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.

Max Darkins and Phil Thurlow ride the North York Moors for MBUK's Big Ride
Stunning views, awesome riding. Just a normal day in the North York Moors! Credit: Russell Burton

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.

Max Darkins and Phil Thurlow ride away from the Yorkshire Cycle Hub at the start of MBUK's big ride in the North York Moors
Situated in the middle of the moors, you'll feel a million miles for civilisation. Credit: Russell Burton

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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Alex EvansSenior technical editor

Alex Evans is BikeRadar’s senior mountain bike technical editor. He started racing downhill at the tender age of 11 before going on to compete across Europe. Alex moved to Morzine in the French Alps at 19 to pursue a career as a bike bum and clocked up an enormous amount of riding. Hitting those famous tracks day in, day out for eight years, he broke more bikes than he can remember. Alex then moved back to the UK and put his vast knowledge of mountain biking to good use by landing a job working for MBUK magazine as features editor. Since working for MBUK, Alex’s focus has moved to bike tech. He’s one of BikeRadar’s lead testers and knows how to push bikes and products to the limit, searching out the equipment that represents the best value for money. Alex is also a dedicated eMTB rider, and still dabbles in racing of a sort, doing his best to top the Strava leaderboard on the steepest, gnarliest and twistiest trails the Tweed Valley has to offer – just for fun, of course. Alex is also a regular on the BikeRadar YouTube channel and BikeRadar podcast.