The Tour de Yorkshire is an exciting three day bicycle race starting this Friday the 28th April with a 173km stage between the seaside towns of Bridlington and Scarborough. The race which is in its third year attracts top riders the world over and owes it’s inception to the Tour de France visit in 2014.
The whole event is a huge boost to Yorkshire and everyone in the community from local businesses to sand artists will be creating attractions en route. One planned happening is a living bike with turning wheels made up of hundreds of school children.
Luke Rowe, who has been part of the last two Tour de France wins, will be joined in a strong Team Sky line up by Olympic Gold Medallist Owain Doull and 2016 World Track Champion Jonathan Dibben and hopefully Wiggins will be riding as well. On Saturday 29th The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire also boasts a top-quality field with Olympic Road Race Champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans), two-time World Champion Giorgia Bronzini and 2017 Tour of Flanders winner Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) all on the start line.
Of course all these racers will be wearing team colours in technical lycra but the event will be a great promotion for leisurely cycling around the Yorkshire countryside. As Yorkshire is home to the English textile industry including several mills weaving our Dashing Tweeds, what better way to explore it than by biking around wearing elegant modern wool sportswear. However, perhaps leave the route of the final Sunday featuring heart thumping hill climbs from Fox Valley to Bradford to the more masochist professionals.
We are particularly inspired by cycling and the history of the most efficient form of transport that exists. The UK has a famous linage of cycle manufacturing with technology playing a key role in the development of ever more efficient machines. Cutting edge metal alloys and carbon fibres are used for frames and interestingly modern wools are now making a come back for the highest end racing attire. Although we do not work within the world of competitive cycling we are very interested in making elegant clothes for biking that take the best of the past undauntingly fused with the modern. Our Lumatwill reflective tweed combine retroreflective ‘cat’s eye’ technical fibres with fine Merino wool, creating a natural feeling fabric with all the benefits of breathable, water resistant wools plus the added benefit of high visibility at night. The cuts of our cycling garments use tailoring designs developed for Victorian sports in combination with modern silhouettes that look fabulous both on or off the saddle. If you have any desire to look marvellous on your bike then do get in touch.