By popular demand, our Bronte Cobbled Ride is back in 2018!
On Sunday 10th June, you can join the ride on this unique route of 55 miles with 1,800m climb. Our expert on this region, Mel Hartley, devised this truly unique ride featuring 3 of Cycling Weekly’s top 14 UK cobbled climbs. Although not long in distance (and it is no disgrace to walk the steepest sections) the combination of cobbles and gradient provide a real challenge.
All the toughest climbs come in the first half of the ride as the route takes you out around Ilkley Moor, then onto Thwaites Brow in Keighley. From there the cobbled fun continues as you head towards Halifax and then over Withens Moor (the inspiration for Wuthering Heights) before descending into Haworth ready for the iconic climb of main street. The final part of the ride crosses the Aire Valley and after the sharp Priest Bank, made famous by the Tour de Yorkshire, you soon glimpse Beamley Beacon standing proud over Whafedale before descending back to Ilkley.
Ride distance: 55 miles with 2,029m ascent, route on Strava is HERE
Haworth Main Street
The ride will depart from the Wheatley Arms in Ilkley at 9am and you will ride in a group guided by one of our Ride Leaders. OTE nutrition will be provided and there will also be a cafe just after the half way point of the ride.
Entry is £25 just contact us on E: firstname.lastname@example.org or M: 07710 550237 to reserve a place
We’re excited to host an evening with Simon Warren on 25th April 2018. Simon will tell us how he fell in love with cycling and most importantly fell in love with riding uphill. From his first adventures in his home county of Nottinghamshire to criss crossing the island in search of ever steeper gradients to compile his many guides. As we are on the eve of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, Simon will also give his opinion of the climbs on this year’s race and pick out his top five places to spectate, the places where you’ll see the best pain faces! Click HERE to grab a ticket.
Hints of spring were definitely in the air last Saturday for our first Challenge Ride of 2018. A great day out was had by all. Rider, Tom Braham kindly said “Had a fantastic day out yesterday with @yorksvelotours. Challenging route, great scenary and the company was superb. Thanks Charles and Chris”.
Here’s a little taster of what went on VIDEO
Charles from YVT talks you through the route of the first Challenge Ride of 2018, the ‘Lancashire and Wharfedale Cocktail’. A great season opener of 76 miles with 1,829m ascent. View the video from YVT HQ now! VIDEO
Convinced, we hope so .. see you on the road!
Very pleased to win 3rd place in cycling small business category at the City Connect Awards last week. City Connect are part of West Yorkshire Combined Authority and work to promote and encourage more people to cycle in Yorkshire and the north.
TOUR DE YORKSHIRE 2018 WEEKEND PACKAGE
• Friday 4th to Monday 7th May
• Ride parts of the Tour de Yorkshire Route
• Experience a stage start/finish of a major race
• 3 nights B&B accommodation in Ilkley (one of the host towns)
• 3-4 group rides - Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon (grouped by ability)
• Watch as much of the Tour racing as possible
• Local expert ride leaders
• Mechanical support from Cytech qualified mechanic
WATCH THE PROS AND RIDE PARTS OF THE TOUR DE YORKSHIRE ROUTE IN A WEEKEND!
The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire will be bigger and better than ever before with the race now extended to 4 days and will attract many big name riders as part of their preparation for the Tour de France. This trip will allow you to ride some of the route that the pros will be racing on as well as watch the action right up close. The weekend is based in Ilkley, often referred to as the capital of cycling in Yorkshire!
As you can imagine this trip will sell out fast and we only have limited places, so if you want to come please sign up and pay your deposit ASAP!
The weekend will comprise a mix of watching the Tour de Yorkshire and cycling some of the route as well as other great roads. On the rides there will be 2 ride groups heading in the same direction, with one group for intermediate/advanced riders and a second group covering less distance at a slower pace! Riders will also get to witness either a race start or finish (maybe both) and see the riders at close quarters. If you’ve never witnessed this before, it’s a great experience and carries a great buzz!
• Friday - Arrive at time of your choosing, ideally lunchtime for an afternoon ‘warm up ride’ and possibly watch the race
• Saturday - Breakfast, group ride & Tour de Yorkshire watching
• Saturday evening - Group evening dinner at a local independent restaurant. If you prefer to eat separately arrangements can be made.
• Sunday - Breakfast, group ride & Tour de Yorkshire watching
• Sunday Evening - Optional group dinner or chill out
• Monday - Breakfast, early ride & departure
Please note: the full route detail will be released on 5th December, after which we will publish a more detailed itinerary of rides combined with watching the race, but rest assured, you will see the race in Ilkley on this trip!
Price: Twin/double room £320, Single room £395
A very limited number of rooms are available, so contact us asap if you are interested in attending the trip.
We know most of these roads and have also cycled the route in April to bring you our super special guide to watching Day 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire, just download the following Pdf file
We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering up with OTE Sports and they will be providing our on ride nutrition in 2017
Two Ilkley based cycling businesses are coming together in April to host a charity ride in aid of Child Bereavement UK. The 40 mile road ride, titled The Three Hill Thriller, is being hosted by Yorkshire Velo Tours and The Commute Coffee House and Bicycle Workshop and comprises a loop taking in 3 notorious hills in North Yorkshire; Norwood Edge, Hartwith Bank and Nought Bank.
The ride is very much a social ride open to all levels of cyclist, although, be warned, there are some steep gradients to challenge the legs!
The ride takes place on Saturday 22nd April and starts and finishes at The Commute in Ilkley. Entry is £5 with all proceeds going to Child Bereavement UK. Enter on-line HERE or in person at The Commute, 20 Leeds Road. Places limited to 100.
Our guide to road cycling in the Yorkshire Dales has just been published on the Timeoutdoors website, take a look…
Our team jerseys were designed in Yorkshire and manufactured in England and are available at a cost of £50 (inc P&P). We think they’re pretty darn stylish! Please get in touch if you would like to order one
“Stunning views of both Wharfedale and Nidderdale and a warm glow of satisfaction inside”
“I know I’ll be aching the next day, but it’s a terrific way to spend a morning”
“Ilkley has no shortage of good pubs and restaurants”
“It’s an inviting prospect. For £195, Londoners can enjoy a weekend’s cycling led by an experienced member of Charles’ enthusiastic and friendly team – with full mechanical back-up in the event of any technical problems”
On Friday 29th April some of our ride leaders will be riding out from Ilkley to watch the riders summit the Cote de Greenhow Hill, the only categorised climb on day 1 of the race. We will be meeting at the Wheatley Arms at 1pm ready to set off shortly after. There will be a support vehicle which will drive to near the top of Greenhow Hill, so you can deposit some extra clothing etc in the vehicle to put on to watch the race, which is due to arrive around 3pm.
After the race has passed and the road is open, we shall then cycle part of the route towards Grassington and then head back via the Wharfe Valley. Route total distance is 35 miles returning to the Wheatley Arms (16miles to Greenhow Hill from the start in Ilkley). Off street car parking is available as well as food and drink afterwards. Route link as follows: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1048488755
If you wish to join us, please confirm by sending an email to email@example.com so we can get an idea of numbers.
There is no charge for this ride.
‘I highly recommend Charles and his team if you want to experience some of Yorkshire’s best roads’
Peter Cossins, Contributing Editor at Pro Cycling Magazine, contributor to cyclingnews.com. 6th April, 2016
‘Since the Tour De France visited Yorkshire the number of people cycling in our county has increased dramatically. I’m sure this new type of event will attract visitors and residents alike to explore the wonderful cycling right on our doorstep.’
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, commenting on CycleSaturdays
‘A big thank you to Charles and YVT for a really well organised and intelligently thought out route which was tailored to suit the group ability. Great to conquer some of those famous Yorkshire climbs and all in the knowledge that we’re in the hands of an experienced team so no worries about taking a wrong turn! Spectacular vistas and great café stops en-route. I’ll be back for more!’
Nigel T, Oct 2015
‘The route was cleverly planned across some lovely quiet minor roads , the highlight of the ride being one of the big climbs from the Tour Of Britain , in the tracks of Sir Bradley etc. The view from the top was amazing and well worth the effort involved. Without doubt one of the best rides of the year for me’
John T, Ilkley, September 2015