Fuelled by lockdown fatigue and a desire to explore the great outdoors, cycling is more popular than ever, with 22% more bikes sold in the UK this year compared to 2019.
As the Olympics edge closer, Team GB’s cyclists are nervously gearing up for their time in the velodrome. But cycling isn’t solely the preserve of track titans — the sport is more popular than ever with amateurs, too, with 22% more bikes sold in the UK this year compared to 2019. Over the various lockdowns, it appears people have discovered the joys of jumping on the saddle, from its myriad health benefits to the thrilling sense of freedom. But perhaps best of all, cycling offers an incredible way to explore the local area and beyond, be it on a slow-paced ride through the city or a challenging climb through the ripples of the landscape. From the wilds of Scotland to London’s leafy parks, we take a two-wheeled tour through the UK as five cycling experts share their favourite rides. 1. The Pennines, recommended by Joanna Rowsell, MBE
Having spent more than 10 years as a member of the Great Britain Cycling Team, I’ve had the privilege of travelling all over the world to ride, but one of my favourite places to train is in the Pennines north of Manchester — I’ve lived in the city for most of my career, in order to be close to the velodrome there. The Pennines has a bit of everything, from the […]