The Tour de Yorkshire is the zenith of the Yorkshire sporting calendar. Each and every year proud Yorkshire men, women and children line the streets in a mass celebration, cheering on hundreds of cyclists racing across the greatest county in the world. This year, the race will be taking place from Thursday May 2 – Sunday May 9 – with the race passing close to York at nearby Elvington and Escrick on Thursday May 2.
Yorkshire has a always had bustling, vibrant cycling scene and the Tour de Yorkshire is testament to this. York is home to over 30 cycle hire vendors and shops, supporting the vast network of 26 cycle routes all across the city. With the Tour around the corner, we’ve picked out the best independent bike shops and cafes in the city to really get you in the mood for the big race this May!
Founded in 1980, Cycleworks can be found on Lawrence Street in the east of the city situated next to the Walmgate Barbican. The shop specialises in selling bikes and merchandise from some of the biggest brands in the business. Cycleworks have one of the only bespoke bike workshops in the city, priding themselves with an exceptional breadth of knowledge and expertise. Well worth a visit for those big cycling fans!
Cycle Heaven is the biggest, and most recognisable independent cycling organisation in the city, boasting two bike shops and two cycling cafes. The Cycle Heaven store at Fulford, located in an old Victorian Military Warehouse, and is the largest cycle shop and cafe in the whole of North Yorkshire. Customers are spoilt for choice with services such as bike sales (performance and recreational) bike hire, bike repairs and physiotherapy treatment for those tired legs.
The Cycle Heaven is at York Station is a little smaller, but offers many of the same services. York is a beautiful city, even better from the saddle of a bicycle. Thanks to the central location of the Cycle Heaven at York Station, cycle hire has never been easier. You may not be able to keep up with the racers in the Tour de Yorkshire this summer, but you’ll certainly be able cycle around our beautiful and historic city thanks to Cycle Heaven.
Cyclists competing in the Tour de Yorkshire are expected to take on board over 4000 calories for every stage they race but for those of you that would just like a light-bite and a coffee, the Angel on the Green is the perfect spot for those after cycle lunches. Owned by Cycle Heaven, Angel on the Green is a cycling cafe, equipped with a small cycle shop for those cycling essentials. The cafe is vegan and gluten friendly serving up a whole host of fresh food and drink, from antipasto and pizzas to locally sourced wine and cask ales. With secure parking available on site, it would be silly not to hop on your bike this weekend and head down to Angel on the Green.