Tour de France: bid to promote area's mountain biking attraction

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Iain Johnson, who will run cycling activity on the moors above Keighley, out on his mountain bike Iain Johnson, who will run cycling activity on the moors above Keighley, out on his mountain bike

Guided mountain bike trail rides will be offered at a site above Oxenhope throughout the weekend of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in July.

Iain Johnson, of MTB Cycle Yorkshire, which is based in Bradford, will run the activity from the Stones Top Cottage Manorlands campsite.

Explaining the attraction to a Worth the Tour community group meeting at the Three Acres pub, he said the off-road adventures would mainly be for campsite guests and would be restricted to groups of six riders.

However, he added that if any non-campsite residents wished to take part they may be able to book privately, with the payment going to Manorlands hospice at Oxenhope.

Routes will include a 25 to 35-mile guided ride around Haworth and Wycoller and a ride from the campsite taking in Haworth, Ogden Water and finishing with an evening meal at the Bay Horse pub in Oxenhope.

People without their own bikes wanting to take part should notify organisers in advance, as it may be possible to provide a small number.

Mr Johnson has dubbed all the planed routes ‘Le Off Road Rides De Yorkshire’ to celebrate the big event.

He said: “I’m really excited that Le Tour is coming to our area and will be helping to get more and more people interested in cycling. What I’m aiming to do is to show everyone that there is another side to the bike and that Yorkshire also has some of the most fantastic off-road riding in the world.

“We are all keen to maintain the legacy after Le Tour has been here so that visitors will keep coming back to enjoy our wonderful area with their bikes.

“So if anyone has a B&B or guest house we’ll be happy to run bespoke guided rides from their establishment.”

In the run-up to the Grand Depart on July 5 and 6, Mr Johnson is taking out guided rides for visitors wanting to check out the actual Grand Depart route.

Phone 07958 130712 or visit mtbcycley orkshire.co.uk to book a place or for further details.

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