Just a week after we visited the Yorkshire Dales to ride for ourselves some sections of the Yorkshire 2019 UCI World Championships course, the area was in the news for the devastating effects of a flash summer flood. The picturesque bridge at Grinton Moor, below, was washed away and towns and villages were hit by several feet of floodwater.
Folk in the area are nowt if not resilient, though, and with a temporary bridge due to be built in time for the Worlds the roads in the surrounding National Park are once again a road cyclist’s playground.
Even better, our friends at the Dales Bike Centre – despite being at the heart of the ‘action’ – are also open for business, so all your coffee, cake, bike spares and accommodation cares are taken care of. “The freak flooding we experienced was shocking,” owner Stu Price told us. “We have faired okay, we’ve cleaned up and been open again for a while now but there’s still stuff to sort out.”
If you’ve been meaning to ride the Worlds roads and are staying away after the recent news, our advise is to delay no more – they’re only going to get busier as the event (22-29 September) gets ever closer.
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