Bicycle-obsessed Westmorland Gazette web editor Bob Hart looks at the Tour de France, other road racing, and cycling culture, issues and lifestyle.

Blog: Essential we don't drive cyclists away

2:32pm Friday 23rd August 2013

THE backlash against cycling was inevitable.

Blog: What would make our towns better for cyclists?

The Westmorland Gazette: Cycling has never been so popular in Britain

2:47pm Tuesday 12th February 2013

As cycling become ever more popular and petrol becomes ever more expensive, more and more people are choosing to go to work by bike.

Things for cyclists to look forward to in 2013

The Westmorland Gazette: MARK CAVENDISH

11:43am Friday 11th January 2013

Winter can be a bleak time of year for cyclists.

With a bit of mutual respect, cyclists and car drivers should be able to get along

The Westmorland Gazette: That's more like it - French motorists are instructed to give cyclists space on the roads

10:30am Thursday 3rd January 2013

2012 was an interesting year to be a bike rider.

Zero tolerance policy on doping will mean cycling's secrets will never come out

The Westmorland Gazette: Interview with British Cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford

10:22am Friday 26th October 2012

In the wake of the revelations about Lance Armstrong’s systematic drug use during the course of his seven Tour de France wins, it’s understandable the cycling teams want to distance themselves from any allegations of doping.

Cycling has already learned important lessons from the Lance Armstrong saga

The Westmorland Gazette: Lance Armstrong

12:02pm Friday 12th October 2012

So Lance Armstrong used illegal performance enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles.

A cycling season that just keeps getting better for Britain

8:15pm Thursday 30th August 2012

There was already no doubt that 2012 has been the greatest year that British cycling has ever had - perhaps the best year it will ever have.

The latest twist in the Armstrong saga

The Westmorland Gazette: Lance Armstrong is cycling's most controversial figure

5:09pm Friday 24th August 2012

Lance Armstrong provokes strong reactions among cycling fans.

Another British Grand Tour win on the horizon?

The Westmorland Gazette: Chris Froome could be Britain's next cycling hero

8:23pm Tuesday 21st August 2012

Has the end of the Olympics left a void in your life?

Lancashire's crucial role in Britain's cycling success

The Westmorland Gazette: Ed Clancy (left), Geraint Thomas (right), Steven Burke (second left) and Peter Kennaugh celebrate with their Gold medals

9:03pm Friday 3rd August 2012

2012 is officially the best year ever to be a British cycling fan (or cyclist for that matter).

Tour victory triggers the 'Wiggins Effect'

6:50pm Sunday 22nd July 2012

Last Sunday, as I toiled to the top of a climb on one of my regular rides near my home, I was the only cyclist around.

An amazing show of strength from Cav

5:51pm Friday 20th July 2012

As I predicted yesterday, Mark Cavendish showed his supremacy with an astonishing sprint finish in today's stage of the Tour de France.

Wiggins overcomes the biggest obstacle to Tour glory

The Westmorland Gazette: Wiggins on the podium today. Only a disaster can stop him winning the Tour.

7:48pm Thursday 19th July 2012

I hardly dare think it, but it could well be that Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France today.

Good times and bad times as the Tour hits the mountains

The Westmorland Gazette: The grimace says it all as Thomas Voeckler solos to another stage victory in the mountains today. Photo: PA

8:56pm Wednesday 18th July 2012

Lancashire's Bradley Wiggins looked rock-solid today as the remaining riders in the Tour de France tackled one of two tough mountain stages in the Haute Pyrenees.

Another dose of the Tour rest day blues

The Westmorland Gazette: Fuelling the obsession with a little light reading

8:44pm Tuesday 17th July 2012

THE Tour de France has reached its second rest day, leaving a bike-shaped hole in my evening.

A relaxed day at the Tour

8:02pm Monday 16th July 2012

IT'S been a very relaxed day for the peloton as they've cruised towards Pau.

Wiggins takes control as sabotage disrupts the Tour

7:08pm Sunday 15th July 2012

TWICE now in this year's Tour de France, stupid behaviour by roadside 'fans' has caused trouble.

Millar makes it a very British Tour

7:47pm Friday 13th July 2012

WHAT an amazing Tour this has been for British riders.

Cadel Evans rides like a proper Tour champion

The Westmorland Gazette: Giants of the road . . . last year's winner Cadel Evans and race leader Bradley Wiggins tackle one of today's mountain passes. Photo: PA

7:17pm Thursday 12th July 2012

I've always been a fan of Cadel Evans. That's probably because, like me, he's a mountain biker who has made the transition to road cycling.

The mental battle at the heart of the Tour de France

The Westmorland Gazette: Fans' favourite Thomas Voeckler crosses the line to win today's stage of the Tour. His victory won't worry race leader Bradley Wiggins.

8:38pm Wednesday 11th July 2012

TODAY was one of those Tour de France stages that utterly confuse people who don't follow bike racing.

Tour de France rest day blues

The Westmorland Gazette: Fans keep themselves amused during the Tour's rest day. Photo: PA

5:06pm Tuesday 10th July 2012

I hate the Tour de France’s rest days.

Wiggins tightens his grip on the Tour

The Westmorland Gazette: Wiggins approaches the line in today's time trial. Photo: PA

5:13pm Monday 9th July 2012

IT’S possible to win the Tour de France without winning a single stage.

Doping questions overshadow a great day's racing at the Tour de France

9:24pm Sunday 8th July 2012

AFTER another compelling Tour de France stage today, race leader Bradley Wiggins launched into an expletive-filled tirade at journalists when asked about the issue of doping.

A proud day for Lancashire as Wiggins claims the yellow jersey

9:15pm Saturday 7th July 2012

Well, what an exciting day of racing we've had in today's Tour.

The real Tour de France is about to begin

7:32pm Friday 6th July 2012

MORE crashes today. I can hardly watch the Tour when it's like this.

The crusade to destroy Lance Armstrong can only be bad for cycling

7:47pm Thursday 5th July 2012

Another year, another drug scandal at the Tour de France.

The cruelty of crashes in the Tour

The Westmorland Gazette: Mark Cavendish sits on the tarmac after today's crash.

7:43pm Wednesday 4th July 2012

Less than a week into the Tour de France, and already I'm a nervous wreck thanks to the number of crashes we've seen so far.

Difficulties for Team Sky in a chaotic day of the Tour

8:10pm Tuesday 3rd July 2012

Yesterday, I predicted Edvald Boasson Hagen for today's Tour de France stage win.

Cav shows his class in second Tour stage

The Westmorland Gazette: Cav takes the win after a masterclass in speed and timing.

8:23pm Monday 2nd July 2012

WORLD champion Mark Cavendish proved today that there's more to winning than pedalling hard.

Wiggins holds his advantage over Tour rivals

The Westmorland Gazette: Bradley Wiggins held his advantage over his main rivals in today's tricky stage. Tomorrow, the focus shifts to his team mate, Mark Cavendish.

7:22pm Sunday 1st July 2012

INTERESTING day on the Tour.

Wiggins strikes psychological blow on Tour's opening day

4:40pm Saturday 30th June 2012

Is there anything more tense for cycling fans than watching a Tour de France time trial?

Don't forget to cheer on Wiggo this weekend

4:25pm Friday 29th June 2012

The day the world's cycling fans have been waiting for is finally upon us - the Tour de France gets under way tomorrow!

Five essential stages of this year's Tour de France

The Westmorland Gazette: Lancashire-based Bradley Wiggins is an expert time-triallist.

10:28pm Tuesday 26th June 2012

If you can't cope with three weeks of the Tour de France, here are five must-see stages . . .

Forget footballers and tune in to the Tour

5:19pm Monday 25th June 2012

ENGLAND’S exit from Euro 2012 may be disappointing for many, but it’s also timely.

The Tour de France for beginners

The Westmorland Gazette: Britain's Mark Cavendish, resplendent in the green jersey at last year's Tour

9:15pm Sunday 24th June 2012

IF you've never watched the Tour de France before, you could be forgiven for feeling utterly baffled by what's going on.

Tour de France time is here again!

The Westmorland Gazette: Lancashire-based cyclist Bradley Wiggins is the hot favourite for this year's Tour.

10:13pm Thursday 21st June 2012

The most important sporting event of the summer is nearly upon us.

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