Cyclists go for a ride in Calderdale

Actions from the Cyclocross event at Shibden Park, Halifax.
Actions from the Cyclocross event at Shibden Park, Halifax.

Cycling continues to make tracks in Calderdale with the Tour de France just 10 months away.

Cyclists young and old have been saddling up and taking part in biking events across the district as the build-up to next year’s Grand Depart goes on.

There were two days of cycling fun at Shibden Hall as part of the Walk and Ride Festival, with cyclo-cross rides and the Shibden Spinner.

Organiser Emma Osenton, from Pennine Prospects, said: “It was really good. We probably had around 200 participants over the weekend.

“We had everyone from little children on balance bikes to more experienced riders.

“There were roller races, a bar, a pizza wagon, The Porkery and a display by the RSPB.

“We wanted the event to be something that was open to everybody and get families involved.

“We wanted people to engage with cycling as a spectator sport too with the Tour de France coming next year.

“We also had two cyclo-sportifs, a 40-mile and a 90-mile event, which are non-competitive road races and they are growing massively in popularity.”

The Mill Hill Sportif takes place in Mytholmroyd on October 12. For more details, visit

The Calderdale Panorama Bike Ride, organised by Sky Ride, also took place in Norland, covering an eight mile circular route around the moor.