This summer, the first two stages of the world’s greatest cycle race - the Tour de France - will be taking place in Yorkshire. The world’s elite riders will be riding through the magnificent cities and breath-taking countryside of the White Rose County and showcasing the fascinating scenery that can be found there. However, you don’t need the hill-climbing endurance of Chris Froome or the sprinting legs of Mark Cavendish to appreciate Yorkshire on a bike.
Our newly launched Cycle the Way of the Roses tour traverses the entire county from west to east, crossing both stages of the ‘Grand Depart’ and giving cyclists the chance to see what lured the race to Yorkshire, but at a more leisurely pace.
When you join the tour you'll cycle 272km along the National Cycle Network 'way of the Roses' from Morecambe Bay on the west to Bridlington’s coast on the east. On arrival you could celebrate with champagne and the seaside staple of fish and chips! While riding through the Red and White Rose counties, you'll have time to admire the Lune Valley, the world-famous Yorkshire Dales, the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds. Other tour highlights include cycling through idyllic villages en route, visiting the 12th century World Heritage Sites of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, and exploring the impressive cities of Lancaster and York.
This new tour is being led by Jason Taylor who already runs our Cycling Coast to Coast cycle adventure in the north of England. Jason has been Tour Leading for Explore for 15 years, guiding in countries as diverse as Iran, Norway, Bhutan and Oman. A native Yorkshireman, he now lives in Cumbria’s Eden Valley with his wife and two children. Ever since riding his first bike - a Raleigh Budgie at the age of five - he’s been a keen cyclist and now can’t imagine life without access to two wheels. He’s often overwhelmed by the choice of cycling routes he can enjoy, be it the superb mountain biking in the Lake District or the bike-friendly quiet lanes and challenging hills of the Eden Valley.
Jason is very excited about the positive growth of cycling in the UK, and is still coming to terms with the fact that the Tour-de-France will be riding through the playground of his childhood this July!
Find out more about our Cycle the Way of the Roses tour.