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Harry Dowdell has been cycling for as long as he can remember. His first cycle tour was with school friends Graham and Dave across the North York Moors, staying in youth hostels at Wheeldale and Whitby during one of those long sunny summers of long ago.
After a lengthy break, when the bike was used only for commuting, he restarted cycle touring around south-west Ireland before moving on to France, Spain, Slovenia and Norway.
Moving to Nidderdale with partner Liz and taking up triathlon were the spurs to procuring a new bike. After a few months filled with lots of cycling to get fit, cycling for pleasure soon took over. Having got the bug again cycling is now his preferred method of exercise and of travelling around and experiencing new countries.
Harry continues to cycle regularly both at home in Yorkshire and abroad, and pays the bills working as a fitness instructor at his local leisure centre.
Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales describes 23 day rides, a 6-stage 305km cycle tour and Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France. The routes are graded by distance, climb and overall gradient, all suitable for road bikes and illustrated with maps and profiles. The Dales offer varied cycling, an extensive road network and many cycle-friendly cafés.
This guidebook describes 8 multi-day cycle routes in Spain. The routes include Bilbao, Madrid, Sevilla, Serranía de Ronda, the Sierras Grazalema, Morena, Gredos and Guadarrama, Sierra Nevada, the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa. The routes vary from short, introductory tours of 3 to 7 days to demanding tours of 2-weeks for enthusiasts.