We absolutely loved the UCI Road Championships 2019 here at Harrogate Mumbler! As a family, we made full use of the Fan Park and my little girl loved collecting the freebies from the various sponsors – although I’m slightly regretting the amount of cow bells she managed to get her hands on! I personally loved parking my car up for the week and walking everywhere. But most of all, we all absolutely loved watching all the cycling, and this is coming from someone who hasn’t ridden a bike since the early 90’s! My daughter is now cycle crazy too, a balance bike is already on the Christmas list and every time she sees someone on a bike, she gives them a little cheer and shouts well done at them!
The hundreds of world class cyclists might have gone, the fan park has all been taken down and the roads are now all open, but there’s still so much to do in Harrogate if you’ve become a bike mad family like us!
I’ve lived near the Cold Bath Road since we moved to Harrogate in early 2018. Until last week, the Prologue Performance Cafe on Cold Bath Road had completely passed us by. Not anymore – the cafe is brilliant! Lots of yummy brunch items and good selection of sweet treats – those cyclists need to keep their energy levels up after all. There’s also plenty of cycling paraphernalia available in their workshop. We picked up a great little UCI print for our new house from here too. Bespoke coffee, tasty and nutritious food, fully licensed and you can watch every live cycling event throughout the year – what’s not to love?! Of course, there’s also plenty of storage for bikes!
Resurrection Bikes are a volunteer run organisation who fix up donated bikes and sell them on at really reasonable prices. They have bikes ranging from toddler to adult size and they take donated bikes and spare parts in any condition. They are located in the basement of Westcliffe Hall and are normal opening times are Mon and Thurs 1pm-3pm, Friday 1pm-4pm and Saturday 2pm – 5pm.
This is such a brilliant organsation, nothing goes to waste – if they can’t repair donated bikes they’ll make craft products out of them! It’s a really great community project which everyone I know whose used them raves about! So if you’ve got old bikes to donate, or are looking to purchase something that won’t break the bank – head on down there! We’ll be getting our daughter’s first bike from there for sure!
We couldn’t do a blog on cycling and not include the genesis that is Dave Burns who runs I want to ride my bike – kids cycling tuition in Harrogate. This guy gets raved about so many times on our Facebook Chat group. There are so many great testimonies about the 1:1 magic hour! Held throughout the year on pretty much every Saturday and occasionally Sundays too – he’ll give your little one an hour 1:1 tuition which will set them off on a life of 2 wheeled fun and adventure! He claims that no matter what their size or age and if they’ve never ridden before he’ll get them riding – and from what I’ve read on Facebook his claims are 100% valid! We’ll be booking our little one in in the new year!
If you’ve got all the kit already sorted – and want ideas on where to take your little ones on some family friendly bike rides then we’ve got that covered too!
The Big Bike Revival 2019 was held earlier this year – but they’ve still got one planned Big Bike Revival Celebration rides that are aimed at the new or inexperienced cyclist. They are organised by Liferiders and will be leaving from Dragon Road car park at 1.30pm on Sunday 27th October. Come early if you need advice or adjustments. You will need to sign up for the event here
There’s a whole page dedicated to family bike rides on the Harrogate Council website here
Our favourite at MumblerHQ has to be the Nidderdale Greenway – which connects North Harrogate with Ripley on a fantastic 4 mile converted railway line. A traffic free path with breathtaking views – the ideal family bike ride!
Although we were all a big fan of the UCI event coming to our beautiful town of Harrogate, we do appreciate that not everyone shares our views. A lot of local businesses saw a dramatic drop in trade over the event. So, get on your bike and get down to support these local businesses! Why not treat yourself to a nice dinner somewhere after a long bike ride, or go and get that manicure you’ve been meaning to get for a while! We love the local independent scene in Harrogate and will always support them in anyway we can – so feel free to tag your favourite local indie shop/restaurant/bar/business in our FB comments!