Meet the Route YC Cycling Ambassadors!

If you love cycling, this is a blog for you! Our cycling ambassadors have been very busy over the past few months designing and testing a series of new cycling routes along the Yorkshire coast for 2024. We’ve written a blog to introduce you to our cycling ambassadors.

Introducing the cycling ambassadors

The brand-new Route YC cycling routes, designed by book author Markus Stitz and tested by some of the UK’s leading adventure cyclists, Mark Beaumont, Jenny Graham and Nick Sanders range from 9 to 260 miles over a variety of terrain. They have been created to enable visitors of most abilities enjoy the Yorkshire coast and countryside by bike. The routes take in all the existing parts of Route YC, enabling you to explore all the best bits the region has to offer on two wheels.

Between them, our cycling ambassadors hold a number of world records for a variety of achievements. One thing they all have in common is their love for all things cycling!

Markus Stitz

Route designer, filmmaker, photographer, writer and Bikepacking Scotland founder Markus Stitz has designed and cycled all brand-new Route YC cycling itineraries. His passion for biking has seen him cycle 34,000 kilometres unsupported around the world on a single-speed mountain bike. He has also completed numerous other long-distance trails, including an alternative version of the popular North Coast 500.

Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont is one of the most respected ultra-endurance athletes on the planet. His adventures have taken him to over 100 countries; he holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by bike. Based in Edinburgh he has worked with Markus on a number of joint projects like ‘Explore Your Boundaries’.

Jenny Graham

Also a record holder for circumnavigation of the world by bike, Jenny Graham smashed the existing women’s record by three weeks, finishing in 124 days, 11 hours. She completed the 18,000 mile-ride with no support crew. In addition to being a Guinness World Record holder, Jenny is an adventurer, presenter, public speaker, author and self-confessed endurance-loving, earth-hugging, fist-pumping ‘dirtbag’. 

“Route YC offers some of the most inspirational coastal and countryside scenery in the UK. People can now look forward to a new range of on and off-road cycle routes that will allow them to get off beaten track and discover what the region has to offer.” Jenny Graham, Route YC Cycling Ambassador

Nick Sanders

Global adventurer, Nick Sanders MBE is currently on a 19,000 mile e-bike world tour which started on Route YC. This is not Nick’s first rodeo though! He has cycled around the world twice before, across the Sahara Desert, the length of the Americas, across Asia and twice round the British coast, many of which have been record breaking trips. Nick is really excited to be an ambassador of Route YC, as he believes as incredible as travelling the world is, it’s great to explore what’s on your doorstep!

2024 will be an incredibly exciting time for cyclists on Route YC, and we can’t wait to see you all on two wheels around the Yorkshire coast. For more cycling inspiration follow Route YC on Komoot at

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