We’re all hoping some of the magic of last year’s Tour de France rubs off on May’s inaugural Tour de Yorkshire.

In this month’s Dalesman we welcome some of the world’s best cyclists back to God’s Own Country for t’ Tour. Continuing the two-wheeled theme, Look North presenter Harry Gration gets on his bike – or rather, tandem – for a ride through the Dales in the first of a new series of articles he is writing for the magazine.

It is not only for cycling reasons that Yorkshire has been in the limelight this month. The Dales, in particular, have been at the centre of some big stories, what with Jeremy Clarkson and that “fracas”, and Gary Barlow’s new Calendar Girls musical. But at Dalesman, our focus has been on another event that has received international headlines – the world’s first overhead ferret race. It’s an unlikely spectacle that has captured the imagination of America’s Wall Street Journal, no less, so this month I head for Appletreewick to find out what all the fuss is about.

From tandems to ferrets, there’s a little bit of everything in this edition. I do hope you find it entertaining. Oh, and once you’ve had a read, please cast your vote in our poll to find Yorkshire’s Best View.

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This month’s great features

A bicycle made for two
Harry Gration heads for the hills on a tandem

Cast your vote
It’s election time – cast your vote in our ballot – what’s Yorkshire’s best view?

Wharfedale to Wall Street
Adrian Braddy heads to a Dales pub to meet a world-famous ferret

Life and death of Barbara Hepworth
Forty years after her death, Phil Penfold travels south to find out more about a Yorkshire icon

Stonehenge of the North
Helen Johnson celebrates the start of summer at Thornborough

Tour de force?
Details of this year’s exciting cycling follow-up to le Tour de France 2014

The astronomer and his stars
Brian Jones investigates the life of a man who helped make stargazing accessible

Restoring the Kennel Field
Pip Land tells the story of a millennium project that has transformed a corner of the Dales

River Ure Project: Spurn Light
David Stead heads to the coast for his ongoing art project

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