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Young Yorkshireman Pidcock in shock as he wins rainbow jersey

Yorkshire’s Tom Pidcock underlined his burgeoning reputation in cycling by winning the junior men’s time-trial at the Road World Championships in Norway on Tuesday.

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Yorkshire becomes just one of eight UCI Bike Regions in the world

Yorkshire's reputation as a cycling mecca has been enhanced with the announcement that it has been awarded UCI Bike Region status.

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Bike Route: Familiar roads, but oh, so tough

I was back on familiar roads this week to tackle a loop which started and finished in Keighley and took me right to the edge of the county before venturing into the Dales and then back through the Wharfe and Aire Valleys. It was a tough old route.

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Jason Queally celebrating winning the Olympic Gold medal in the Men's 1000m time trial at the Sydney Olympic Games.

On This Day: When Jason Queally gave Great Britain the dream start to 2000 Sydney Olympic Games

When Jason Queally pressed his bike over the finish line at Sydney’s Dunc Gray Velodrome 17 years ago, it signalled a sea change of British fortunes at the Olympic Games.

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2015 world champion cyclist Lizzie  Deignan. Can she repeat the feat in Bergen? (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Yorkshire stars bid for rainbow jerseys at world championships

Two years out from Yorkshire’s staging of the UCI Road World Championships and the White Rose county is well-represented in the 2017 edition in Bergen, Norway, over the next week.

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Should the Cinder Track from Scarborough to Whitby be upgraded?

YP Letters: Scarborough seaside cycle track needs maintaining for all

From: Betty Devaney, Fearnley Lane, Holmfirth.

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Chris Froome celebrates his La Vuelta win.

Froome hails La Vuelta victory as his greatest achievement in sport

Chris Froome won La Vuelta – becoming only the third rider to win the event and the Tour de France in the same year.

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Bike Route: Welcome return to Wolds way

Bike Route: Welcome return to Wolds way

I was back in the Yorkshire Wolds for work this week so I brought my bike along with me and once I’d finished I took a trip from Driffield to Hull on the back roads to the west of Beverley. While the route wasn’t particularly challenging, it took me through some of the prettiest villages in the county before venturing into our current City of Culture.

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Jumbo Lars Boom celebrates after winning the stage and becoming the tour leader during stage five of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Picture: John Walton/PA

Lead increases in Spain for Froome as he closes on target of first ‘double’ since 1978

Chris Froome extended his lead in La Vuelta while Sander Armee spoiled Alexey Lutsenko’s birthday by beating him to victory on stage 18 to Santo Toribio de Liebana.

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Still in front: Britain's Chris Froome.

Froome under pressure after Vuelta lead is cut

Chris Froome suffered a setback on his La Vuelta title bid, losing ground to chief rival Vincenzo Nibali as Stefan Denifl handed Aqua Blue Sport their maiden stage victory.

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Caleb Ewan of Orica Scott after winning stage three of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain from Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe.

Froome extends lead but insists La Vuelta ‘race is not over’

Great Britain’s Chris Froome tightened his grip on the overall lead at La Vuelta by coasting to victory in the stage 16 time trial from Circuito de Navarra to Logrono.

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Australia's Caleb Ewan, left, wins the first stage of the Tour of Britain from Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen, Norway's Alexander Kristoff and Italy's Elia Viviani, right, in Kelso yesterday.

Ewan takes opening stage as Froome maintains La Vuelta lead

Australian Caleb Ewan sprinted to victory in a photo finish on the opening stage of the Tour of Britain.

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The Yorkshire end of Standedge Tunnel, at Marsden on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

Bike Route: A family-friendly outing on canal

I was looking after my 10-year-old nephew last week and as he’d read a few of these very columns, he’d asked if he could join me on one of my rides. I didn’t want to shatter his spirits by thrashing him around the fells so I found a nice, family friendly route in Welcome to Yorkshire’s handy pocket guide Discover Cycling in Yorkshire. It took us on a 14-mile, there-and-back trip along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal from the town centre to Marsden.

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Team Sky's Chris Froome

Chris Froome in La Vuelta boxseat after stage 11 bonus

Chris Froome took a commanding lead at La Vuelta on Wednesday in his bid to make history.
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Aqua Blue Sport rider Adam Blythe finished third on stage two of the Vuelta Espana (Picture: Karen Edwards)

Blythe ‘a bit gutted’ after third-place finish in Gruissan

Yorkshire’s Adam Blythe finished in a highly-creditable third place on a windy second stage of the Vuelta a Espana, but conceded that he should have done better.

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Bike Route: On the roads the M62 left behind

Bike Route: On the roads the M62 left behind

There are few more iconic landmarks in Yorkshire than the Humber Bridge and I started this week’s ride in its shadow before heading west to Selby on the backroads which skirt the M62. My inspiration came from an article I read recently harking back to the days before the motorway reached these parts in the 1970s. All those roads still exist and I sampled a selection of them as I traversed from the East Riding into North Yorkshire.

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Adam Blythe prepares for La Vuelta start at Nimes, France at the team hotel in Arles. (Picture: Karen Edwards)

Adam Blythe aiming to sprint past star names in Vuelta a Espana

La Vuelta a Espana begins today, where else, but in France, with the cycling calendar’s third and final grand tour boasting a stellar cast list in the race for the general classification, a favourite in Chris Froome, and a rare appearance from a Yorkshireman tucked away in the peloton.

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Scammonden Reservoir in West Yorkshire: Picture by Tony Johnson

Bike Route: Make a date for ride on route 68

I visited Sustrans’ brilliant National Cycle Network website to get inspiration for this week’s ride and route 68 – the Pennine Cycleway – immediately jumped out at me. The full route takes you all the way from Derby to Berwick-upon-Tweed but I hopped on just over the Yorkshire border at Dunford Bridge and followed it to Hebden Bridge.

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The clouds gather above the Vale of York but no rain falls  to bring relief to struggling crops as this   drilled field  at Grafton near Boroughbridge shows no sign of  life .

Bike Route: Beauty even in the downpours

I received an email from the Yorkshire Lass Cycle Club this week inviting me to try their ladies-only Yorkshire Lass Sportive course before the big day itself on Sunday, August 20. There are three rides on offer (30 miles, 60 miles and a whopping 103-miler) and I opted for the middle one. I have to admit I had a bit of a nightmare start to the day but don’t let that put you off – the route itself was an absolute cracker.

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Setting the standard: Britain's Chris Froome.

Nick Westby: Time to raise the roof for Britain’s proud, unassuming sporting greats

Last month on the slopes of the Pyrenees and the Alps, and on the Champs Elysees in Paris, Chris Froome proved once again that he is the greatest grand tour cyclist of the decade by winning a fourth Tour de France crown in five years.

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