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Tour de France stage 18 report: Nibali wins on Hautacam

24th July 2014

Today was the last day in the Pyrenees, with two uncategorised climbs - the Tourmalet and the final climb to Hautacam. Nibali made his move on the Hautacam, and won the stage. Read our stage 18 report...

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...

Hedge-blog: bike maintenance course

12th July 2014

Bike maintenance course at Dalby Forest

Could you point out the chain stay on a bike? Do you know how to do an M check? I went on a beginners' bike maintenance course at the end of June, which was advertised by Welcome to Yorkshire as part of its Tour legacy. Read about the beginners' bike maintenance course...

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?

Is there any substance to the Tour legacy in Yorkshire?

13th July 2014

Cyclists on the Nidderdale Greenway

A key to the Tour legacy to be created by Cycle Yorkshire is cycling strategies developed by local authorities. But it's not clear if North Yorkshire is a member of Cycle Yorkshire, and it seems it doesn't have a cycling strategy. So is there any substance to the Tour legacy in Yorkshire?

Tour de France 2014

All the latest on this year's Tour de France.

Tour de France stage 17 report

23rd July 2014

The second day in the Pyrenees was short, but featured some tough climbs. Sky's Kiriyenka attempted a breakaway win, but it was Majka who succeeded. Nibali remains in yellow. Read our stage 17 report...

Tour de France: Stage 2 on Côte de Blubberhouses

7th July 2014

Blubberhouses King of the Mountains climb

HedgehogCycling watched Stage 2 of the Tour near the summit of Côte de Blubberhouses, the first climb of the stage from York to Sheffield. Read about the crowds on the climb and the race, and see photos and video of the Côte de Blubberhouses... 

Tour de France Stage 1 report: Kittel wins in Harrogate

5th July 2014

Tour de France spectators at Harewood

The first stage from Leeds via the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate saw Jens Voigt lead for a long time. After he was caught, the sprinters' teams kept the pace high, and Kittel won on West Park in Harrogate. Read our stage 1 report...

Tour de France stage 16 report: Rogers wins

22nd July 2014

Michael Rogers was the strongest of the riders in the day's break, and took the win in Bagneres de Luchon. Read our stage 16 report...

Tour de France Stage 3 report: Kittel sprints to victory on The Mall

7th July 2014

Marcel Kittel

The peloton let a two-man break go early in the stage, but reeled them in with 5km to go. Kittel won the sprint on The Mall, to take his second stage of the Tour. Read our Stage 3 report...

Tour de France news: Get On Yer Bike

1st July 2014


A South Yorkshire plumber has written a Tour de France song, Get On Yer Bike, which refers to bikes as 'push irons' at one point. Read about and listen to Get On Yer Bike...

UK Cycling news

The latest cycling news from around the UK.

Transport Select Committee's Cycling Safety Report

20th July 2014

Houses of Parliament, London

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee  recommends revisions to the Highway Code to promote cycle safety, political leadership to achieve the Prime Minister's stated aim of a cycling revolution, and consistent and higher funding for cycling. Read about the Transport Select Committee's Cycling Safety report...

Kennaugh wins Tour of Austria

14th July 2014

British Team Sky rider Peter Kennaugh yesterday won the Tour of Austria. Kennaugh, who had led since the first day, finished in the bunch in Vienna, to win by 1min03 seconds. Read about Kennaugh wins the Tour of Austria...

BBC poll says roads too dangerous for cycling

1st July 2014

Cycle commuter, Ilkley

A survey by ComRes for the BBC shows that 52% of the British adults surveyed believe that their local roads are too dangerous to cycle on. 64% feel that their local roads are not well designed to be safe for cyclists. Read about BBC poll says roads too dangerous for cycling...

Cycle City Ambition

News of the government's Cycle City Ambition grants, which were anounced in August 2013. They provided cycle funding to eight cities and four National Parks.

Read our guide to the latest developments in the world of cycling in the UK...

Brian Robinson knocked off his bike

17th July 2014

Brian Robinson was knocked off his bike yesterday. The 83 year old was riding with friends near his home in West Yorkshire, when he was hit by a car, and is thought to have broken his collar bone. Read more about Robinson knocked off his bike...

Kennaugh and Trott win Nationals road races

29th June 2014

Peter Kennaugh won the men's road race at the British Road Championships today, and Laura Trott took the women's title. Read about the British National road races...

York outdoor velodrome launched

27th June 2014

York Minster

York's new outdoor velodrome was launched yesterday. The 250m track at York Sport Village adds to their cycling facilities, which include a 1km cycling circuit. The velodrome will open to the public on 13th July 2014. Read about York's new outdoor velodrome...

British Cycling launches manifesto

10th February 2014

British Cycling launched its 'Time to Choose Cycling' manifesto on 10th February 2014, accompanied by research showing the health benefits of cycling. Amongst the recommendations is that cycle funding be set at £10 per person, rising to £20. 

Harrogate Cycling

Beryl Burton cycleway

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

Harrogate cycling news

Tour bunting removed from lamp posts in Masham

23rd June 2014

Tour de France bunting in Harrogate Borough

Mini-Tour de France jerseys strung from lamp posts in Masham have been removed, after the county council raised safety concerns. Read about Tour bunting in Masham...

Three cyclists knocked off bikes in a weekend in Harrogate Borough

13th June 2014

Road over Fewston reservoir, Harrogate

There were three incidents between 6th & 8th June 2014 in Harrogate Borough, where cyclists were knocked off their bikes by vehicles. Two of the drivers failed to stop. Read about the three cycle incidents in Harrogate Borough...

Harrogate cycling feasibility study to be crowdfunded

9th June 2014

Cycle lane on East Parade, Harrogate

The Harrogate cycling feasibility study proposed by Councillor Helen Flynn has been rejected by the council, but is to be crowdfunded. Read about the crowdfunding project, and how to contribute.

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.

Cashing in on the Tour de France

15th June 2014: What are the worst deals available to cycling fans during the Tour de France? Or at least offers that, at first glance, look expensive. The Hedge-blog looks at a trike tour, cafe, merchandise, and more in cashing in on the Tour de France...

Contemplating cyclists' deaths below the line

22nd April 2014: Too often, cycling articles are blighted by anti-cycling trolls below the line. A standard formula they use is 'if you don't do x [wear hi-viz/helmet/get off the road], you'll end up dead, and you'll deserve it'. Why don't such comments get moderated?

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...

Froome and the TUE

1st July 2014: One of the issues which was raised by Paul Kimmage when he interviewed Chris Froome was a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) he applied for during the Tour of Romandy. Sky had said they wouldn't apply for TUEs. Could Froome explain when or why the policy changed? Read the Hedge-blog on Froome and his TUE...

Time to Choose

15th February 2014: The Hedge-blog's thoughts about British Cycling's new manifesto, Time to Choose Cycling. Packed full of good recommendations, will it make any difference?

Read the most recent posts on our cycling blog...


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.

Tour team presentation in Leeds

4th July 2014

Mark Cavendish at the Tour de France Team Presentation 2014

Mark Cavendish tried to take the pressure off himself for the Tour's opening stage, and Chris Froome promised to give everything to try and win the race again, at a glitzy event at Leeds Arena. Read about the Tour team presentation in Leeds...