Grand Depart Inspires new business in the Dales
01 August 2014 23:04
A cycling mad couple have been so inspired by Yorkshire’s Grand Départ, they have opened their own brand new bike shop.
Mike Allenby and Helen Pollard have realised a long held ambition to open Stage 1 cycles in Askrigg which provides bike hire, repairs, tours and family activities.
The couple put the brakes on their careers in plumbing and teaching after it was revealed Welcome to Yorkshire had won the bid to host the Grand Départ which passed just a mile past their door on July 5th.
“It was just the incentive we needed” said Helen. “At the same time we want to get beyond the idea of cycling as an elite sport which at that level it is”. “We want to promote everyday cycling for everyone”.
From the small shop opposite their home in Main Street Askrigg, Stage 1 Cycles will offer affordable hire of a range of adult and junior bikes plus trailers. Further they offer spares, repairs and guided tours, including collections and pickups utilising the little White Bus service.
The shop is ideally placed with numerous accommodation and activity providers for visitors to the Dales including The Holiday Property Bond and Bolton Castle nearby.
In addition Mike and Helen will work closely with the National Park Authority, Dales Integrated transport Alliance (DITA), community based partnerships such as Yorebridge Community Leisure and schools to develop a junior biking strategy for the upper dales. This aims to create opportunities for children to engage in fun biking activities and learn to access the roads safely. A great legacy to the tour.
Increasing accessibility to the Dales by bike is a key aim of the business. They hope to develop a network of electric charging points for electric bikes currently lacking in the Dales but wide spread in the lake district. “With the support of the YDNP we will be able to hire Electric bikes for a trail period throughout August an September to hopefully provide evidence to support grants and funding applications to promote and develop these plans” says Helen.
Main Street, Askrigg, DL8 3HG