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From Portreath to Devoran – Coast to Coast Cycle

At just 11 miles long, the Sustrans Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast is one of the shortest coast to coast rides you can do in the UK. Almost the entire route is traffic free. Over the summer holidays, while I was in Cornwall, I took the opportunity to ride the route. As we were close […]

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Getting social and sustainable with Brake the Cycle

Brake the Cycle is a cycle touring company with a difference. Organised as a social enterprise, the goal is to explore sustainable living through cycling, adventure and community. London Cyclist interviewed Joe Red, the founder of the organisation, to find out more and to discover what someone can expect from one of their tours. Joe […]

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7 Summer Holiday Books for Cyclists

In the London Cyclist Friday newsletter we’ve recently been mentioning some of our favourite reads, including Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling by Carlton Reid and Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World. I thought we should continue the theme and have asked Hollie to roundup some of her favourite books for cyclists… […]

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Cycling around the Isle of Wight

Guest blog by Robbie from Isle of Wight Guru The Isle of Wight’s Victorian seaside resorts and stretches of fossil-filled coastline feel a long way from London, but it’s only about 90 minutes by train to the ferry so it’s achievable for a weekend away. Not long ago the Island was named as one the […]

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Best cycling routes and climbs in Portugal

I’ve asked Jeff Jones, founder of Flyingeese to share his favourite cycling routes and climbs in Portugal. Cycling was a lifeline for me when I worked in the City. It was as much mental as physical – getting in the saddle was such a necessary release from the rest of the day’s business. Never mind the […]

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London weekend getaway: From Maidenhead to Windsor

The area surrounding Maidenhead ticked a lot of boxes when I was recently looking for a weekend away from London. Great gastropubs, cafes, lots of cycle routes along the river, old manor houses and there were even opportunities to sail, kayak and paddle board for the adventurous at Bray Lake. With it being off season, […]

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A French cycling tour inspired by Peter Mayle’s novels

With over 6 million worldwide sales, Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence” still captures the imaginations of people across the globe. Provence’s charming cobbled streets, fragrant lavender fields, rolling hills, and sleepy villages also offer much for the keen cyclist. With all of this in mind, here are the best places to see as part […]

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Go West! My first cycle tour – part 1 – the route and scenic highlights

So, I finally went on a cycle tour – it only took me a year to get it figured out! I have to say it was well worth the wait, especially as I didn’t have to do it on my own, my new-to-cycling husband brought a touring bike and came with me. I am also […]

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10 of the most cycling friendly cities around the world

How do you determine a cycle friendly city? The scientific way is the Copenhagenize Index. It looks at a number of variables including commitment to infrastructure, modal share and gender split. Another is to go from personal experience. We’ve listed some of our favourites below that are leading the way with the cycling experience and taking […]

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Cycling the Italian Lake District

What’s so special about this part of Italy? We take a look at the top 5 places to cycle with the help of cycling holiday specialist, The Mid Life Cyclist who run regular tours in the area for groups, self guided and bespoke holidays. Madonna del Ghisallo   Most visitors arrive at this charming chapel on two […]

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Preparing for your first French cycle tour

There is a certain romance to the idea of a unplanned, no route, ‘devil may care’ cycling tour through France. Simply stuff a tent into your pannier, a packet of jelly babies and a phrasebook in your pocket, jump on a ferry and head in the general direction of ‘‘that one climb I saw on the Tour on […]

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Here’s what all cycling tourism websites should look like

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I like cycling. Whilst 99% of the time I’m cycling from A to B on the streets of London, on a rare opportunity, I’ll go on a cycling trip. Recently, I’ve cycled in Germany, Bolivia and Devon. Next up, I’m hoping to ride the streets […]

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