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UCI 2019 official sportive

17th January 2019

Yorkshire 2019 World Champs
Yorkshire 2019 World Championships

The official sportive at the UCI 2019 World Championships will start and finish in Harrogate. Find out about the different options, and how to apply for a place.

Read about UCI 2019 official sportive.

Otley Road cycleway consultation

Cycling on Otley Road, Harrogate

A consultation on the proposed Otley Road segregated cycleway is to take place on the afternoon of Monday 21st January 2019, at Harrogate Grammar School Sixth Form College.

Read about the Otley Road cycleway consultation.

London Cycling Action Plan

17th December 2018

London hire bikes
London hire bikes

TfL and the Mayor of London today published a Cycling Action Plan. Is it just warm words, or will it result in real improvements to conditions for cycling in the capital?

Read about London Cycling Action Plan.

UCI 2019 race programme

UCI road World Championships 2019 sign

The UCI 2019 road World Championships take place in Yorkshire from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th September 2019. Harrogate is the central hub, where all the events finish.

The world's best cyclists in Yorkshire. Nine days of top-class sport, and a festival atmosphere. It's going to be brilliant!

Check the race programme at the 2019 UCI road World Championships.

Sustrans NCN review

13th November 2018

NCN Route 67
NCN Route 67

Sustrans has released a report on the National Cycle Network it looks after, admitting that a lot of it is sub-standard. There are plans to improve and expand the network.

Read about Sustrans NCN review.

Toothbrush driving

11th October 2018

Hornbeam Park

Hornbeam Park

You've heard of drink driving, you've watched as everybody steers their cars while distracted by their phone, but what about toothbrush driving - is it acceptable?

Read about toothbrush driving.


Inspiration from Dutch cycle infrastructure

Bikes in Zandvoort

Bike lanes in the Netherlands are designed with thought and intelligence to create a joined-up, easily  usable network. I took a few photos of cycle infrastructure in Zandvoort, and I've added some comments about the intention of the planners. In the UK, we should pay particular attention to the way they give bike routes continuity, instead of making them give way to every side street.

Read about inspiration from Dutch cycle infrastructure.

Harrogate relief road

Harrogate relief road

A brief summary of events so far in relation to a so-called relief road being promoted by an Executive on North Yorkshire County Council - in spite of overwhelming oppostion from Harrogate councillors - and a couple of reasons why it is a terrible idea.

Read about Harrogate relief road.

Côte de Lofthouse road cycling route

View from the top of Côte de Lofthouse

This circular road cycling route starts in Harrogate, and heads up to Pateley Bridge then Lofthouse. It climbs the Côte de Lofthouse, which featured on the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, then returns via Grewelthorpe, Kirkby Malzeard, Galphay, Studley Royal and Ripley to Harrogate. It's on quiet, country roads, features beautiful scenery, and there's the challenge of a steep ascent.

Read about this Côte de Lofthouse road cycling route.

Grassington Yorkshire Dales road cycling route

River Wharfe at Conistone

This circular road cycling route starts in Grassington, and heads north up Wharfedale then Littondale to Halton Gill. It climbs to Malham Tarn, then returns via Malham, Kirkby Malham, Airton, Hetton, and Cracoe to Malham. The roads are quiet, and the ride takes in lanes lined with dry stone walls, open fells, and villages of limestone-built houses, as well as views of Malham Cove.

Read about this Yorkshire Dales road cycling route.

About Hedgehog Cycling

Hedgehog Cycling logo

I started Hedgehog Cycling after the announcement that Yorkshire had been chosen to host the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France. It was an exciting time for cycling in Yorkshire. There were Hedgehog guides to the Yorkshire (and Cambridge and London) stages of the race. 

The Tour de France in Yorkshire has been and gone, but Hedgehog Cycling is still going strong. In keeping with its origins, it covers the Tour de France, and cycling in Yorkshire, including the Tour de Yorkshire, and guides to Yorkshire cycle routes. There's also cycling-related news from the UK and Europe. 

Hedgehog Guides

Scarborough to Whitby Cinder Track

Trailways bike shop, Hawkser

A new Hedgehog Guide to the Cinder Track cycle route, along the old railway from Scarborough to Whitby, with full-colour (!) photos, including lots of Yorkshire sunshine. This 21.5 mile route has beautiful views, and there's wonderful wildlife along the way, for example house martins and swallows at Ravenscar. Read about the Scarborough to Whitby Cinder Track.

Other Hedgehog guides

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Yorkshire wildlife | Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire

Cinder TrackTour de France peloton on Côte de Blubberhouses Nidd viaduct and shared path sign