Cycling

Yorkshire’s Grand Départ

What a brilliant weekend for Yorkshire – and what wonderful weather too!

Congratulations to Gary Verity and his team for all their hard work, and thanks to all who stayed at Throapham House over the weekend – we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Here are a few of our own photos from Ripon and High Bradfield. I’ll add some more when I get chance.

 

 

Faraday Challenge Day at Dinnington Comprehensive School

As I was walking back to my old school today on a bright and sunny morning it occurred to me that it is now 40 years ago since I left on a similar sunny day to head off university, the big wide world and the rest of my life.

So why was I going back today?

Following some ideas conceived over a few beers with some ex-Dinnington school friends last June, I’ve been working with Welcome to Yorkshire and the Institution of Engineering and Technology on a design competition for schools linked to the forthcoming Yorkshire Grand Départ. The IET’s Education Department agreed to support a Yorkshire mini-season of Faraday Challenge Days, using 3D Design and Printing technology and with Cycling as a theme.

Well, today was Dinnington’s turn so I went along to help.

It was moving to see so many enthusiastic youngsters grab hold of the engineering challenge posed in an introductory video featuring Ricky Feather. The teams had a really busy day – starting with a design brief and producing working prototypes by early afternoon.

Although I was delighted that in the opinion of the judge my old school house Osborne had won the day (and the chance to visit the National Cycling Centre in Manchester), I’d like to congratulate all those who took part. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did and that you will remember this experience for many years to come. I’d also like to thank Deputy Head Chris Eccles for taking up my suggestion of holding this event at Dinnington and the support provided by the teaching staff.

The Faraday Challenge Day mini-season is being held at a number of schools in the Yorkshire region over the next few weeks, and will go nationwide to visit another 60+ schools from September. If you think you can assist the delivery team as a volunteer or would like to find out how a school near you might host an event please contact faraday@theiet.org for further details.

Accommodation for July 2014

The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire


The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire…

With the recent announcement of the Tour De France route for 2014 we’ve now just one room left for the weekend of the Yorkshire Grand Départ in July 2014.

If you would like to stay at Throapham House for the nights of the 4th, 5th and 6th of July 2014 and experience any difficulty with using our on-line reservation system then please contact us directly (01909 562208) to avoid disappointment.

During this period we will require you to book a minimum 3 night stay which includes all of the nights of 4 through 6 July.

Breakfast will be served earlier on 5th and 6th July to allow guests to travel to the race routes.


The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire…

The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire…

The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire


The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire…

After a very busy summer we’re all now making our plans for when the Tour De France comes to Yorkshire in July 2014.

Ann and I are currently working with partner organisations on some exciting educational opportunities for young people in the region. We’ll add updates on here as these projects develop.

We’re naturally both delighted that Yorkshire has landed this opportunity to showcase what the region has to offer and to be part of something which should bring lasting benefit to local people for years to come.


[Photos courtesy of Welcome To Yorkshire]