The plan is to cycle all the routes of the National Cycle Network in Yorkshire during the calendar year 2018. Simple, no?
There are 28 of them. Are you ready? Here goes…
1, 6, 10, 62, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 627, 636, 656, 657, 658, 665, 668, 677, 688, 689, 696, 697, 699.
I think. Since making the list at the start of January I keep discovering small new ones. Some are long, some are very short. Many can be cycled in a day (a few in probably under an hour) but some will take a three, four perhaps even five days at least. There’s no rush however. I have 12 months and here the distance isn’t the challenge; the challenge is getting them all done before December 31st… My current thinking is to attempt route 1 – yes, route 1 itself – from Hull to Whitby towards the end of February giving me about six weeks to plan and prepare. The other 27 will follow, hopefully.
My bicycle will be Dale, the Cannondale, a 2017 CAADX 105. He’s already explored some parts of Yorkshire since he was purchased in the autumn of 2016 – here he is in the Airedale Valley for example – but most of his action has been limited to the Calder and Colne Valleys of West Yorkshire near to where I live. He too needs a bit of preparation but he’s in relatively good shape, better then me. Panniers aren’t an option for Dale so I’ll need to enter the exciting world of ‘bike-packing’ which, let’s face it, is just another excuse to spend money on gear. Been there, bought the t-shirt etc…
So that’s where we are on January 2nd 2018. Read this post to the website for some basic thoughts written on January 1st and follow the links below for some more detailed planning information. In 2008 I started to plan a cycle across Europe. Three long continental trips, three books and 10 years later I’m coming home with a view to Crossing Yorkshire… on a Bike Called, rather suitable, Dale.