Put together by a guy who has been riding the Dales for around 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.
Who Made It?
mtbdales was originally developed in 2004 by me Jake Richard. Built as a project to learn how to code database driven websites in PHP and MySQL, skills I needed to get my head around at the time for my day work as a freelance web developer.
After fudging a website together and adding a few routes the site began to generate a surprising amount of interest and traffic. Over time the site was expanded with a directory of cyclist friendly accommodation, a local cycling events calendar and a directory of local bike shops, by 2008, the site had over 5000 listings with monthly traffic of around 45,000 hits per month and sponsorship by a major UK holiday cottage company.
Interactive websites need to be managed and regularly updated, in 2016 after ignoring the project for quite a number of years I decided to take the website 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 2022 I have just begun re-uploading half the old routes.
The intentions are there though, watch this space.