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Stage 9, Tour de France 2018

John Degenkolb

John Degenkolb, by dennismenchov08, Licence CC BY 2.0

Sunday 15th July 2018

John Degenkolb (Trek Segafredo) survived the carnage, made the right break, and outsprinted Greg van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert to win Stage 9.

See video highlights of Stage 9, Tour de France 2018, and read the Hedgehog Stage 9 diary.

Stage 10, Tour de France 2018

Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy, by Hedgehog Cycling

Tuesday 17th July 2018

Stage 10 TDF 2018 profile

Profile of Stage 10, Tour de France 2018, ©ASO/Tour de France organisers

Stage 10 is 158.5km from Annecy to le Grand Bornand. It begins with an easy warm-up along the shores of the Lac d'Annecy, surely France's most beautiful lake. After that, it's all up and down - the route includes climbs of the Col de Bluffy, Col de la Croix Fry, the plateau des Glières (where there is a stretch of dirt road across the plateau), the Col de Romme, and the Col de la Colombière. The stage ends with a descent to le Grand Bornand.

The Etape du Tour will be on the route of Stage 10, and the women's event, La Course by Le Tour de France, covers much of the men's Stage 10 route.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Romain Bardet

Read about Stage 10, Tour de France 2018.

UK cycling news

Gilligan on Oxford & Cambridge

10th July 2018

Parker's Piece, Cambridge

Parker's Piece, Cambridge

In a report for the National Infrastructure Commission, former London cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan says that the answer to congestion problems in prosperous and expanding cities Oxford and Cambridge is 'staring them in the face'.

Read about Gilligan on Oxford and Cambridge.

Cycling UK close passes survey

29th June 2018

Close pass

Close pass, by Tejvan Pettinger, Licence CC BY 2.0

Cycling UK have published the results of a survey which show that 52% of British adults don't know the Highway Code rules for passing cyclists. In a coordinated announcement, cycling minister Jesse Norman has given details of new initiatives, including training for driving instructors on passing cyclists.

Read about the Cycling UK close passes survey.

Beelines Manchester

27th June 2018

Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman, © TFGM

Chris Boardman today announced the first step in implementing his Made to Move vision for Greater Manchester. It's called Beelines, and it's a detailed walking and cycling infrastructure for Greater Manchester with 1,000 miles of routes. Read about Beelines Manchester.


Froome Salbutamol case

25th May 2018

Chris Froome

Chris Froome, by denismenchov08, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

There's been an awful lot of comment on Chris Froome's Salbutamol case, almost certainly too much. Cycling journalists ask hard questions of Froome, but give the UCI a free ride about the leak of the confidential process. For below the line commenters, everything is evidence of cheating - good and bad performances alike.

Read about the Froome Salbutamol case.


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

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.

New Hedgehog Guide: 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.

Read more about cycling in Harrogate.

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 guides to the Yorkshire (and Cambridge and London) stages on Hedgehog. 

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.

York to Selby cycle route

York to Selby cycle route, near Terry's factory

HedgehogCycling's guide to the York to Selby cycle route, including 'cycle the solar system'. This is a quality route, mainly on a tarmacked path on an old railway track bed, and is perfect for family cycling. Read our guide (with video and photos) to the York to Selby cycle route.

Other Hedgehog guides

UCI World Championships 2019 | Tour de France 2018 | Tour de Yorkshire 2018 | Tour de France 2017Tour de Yorkshire 2017Tour of Britain 2016Tour de France 2016Tour de Yorkshire 2016Tour de France 2014 

5 facts about Tom Dumoulin

Yorkshire wildlife

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