Laser lane bike lights giveaway courtesy of Richardson’s Boating Holidays (ended)

Laser lane bike light

It’s competition week here on London Cyclist! We’ve teamed up with the Norfolk Broads holidaymaker Richardson’s Boating Holidays, to offer readers the chance to win three Laser lane bike lights. The Norfolk Broads and surrounding area are a haven for nature lovers and attract fervent cyclists keen to explore the Broads after they have moored up.

Entering the competition is easy. Simply, answer the below question in the comments:

What is your favourite place to cycle in the UK when you are not pedalling around London?

By entering you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the competition. Competition closes on the 9th of November and the three winners will be announced right here!

Our winners are: S popple, Victoria and Maria Gilbert. All three have been contacted and if no reply is received within a reasonable time frame we’ll be picking another winner.

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314 Responses to Laser lane bike lights giveaway courtesy of Richardson’s Boating Holidays (ended)

  1. Stuart T 26/10/2012 at 12:28 pm #

    There’s a wonderful circular route starting in Henley, through the Chiltern Hills which I love at any time of year. There’s a fine pub on the way which serves very good food and is tolerant of slightly muddy bikers too – bonus!

    • Dave Greenwood 26/10/2012 at 1:47 pm #

      Anywhere by the sea, or any former railway line converted to a cycle path – I don’t like hills! There’s a nice one from Bamber Bridge into Preston city centre.

    • trevor james 26/10/2012 at 3:19 pm #

      The black mountains in Wales, hard up hills, easy down for a long way and views to die for.
      Food, drink, bike spares all easy to get to plus camp sites.

  2. Jack London 26/10/2012 at 12:28 pm #

    BHF London to Brighton bike ride, Father’s Day, with my son on our beloved tandem. Save something for Ditchling Beacon.

  3. lep recorn 26/10/2012 at 12:29 pm #

    The ex-railwayline bike path from Bristol to Bath.

  4. Hayley Joyes 26/10/2012 at 12:42 pm #

    I like to take the train to Frant (near Tunbridge Wells) and ride around the twisty country lanes to a beautiful boating lake called Bewl Water. En route I collect my mum and dad and we have jolly time cycling around this expansive lake before sitting down with a nice flask of tea and one of my mums homemade cakes to watch the wind surfers. My passion for cycling has inspired them to hit the road in their early 50s and I would love to be able to present them with a brand new bike.

  5. e 26/10/2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Haven’t had the chance to cycle outside London yet, but I think I would love the seaside. Any!

  6. Neil Gregory 26/10/2012 at 1:15 pm #

    The Camel Trail in Cornwall. Rode it in June. Miles of beautiful scenery along side rivers and railways.

  7. Mitul Shah 26/10/2012 at 1:27 pm #

    I guess this still counts as cycling in London but it’s still my favourite: the London Skyride.
    Such a shame they didn’t do it this year (2012), due to the Olympics apparently.
    Otherwise cycling around my home town of Croydon is always fun.

  8. Mike White 26/10/2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Anywhere in Essex or Suffolk. Typically from Colchester to Manningtree-Harwich-Frinton-Clacton and back to Colchester.

  9. Andrew Osborne 26/10/2012 at 1:42 pm #

    My favourite cycle route outside of London is from Parkstone, near Bournemouth to Swanage taking the Sandbanks Ferry. This takes you across the Isle of Purbeck and has a great descent into Swanage.

  10. Liz Wall 26/10/2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Will cycle anywhere just love being on my bike even better when out with my buddies and our new little group Faversham Velotec.

  11. John 26/10/2012 at 1:48 pm #

    High Peak and Tissington trails in the peak district, an excellent circular 40 mile route through lovely countryside

  12. Miguel 26/10/2012 at 1:55 pm #

    When not pedalling around London my favourite place to cycle in the UK, has to be out and about in Norfolk, great country pubs and incredible sea views. Plenty tourist traps and fish and chip shops…

    What more could you want? Apart from a laser lane lining up your slipstream

  13. roger 26/10/2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Reculver to Margate, fish and chips and then back – almost all along the coast. Would suggest Whitstable to Margate but there is a off road section not suitable for all.

  14. Big Softy 26/10/2012 at 2:14 pm #

    There’s an overgrown trail at Millet in St Lucia that winds through the rain forest up the mountains. It’s a real dog of a ride, and definitely not for the faint-hearted, But the view from the top will take your breath away.
    Just a pity I can’t do it every day.

  15. Big Softy 26/10/2012 at 2:15 pm #

    And I know it’s not in the UK, but just had to share it.

  16. JimF 26/10/2012 at 2:20 pm #

    I loved cycling in Cambridge as a student. Proper cycling culture and the closest thing to proper infrastructure the UK gets. And being an experienced cyclist among newbies only allowed me greater leeway to show off.

  17. golfpro 26/10/2012 at 2:31 pm #

    The New Forest. Good rail connections, quiet roads, great off road tracks and great towns, coffee shops and pubs! Everything you need for a great ride!

  18. Jan 26/10/2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Lee Valley Nature reserve in London

  19. tricia 26/10/2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Bristol was an amazing place to cycle around. But when we were there we took a cycle out to Cheddar Gorge. Eat cheese, drink cider, look at the countryside then tootle back to Bristol amazed at how much it feel like you’re cycling downhill after you’ve had a cider, we thought.

    We accidentally got diverted onto the motorway, decided to get off at the next exit then realised we were completely lost. We took a diversion through a wood and a disused mental health facility (creepy movie style) and had to throw our bikes over a fence and haul ourselves over too.

    Nonetheless, once back on track it was an amazing route and Bristol is a susper-cycle friendly place (other than the occassional hill, which just makes you feel like a champ!)

  20. Tom 26/10/2012 at 2:49 pm #

    I rode from Ludham to Clippesby a couple of years ago, it was absolutely brilliant. Without a doubt the Broads are one of my favourite places to cycle. The beer was really good too, excellent in fact.

  21. james 26/10/2012 at 3:52 pm #

    The normal ride to work takes me through Southall and Ealing to Paddington, it is fairly up and down and full of cars with broken indicators.. it is therefor an exagerated joy for me to ride around Portsmmouth and Southsea. There isn’t must better than the flat ride along the coast buy Southsea Common!

  22. Adam 26/10/2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Cliffs over Hastings. Best view ever.

  23. Hugh 26/10/2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Surrey Hills, either on off-road on my MTB, or on-road on my road bike. Close to London (and even closer to my house) and some of the best riding in the South East. And since the Olympics, the resurfaced Zig Zag Road is like riding up a billiard table. Lovely.

  24. Chris 26/10/2012 at 4:45 pm #

    I had a couple of lomg w/e’s cycling in the Isle of wight when I was younger. We would catch the ferry and stay at a campsight near Cowes so we could offload all our gear and be free to explore – and it’s not flat!
    Would love to go back when the kids are old enough to do it.

  25. Milind 26/10/2012 at 4:48 pm #

    York, like Cambridge, is cycle friendly and my favourite quick outing there is from Skeldergate bridge down the banks of the river ouse, past the greylag geese (and goslings if you pick the right time of year), over the blue bridge, and eventually crossing over York’s millennium bridge. You then have the option of a short excursion onwards to the racecourse, skirting around its southern edge, or, if inclement weather, heading back to Skeldergate up the other side of the Ouse, stopping at the viewing points on the way. Get a puncture, and forgot your spares? No fear – you won’t be that far from a cycle shop (nearest is Bishopthorpe Road).

  26. bob 26/10/2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Hartside on the ctc ride; 1902 feet of hell; followed by a a cup of tea and rock cake heaven at the cafe at the top [ open summer only]

  27. MacDermott 26/10/2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Definitely the wonderful promenade in my home town of Morecambe which has won a National Transport Award for cycling improvements.

  28. dave 26/10/2012 at 6:09 pm #

    The South Downs Way

  29. Mark 26/10/2012 at 6:34 pm #

    The Down’s Link is a great day out!

  30. Ed 26/10/2012 at 6:39 pm #

    The Jurassic coast in Dorset where we live.

    Amusing how many people don’t bother making a comment, or I’m guessing even follow this blog, until a competition comes along.

  31. Stef 26/10/2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Kent, green gentle hills, few cars and stunning sea views!

  32. Malcolm Trussler 26/10/2012 at 6:53 pm #

    The Norfolk Broads!

  33. Scott Wall 26/10/2012 at 7:00 pm #

    From Woking to home takes me along the Basingstoke canal.


  34. Stuart 26/10/2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Foulness Island, Essex

  35. Claire t 26/10/2012 at 7:39 pm #


  36. jason 26/10/2012 at 7:59 pm #

    any where in the countryside , if the weathers not to miserable !!

  37. Mickie Bull 26/10/2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Between Dorchester & Axminster, on the Sustrans route!

  38. Andy Moran 26/10/2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Fylde Coast

  39. Eddie Tate 26/10/2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Eastbourne East Sussex.

  40. Gail 26/10/2012 at 8:46 pm #

    the Trossachs

  41. Colin 26/10/2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Dunstable Downs heading towards Hemel Hempstead direction and an orange Calipo – yum.

  42. Iain 26/10/2012 at 9:40 pm #

    The Peak District!

  43. Justin 26/10/2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Richmond park out through to chilterns, Henley, just beautiful with some great hills

  44. Charlie 26/10/2012 at 10:30 pm #

    It’s got to be the peak district! Big, steep, leg burning climbs…and fast, alpine-esque descents! Not bad pubs for a lunch either!

  45. David Greig 27/10/2012 at 12:30 am #

    Coastal areas in Cornwall……

  46. Chris Sugg 27/10/2012 at 12:58 am #

    The Peak Forest Canal, south of Stockport

  47. Garrick 27/10/2012 at 2:06 am #

    The Kent area is lovely!

  48. john Medlycott 27/10/2012 at 2:20 am #

    used to love cycling in the Chilterns & Cotswolds, easy access from NW London.

  49. ellie 27/10/2012 at 6:49 am #

    The Broads

  50. Paul 27/10/2012 at 8:18 am #

    I think I would have to say West Sussex, especially hills above Arundel. We attended the Easter Tandem Rally there a couple of years ago and it was fabulous.

    By the way my local bike shop decided not to stock these lights, because they had not been “approved for use” at that time. Just curious if that has changed, or if they are given with that as understood? The reasoning was that this was a laser product and has particular safety concerns.