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.

Cycle Route – 17th November 2016

November 7th, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


20 Miles


Ascent:  1214ft


Information: Start/finish: Village centre off-street parking area just behind main street and Market Cross near pubs. From railway station turn right into village centre

Refreshments: Choice in Hunmanby; pub and shops in Burton Fleming; pub in Thwing; coffee shop in art gallery at Willerby Wold Farm. Opening times vary

Public loos: None



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Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 09.24.02You can view an online map of this route here.


1 Head north past the church, bearing left uphill. Turn left after mini-roundabout (Yorkshire Wolds route signing).

2 Turn right at crossroads then first left towards Burton Fleming.

3 Go straight ahead at the crossroads in Burton Fleming onto Thwing Road.

4 Turn right following brown Byway sign.

5 Bear right into Thwing village. Turn left at staggered crossroads, then right onto Octon Road

6 At the T-jct turn right through Octon and downhill to Octon

7 At Octon Grange go straight ahead and slow down for sharp lefthand bend. Or for shortcut, turn right.

8 Go straight over the crossroads and follow road round into village and turn right. Turn first left towards Ganton.

9 At Ganton Wold Farm, turn right.

10 Go straight ahead at the crossroads (take extra care), and descend to where dry valleys converge at Forden hamlet.

11 Go straight ahead at the crossroads. To see tiny church turn R for a short distance.

12 Turn left at the crossroads to return to Hunmanby.

13 At the mini roundabout turn right for the station or left for the village centre.

Tour De Yorkshire

October 26th, 2016   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

The six towns that will host start and finish events during the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire cycle race have been named.

Racing will begin or end in Bradford, Bridlington, Harrogate, Scarborough, Sheffield and Tadcaster in the three-day event from 28-30 April next year.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “I’m delighted the race will visit all four corners of the county.”

This year’s Tour de Yorkshire attracted about two million spectators.

An estimated 1.5 million lined the roads for the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 which followed in the slipstream of the county’s successful Tour de France Grand Depart event in 2014.

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler won this year’s event, snatching victory in a sprint finish on the final stage in Scarborough.

The county’s reputation as a top global cycling venue was cemented earlier this month with the news that it will host the 2019 Road World Championships – the first time the race will have come to Britain in 37 years.

“The world’s best cyclists will be using the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire as a first dress rehearsal for that and we’re planning a course that will challenge and impress them in equal measure,” said Sir Gary.

The leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Carl Les, said: “As we know these events have strengthened the county’s economy and given a huge boost for our tourism industries.

“This race will benefit all the host towns and their surrounding areas, particularly giving Tadcaster a boost in its recovery from the devastating floods of last December.

“It will be a great opportunity to see pictures of the rebuilt Tadcaster Bridge in the television coverage.”

Scarborough Council leader Derek Bastiman said: “The race organisers obviously can’t get enough of the Yorkshire coast with both Scarborough and our neighbours Bridlington featuring in the start-finish line up. This level of recognition is brilliant for our part of the county.”

The full 2017 race route – including exact start and finish locations and the distance and profile of the race – will be unveiled in December.


BBC. (2016). Tour de Yorkshire host towns unveiled. Available: Last accessed 26th October 2016.

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October 25th, 2016   |   Posted in Uncategorized   |   No Comments

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Cycle Route – 4th October 2016

October 4th, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments

Swaledale and Arkengarthdale

28 Miles


Ascent:  2333ft


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You can view an online map of this route here.

  1. This ride incorporates a stretch of one of them (the B6270 from Thwaite to Reeth) and is quite hard work too which will give you a further frisson of what the riders will be experiencing.
  2. The outward leg of the journey through Arkengarthdale is Yorkshire at its wildest, the moors stretching out to the north like a swelling sea with as many hues of brown as there are blues in the ocean.
  3. Progress is slow but, after the Tan Hill Inn, the cycling is easier, starting with a thrilling downhill plunge with switchbacks more usually encountered on a mountain bike trail. Ride 9 – Wharncliffe Wood
  4. Thereafter you follow the road in the bottom of the valley through a succession of quintessential Dales villages: Keld, Thwaite, Muker, Gunnerside, Low Row and finally back to Reeth. Completing this route without at least one stop at a pub or café along the way is near impossible.

Cycle Route – 28th June 2016

June 28th, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


13.5 Miles


Ascent:  1332ft

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You can view an online map of this route here.

  1. Go up Pateley Bridge High Street and turn left opposite Kendall’s Butchers onto Church Street. Continue ahead and then turn right at the junction by the Church. Follow this road to Wath.
  2. In Wath as the road bends left, turn right on to farm track which climbs steeply up through trees. As you exit the trees take the left hand farm road and follow this obvious track for 4km alongside Gouthaite reservoir to reach Bouthwaite.
  3. Turn left at the road, cross over the river and meet another road. Turn left on this road and head through Ramsgill and continue on this road back alongside Gouthwaite reservoir.
  4. Go past the turning for Wath, and then 1km later take the right turn signed ‘Heathfield’ just before you reach the Bridge Inn. After 100m turn left signed ‘Heathfield Caravan Park’. Follow this small road up the valley through a series of caravan parks. Eventually it turns into a good stone track.
  5. Shortly after a gate there is a prominent fingerpost for the ‘Nidderdale Way’ on the left. You are now heading into the technical section – take care! Descend to a bridge over a stream. Opposite you are the old mine workings which the route zig zags through. At the top of the workings take the obvious track uphill. Go through a wall gap, keep on the track and then right at a track junction.
  6. Descend to swing right over a bridge, continue on and swing left over the next bridge. You are now on tarmac. Go up a short climb and then a long swoop back to Patelely. Get ready to brake as the main road has a habit of looming up. Turn left back to town.

Cycle Route – 20th June 2016

June 20th, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments

Brimham Loop, Summerbridge

10 Miles


Ascent: 958 ft


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You can view an online map of this route here.


  1. From New York Mills turn right onto the main road and then take the first left onto a bridleway heading uphill. When you get to the houses follow the bridleway to the right and keep to the left hand track.
  2. Turn right on to the road, heading up the steep hill.
  3. Follow the road through Brimham Rocks for 2.5 km and then go right signposted for Warsill carpark.
  4. Follow the road for another 2.5 km, mostly downhill, through a section with a wood either side and once the road straightens out turn right on to a bridleway before the Gilmoor Food sign.
  5. Follow the track in a straight line to a farmyard and then turn left through a gate.
  6. Keep going in a straight line passing a village hall on your left and continue up a steep hill. Take a slight left, following the Nidderdale Way bridleway signs and continue on the track to a road.
  7. Go right on the road and then after nearly a kilometre take the first left, signposted for Hartwith.
  8. Just before some farm buildings 1km along the road turn right on to a bridleway and then follow the track until a turn off on the left on to a packhorse route, still following the bridleway. Be aware of walkers on this section. Follow the right hand wall line to 2 single gates. After the second gate head downhill following the left hand fence line through another single gate.
  9. At the end of the bridleway stop before you rejoin the road and go left. Go straight across the crossroads and before going over the bridge go right on to a bridleway by the river. Turn left to rejoin the main road. Turn left back into New York Mills.

Cycle Route – 6th June 2016

June 3rd, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments

Great Greenhow

25 Miles


Ascent: 2766 ft


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You can view an online map of this route here.

  1. From the car park, turn left and then take the first left after the garage and ride in to Bewerley. Ride through the village and then take the road to the right, Peat Lane. Go up the hard climb and over the little bridge to the old quarry.
  2. Take the bridleway track to the left, and follow until it fades into a faint path across the moor (this can be very boggy after wet weather). Keep the wall close on your right, cross a stream, wind your way through, and eventually come to a gate on your right. Go through the field, past the farm house, and down the track to the road.
  3. Turn left, then first right (take care). Ride down the road, over the bridge and up the other side where you will come to a sharp corner to the left and a track through the gate to your right. Take this track, bear right at a junction, then follow the track for 6km (3½ miles) to a T-junction. Turn right, up the hill, and follow the track for 1.5km (1 mile) to meet a road.
  4. Turn right and take the road past Stump Cross Caverns and the village of Greenhow, and opposite the entrance to Hanson’s Quarry, ride down the lane on the left.
  5. At the end of the first straight go through the gate on the right follow this bridleway past Coldstones Farm and join the Nidderedale Way. Turn Left, and follow the along for 3km (2 miles). At the top of a long climb you join another track at a y-junction, continue forwards until you emerge over the old Merrifield Quarry and mine workings.
  6. Take care as you descend through the old mine workings. At the bottom cross the wooden bridge and go up to the track. Follow this track downhill. It becomes tarmac passing through a number of caravan sites. At T-junction turn left, and follow through Heathfield to meet main road.
  7. Turn left and ride along the side of the reservoir until you reach Ramsgill. Go through Ramsgill, over the bridge and take the immediate right to ride through Bouthwaite. At the end of the road turn right again and follow the lane to its end where it becomes an unsurfaced track.
  8. Follow this along the side of the reservoir, taking the right hand fork when offered. You will eventually climb above the damn, before turning right and descending a steep track and emerging in Wath.
  9. Ride through the village and cross the bridge, turning left towards Pateley and follow the road back past the High School