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Bespoke: A Guide To Cycle-Speak And Saddle Slang

As a linguist and a cyclist, the language of cycling has always been of interest. If you know even a little French or Italian or Spanish – the main languages of the Grand Tours – it certainly helps when trying to understand what’s going on. Indeed such is the influence of these languages that the Tour de Yorkshire – my local race here in northern England, a legacy event following the visit of the Tour de France to the region in 2014 – not only includes the ‘de’ in its name but continues to refer to its more significant climbs using the French word ‘côte’ or ‘hill’ in honour of Le Tour itself. They can sound quite comical – the Côte de Goose Eye or the Côte de Otley Chevin for example – and it must drive the Brexit voters mad that their ‘pure’ English is being ‘corrupted’ by the French. But let’s face it, that all started way back in 1066 (and long may it continue).

The Tour De Yorkshire 2016…

…is nearly here! Full details on the Tour de Yorkshire website. I’ll be on BBC Radio Leeds (available worldwide online!) on Friday afternoon at 2pm talking about things cycling. Here are the routes for the three days of the event. Better bring a jumper. Perhaps even a snow shovel…

T’Cycle Expo, Yorkshire

I shouldn’t really mock the accent; it is, after all, my own… but this event – the first ever Cycle Expo in Yorkshire – from the 12th to the 14th October is something to look forward to. It will be taking place in Harrogate at the Yorkshire Event […]

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