The fantastic roads and scenery in Yorkshire and the surrounding areas combined with the growing popularity of cycling in general have led to a surge in the number and variety of cycling events hosted locally. Many of these events can be found using the British Cycling website. In recent years sportives have become increasingly popular with members, many of whom take part in the challenging Étape du Dales, for which we also provide marshals, as well as the Fred Whitton Challenge and the Cumbrian Cracker. In addition we run a series of time trials in the summer months from Bolton By Bowland which everyone is welcome to enter.
The club is affiliated to British Cycling and was officially formed as the Settle World Wide Wheelers in 2001, but had existed informally as a group of Sunday morning riders for several years before that.
The name was formally changed to Settle Wheelers in 2015.
A 10-mile time trial series was introduced in 2004 on the Bolton-by-Bowland course (L112) and these club events have proved increasingly popular. You can see a detailed performance history here.
The club’s friendly and inclusive approach has seen the membership, of all abilities and ages, grow steadily in recent years, with the establishment of a Junior Go-Ride section to encourage younger riders from the age of five.
Settle Wheelers has actively promoted cycling road safety in recent years following several serious accidents in the area, and continues to support any local initiatives to make cycling on the Yorkshire Dales roads as safe as possible.