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!
Harrogate will be thronged with visitors during the UCI 2019
Yorkshire road World Championships. Many hotels and apartments will be
full, but there's likely to be space at B&Bs, private houses
rented out for the Championships, and at campsites.
Bradford Council have linked Shipley to Bradford, by adding the
Canal Road Cycleway onto the existing Greenway.
The result is a usable route. It's generally safe and convenient.
The Cycleway has priority over drives and side roads, except in
places where the route designers lost their nerve, and made it give
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?
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.
In a letter to the Yorkshire Post, Bishop Monkton Councillor Brown
claims that 'motorists' are being knocked and made to feel unwelcome
in Harrogate Borough. This is a response to some of his arguments.
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.
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.
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
There's a great cycle route from the centre of York to
Beningbrough, partly on tarmacked path by the river Ouse, and partly
on quiet roads. It ends up at Beningbrough Hall, an C18th National
Trust property (where cyclists are entitled to a free cup of tea).
Read the Hedgehog
guide to the York to Beningbrough cycle route.
The latest in Hedgehog's Sustrans Slow Tour of
Yorkshire series, Stage 6 is a nice ride on quiet back roads
from Settle to Clapham. There's just enough hill-age to make it
interesting, and there are plenty of options for a cup of tea or a
pint of beer.