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2015 Tour de France the most watched in the Netherlands for 20 years

Argon Bora rider, stage 1, Utrecht

The 2015 Tour's start in the Netherlands generated a lot of publicity, which resulted in it being the most watched Tour de France for 20 years in that country. Stage 2 attracted more viewers in Holland than any other in the event's history. Read more about 2015 Tour was the most watched in the Netherlands for 20 years...

Christopher Froome's Tour de France diary


Chris Froome won the Tour de France in Paris today. Mr Brailsford is pleased with him, and Michelle advises him on his TV interveiws. Here's what he wrote in his diary (or might have done).

Cycling ideas from Utrecht

Cycle-friendly roundabout, Utrecht

Utrecht is a cycle-friendly city, with good infrastructure for cycling, and a culture of cycling for short trips in and around the city. A large percentage of journeys in Utrecht are made by bike. What can we learn from Utrecht? For some answers, see HedgehogCycling's 'cycling ideas from Utrecht' video...

Hedge-blog: painted 'no cycling' signs on the Stray

22nd July 2015

No cycling sign painted on path across Stray, Harrogate

The timing was unfortunate. It was almost exactly a year after the Tour de France in Harrogate that the council painted huge 'no cycling' signs onto paths across the Stray. Why did they do it? Read about the painted 'no cycling' signs on the Stray...

French reaction to Froome's Tour de France

20th July 2015

Chris Froome at the 2015 Tour de France

After stage 16 of the Tour, Chris Froome leads by 3min10 from Nairo Quintana. His performances haven't been met with universal acclaim, and the most strident criticism has come from across the Channel. What is being said about Froome in France? Read about the French reaction to Froome's Tour de France...

Grand Départ Utrecht 2015 report

5th July 2015

Cannondale rider, Utrecht Grand Depart time trial

The Grand Départ in Utrecht was a success. The city welcomed the race, large numbers of spectators came out to watch, and the two stages produced some exciting racing. Read our Grand Départ Utrecht report...

UK Cycling news

The latest cycling news from around the UK.

McLay wins Otley cycle race 2015

1st July 2015

Spectators at Otley cycle race 2015

Otley cycle races 2015 took place yesterday evening. Daniel McLay won the men's race, while in the women's event, Sarah Storey was pipped in a sprint by Annasley Park. Read about Otley cycle races 2015...

ISCA report on inactivity time bomb

18th June 2015

ISCA inactivity graphic

The International Sport and Culture Association has produced a report on inactivity in Europe, focusing on six countries, including the UK. It sets out the proportion of adults failing to engage in the recommended minimum amount of physical activity, the health consequences, and the economic costs. Read more about the ISCA report on inactivity time bomb...

European Cycling news

Danish anti-doping report

24th June 2015

Team Tinkoff Saxo at the 2014 TDF team presentation

Anti-doping Denmark yesterday published a report into doping in professional cycling, in particular on Bjarne Riis's team CSC. It found that Riis and others would have a case to answer for complicity in doping, but the statute of limitations prevents cases being brought. Read more about the Danish anti-doping report...

Petition against beer bikes in Amsterdam

17th June 2015

A petition against beer bikes in Amsterdam is to be handed to the city council today. The petition has gathered more than 6,000 signatures since it was launched in April this year. Read more about the petition against beer bikes in Amsterdam...

Harrogate Cycling

Beryl Burton cycleway

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

Latest cycling rates, nationally and Harrogate and York

29th June 2015

Big Bike Bash Harrogate, family ride

Cycling rates remained static in the latest statistics published by the DfT, although 35 local authority areas showed significant increases. Harrogate's cycling rates are significantly above the national average, with more recreational than utility cyclists. Read more about the cycling rates, nationally and Harrogate and York...

Leeds & Liverpool canal towpath project at Skipton delayed

25th June 2015

Leeds & Liverpool canal near Bradley

A project to upgrade the canal towpath on the Leeds & Liverpool canal between Skipton and Bradley by laying an all-weather surface has been delayed. The work was due to begin in April, but will not now start until the autumn. Read the latest on the Leeds & Liverpool canal towpath project at Skipton...

Harrogate Big Bike Bash report

22nd June 2015

Criterium race at Harrogate Big Bike Bash

Harrogate Big Bike Bash on the weekend of 20th & 21st June 2015 was a success. Large numbers of local people turned out to visit the event village and take part in Ride the Route on closed roads in the town centre. Saturday evening culminated in Criterium races. Read more about the Harrogate Big Bike Bash 2015 (report)...

Harrogate Cycling Delivery Plan consultation

11th June 2015

Cycle signs in Harrogate

Consultation on Harrogate's draft Cycling Delivery Plan. The plan, launched in March, contains a list of proposed schemes to improve cycling infrastructure in Harrogate & district. Read more about the Harrogate cycling delivery plan...

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.

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...

Read more about cycling in Harrogate...



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

The case for recreational cycling in Harrogate

1st July 2015

The cycling statistics released by the DfT last month show that Harrogate has the seventh highest rate of recreational cycling in England. Although nearly all political debate in the last few years has been focused on 'hardworking people' making money, that's not all there is to life. It is also valid to have a nice time with recreational cycling in Harrogate...

Cycling Ambition Downfall video

25th June 2015

As a rule, Hitler should be left out of modern political debate. However, there are exceptions, and Cycling Joe's Cycling Ambition Downfall video is one. It recruits a Hitler rant from the film Downfall for a funny take on the problems with Cycle City Ambition...

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...

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...

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...

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.