Built by a guy who has been riding the Dales for 30 years, mtbdales.com, is a site all about mountain biking in the visually stunning grin inducing, muscle burning hills bridleways & green lanes that is the Yorkshire Dales.
Since 2004, mtbdales.com has been promoting mountain biking & sustainable cycling holidays in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, its local counties and boundaries.
Who Made It?
mtbdales was originally built by me Jake Richard in 2004, as a project to learn how to code database driven websites in PHP, a web development programming language I needed to get my head around at the time.
After fudging a website together and adding a few routes the site began to get a lot more traffic than I envisaged. A couple of years later, I added a directory of cyclist friendly accommodation, a local events calendar and a directory of local bike shops. By 2007, the site had over 5000 listing with monthly traffic of 35,000 hits per month and a forum with around 500 users.
The problem with interactive and user generated content is that it needs to be managed which takes up lots of free time, of which I didn’t have anymore. In 2016 after ignoring the site for quite a number of years I decided to take the site back to its simple and more manageable original roots, simply a mountain bike route directory, a showcase of local Yorkshire Dales bike routes I like to ride with my pals.
How time passes, it wasn’t until 2018 that I actually got round to starting the new site and here and now in the beginning of 2020 I have just begun re-uploading half the old routes.
The intentions are there though, watch this space.