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UCI asks Licence Commission to withdraw Astana licence

27th February 2015

Astana at the Team Presentation for the TDF 2014

Having received an audit from the University of Lausanne, plus evidence from the Padua investigation, the UCI has asked the Licence Commission to withdraw Astana's licence. Read more about the UCI asks Licence Commission to withdraw Astana's licence...

Dutch bike paths to have 25kmh speed limit

10th January 2015

Dutch omafiets

The maximum speed on bike paths in built-up areas of the Netherlands should be 25kmh, according to Fietsberaad, the Dutch organisation which advises on cycling policy. Read more about the proposed 25kmh speed limit on Dutch cycle paths...

Astana alleged links to Dr Ferrari

10th December 2014

Astana, the team of Tour de France 2014 winner Vincenzo Nibali, have been linked to the doping doctor Michele Ferrari, in a series of reports in the Gazzetta dello Sport. A decision on Astana's World Tour licence is due to made this week by the UCI. Read about Astana's links to Ferrari...

Tour de Yorkshire route announced

21st January 2015

The Tour de Yorkshire route has been announced today. The 3 day race takes place from 1st to 3rd May 2015. Stage 1 is from Bridlington to Scarborough, via the North York Moors. Stage 2 is from Selby via Beverley to York, with a closed road circuit in York. Stage 3 is from Wakefield to Leeds via Holmfirth, Haworth, Ilkley and Otley. Read more about the Tour de Yorkshire...

Unbelievable: Astana awarded World Tour licence

10th December 2014

The UCI's reputation must be on the line tonight, after it awarded a World Tour licence to Astana - in spite of their doping cases, and the recent Gazzetta dello Sport reports on links with Ferrari. Read about Astana's World Tour licence...

Cycle campaigners underwhelmed by cycling delivery plan

17th October 2014

Westminster, London

The government yesterday published its delayed cycling delivery plan in draft, hours before a Parliamentary debate on cycling. The draft plan left cycle campaigners underwhelmed. Read more about the cycling delivery plan...

UK Cycling news

The latest cycling news from around the UK.

Men's road race at World Road Champs

28th September 2014

Ben Swift at London Velodrome

Ben Swift was the British team leader in today's road race, but it was Polish rider Kwiatkowski who won the race. Read about the men's World Champs road race...

Women's road race at World Road Champs

27th September 2014

The women's road race at the World Road Champs in Ponferrada, Spain, took place today. Ferrand Prevot of France won the sprint finish. Read more about the women's World Champs road race...

York Sky Ride

14th September 2014

York Sky Ride

York Sky Ride took place today, with the city centre closed to traffic, so that people of all ages and abilities could ride around York, and along the river Ouse. The Sky Ride coincided with York Festival of Cycling in Rowntree Park. Read more about York Sky Ride...

Interview: Graham Titchener, Cycle Yorkshire

28th August 2014

Graham Titchener, in charge of Yorkshire's Tour legacyWhat is planned for Yorkshire's Tour de France legacy? Can we expect better cycle infrastructure? What are the other aspects of the Tour legacy? Read our interview with Graham Titchener, in charge of Yorkshire's Tour de France legacy.

Abellio to improve Scottish cycle rail facilities

9th October 2014

Bike parking in Utrecht

Abellio, a subsidiary of Dutch national rail company NS, has won the ScotRail franchise. It is to improve cycle rail facilities, by investing in more bike parking, and opening cycle hire points at stations. Read more about Abellio to improve Scottish cycle rail facilities...

Wiggins wins World Road Champs TT

24th September 2014

Bradley Wiggins beat Tony Martin into second place to win the time trial at the World Road Championships this afternoon. Read more about the World Road Champs time trial...

London's proposed cycle superhighways

6th September 2014

Proposed cycle superhighway on Victoria Embankment

TfL has launched a consultation on two proposed segregated cycle superhighways - one north-south from King's Cross to Elephant & Castle, and the other east-west from Tower Hill to Acton. Read about the proposed London cycle superhighways...

Vinokourov charged with corruption

20th August 2014

Alexander Vinokourov has been charged with corruption following investigations by a prosecutor in Liege. He was charged in May, but the charge was secret until now. It relates to accusations that he paid the Russian rider Kolobnev to let him win the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race. Read more about Vinokourov charged with corruption...

European Cycling news

The latest cycling news from Europe.

Most Dutch nighttime cyclists drunk

25th September 2014

Cyclist in Netherlands

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have found that nearly 90% of nighttime cyclists had been drinking. The research was carried out in Groningen and The Hague. Read more on most Dutch nighttime cyclists drunk...

Dutch campaign to highlight dangers of smartphone use while cycling

24th September 2014

Cyclist using phone in Holland

The Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment has launched a campaign to highlight the risks of cycling and using a smartphone, a practice which is not illegal. Read more about cycling and smartphones in Holland...

Harrogate Cycling

Beryl Burton cycleway

Our guide to cycling in Harrogate, with Harrogate cycling news, cycle routes, cycle clubs and websites.

On-road cycle route from Harrogate to High Grantley

26th August 2014


A suggested on-road bike route from Harrogate to High Grantley, and to the moorland beyond, which looks stunning at this time of year. Read about a suggested High Grantley bike route...

Fewston, Beecroft, & Timble bike trail

2nd August 2014

Bike trail in Timble woods

Our guide to the bike trail on Yorkshire Water's land at Fewston reservoir, through the Beecroft Plantation and Timble woods. Read about the Fewston, Beecroft, & Timble woods bike trail...

Harrogate cycling news

£450,000 for Skipton cycle project

1st March 2015

Toucan crossing

The government last month announced funding of £450,000 for an upgrade of the canal towpath between Bradley and Skipton. The Canal & River Trust will lay a hard, all-weather surface suitable for bikes, to create a 'cycle gateway' into the Yorkshire Dales. Read more...

Harrogate cycle routes

This section has information on cycle routes in Harrogate. This includes cycleways, town centre cycle lanes, and on-road routes.

Nidderdale Greenway

Nidderdale Greenway

The best and most popular cycleway in Harrogate, the Nidderdale Greenway goes about 4 miles to Ripley, using the trackbed of a disused railway. It opened in May 2013.

Beryl Burton cycleway

Beryl Burton cycleway

The Beryl Burton cycleway is an off-road cycle route from Bilton Village Farm to the Nidd at High Bridge, Knaresborough.

We also have a guide to the new (in Spring 2014) Great Yorkshire Showground Greenway.

Harrogate town centre cycle routes

Cycle lane, East Parade, Harrogate

We look at some of the cycling infrastructure in and around the town centre of Harrogate. There are maps and photos, and some suggestions for improvements. The latest review is of Otley Rd.

Read more about cycling in Harrogate...



The latest comment and opinion on everything bike-related from the Hedge-blog.

Does the cycling delivery plan deserve its name?

18th October 2014

The government published its draft cycling delivery plan at the end of last week. It's supposedly a 10 year plan for cycling in England, but it contains virtually no details of actions to be taken, and no funding commitments. It also mis-analyses the dangers putting people off cycling. Read the Hedge-blog on the government's cycling delivery plan...

How to drive considerately around cyclists

15th September 2014

Parked cars

I've rarely if ever thought that a driver was deliberately putting me in danger, but every time I go cycling, I experience intimidating or dangerous driving behaviour. Perhaps lots of people just don't know how to drive around cyclists? These are my suggestions for how to drive considerately around cyclists...

Cyclist passing distance signs

18th July 2014

Cyclist passing distance sign

The French have a road sign which asks drivers to give a specific amount of space when passing cyclists (1m50 outside towns, 1m in towns). Could we adopt a British version of this sign? Read more about cyclist passing distance signs...

Vuelta coverage: will we miss Phil & Paul?

23rd August 2014

The Phil & Paul double-act will be absent from ITV's coverage of the 2014 Vuelta, starting today. For anyone who will miss them, we have some of their 'highlights' from the Tour de France. Read about will we miss Phil & Paul at the Vuelta...

Memories of the Tour de France in Yorkshire

19th July 2014

Tour de France riders arrive at Harewood

It was busy during the Tour de France in Yorkshire, and there was little time to pause and reflect. A couple of weeks later seems as good a time as any to look back and ask, what are the lasting impressions of the Tour de France in Yorkshire?

Peeky Rider on spring, Lennon, laminate flooring, & Cav

16th March 2014:  There's something about spring that for me brings a certain poignancy, a feeling of aching melancholia, one that many feel when confronted with the fragility of life, the transience of beauty - like a rose pressed between the pages of time, or the latest series of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. Perhaps it was the drawing out of the night, the appearance of Wordsworth's Daffodils. For a pound a bunch. In Tescos.

Read more of the Peeky Rider's spring post...

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Tour de France 2014 in the UK

Cyclist on Buttertubs pass

Our guide to the Tour de France 2014 in Yorkshire, Cambridge, Essex, and London. We have route guides, videos, details of the climbs, preparations and events in the towns on the route.

Stage One guide

Bridge in Kettlewell

Stage one starts in Leeds, and goes through Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, and the Yorkshire Dales, before reaching the finish line on Harrogate's West Park. 

Stage Two guide

York Minster

Stage two begins in York, and heads west through Knaresborough, to Bolton Bridge, before turning south. It takes in Keighley, Howarth, Hebden Bridge, and Huddersfield, and climbs Holme Moss - one of nine categorised climbs on the day. Stage two finishes in Sheffield.

Stage Three guide

Christ's College Cambridge

Stage three begins in Cambridge, then heads through the flat Essex countryside via Saffron Walden and Finchingfield to Epping Forest. It goes into London via the Olympic park, passes Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, then turns in front of Buckingham Palace to finish on The Mall.