The team at Ilkley Cycling Club are gearing up for the eighth annual White Rose Classic, Yorkshire’s premier cycling sportive on Sunday, 23 June. Registration for this June’s event opened in 2018 and is proving as popular as ever, attracting riders from all over the country looking to experience challenging hills and serene beauty that Yorkshire has to offer.
The official colour of the race is actually blue but since the Tour de France visited Yorkshire back in 2014, the colour yellow has been difficult to displace. The yellow bunting has been going up in Halifax as we prepare to welcome, for the second year on the trot, the cyclists of stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday 5th May 2019.
I’m sure it will bite back soon but in this spring-like weather, can there be a better alternative to getting out on the bike? I doubt it… Today’s ride took me along the Calder Valley to Hebden Bridge… …over Oxenhope Moor in the direction of Haworth and then […]
Pennine West Yorkshire defies definition as either ‘rural’ or ‘urban’. Or, rather, I struggle to know whether I live in the town or countryside. Away from the nearby moors, it’s hard to find land that isn’t put to use (I refrain from saying ‘good use’) and hopefully this […]
I was an Olympic Games Maker back in 2012 (can you believe it’s now nearly 7 years ago?!) and had a wonderful experience. The Olympics won’t be coming back to Britain anytime soon (and post-Brexit, you can’t blame them…), but every year the organisers of the Tour de […]
In these dying days of Britain being within the European Union, a retrospective photographic look at what the freedom of movement – across a peaceful continent of countries with shared values and aspirations – means in reality… That freedom is about to be curtailed for most people within […]
I live near Halifax so I’m not complaining, but it’s curious that stage 4 of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire will be almost identical to stage 4 in 2018. The only difference I can spot is that from Halifax the cyclists will head north out of Halifax in […]
Yorkshire 2018 never happened. It was my great plan to cycle all of the National Cycle Network routes in Yorkshire during the calendar year 2018. If you are seen as an optimist even by those at the positive end of the thinking spectrum, you might point out that […]
Here’s a teaser of a video project that I’m working on at the moment. Can you spot the cyclists? Can you recognise the town?
A short film about birds going about their way on a Sunday morning in Yorkshire…
The sunlight yesterday was beautiful. It was the early morning / evening sunlight of summer for a full twelve hours and I took advantage by walking some of the way to work in Halifax. It also afforded me the opportunity of working in RAW for the first time. […]
The host towns and cities for the 2019 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire were announced yesterday… …and two things should stand out. Firstly, that ‘Hors Catégorie‘ classification (or, as Sir Gary managed to mangle it into, ‘whore’s category’ which is surely a ranking system used for a […]
Britain has decided to shoot itself in the foot (ankle, leg, stomach etc…) by leaving the European Union so, unless we manage to wrestle power from the current lunatics who are attempting to run the asylum that is the UK, come late September 2019 we may need cheering […]
Saltaire, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Halifax… where better to celebrate on August 1st?
There’s been much about the Far East in recent weeks, but let’s come back to Yorkshire and more specifically the Ryburn Valley. Some of you may remember me mentioning the Ryburn Valley Greenway project on CyclingEurope.org in the past – follow this link to read the previous posts. […]
UPDATE: Wednesday 11th July 2018 Today I drove over to Leeds to pay a visit to Woodrup Cycles and spent about an hour chatting to one of the guys who works in the shop. It was an interesting conversation and took place whilst standing over this bike (I […]
It’s almost as if the designers of The Piece Hall in Halifax had The Antiques Roadshow in mind when they built the place in the 18th century… Below is The Piece Hall, minus red gazebos and people but plus a bike. This is, after all, supposed to be […]
Cycling the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway (eastern loop) from Malham to Settle and back, travelling in Japan and an interview with Mike Webb of PulpedTravel.com and cycling to the summit of one of the Tour de France’s most iconic climbs: Mont Ventoux