We have to say 2014 has been a brilliant year for us all at Pennine Cycles and of course for cycling in general. It really doesn’t feel like 12 months since we were recapping 2013! With 2014 done and dusted it gives time for reflection on the previous year, and is a good time to set goals for the year ahead – Like always we would love to cycle more and see more people out on the roads!
Here is a quick recap of the year:
For us 2014 was certainly the year of the Tour de France. Yorkshire was covered with yellow bikes and it was so surreal for the greatest bike race in the world to visit our fine county. We kicked off the year by checking out the Tour de France Grand Depart trophy which was on display in Leeds.
Caroline and Paul also took part in a Mavic training day, we are really happy to be Mavic stockists and will continue to sell their wheels, shoes and pedals in 2015! On the training Caroline was the only female, so we feel as a business we are making some headway in a male dominated industry.
February saw the completion of our trio of Tour de France inspired bikes, representing the 3 leaders jerseys in the race.
We also held our annual V.C.Bradford club dinner. We have been pleased and inspired by lots of new members who have joined our club in 2014 and we are looking forward to welcoming more new members in the new year. We are always welcoming to members at all levels.
As members of Welcome to Yorkshire we attended the Y14 conference which is all about what’s happening in Yorkshire – Of course, there was lots of build up to Le Tour.
In anticipation for Le Tour both Sandra and Caroline took part in various speaking engagements with Barclays Bank to encourage local businesses to get involved with the Tour de France when it arrived.
Another exciting build up to the Tour was our invitation to the set of Emmerdale, a Yorkshire TV soap. We vlogged the day and this was our most watched video in 2014. This was a great experience and our Pennine bikes, ourselves and members of V.C.Bradford were on the credits during the week of July.
We were also proud to launch the new V.C.Bradford club kit for the beginning of summer. We decided it was time for a new design and we think it looks great!
V.C.Bradford member Steve also wrote a number of race reports throughout the summer, it was great to read all about the ups and downs of a racing cyclist and we are grateful to him for sharing his experiences.
In June anticipation for the Tour de France really hit fever pitch and we had lots of exciting things happening. Paul road the full stage 1 with Gary Verity and a number of others, much like when the Tour began the weather was kind to them and they had a great ride.
We also put together our own Tour de France lookbook and this was our most read blog post of the year. We loved all the different brands which put out merchandise to celebrate!
Paul and Sandra were invited to London for a Tour de France event with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
After Paul’s ride of stage 1 we took our yellow Pennine out to ride stage 2, it was hard to believe that a few days later the best riders in the world would be following our pedal strokes.
June finished with our Nige Moore Road Race, it was another great race and we are grateful to all the riders, sponsors and supporters who helped make it possible.
In the week building up to Le Tour we were very busy – Or should we say our bikes were! They were involved in a local fashion show, showcasing Yorkshire products and made an appearance on stage with Nick Clegg.
Sandra had the pleasure of bumping into Marcel Kittel. There’s a funny story about this photo but we’ll let her tell you next time you’re in the shop.
On the Thursday before the race began we headed to Leeds for the Team Presentation.
The following day Paul and V.C.Bradford member Tim went for a ride with Team Europcar to show them some of Yorkshires wonderful cycling routes.. This was a once in a lifetime experience.
Then for day 2 Paul and Sandra headed to the finish in Sheffield, whilst Caroline stayed local and watched the race in Keighley.
On the Monday we went to London to watch the final finish in the UK.
It was all amazing and you can check out our round up of Le Tour here.
The rest of July and all of the following months were filled with everyone sharing their moments and stories from Le Tour. We have loved hearing eveybodys different experiences.
With autumn looming we began to get ready for the colder months and our club runs began to decrease in mileage but increase in members which has been great.
In November we attended the Dave Rayner Dinner – We have been to every one. These are always a great evening of fun and it’s important to raise money to support young riders.
In the lead up to Christmas we had a successful shopping event for Small Business Saturday and we were invited to the Tour de Yorkshire press launch. This race is taking place 1st-3rd May 2015 and is something we are certainly looking forward to.
It was an incredible year and we certainly can’t wait to see what next year has in store for us!
Wishing you a Happy New Year!
What was your highlight of 2014? Comment below.