Celebrating the weekend when Britain went bike-crazy

Are you pining for those glorious days of last weekend, when the sun shone, the whole country loved cycling and a Brit was still in with a chance of winning the Tour de France? Remember them with this rather lovely video from Welcome to Yorkshire.

The crowds were huge — sometimes too huge — but even while riders complained they’d like a bit more space please, they acknowledged that the reception Yorkshire put on for the Tour de France was like nothing they’d ever seen.

The scenery didn’t disappoint, either. The Dales may not be the Alps, but bathed in sunshine, they provided a fitting backdrop for two glorious days of racing.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.