent #23ToGo  – Most road bikes come as standard with #23mm tyres

Narrower isn’t always faster – Contentious this one! Most road bikes come as standard with 23mm tyres, most come with 52 tooth outer chainrings. Both of these things are pretty useless for everyday road riding.



#Advent #24ToGo  – Check out the Grand Tour Cycling – London to Paris in 24 hrs

The Ride of Your Life! In 24 hours from London to Paris… simply amazing, and a life changing experience. That’s right! 24hrs to get to Paris from London – this is not for the faint hearted. If you’ve already completed the standard tour or if this is a box you need to tick off you can be certain of an experience of a lifetime (plus bragging rights). 65 miles on the English side, and then a 110 mile ride on the French side starting at around 4am in the morning… it’s a voyage into the unknown!

Tour De Yorkshire 2017 Route

December 2nd, 2016   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire will finish in Sheffield on Sunday, 30 April.

The event will begin with a 173km stage from Bridlington to Scarborough on Friday, 28 April.

Stage two see riders start in Tadcaster and go 122.5km to Harrogate, before ending with a 194.5km stage from Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield.

“I can’t wait to see the world’s best riders tackling these routes,” said Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire.

“We’ve worked hard to design a course which showcases Yorkshire’s stunning scenery, as well as delivering a thrilling sporting event.

“Last year, the race attracted two million spectators and generated £60m for the local economy, and we’ll go from strength to strength again next year.”

The women’s Tour de Yorkshire will be held on the same stage as the second stage of the men’s event, with the women starting in the morning and the men in the afternoon.

This is the third edition of the event, which was started to extend the legacy of the county hosting the 2014 Grand Depart for the Tour de France.

Stage One: Bridlington to Scarborough (173km/107.5miles)

The race will start outside Bridlington Spa and head into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint.

There are classified climbs up the Côtes de Garrowby Hill and Goathland before the race hits the coastline again at Whitby for the second sprint of the day.

The route continues on to Robin Hood’s Bay for the third and final climb and then into Scarborough for the finish along North Bay.

Stage Two: Tadcaster to Harrogate (122.5km/76 miles)

Starting on Tadcaster bridge, this stage takes the riders through some of Yorkshire’s best-known market towns.

They will venture into Knaresborough, where the first intermediate sprint points are up for grabs, and the day’s sole categorised climb comes on the fearsome Côte de Lofthouse before the descent into Masham.

It is then on to Ripon for the second intermediate sprint and the race will skirt Fountains Abbey before a fast approach to Harrogate. The action finishes along Parliament Street, just as it did on the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France.

Stage Three: Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield (194.5km/121 miles)

In the toughest stage in the brief history of the Tour de Yorkshire, riders will start at Bradford City Park before heading into Saltaire.

The action briefly joins the 2014 Tour de France route at Burley-in-Wharfedale before passing Bolton Abbey and into the Yorkshire Dales. Skipton is the next town on the agenda, with the first of eight categorised climbs being contested on the Côte de Silsden.

The following ascent comes on the cobbled rise up Haworth’s main street and another climb at Leeming must also be tackled before they face the infamous Côte de Shibden Wall.

This cobbled climb could see splits form before the intermediate sprint at Clifton. The race then traverses from West to South Yorkshire and into Penistone, and another sprint is on the cards at Stocksbridge before the riders embark on a 22km finishing circuit that features no-less than four categorised climbs.

These come at Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height and Midhopestones before the race finishes at Fox Valley.