Press Release

Sutton Bank Bikes - Coming Soon

15 August 2013

Brand new ‘Sutton Bank Bikes’ cycling centre will open in the autumn thanks to a new partnership between Pace Cycles and the North York Moors National Park Authority.

Located at the stunning Sutton Bank top it aims to encourage more people to cycle and enjoy the fabulous landscape of the National Park – probably the best Park in the country for family cycling!

The venture builds firmly on the Tour de France legacy and the National Park’s strong belief in promoting cycling for all on the Park’s numerous scenic bridleways, roads and lanes.

Key to the project is the combining of a new 4.5-kilometre family cycle route taking cyclists along the stunning Sutton Bank cliff with the existing bridleway network. Built by National Park staff with permission of landowners in the area, the family trail links into many kilometres of waymarked and managed routes suitable for a wide variety of abilities.

Sutton Bank Bikes will have cycle hire, retail sales of mountain bikes and road bikes with a range of clothing and accessories as well as high quality repair and servicing. It will also offer cycling tuition and skills development, events and offer guided and self-guided cycle rides for cyclists of all abilities, but particularly families and those returning or new to cycling. Trailers and Tag-A-Long bikes for young children as well as Tandem and Electric bikes will be available.

Other aspects of the project will be a purpose built skills area and bikewash arranged around the existing Visitor Centre, Café and parking areas, whilst due to its central location within a network of cycle friendly lanes, a series of road riding loops will be mapped out for the visitor (Sutton Bank is also on Sustrans National Cycle Network route no. 656 see www.sustrans.org.uk for details). 


Adrian Carter of Pace Cycles commented;

‘Two years in development this unique project reinforces North Yorkshire’s position as England’s premier cycling destination. Positioned at nearly 1000 feet high Sutton Bank Bikes spectacular location combines road rides on quiet country lanes with wild rides on the open moor, family friendly trails with technically challenging natural riding and a great café and visitor centre’.

Sutton Bank Bikes, which will be open all year round, aims to stress the educational side of the venture by engaging with the wider community, local authorities, schools, colleges and independent organisations.

The partnership has the potential to make the new business a leading cycling centre of the north and to make Sutton Bank a ‘must visit’ destination.


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The North York Moors National Park & Pace Cycles

1. The Park was created on 28 November, 1952 and became Britain’s sixth National Park. National Parks are hugely popular with the public - in a poll undertaken by the UK Association of National Park Authorities in February 2013, 93 per cent of people felt National Parks were areas of national importance. Public spending on National Parks is less than £1 per person per year.

2. The North York Moors National Park is the place where nature and history inspire each other. Its contrasting landscape has a long imprint of human activity: prehistoric remains, vibrant villages and magnificent abbeys and offers cyclists miles of bridleways, quiet country lanes as well as Dalby Forest’s world renowned mountain bike Trail Centre. Ancient trees, towering coastal cliffs and rolling heather moorland provide habitats for a wide range of wildlife and its wide open spaces and breathtaking vistas bring a sense of peace and tranquillity.

3. The National Park has the greatest concentration of ancient and veteran trees in the north of England and the 1 in 3 lane at Rosedale’s Chimney Bank is the steepest public road in the country. It has 3,014 Listed Buildings, 21 species of orchid and is one of just 20 Butterfly Survival Zones in the UK. It also has the oldest surviving gooseberry show in the country, which was established at Egton Bridge in 1800.

4. Pace Cycles is one of the UK’s iconic cycling brands having developed its products and services in the national park for over 25 years. Pace is a family business with a range of business activities including cycle product design, retail, as well as specialist technical servicing and has also worked hard to develop and improve the cycling provision in North Yorkshire.

5. To view other press releases about the North York Moors and for further information on the National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk 

6. The North York Moors is one of 15 National Parks which are home to some of the most spectacular and valued landscapes in Britain. More information on all National Parks can be found at www.nationalparks.gov.uk.

7. Nearly 14% of our staff are apprentices from local families.

Media Contacts

Tel: North York Moors National Parks 01439 772700

Pace Cycles Limited 01751 460599

Linda Blackburne, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority. Email: l.blackburne@northyorkmoors.org.uk

Jill Renney, Information and Interpretation Manager, North York Moors National Park Authority. Email: j.renney@northyorkmoors.org.uk

Richard Gunton, Director of Park Services, North York Moors National Park Authority. Email: r.gunton@northyorkmoors.org.uk

Adrian Carter, Managing Director, Pace Cycles Limited
Email; adrian@pacecycles.com

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