Warm weather cycling and triathlon!

Look forward to the onset of spring with a week away in Majorca from 9-16th April 2016.  Morning swims, daily organised bike rides or just jogging along the beach; it is a true alternative to simply paying for yet another gym membership.  Oh and there’s a bar and entertainment as well.  The linked page should tell you all you need to know.  http://voc.bike/triathlon-cycling-holidays/

Bill Bailey goes cycling with Vern!

imageMountain-Biking the trails around Swinsty Reservoir, North Yorkshire. Good to escape the touring views of trouser press/minibar. Gets the heart pumping, the lungs working and if you believe in the soul, this will do it good. Thanks to Vern @Vern Overton Cycling for a great day out. 

Mountain-Bike Guiding with Bill Bailey

The sun shone on North Yorkshire and along with the beautiful sunshine out came my new mates Bill Bailey and his road-manager Neil Adams.   Be aware that throughout the winter VO Cycling is still renting out road and mountain bikes in the Harrogate area of North Yorkshire.  See www.voc.bike for further details of bike hire and guiding.

Cycling and Triathlon Training Camp

Hot off the press from Vern Overton Cycling!  A Cycling and Triathlon Training Camp is to be held at Porto Pollentia in Majorca from 9 – 16th April next year.   You will be able to train as little or often as you like, without ever being placed into a position that you are uncomfortable with.  After our long dark winter you will certainly appreciate the spring Majorcan weather.  Full details can be found at www.voc.bike/cycling-and-triathlon-training-camps

Greentraveller comes to Pateley Bridge?

Vern Overton Cycling now has premier listing on the Greentraveller website.  All you need to know for cycling and holidaying in and around Pateley Bridge and the beautiful Nidderdale Valley areas of North Yorkshire – click this link.   Please like and share.

VO Cycling for high quality road bike and mountain-bike hire in North Yorkshire at very competitive prices.   We offer a comprehensive servicing regime ranging from the basic BRONZE Service to a complete strip down, clean, grease and rebuild with GOLD Service.  We will also accompany you as a rider leader for your group of riders on any road or trail as not everyone is sure of their way around the Dales.

Pedalling ahead with new firm

Vern Overton Cycling is featured on page 20 of this weeks edition of the Harrogate Advertiser!  See the following link for all the news.


Charity cycle ride from LEJOG

Simon Twells's photo.

Just some of the participants of the Charity Bike Ride from Lands End to John O’Groats.  It is in support of the Colonels Fund (Duke of Edinburgh) of the Grenadier Guards which supports sick and wounded soldiers and their families on their long road back to health.  Please give generously on behalf of these hardworking and courageous people.

Harrogate Charity Bike Ride

One of the tired riders

One of the tired riders

Another great charity ride taking in all the hills that Nidderdale has to offer. This time in support of Epilepsy in Action. Some very tired legs succeeded in getting round and witnessed every type of weather that North Yorkshire has in abundance.

Welcome To The Vern Overton Cycling Website

We offer a wide range of services for all cyclists out there.  From cycle hire, including brand names such as Trek and Saracen, whether you’re on holiday, a local or just don’t have your bike with you.  We have a complete range for you to choose from.

We also offer cycle repair and maintenance services in three simple and easy to understand packages.

Finally, if you’re looking for an experienced ride leader, you’ve come to the right place.

Wear Your Helmet!

Think you don’t need to wear a helmet when riding a bike! Just a few years ago I was commuting to Sandhurst from Windsor in Berkshire. I took a detour through Windsor Great Park, which added a few miles onto my commute but it would be traffic free. Indeed, it was a lovely morning and what better time to enjoy the clean air I thought. Only thing is I cannot remember riding at all and my first memory was several days later when I properly woke up in the John Radcliffe Hospital.

I was told by an eye witness that I was travelling very fast on a downhill stretch of the Park. A squirrel ran out of the undergrowth and ran straight into my front forks – getting chopped up instantly. Unfortunately my front wheel locked up and I was launched over my handlebars and landed on my head and shoulder. When I came to rest I was unconscious and it didn’t look likely that I would ever wake up. I was airlifted to the hospital in Oxford and suffered a bleed on my brain. Several months of convalescence followed and I have made a good recovery. Forget what other road users should be doing and dispel any thoughts of “why should I” – remember that accidents can occur in the most unlikely places and it makes sense to always be prepared. WEAR YOUR HELMET!