From road racing pioneers to the ultimate Grand Depart and beyond
A breathtaking ride through the history of cycling in Yorkshire
The UK’s growing obsession with two wheels is well fed in this outstanding book by Jonathan Brown – the man on the press bike.
The Tour de France Grand Depart of 2014 shone a light on Yorkshire as a world class cycling destination. But the triumph that was Le Tour was in many ways the latest encounter in a unique long distance love affair between the White Rose and the most challenging race on the planet.
From the culture shock that working class Yorkshiremen experienced cycling alongside the continental greats of the 1950s and 60s to the golden triumphs of post-Millennial Olympic success, Cycle Yorkshire tells the region’s cycling story through the eyes of the riders themselves.
It delves into how the pit villages, steelworks, glorious landscapes and riding routes of Yorkshire have played their part in pioneering and sustaining British cycling at home and abroad.
And it explores the stories of bravery, passion and heartbreak behind legends like Brian Robinson, Barry Hoban, Tom Simpson and Beryl Burton and the successes of modern day greats like Malcolm Elliott, Ed Clancy and Lizzie Deignan, while looking at what the future might hold for the sport in God’s Own Country with its first Road World Championships on the horizon in 2019.
There are exclusive interviews, first-person musings from the centre of the action and informed guides on the region’s best cycling climbs and top training routes along the way.
It’s the ultimate account of Yorkshire’s cycling story.
Jonathan Brown is an award-winning journalist who has worked for regional and national newspapers and currently works in broadcasting. During five years at the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post he spent time as a dedicated Tour de France Grand Depart correspondent for both titles and covered subsequent Tour de Yorkshires as well as the ITU World Triathlon Series’ visit to the county. While working on the Grand Depart he also cycled the first stage of the 2014 Tour, delved into the region’s cycling history and produced coverage from within the Tour’s motorcade after riding pillion on an ASO press bike through Yorkshire.