The UK’s ultimate cycling challenge, London Edinburgh London, is up for grabs again in 2025. If you’re dreaming of pedaling 950 miles in under 125 hours, join the entry ballot opening on 3 November 2023. It’s not a race but a true endurance test attracting international participants. Entries can support each other, find solace and food at 22 checkpoints and face the challenge together. Hurry up, places are in high demand and filling up rapidly! Ready, set, pedal!
So says cycling contact Simon Johnson, and watching the video that he pointed me in the direction of, it’s not difficult to see why. It’s one of those ‘watch and weep’ videos I’m afraid from the perspective of anyone who lives in the UK… I must add it to the list of places to visit; it’s not far from the Rhine. (Zermatt also gets a mention in the video! I have been there – it’s a car-free town in the Swiss Alps – and I mention it to anyone who claims we can’t remove cars from British towns and cities…)
Lucy Hudson offers a comprehensive guide on organizing a local cycling race to uplift community spirit. Laying out an effective plan includes grabbing necessary permits and ensuring safety. She emphasizes the importance of trophies in elevating the experience, and suggests using Medal Studio’s customized offerings. The crucial aspects of building a challenging, scenic yet safe route are also covered. Additionally, she stresses the importance of volunteers, who should know their roles well before the event.
Embarking on a cycling holiday is an immersive way to discover new destinations, especially in European countries that offer warm autumn temperatures, scenic routes, and cultural landmarks. Here’s a closer look at four countries that provide intriguing cycling experiences.
I last wrote something for the website about a month ago, way back on the 23rd September in the run-up to the Cycle Touring Festival. Since then, I’ve been a little busy with cycling and non-cycling matters. Hopefully this post brings everything up-to-date as autumn gradually edges towards […]
Many European towns have infrastructure that makes cycling fun and safe. And it’s only getting better. In 2023, the European Parliament passed a resolution to double the number of kilometres cycled in Europe by 2030. So, here are three cycling locations with routes worth checking out. But firstly, what should you take?
Everyone knows that Amsterdam is the number one place to cycle, but you don’t have to travel all the way to the Netherlands to get on your two wheels. In these bicycle-friendly cities, cycling is more than just a means of transportation; it’s a way of life that promotes eco-conscious living. These urban areas have demonstrated that investing in cycling infrastructure not only reduces carbon emissions but also creates healthier and happier communities. By choosing bicycles over cars, residents of these cities are not only helping the environment but also reaping the many personal benefits of cycling.
The 2023 ‘in-person’ (as opposed to online) Cycle Touring Festival is only a week away! Taking place in Clitheroe and now in its 9th year, it will gather together the cycle touring community (or a small part of it) at Waddow Hall for two days of talks, discussions and kit comparison. All washed down with good food and beer. I have nothing to say this year and am not speaking (although I am leading the discussion on ‘France’ which will hopefully have more input from the audience than from me).