Five Hidden Yorkshire Climbs to Ride
Few counties in the UK can claim to have the picturesque views and network of climbs that Yorkshire has to offer. The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire has more climbs that ever before, with new gems uncovered across the county once nicknamed "God's Country".
If you find yourself riding in the area, make sure you set aside some time to take a detour up these climbs before you get to your point B.
Cow Wath Bank
Flanked by the purple heather of the North York Moors, Cow Wath Bank has featured on several occasions in the Tour de Yorkshire, though renamed Cote de Goathland on official race maps. Short and sharp, the climb averages 9% across the 1.3km ascent. From the summit you join A169 to Whitby. The A169 is a fast busy road, so take the first left to Grosmont and ride the final 10km to Whitby on quieter roads before taking a break at the seaside for fish and chips.
Moor Lane, Ewden Village
There is no doubt that south Yorkshire is full of great roads. But what really makes these climbs some of the best is that traffic is nonexistent. You can take all the time in the world to struggle up Moor Lane, part of the ring of four climbs that circle Broomhead Reservoir. Narrow Moor Lane is just the warm up. At the top turn right onto Mortimer Road and you'll begin climbing once more, this time at 12% up to Ewden Height.
At the the summit, catch your breath and check out the eye popping views of the Peak District.
The one great thing about Linshaws Road is how it weaves around the summit of Snailsden Pike, just as long as its neighbour, the infamous Holm Moss. The 5km hike is quieter and narrower and provides views down into the valley and town of Holmfirth.
Out of Holmbridge, take Acre Lane which joins White Gate Road and onto Linshaws Road.
Langcliffe Scar has a name like a Bond villain, and is an ascent that lives up to its name. The climb, on the westerly edge of the Dales, hits 20% gradient in some sections. There are a tons of switchbacks, dipping tarmac as well as one of the best descents we've ever ridden.