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Lizzie Deignan reels in Elinor Barker to win National title on the Isle of Man

OTLEY’S Lizzie Deignan overhauled long-time leader Elinor Barker in the final stages to claim her fourth National Road Race title on the Isle of Man.

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The Parterre garden  at Sledmere House  at Sledmere. Picture: Gary longbottom

Bike route: Rolling along in the wide Wolds

With summer now definitely upon us I took my first-ever trip to the Yorkshire Wolds for this week’s ride and added some coastal resorts into my route to give it a seaside flavour. At 58 miles long it’s quite a bit further than my usual pedals, but a lack of any monster climbs meant my legs could just about handle it.

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Adam Blythe defends the British title he won in 2016.

British Championships: Mark Cavendish, Pete Kennaugh and Ben Swift aim for Adam Blythe’s crown

Cycling’s global race calendar may become more cluttered with each passing year, but the British Road Race Championships still retains a certain cache after all these decades.

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Tour de France, Holme Moss..Picture by West Yorkshire Police..

Bike Route: Hitting the peaks on a tough one

The Peak District is one of the jewels in Yorkshire’s cycling crown so I thought it was about time I sampled it first-hand after witnessing the world’s best riders tackle some of its most famous peaks in this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. Whilst I was there I combined my route to retrace some of the 2014 Tour de France stage into Sheffield and in the process devised one of the toughest rides I’ve taken all year.

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Great Britain's Mark Cavendish with his wife Peta and children following the Men's Men's Omniumin Rio last year. Picture: PA.

Cycling star Mark Cavendish targets Tokyo gold

Mark Cavendish wants to go in search of the elusive Olympic gold medal in the Madison at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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Do events like the Tour de Yorkshire give cyclists a bad name?

YP Letters: ‘Lycra louts’ giving real cyclists a bad name

From: Jim Firth, Beverley.

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The Scott road bike is custom-made

Competitor has £5,000 bike stolen during World Series triathlon in Leeds

A triathlete returned from competing in the World Series Leeds age-group race to find his £5,000 road bike had been stolen.
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Bike Route: A castle, a college and climbs...

Bike Route: A castle, a college and climbs...

Working for Welcome to Yorkshire you get to visit all four corners of the county but I’d never actually made it to the Howardian Hills. I was determined to put that right so I loaded up my bike, headed to Malton, and took on a scenic 63-mile loop which featured much of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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The Tour de Yorkshire started in Bridlington this year.

YP Letters: Tour de Yorkshire brings tourism and showcases county

From: Malcolm Renshaw, Askrigg.

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Lizzie Deignan lifts the trophy aloft after winning the women's race at the Tour de Yorkshire

Expect the unexpected, says Lizzie Deignan as Women’s Tour begins

Riders will face the longest and hardest edition of the Women’s Tour to date this week before what promises to be a spectacular finish on the streets of London.

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Wobbles on the cobbles: The dreaded s-bend on the way up the Shibden Wall.

Bike Route: Hitting the Wall on a tough one

Ever since it was announced that Shibden Wall was featuring on the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire route I’d been itching to give it a try and this week I finally got around to it. I also managed to tick Cragg Vale off my cycling bucket list in the process.

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Bike Route: Quiet ride with scenery to savour

Bike Route: Quiet ride with scenery to savour

I was visiting my parents in Grassington last weekend so I took my bike with me and set off at dawn to tackle one of my favourite loops which takes in three icons of the Dales – Malham Cove, Pen-y-ghent and Kilnsey Crag.

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Bike Route: From the city to the countryside

Bike Route: From the city to the countryside

One of the things I’ve always loved about Leeds is the fact that while it houses everything you could ever wish for in a city, you can be out in beautiful rolling countryside in no time at all. As such, I started this week’s ride at the railway station and was soon tackling a really nice, varied loop skirting the West and North Yorkshire border.

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Britain's Geraint Thomas of Team Sky (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

Nick Westby: Geraint Thomas robbed of chance to prove his grand tour credentials

The evolution of Geraint Thomas as a Grand Tour contender would have been an interesting narrative to follow over the coming fortnight.

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Bike Route: Hills are back with a vengeance

Bike Route: Hills are back with a vengeance

After taking a flat route last week I made sure the climbs were back with a vengeance this time around as I took on one of my favourite rides into the heart of Brontë Country. It’s a 57km (35 mile) loop which starts and finishes in Haworth and takes a very brief sojourn into Lancashire before dropping into Hebden Bridge and back over Oxenhope Moor.

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Wressle Castle

Bike Route: It’s a flat one, but what a picture

I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed last week’s Tour de Yorkshire and our race has inspired readers across the county to get on their bikes!

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Launch of West Yorkshire Police Safe Pass Cycling Scheme, at Bramhope, Leeds..PC Tom Allen showing the safe distance to car.3rd May 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Leeds drivers warned: Cyclist you’re overtaking could be undercover officer

Motorists in Leeds have been warned to be on the look-out for cyclists in case one turns out to be an undercover police officer filming their driving.

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YP Comment: Cyclists v cars

YP Comment: Cyclists v cars

THE fact that seven cyclists were killed in West Yorkshire last year more than justifies the police’s decision to use undercover officers to identify, and then educate, those motorists whose ignorance and carelessness continues to endanger the lives of other road users.

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020517  Cyclists arriving  at the  Pavilions of Harrogate , where a celebration of Mike Hall's life  was held.

‘Incredible legacy’ of Yorkshire cyclist killed by car in Australia

Hundreds of lycra-clad cyclists from across the UK gathered today to celebrate the life of an inspirational British endurance rider who died after being hit by a car during a race across Australia.

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Scott Thwaites of Dimension Data, Ian Stannard of Team Sky and Adam Blythe of Aqua Blue Sport  at the press conference on the eve of the  2017 Tour de Yorkshire at the National Railway Museum. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Millions of reasons why the Tour de Yorkshire should be extended

Two of Yorkshire’s leading cyclists have joined the growing clamour for the Tour de Yorkshire to be extended into a fourth day.

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