What’s in a name?

Why I chose ‘Grand Tor Cycling’ as my business name.

Hay Tor, Dartmoor

Once I decided I was going to leave behind the comfort of employment and strike out on my own, and follow my passion, the next hardest decision was choosing a name for my new venture!

(image Hay Tor, Dartmoor)

It was a challenge to try and come up with something original, the names like Cog and Sprocket, Chain Reaction, Bike Hub, Wheels, Pedal Away etc, were all being used and I wanted to choose something different.

Why Choose to name your company ‘Grand Tor Cycling’?

  • I had been chatting with my mate about the seed of an idea, we talked through some of the names I had been considering such as bespoke cycling service, the bike doctor, spokes etc; when between us we talked about trying to tie the location of the beautiful area in which we live and cover to the name.
  • “A tor, which is also known by geomorphologists as either a castle koppie or kopje, is a large, free-standing rock outcrop that rises abruptly from the surrounding smooth and gentle slopes of a rounded hill summit or ridge crest. In the South West of England, the term is commonly also used for the hills themselves – particularly the high points of Dartmoor in Devon and Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.[1]” (courtesy of Wikipedia)
  • This is how the name ‘Grand Tor Cycling’ was born.

They are frequently found along some of the most beautiful areas of South West England, and offer some spectacular scenery in the region. Most of them serve as a challenge to be conquered for a lot of cyclists, with the reward being some fantastic views, which can be taken in as you catch your breath!

The images above, are just an example of ‘Tor’s’, the South West has to offer, (clockwise from top left ‘Haytor’, Dartmoor, Burrow Mump, Glastonbury Tor & Cheddar Gorge).

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