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Frequently Asked Questions

How fit do I need to be?

The tours are designed for people who love cycling and want to enjoy cycling somewhere new and challenge themselves. There are options for all types of riders and using the ride grading you should be able to select one for you

How disciplined are the group rides?

For the safety of the riders and all other users of the roads it is essential that a certain level of discipline and etiquette is observed at all times. Riders will mostly ride 2 abreast but will need to adjust to single file to let cars past on narrow roads.

We will send you a copy of our Ride Safety Guidelines in advance of the ride/tour. In addition, at the opening briefing there will be clear instructions and guidance on group riding so that your safety, and that of other road users, is maintained at all times.

Apart from on certain hills, the group will always ride together (no one will get left behind) but on longer hills each person can ride at their own pace with a re-grouping at the top.

Your ride leader will give clear instruction where to re-group. Typically there will 2 groups, a faster and slower group so that riders can be with others of a similar pace.

Is there secure bike storage?


Can I hire a bike?

Yes, cycle hire can be arranged. We can provide the following bike types:
Road bikes (typically Trek Emonda Carbon)
Hybrid (typically Trek Dual Force)
Touring cycles

How do I get there?

By car: 16 miles from Leeds (30 minutes’ drive non-rush hour)

By rail: 27 mins from Leeds, then a 500 metre walk to the Wheatley Arms

By air: Leeds Bradford Airport is 8 miles away. We can arrange taxi pickup, including bike box

How many people will there be on each tour?

There will groups of around 8 riders (maximum 10) with a maximum of 4 groups

Can non-riding partners be accommodated?

Absolutely. Nine of the rooms earmarked as single rooms have double/king sized beds, so it is possible to easily accommodate any non-riding partners. There is a wealth of things to do and places to visit, including York, Harrogate, market towns of Skipton and Otley and also the thriving city of Leeds with its award winning Trinity Centre and John Lewis opening in 2016. Being located in Ilkley, a vast choice of scenic walks are also on your doorstep

What weather are we likely to encounter?

The weather can be changeable, so please bring suitable clothing, rain jackets etc.

Are there any age limits?

This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 16 (under 18’s must be accompanied by a riding parent/guardian). There is no upper age limit only the general requirement of having a suitable level of fitness to be able to cope with the routes.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yorkshire Velo Tours do not provide any insurance for clients. We recommend you have individual third party liability insurance. It is your responsibility to ensure you and your bike are adequately insured.

Will we see any famous cyclists out on the road?

There are now many pro cyclists who live in the area who train in Yorkshire. You catch sight of superstars Lizzie Deignan or Tom Pidcock out on the road, who both come from the local town of Otley, so give them a wave! Meet them at one of the café stops and you might even get a selfie!

Price & Payment Conditions

A deposit 25% per person is required to secure a booking. You must pay the balance at least 1 month prior to the start of your visit. If you fail to pay for your tour in full 1 month prior to the tour start, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and your deposit will be forfeited.

Should you wish to cancel your booking, you must give us notice by emailing Once we receive your cancellation notice we will follow up with an email confirming your cancellation. Your cancellation will take effect from the date that you receive our email confirming your cancellation.

Once we receive your cancellation notice we will follow up with an email confirming your cancellation. Your cancellation will take effect from the date that you receive our email confirming your cancellation.
• between 4 weeks and 7 days prior to tour start » 75%
• 7 days or less prior to tour start » 100%

No refunds are made for meals, services, or lodging paid for but not used.

In the very unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour, we will fully refund any monies paid to Yorkshire Velo Tours.

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