About Cycling Tours of Yorkshire
A Very Warm Welcome
Hello, and welcome to ‘Cycling Tours of Yorkshire’ My name is Andrea Wood, I’m a keen road cyclist and when nearly 20 years of marathon running started to take it's toll in my joints I decided to buy my first road bike in 2013...I haven't looked back since.
Cycling is my passion, verging on an obsession perhaps, but I cannot imagine life without cycling over the amazing North York Moors National Park and the beautiful countryside surrounding it.
Exercise has always been my 'go-to' when times get rough, and cycling has helped me to cope with some very challenging episodes in my life. Some women might turn to wine or chocolate, for me it is my bike that puts me in a better place every time. (Then I can eat the chocolate!) I think I can safely say that without my bike I may well have wound up on Prozac.
About Cycling Tours
I spent summer of 2016 cycling in the Pyrenees researching the possibility of starting a cycle tours business over there.
However, the more people I spoke to, the more I realised how much interest there is in Yorkshire as a cycling destination.
Although I have never taken where I live for granted, I simply hadn't appreciated just how appealing my homeland was to cyclists from around the world.
Cycling Tours of Yorkshire? Why not indeed?
God's Own County
‘God's Own County’ is blessed with miles of quiet cycling-friendly roads, stunning scenery and quality food and drink establishments all of which contribute to a dream experience on two wheels, and indeed Yorkshire has deservedly become the capital of road cycling in this country.
After the success of Le Grand Depart in 2014, Welcome to Yorkshire's ‘Tour de Yorkshire’ and more recently the announcement that the UCI World Road Cycling Championships are to be held here in 2019, Yorkshire has indeed been put firmly on the map as a Cycle Tourism destination.
This evolving website will ultimately host a wealth of information for the cyclist wishing to experience what North Yorkshire has to offer. From accommodation to routes, Sportives, challenges, eateries, watering holes, mechanics and bike hire. We aim to provide the travelling cyclist with everything they will need to make a visit to Yorkshire one that they will never forget.
We will also put together short breaks for the person who doesn't have the time to do the research and booking themselves.
Ladies' cycling is also a subject close to my heart. Not surprisingly some women are intimidated by groups of Lycra clad men; the success of British Cycling’s initiative ‘Breeze’ is evidence of the need for Ladies only group rides and breaks, which enable the female cyclist to experience the same adventures as their male counterparts without feeling left behind or under pressure to keep up.
Andrea is a trained Breeze Champion and will be leading Ladies's only rides and tours in Yorkshire and to the Pyrenees from 2018
Follow My Blog
This blog will follow the journey of creating ‘Cycling Tours of Yorkshire’, and Andrea's personal experiences during that process.
We are very excited about this project indeed and look forward to your feedback.
Happy cycling 🙂