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Bronte Cobbled ride 2018

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

Key climbs:

Thwaites Brow

Shibden Wall

Gibb Lane

Haworth Main Street

Goose Eye

Priest Bank

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: or M: 07710 550237 to reserve a place

Haworth main street
Haworth main street

An evening with Simon Warren

​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.

An evening with Simon Warren
An evening with Simon Warren

March Challenge Ride

​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

Route preview of March Challenge Ride

​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

6 reasons to cycle in Yorkshire in 2018

  1. Hills, hills, hills. Now these things may cast fear into your heart, but every cyclist will admit that it’s an exhilarating feeling to have made it up a hill, especially if it’s a hard one! We’ve all sorts of hills in Yorkshire, from long and gradual to short and steep, as well as the odd one or two that is long and steep! Whatever you cycle up you get to glide down, so there are plenty of rewards in store too. Hills also make great scenery and define the character of Yorkshire, so you can just admire from a distance if you want! Have a look at the ‘top climbs’ section on our website for a few of our faves in the Yorkshire Dales.
  2. Yorkshire folk. We like to think that we are friendly, humorous and very hospitable! Most Yorkshire folk will greet you in the street or even start up a conversation. Unlike the famous pub scene in the movie ‘American werewolf in London’, walk into a Yorkshire Dales pub and you will get a warm welcome. Watch out though, there are plenty of unique characters to be met in these parts, however they won’t bite and you might even meet a friend a for life! If you are met with phrases such as ‘Ey Up’, ‘Na then’ or ‘Ow do’ don’t be alarmed, these are all friendly greetings and only mean the person is pleased to see you!
  3. Quiet roads. Us Yorkshire cyclists tend to take it for granted but most of our roads have little traffic on them. In 2017 we had several cycle groups from London and Holland who couldn’t believe how little traffic is on the roads. Sometimes you can cycle for 20-30 minutes without meeting a car!
  4. Views and scenery. Every time you hear Christian Prudhomme speak about Yorkshire he says the word ‘gorgeous’. Can he be wrong, I don’t think so! There is so much variety in the Yorkshire scenery from baron moorland to beautiful valleys though to rocky vistas. It has it all, even a splendid coastline. We guarantee that some of the views you will witness will truly take your breath away!
  5. The pros race here! These roads are raced on by the top pro cyclists. If you cycle on Yorkshire roads, you can just about guarantee that some of your route will have featured in the Tour de France and/or Le Tour de Yorkshire. If you use Strava, you’ll be able to compare your times against the pros and also the many local cycling heroes we have in the county.
  6. Food and drink. If you think Yorkshire cafes are in the dark ages and still serve instant coffee complemented by rich tea biscuits (not that there’s anything wrong with them) think again! Yorkshire contains countless top quality cafes and eating establishments. The capacino age is definitely here and the homemade cakes are plentiful and delicious! No ride in Yorkshire is complete without a top cafe stop. Make it even better with a drink or two when you’ve finished, including some of Britain’s finest beer from the likes of Ilkley Brewery and Timothy Taylors of Keighley.

Convinced, we hope so .. see you on the road!

Cote de Lofthouse, April 2017
Cote de Lofthouse, April 2017

Yorkshire Velo Tours prize

​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.

Prize presentation
Prize presentation

Exclusive trip based around the Tour de Yorkshire 2018



• 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


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.

YVT Guide to the best places to watch Day 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017

​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

YVT guide Tour de Yorkshire 2017
YVT guide Tour de Yorkshire 2017

New Partner for YVT

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering up with OTE Sports and they will be providing our on ride nutrition in 2017

OTE on a ride
OTE on a ride

Charity Social Ride Saturday 22nd April

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.

Guide to road cycling in the Yorkshire Dales

Our guide to road cycling in the Yorkshire Dales has just been published on the Timeoutdoors website, take a look…

Road cycling guide

YVT Jerseys Out Now!

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

Video of our first CycleSaturday, the Bronte Cobbled Classic 21st May 2016

Article by the London Evening Standard on cycling in Yorkshire and YVT, April 2016

“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”

Read the full article

Ride out to watch the Tour de Yorkshire crest Greenhow Hill

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:

If you wish to join us, please confirm by sending an email to so we can get an idea of numbers.

There is no charge for this ride.

Peter Cossins – Cycling Journalist

‘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 6th April, 2016

Welcome To Yorkshire

‘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

YVT Rider Testimonial

‘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

YVT Rider Testimonial

‘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

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