In the latest issue of MBUK, out now, our Big Ride specialist Max Darkins and snapper Russell Burton made the long trek from down south to the top of the North York Moors in a bid to sample some of the finest bridleway and byway riding in the area. The brand new Yorkshire Cycle Hub run and created by Sarah and Phillip Thurlow – two local riders that have gone out of their way to create an amazing hub for cyclists coming to the area – marked the start and finish of this month’s Big Ride.
Offering a fantastic cafe, with seating both inside and out, loads of great hot and cold food as well as delicious homemade cakes, there’s also a bike shop with a fully stocked workshop, bike wash, bike hire and showers. The centre is currently developing a bunkhouse and camping pods so you won’t ever have a reason to leave! They’re also offering skills coaching and guided rides around the moors so that you can get the best from the riding on offer.
To find out more, check out issue 349’s Big Ride on page 130. Download the Viewranger app to help you navigate the moors on your smartphone using the map below.
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Features Editor Alex calls the mellow rolling hills of Dorset home, but before he started on MBUK, he lived in The French Alpine town of Morzine for seven years. Here he developed a scary ability to make the steepest and gnarliest trails look like a walk in the park. Occasionally his speed caught up with him, resulting in several bone crunching crashes at World Cup downhill level. Since hanging up his racing shoes Al regularly clocks up a massive weekly mileage on his trail bike, so is one of our hardiest testers.