A cracking new mass-participation ride has just been launched to co-incide with the Tour of Britain. Called the Yorkshire Tour Ride, it’s a three-route ride open to all cyclists who like a challenge. With transponder timing, mechanical and nutritional back-up, full signposting and the backing of British Cycling, it looks like being one of the must-do events of the late summer.
Happening on Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 28th August, the event has three routes, which are likely to appeal to all levels of cyclist, from the mega-fit, looking to eat up the miles – to the club riders and less experienced riders looking for a challenging, but fun, day out in beautiful countryside.
Last year’s ‘Manchestour’, which was run along similar lines, attracted over 500 entries. The Yorkshire Tour Ride represents a great way to experience the distances and landscapes of the Tour of Britain with the reassuring back-up of British Cycling and, perhaps more importantly, it can be ridden at your own pace, alongside other cyclists.
For more details, including entry forms, please visit the ride’s dedicated website BC Rides
Briefly the three routes are as follows:
HOLME MOSS HUMDINGER – 140km (87 miles)
Challenge Distance. A great route through northern Britain’s cycling heartlands, with classic climbs of Holme Moss and Snake Pass along the way.
SNAKE PASS PEDAL – 80km (50 miles)
Intermediate Distance. Miss the monster climb of Holme Moss, but tackle the Snake Pass and enjoy the best scenery of the ride in the closing miles through Derbyshire.
Le BRADFIELD BICYCLETTE – 30km (18.5 miles)
Fun Distance. Ideal for beginners and those at the early stages of building up their cycling fitness, this is an easy drift through the dales and valleys of the Bradfield area on the edge of the Pennines.