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Another Big Three Battle on Stage 15

14th July 2024

Riders on Stage 15 of the Tour de France 2024
Stage 15 action, by ASO/Charly Lopez

Stage 15 of the Tour de France 2024 ended with the long, difficult climb to the Plateau de Beille.

Visma Lease-a-Bike decided they needed to test Pogacar from further out, rather than waiting for the last few hundred metres. Would their tactic succeed?

Read about Another Big Three Battle on Stage 15.

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Tour de France 2024

Tour de France 2024 Blog

GC Battle on Stage 14

13th July 2024

Col du Tourmalet on Stage 14 TDF 2024
Riders on Le Col du Tourmalet on Stage 14, by ASO/Charly Lopez

There was a breakaway on Stage 14 of the Tour de France 2024, but the last survivor was caught before the top of the final climb.

A GC battle played out. Which of the three remaining contenders for the overall win would prove strongest?

Read about GC Battle on Stage 14.

3-2 in the Sprints after Stage 13

12th July 2024

Jasper Philipsen
Jasper Philipsen, by ASO/Charly Lopez

Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2024 could have been one for the breakaway, and crosswinds meant that it might even have led to changes on GC.

Instead, it finished in a reduced bunch sprint in Pau.

Read about 3-2 in the Sprints after Stage 13.

Stage 12 Win Makes it a Hat-Trick

12th July 2024

Biniam Girmay on Stage 8 TDF 2024
Biniam Girmay, by ASO/Bily Ceusters

Stage 12 of the Tour de France 2024 from Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot ended in a bunch sprint.

Although sprint wins have been shared around, one fast man is now starting to rack up victories. Primoz Roglic was brought down in a crash and lost time.

Read about Stage 12 Win Makes it a Hat-Trick.

Thrilling Finish to Stage 11

10th July 2024

Vingegaard and Pogacar on Stage 11 TDF 2024
Vingegaard and Pogacar on Stage 11, by ASO/Billy Ceusters

The two best riders came to the fore on Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2024.

Pogacar attacked before the top of the Puy Mary Pas de Peyrol, but has he read the story of the tortoise and the hare?

Read about Thrilling Finish to Stage 11.

Finally the Favourite Wins on Stage 10

9th July 2024

Jasper Philipsen
Jasper Philipsen, by ASO/Charly Lopez

Stage 10 of the Tour de France 2024 was a straightforward sprint stage that finished in Saint-Amand-Montrond.

Mark Cavendish won in Saint-Amand in 2013, but could he repeat the feat 11 years later?

Read about Finally the Favourite Wins on Stage 10.

Champagne for One French Rider after Stage 9

7th July 2024

Anthony Turgis
Anthony Turgis, by ASO/Charly Lopez

Stage 9 on the gravel roads through vineyards around Troyes was one of the most exciting days of the Tour so far.

The winner came from a breakaway group, while there was plenty of GC action which was ultimately neutralised.

Read about Champagne for One French Rider after Stage 9.


Tour de France 2024 Stages

Stage 16 Tour de France 2024

Amphitheatre at Nimes
Amphitheatre at Nimes, by Krzysztof Golik, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Stage 16 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 188.6km flat stage from Gruissan to Nîmes.

The stage route leaves the coast near Narbonne, and heads over the Pic Saint-Loup. If the Mistral blows it could disrupt the peloton, and present an opportunity to those teams that deal well with windy conditions.

Read about Stage 16 Tour de France 2024.

Stage 17 Tour de France 2024

Superdévoluy
Superdévoluy, by Gonioul, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 17 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 177.8km mountain stage from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Superdévoluy.

It's fairly flat early on, the Drôme, but the last 40km includes the Col Bayard and the Col du Noyer. The terrain should favour the formation of a big breakaway group. They could fight it out for the stage win on the ascent to the finish line at Superdévoluy.

Read about Stage 17 Tour de France 2024.

Stage 18 Tour de France 2024

Lac de Serre Poncon
Lac de Serre Ponçon, by Fanny Schertzer, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 18 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 179.6km hilly stage from Gap to Barcelonnette.

The parcours crosses the Lac de Serre Ponçon, then heads into the hills. The Côte de Saint-Apollinaire and the Côte des Demoiselles Coiffées provide opportunities for puncheurs like Mathieu van der Poel or Ben Healy to break clear.

Read about Stage 18 Tour de France 2024.

Stage 19 Tour de France 2024

Cime de la Bonette
Cime de la Bonette, by Marie-France Trachsel, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 19 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 144.6km mountain stage from Embrun to Isola 2000.

It's a relatively short stage, but with three climbs that peak above 2,000m. The high point is the Cime de la Bonette, where the highest road in France reaches 2,802m.

We'll see which riders thrive at altitude, and whether some struggle.

Read about Stage 19 Tour de France 2024.

Stage 20 Tour de France 2024

Col de la Couillole
Col de la Couillole, by jpmgir, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 20 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 132.8km mountain stage from Nice to the Col de Couillole.

There's hardly any warm-up before the climbs start.

There are four of them - the Cols de Braus, Turini, Colmiane and Couillole.

Read about Stage 20 Tour de France 2024.

Stage 21 Tour de France 2024

Monaco La Condamine
Monaco La Condamine

Stage 21 of the Tour de France 2024 is a 33.7km individual time trial from Monaco to Nice.

The parcours takes in the seafront in Monaco and the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

In between, the riders will take the corniche roads via La Turbie and Eze.

Read about Stage 21 Tour de France 2024.


Latest News & Articles

Early Signs of New Government's Approach to Active Travel

14th July 2024

Department for Transport
DfT, by Steph Gray, CC BY-SA 2.0

What clues as to the new government's approach to active travel can we pick up from its first days in office?

Who are the new ministers, and what have they said?

Read about Early Signs of New Government's Approach to Active Travel.

Responses to the Victoria Avenue Consultation

7th July 2024

Victoria Avenue, Harrogate
Victoria Avenue, Harrogate

North Yorkshire has published the results of the consultation about its latest proposals for Victoria Avenue.

What did people say?

Read about Responses to the Victoria Avenue Consultation.

Attitude at Op Snap North Yorkshire

3rd July 2024

Close pass on Beech Grove
Close pass on Beech Grove

The proportion of Op Snap submissions in North Yorkshire getting a response within the time limit is increasing.

That's the good news, but do responses betray an attitude problem?

Read about Attitude at Op Snap North Yorkshire.

Opponents of Harrogate Crossings Scrape the Barrel with Objections

3rd July 2024

A parallel crossing
A parallel crossing

Crossings of Oatlands Drive and Wetherby Road, which will provide safer routes to school, ought to be uncontroversial.

Surprisingly, a minority of Harrogate residents have scraped the barrel to find objections. What do they say?

Read about Opponents of Harrogate Crossings Scrape the Barrel with Objections.

Sustrans Manifesto 2024

28th June 2024

Sustrans manifesto 2024
Sustrans manifesto 2024, photo by Mark Radford

Sustrans has published a manifesto with five requests to the next UK government.

It wants investment in the National Cycle Network. What else is on the sustainable transport organisation's wishlist?

Read about Sustrans Manifesto 2024.

Reform Party Against Clean Air

18th June 2024

Reform Party logo
Reform Party

The Reform Party is against clean air, it transpires from their manifesto.

What regressive transport policies are they putting forward, and is there a cigarette paper between them and the Conservatives?

Read about Reform Party Against Clean Air.


UK Cycling News

Countdown to the next General Election

The clock counts down to the start of election day, 4th July 2024. We need change.

Active Travel to be Devolved to Mayors and Councils under Labour

13th June 2024

Labour manifesto 2024
Labour manifesto 2024

The Labour Party published its manifesto today. References to active travel are few and far between, and there is not enough information to understand how good a Labour government would be.

What clues to active travel policy are in the manifesto?

Read about Active Travel to be Devolved to Mayors and Councils under Labour.

Green Party Proposes £2.5 Billion a Year on Active Travel

12th June 2024

Green manifesto 2024
Green manifesto 2024

The Greens have today published their manifesto for the upcoming General Election. They propose chunky funding of £2.5bn a year for active travel.

What else do they have to say about active travel and broader transport issues?

Read about Green Party Proposes £2.5 Billion a Year on Active Travel.

Conservative Manifesto Sets Out Nightmarish High-Traffic, High-Carbon Vision of Future

11th June 2024

Conservative manifesto 2024
Conservative manifesto 2024

The Conservatives have today published their manifesto for the upcoming General Election. Unfortunately, on transport it's all about 'backing drivers', and there's little or nothing it for active travel.

What do the Conservatives have to say about transport and net zero?

Read about Conservative Manifesto Sets Out Nightmarish High-Traffic, High-Carbon Vision of Future.



Harrogate Cycling

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Local Councillors Agree to Fund Design of Two Cycle Routes

1st June 2024

High Bridge, Knaresborough
High Bridge, Knaresborough

At a meeting on 30th May, local Councillors agreed to fund the design of two cycle routes - the missing link from High Bridge, and a Bilton to Hornbeam Park route.

How much will the designs cost, and how long will they take?

Read about Local Councillors Agree to Fund Design of Two Cycle Routes.

Diluted Harrogate Station Gateway Set to Proceed

21st May 2024

Plan for Harrogate Station Gateway
Map showing diluted Harrogate Station Gateway plans

A diluted version of Harrogate Station Gateway appears set to proceed after WYCA approved the business case earlier this year.

Does the much-reduced cycle infrastructure represent a usable facility?

Read about Diluted Harrogate Station Gateway Set to Proceed.

Active Travel England Lets Harrogate Cyclists Down with Lame Victoria Avenue Scheme

14th May 2024

Part of Victoria Avenue scheme
Part of Victoria Avenue scheme

Active Travel England is letting Harrogate cyclists down by rubber-stamping a lame scheme for Victoria Avenue. The funding bid was for four ambitious cycling schemes, but now cycling has been stripped out of the last remaining one.

Why is ATE approving such an unambitious scheme, and what could be behind its failure to make a difference in North Yorkshire?

Read about Active Travel England Lets Harrogate Cyclists Down with Lame Victoria Avenue Scheme.


York Cycling

Labour's David Skaith Elected Mayor of York & North Yorkshire

3rd May 2024

York & N Yorkshire Mayor David Skaith
York & North Yorkshire Mayor David Skaith

Labour's David Skaith is the first York & North Yorkshire Mayor.

He was elected today with 66,761 votes. How does that compare to the other candidates?

Read about Labour's David Skaith Elected Mayor of York & North Yorkshire.

York Local Transport Strategy Consultation Results

28th March 2024

Map showing proposed walking and wheeling improvements in York
Map showing proposed walking & wheeling improvements

York's Local Transport Strategy consultation results have been published in brief.

Do respondents support walking, wheeling and cycling improvements, and what are the next steps?

Read about York Local Transport Strategy Consultation Results.

Mayoral Candidate David Skaith Wants Better Cycle Infrastructure

7th January 2024

David Skaith
David Skaith, image from davidskaith.co.uk

Labour's candidate for York & North Yorkshire Mayor wants better cycle infrastructure in the region.

What else did he tell local papers, and what are the commitments on his website?

Read about Mayoral Candidate David Skaith Wants Better Cycle Infrastructure.


Hedge-Blog

Mind the Carbon Gap

24th November 2023

Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap, public domain image

Current government transport decarbonisation policy is not enough to achieve the UK's climate goals. There is a carbon gap.

A new report called Bridging the Gap highlights this problem. What solutions do the authors suggest?

Read about Mind the Carbon Gap.

Explaining Dangerous Driving in Autumn

22nd November 2023

Dangerous driver in Autumn
Dangerous driver in Autumn

In Autumn motor vehicles and their drivers become a bigger deterrent than usual to utility cycling.

Which of three theories best explains dangerous driving in Autumn?

Read about Explaning Dangerous Driving in Autumn.

NHS Net Zero Travel and Transport Strategy

6th November 2023

NHS Transport Hierarchy
NHS Transport Hierarchy

NHS England has published its Net Zero Travel and Transport Strategy.

What percentage of NHS transport emissions are staff commutes, and what is the strategy to shift them to active modes and public transport?

Read about NHS Net Zero Travel and Transport Strategy.


Europe

82% of Fietsdeal Utrecht Users Cycle Every Day

22nd December 2023

Fietsers Utrecht
Fietsers Utrecht, by Sebastiaan ter Burg, CC BY-SA 2.0

A subsidised bike scheme called Fietsdeal is proving to be effective in enabling low-income Utrecht residents to get around by bike.

How much does the Fietsdeal cost, and what are the results of a survey of subscribers?

Read about 82% of Fietsdeal Utrecht Users Cycle Every Day.

Emerging Dutch Cycle Highway Network

11th October 2023

F35 Cycle Highway
F35 Fietssnelweg, by Steven Lek, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Dutch have built 62 long-distance Cycle Highways, out of a planned total of 326.

What are the characteristics of these routes, and are they achieving modal shift?

Read about the Emerging Dutch Cycle Highway Network.

Paris Mayor Celebrates 40% Less Traffic and Pollution

30th August 2023

Bicycle in front of a bakery in Paris
Bicycle in front of a Parisian bakery, by besopha, CC BY 2.0

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo yesterday celebrated the French capital's achievement in reducing traffic and air pollution by 40%. How long did the reduction in foul air take, and what are the health consequences?

Read about the Paris Mayor Celebrates 40% Less Traffic and Pollution.


Hedgehog Guides

Bell Busk Bumble Mountain Bike Ride

6th September 2023

Stone Waymarker at Weets Gate
Stone waymarker at Weets Gate

The Bell Busk Bumble mountain bike ride is a pleasant loop starting and finishing at Gargrave.

It won't take your breath away, not metaphorically at least, but it's a nice bumble through the countryside and good exercise.

Read about Bell Busk Bumble Mountain Bike Ride.

Langstrothdale Chase Mountain Bike Ride

23rd August 2023

Approaching Greenfield Woods, Langstrothdale Chase
Approaching Greenfield Woods

The Langstrothdale Chase mountain bike ride is 20.5 miles, starting and finishing at Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

It's medium distance with plenty of climbing, and explores one of the remoter parts of the Yorkshire Dales.

Read about the Langstrothdale Chase Mountain Bike Ride.

Bowderdale Classic Mountain Bike Ride

16th August 2023

Riding the Bowderdale Classic
Bowderdale Classic

The Bowderdale Classic is a 24.5 mile mountain bike ride in the Howgill Fells. It starts and finishes in Sebergh.

Visit Sedbergh say it's not for the faint-hearted, and that's accurate.

Read about the Bowderdale Classic Mountain Bike Ride.

Around Pen-y-Ghent Mountain Bike Ride

7th August 2023

Track climbing out of Littondale
Track above Littondale

This 18.5 mile mountain bike ride loops around Pen-y-Ghent.

It takes in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Litton. There's nice scenery and the tracks are generally decent quality.

Read about Around Pen-y-Ghent Mountain Bike Ride.

Settle Clapham Loop Cycle Route

31st July 2023

Road sign near Eldroth
Road sign near Eldroth

The Settle Clapham Loop Cycle Route takes you from Settle via Austwick to Clapham. The return is by Clapham Station, Eldroth and Giggleswick.

In Summer, you can enjoy the Settle Flowerpot Festival too.

Read about Settle Clapham Loop Cycle Route.

Grassington, Halton Gill, Malham & Cracoe Road Cycling Route

Updated 7th March 2023

River Wharfe at Conistone
Wharfe at Conistone

A road cycling route starting and finishing at Grassington. It takes in Malham Tarn and Cove, and returns to Grassington via Airton and Cracoe.

Read about Grassington, Halton Gill, Malham & Cracoe Road Cycling Route.


Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire

Stage 1, Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam

Wyke Beck Way
Start of the Wyke Beck Way near Roundhay Park

This urban route along the Wyke Beck Way, follows Wyke Beck and goes through parks and greener areas within Leeds, as well as some housing estates. It takes you from Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam.

Read about Stage 1, Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam.

Stage 2, Garforth to Woodlesford

Woodlesford Lock
Woodlesford Lock

Stage 2 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire takes you from Garforth, past RSPB St Aidan's, to Woodlesford Lock. It's a pleasant ride along the Linesway (former railway), then by the river Aire. It can be quite muddy.

Read about Stage 2, Garforth to Woodlesford.

Stage 3, Leeds to Saltaire

Canal towpath near Saltaire
Canal towpath near Saltaire

Stage 3 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire is a 14-mile (one way) ride along the Leeds & Liverpool canal from Leeds to Saltaire.

It's pleasant being by the canal, the views keep changing, and there are plenty of cafés and pubs where you can refuel.

The destination, Saltaire, is interesting and has several attractions. Highly recommended.

Read about Stage 3, Leeds to Saltaire.


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