With summer now definitely upon us I took my first-ever trip to the Yorkshire Wolds for this week’s ride and added some coastal resorts into my route to give it a seaside flavour. At 58 miles long it’s quite a bit further than my usual pedals, but a lack of any monster climbs meant my legs could just about handle it.
The Peak District is one of the jewels in Yorkshire’s cycling crown so I thought it was about time I sampled it first-hand after witnessing the world’s best riders tackle some of its most famous peaks in this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. Whilst I was there I combined my route to retrace some of the 2014 Tour de France stage into Sheffield and in the process devised one of the toughest rides I’ve taken all year.
Working for Welcome to Yorkshire you get to visit all four corners of the county but I’d never actually made it to the Howardian Hills. I was determined to put that right so I loaded up my bike, headed to Malton, and took on a scenic 63-mile loop which featured much of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Ever since it was announced that Shibden Wall was featuring on the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire route I’d been itching to give it a try and this week I finally got around to it. I also managed to tick Cragg Vale off my cycling bucket list in the process.
I was visiting my parents in Grassington last weekend so I took my bike with me and set off at dawn to tackle one of my favourite loops which takes in three icons of the Dales – Malham Cove, Pen-y-ghent and Kilnsey Crag.
One of the things I’ve always loved about Leeds is the fact that while it houses everything you could ever wish for in a city, you can be out in beautiful rolling countryside in no time at all. As such, I started this week’s ride at the railway station and was soon tackling a really nice, varied loop skirting the West and North Yorkshire border.
After taking a flat route last week I made sure the climbs were back with a vengeance this time around as I took on one of my favourite rides into the heart of Brontë Country. It’s a 57km (35 mile) loop which starts and finishes in Haworth and takes a very brief sojourn into Lancashire before dropping into Hebden Bridge and back over Oxenhope Moor.
THE fact that seven cyclists were killed in West Yorkshire last year more than justifies the police’s decision to use undercover officers to identify, and then educate, those motorists whose ignorance and carelessness continues to endanger the lives of other road users.