What to do for cyclists in York

If you’re heading to Express Sign-on this Saturday at Giant Store York, why not enjoy the day in the cycling-mad city of York. Here’s our top tips for cyclists on what to do in York.

Giant York bike shop

Giant York

Express Sign-on is held at Giant York from 12 – 4pm on Saturday 7th July. Our friends at Giant York have kindly offered to provide free pre-ride bike checks. Grab some last-minute spares, nutrition or kit and check out the latest top-end Giant bikes on display. Parking is available at Monk Bar Car Park, St John’s Street, York YO31 7QR.

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget your photo ID!

New Liv Store

Our friends at Giant York have just opened the very first Liv store. Struggle Events joined them for their opening night and were impressed by the range of women’s specific bikes and kit laid out attractively over three floors. It’s a stones through from sign on at Giant York so head over and see what they’ve done with the place.

Spring Espresso

Here at Struggle HQ we chase good coffee in any town or city we travel to. Our fave place for a top barista brew is Spring Espresso. They also have a great brunch menu so you can top up your fuel stores. 

Cycle Heaven 

Drool over Cycle Heaven’s huge range of classic condors alongside Ridley, Cannondale, Genisis and more on display at this unique store transformed from an old factory. There’s a wide range of kit and accessories, a workshop and even a cafe serving mighty portions of cake.

Little Italy

It’s a coincidence the best Italian restaurant in York is just around the corner from Express Sign-on at Giant York. Little Italy is our fave place for dinner in York due to the authentic Italian menu and great choice of dishes. 

Ride

If you’ve read our top tips on tapering, you’ll be planning to get in an all-important leg loosener. York boasts a bike-friendly road system with a plethora of cycle paths and cycle lanes making it easy for you to access Express Sign-on by bike. Spin your legs around the historic landmarks, grab lunch in one of the cafes and nab some last-minute nutrition, spares or kit in one of the bike shops.

Hydrate

To reiterate the points from our hydration tips we recently sent out, pre-event hydration will be key to avoiding cramp and thirst on Struggle Moors. Carry a bottle everywhere you go on Saturday and sip. It’s important the bottle contains a mix of water with electrolytes.

That night-before beer to settle the nerves should be avoided on Saturday. With Sunday set to be scorchio, you should be doing all you can to fully hydrate the body pre-event. 

Prepare

What’s most important is that you rest your legs, fuel and hydrate your body and prepare your mind. Secure your number and top tube sticker on your bike; lay out your kit, nutrition, tools and spares; fill your water bottles and pop them in the fridge; charge your Garmin; go to bed early.

See you on the start line!


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