Congratulations Welcome to Yorkshire – Tour de France in Yorkshire

Congratulations to the team at Welcome to Yorkshire on securing the first two stages of this iconic race in 2014 – beating bids from Barcelona, Berlin and Venice.

It’s obviously going to be a very popular event with organisers expecting three MILLION people to line the route.  Day one starts in Leeds and ends in Harrogate via Hawes and Skipton – a minimum of 115 miles of stunning Yorkshire countryside.  Day two sees the riders starting in York and traveling through Knaresborough, Keighley, Huddersfield, Holmfirth before ending 110 miles later in Sheffield.

There’s an overview map of the routes taken by each stage below:

Tour de France Yorkshire 2014

For any groups wanting to improve their mountain biking skills we offer tailored experiences and adventures to suit all skill levels, experience and objectives – from good fun stag do’s, as part of a team building programme and for more serious adventure seekers.  Contact us with details of your group size, preferred dates and what you want to achieve and we’ll propose an outdoor experience to suit your group.

 

Tour de France in Yorkshire – Back le Bid with Welcome to Yorkshire

Congratulations to the hard working team at Welcome to Yorkshire – they’ve now got over 150,000 (yes one hundred and fifty THOUSAND) pledges of support for their campaign to bring the iconic race to the hills and dales of Yorkshire.

With the tremendous achievements of Bradley Wiggins at both the Tour de France and the recent Olympic games there is renewed interest in cycling across the UK.

If your group are into mountain biking and want to develop your skills – or you’re new to mountain biking and want our expert instructors to guide you on a great day out then please do contact us.  We offer mountain bike experiences across Yorkshire for groups of all abilities for team building, a stag do, hen parties or simply groups of mates who want to get outdoors and do something different.

Great Introductory Mountain Bike Route – Harden, West Yorkshire

If you’re looking for an good introductory level mountain biking route in West Yorkshire then we can recommend the “Hard’en Fast” a steady 13 mile route that utilises bridleways, byways and minimal amounts of road to create a varied circular route.

Mountain Bike YorkshireThe full route is available as a downloadable PDF – if the link above doesn’t work just Google “Harden Fast Mountain Biking” but in summary …..

There’s loads of free car parking available at the St Ives Estate, from there you cycle up through the estate passed Alter Rock and out across Harden moor – the majority of the route is straightforward but there are a couple of technical decents that will test a lot of people’s mountain biking skills.

Another great thing about the route is that it passes a couple of pubs and a jolly nice tea room at Cold Stream Mills before dropping down towards Wilsden and the Malt Shovel just before the finish.

Mountain Biking Yorkshire

 

MIAS Level 1 & 2 Mountain Bike Instructor Course

We have ONE PLACE left on a two day MIAS Mountain Bike Instructor Level 1 and 2 course on the North Yorks Moors in March.

The MIAS course is running on the 21st and 22nd March (Wednesday and Thursday) – the first day is from 9.30am to 6pm and the second day is 9.30am to 3.30pm.

The cost of £240 includes registration, assessment, certificate, log book AND an evening meal on the Wednesday night (scheduled to finish between 8 and 9pm).

This last place is available on a ‘first paid first booked basis’ so if you’re interested please contact us by email from our Adventure Companies website so we can answer any queries and sort out the details.

Rock Steady Adventure MIAS CourseIf you can’t make this course but you’re interested in gaining the certification then please email us through the webstite so we can keep you informed about other outdoor instructor training courses.

Yorkshire Snow Report

Having just taken the mountain bike over the top of Baildon moor I can confirm the top is covered in snow and the wind is driving it sideways.  Lovely.

The decent from the top was very tricky tonight as the mud is deep and very slippy rendering brakes all but useless, thank goodness now one else was mad enough to be doing the same thing – I had the moor to myself a bit like in the photo of Baildon Moor, Yorkshire from Baildon.org.

Baildon Moor Yorkshire

If anyone else has any reports, weather or otherwise, on the great Yorkshire Outdoors please post them here.