Get on your bike in run-up to Tour de France

News & Guides 2014-5-12
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Cycle fever is set to hit the UK this summer when the Tour de France takes a detour on this side of the Channel.

Britain is staging the first three days of Tour de France 2014 (July 5: Leeds-Harrogate; July 6: York-Sheffield; July 7: Cambridge-London) and there are a number of events taking place around the famous race.

But before then, the country is celebrating Bike Week (June 14-22), giving Britain's biking enthusiasts the chance to get in the mood, with around 500,000 people expected to take part in a host of cycle-based events.

We take a closer look at what’s going on…


Bike Week events:

London World Naked Bike Ride (June 14)

This novel ride starts from venues including Hyde Park, Regents Park and Tower Hill. It's a fun, peaceful protest against man's reliance on cars. Around 3,000 cyclists are expected.

Chichester Bike to Work Day (June 17)

Employees are invited to leave their car in the garage and ride to work in the West Sussex city.

Chase the Sun (June 21)

This mammoth bike ride will see people cycling 200 plus miles from east coast to west coast, starting at the Isle of Sheppey in Kent and finishing at Burnham on Sea.

Bread Pudding Ride (June 22)

This Kingston upon Thames ride rewards cyclists with bread pudding to be savoured at the finish of this race around the Surrey hills.

Visit the Bike Week website to find out more details about these and your nearest Bike Week event.

Tour de France Grand Depart

If you fall in love with your bike next month, remember there’s plenty going on around the Tour de France in July.

Harewood House camping extravaganza

The stately home near Leeds hosts the great race's ceremonial beginning. It offers a range of packages, whether you want to bike, camp, party or watch the event. Check out the Festival of Cycling website for tickets.

Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling

A series of cycling events will be taking place on July 5 and 6 to suit cyclists of all abilities. There are ‘led’ rides along the Tour route, time trials and off-road trail routes. Local sporting legends Alistair & Jonathan Brownlee and Lizzie Armitstead will even be taking part in some of the events.

If you just fancy getting on your bike, why not try one of these great routes?

Recommended routes:

Brockenhurst to Beaulieu (New Forest):

This gorgeous New Forest route is 9km (5.6 miles) long, comprising beautiful Beaulieu Heath on its way from Brockenhurst to Beaulieu.

High Peak Trail (Peak District)

This 17.5-mile route (28.1km) from High Peak Junction is a breath-taking traffic-free journey across Derbyshire's sumptuous countryside.

Whinlatter Forest (Lake District)

Whinlatter houses the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. The daring Altura Trail offers stunning views and a great single track trail which rises to 500m.

Hitachi Hints and Tips is intended to be informative and interesting. It does not constitute financial advice, and you should always do further research when making any financial decisions. All information was correct at date of publication.


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