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
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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!
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This weeks route is in the village of Ruston Parva, nestled on the Yorkshire Wolds midway between Bridlington and Driffield
The online map can be found here.
1. Leave Kilham with the church on your left and head off towards the double bends, past the village pond on the road signed to Bridlington.
2. When the road goes right, leave it to go straight ahead onto a narrow road. A long gentle climb now to reveal good views from the top. Continue along to a T-junction and turn right to cycle downhill. Grand views now to the coast spoiled by the huge wind farm in front of you.
3. Take care when the road goes sharp right, then soon sharp left to take you downhill to the road. Go left onto this busy road and in a couple of hundred yards turn right at the village pond signed to Gransmoor and Lissett.
4. Cycle over a level crossing and soon, at the double bends, turn right onto a narrow road signed to Lowthorpe, Kelk and Harpham. Although the road is quite well-surfaced, there are some sharp corners to negotiate.
5. Enjoy the open views as you ride along, then at the T-junction turn right signed to Lowthorpe.
6. Cross over the Lowthorpe level crossing, then a bit further along enter the village of Lowthorpe. Bear right at the end of the village following signs for Ruston Parva and Driffield. A little further along in a clump of trees is Lowthorpe Church, if you wish to visit you can ride up the driveway to it.
7. Continue along now to the A614. Take care crossing this very busy road to enter the village of Ruston Parva. Continue through the village and about half-way through you will see some white painted houses elevated on your left.
8. The path to the quaint, box pew church is signed through one of the house driveways. Cycle along to a T-junction and go right, then through the double bends and along to a sharp right bend. Leave the road here to go left (straight ahead) onto a very narrow road signed to Pockthorpe. A rough old road this. Eventually you reach a cross road, go right here signed to Kilham. Soon you have a long descent into the village of Kilham.
The route of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire cycle race has been announced.
The three-day event starts on Friday 1 May in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
The riders will travel around Yorkshire to Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield and York, before ending the final day in West Yorkshire at Roundhay Park, Leeds.
The new event is to be run by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation, which organises the Tour de France.
Stage one is to start in the seaside town of Bridlington and finish further up the coast in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
During the day the riders will take in Flamborough Head and the North York Moors National Park, through Dalby Forest towards Pickering and back to the coast at Whitby. It will then head south to Robin Hood’s Bay with the finish line on the seafront at Scarborough.
Stage two on Saturday 2 May sees the race start outside Selby Abbey, North Yorkshire and finish in York.
The route takes in much of the Yorkshire Wolds, and takes the peloton towards Market Weighton, through North Newbald and on to Beverley. It will turn north to Malton, then on to Stamford Bridge before a circuit of York.
The final day on Sunday 3 May starts in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and finishes in Leeds.
Riders will travel through South Yorkshire to Barnsley before heading to Holmfirth and Ripponden, before riding the Cragg Vale descent – raced in the other direction on the Tour De France.
The riders will go through Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope and the cobbled streets of Haworth. After a steep climb at Goose Eye the riders visit Ilkley, with a climb up by the Cow and Calf rocks before Arthington and the finish line in Roundhay Park.
Each stage will be a distance of about 110 miles (180km)
Build on success
The race is also to include a women’s race on the second day and a mass-participation “sportive”. Here there will be several distances where people can ride the same route as the professionals. This will be held on 3 May.
The event is approved by cycling’s governing body the UCI.
The three-day race was announced in September and hopes to build on the success of the Tour de France when an estimated three million people watched the Grand Départ over two days in Yorkshire, with the economic benefit to the region put at £102m.
Unknown. (2015). Tour de Yorkshire cycle race route revealed. Available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-30904913.
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