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UCI 2019 elite women's time trial route changed

Route of the UCI 2019 elite women's ITT
UCI 2019 elite women's ITT route

There's been a change to the route of the elite women's individual time trial at the Yorkshire Worlds.

The original route was straight down the A61 from Ripon to Harrogate, followed by one lap of the Harrogate circuit. The new route forks off the A61 at Ripley, and takes in Bedlam, Clint, Birstwith, and Hampsthwaite.

The change may have been made to avoid disruption to traffic, but the result is a more challenging, technical, and interesting time trial course.

Read about the UCI 2019 elite women's individual time trial.

NYCC congestion consultation

15th April 2019

Harrogate relief road
How a relief road could ruin Old Bilton

North Yorkshire's congestion consultation opened today. There's a whiff of desperation in their efforts to get people to agree to a bypass, but there are good measures in Package B.

Read about NYCC congestion consultation.

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!

There's also an official sportive, open to 5,000 people; and HedgehogCycling has details of what's going on in Harrogate before and during the 2019 UCI World Championships.

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

UK cycling news


36cm cycle lane

9th May 2019

West Park cycle lane
West Park cycle lane

At the heart of Harrogate, bang on the Yorkshire Worlds route, there's a 36cm cycle lane. It's brilliant that Harrogate is welcoming the world in September, but what about everyday bike riders all year round?

Read about 36cm cycle lane.


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 cycling

Andrew Jones MP and Brexit

Harrogate relief road

Harrogate relief road

A 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 four 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.

Yorkshire wildlife: weekly wildlife photo

Barn owl, Kex Gill Moor

See this week's Yorkshire wildlife photo.

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.

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