You can find cycle routes online
for pretty well any part of Britain. A good starting place is
Sustrans are the organisation behind the National Cycle Network
-they publish an online Map of the National
Cycle Network. For more detailed information on a selection
of routes on the Network, see Cycle-Routes.org
-this useful site is built up through user contributions, but
is by no means comprehensive. Another good site is Transport
for London -they do online maps of routes across the city
-simply enter your start and finish points.
Pedibus is an innovative idea offering Pubcrawler
Parties and tours of Shoreditch and Borough Market with their
vehicle that seats eight cyclists who sit facing each other as
if at a dinner table and pedal their way around, steered by a
driver. The on-board bar and solar powered sound system complete
On a more rural front, see Country Lanes who offer
cycling hire and holidays in the New Forest and Isle of Wight
from their base at Brockenhurst Station, or Country
Lanes Lake District for a three-day self-guided cycling tour
of the countryside that inspired Wordsworth and will make sure
your 24-speed trek bike is ready for you at Windemere railway
station, along with an itinerary and maps with directions to
your booked bed and breakfast each night.
Cycling Federation -Promoting
the sport of cycling throughout the UK. Information on "Get
Set" cycle skills training and local clubs.
- CTC -national cycling organisation with
information on local cycling groups, travel and touring, insurance
and online shop.
- Cycle-Routes.org -information on routes within the National
Cycle Network, prepared as a collaboration between Dik Stoddart,
- Cycling Cumbria
-guide to mountain and road biking in Cumbria and the Lake District
-the site has a number of useful route descriptions with maps
that are graded by degree of difficulty.
Featuring a whole spectrum of information for people interested
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Cycling Campaign -supporting
cycling in the capital.
- RAC Grass Routes Challenge -annual competition run by the RAC which
encourages young people to produce School Travel Plans at secondary
level upwards -prizes include laptops with MapIT software, mountain
bikes, helmets and book tokens.
- Rights of way
-fantastic source of information about Equestrian rights of way,
but obviously applicable to cyclists too.
- Safe Routes to School -projects encourage and enable children to walk
and cycle to school through practical and educational measures.
- Scottish Cycling Development Project -raising the profile of cycling in Scotland
with information, advice and cycle training.
- Sustrans -the sustainable transport charity -
works on practical projects to encourage people to walk, cycle
and use public transport in order to reduce motor traffic and
its adverse effects.
- Transport for London -online route guides for London, with
incredibly detailed routs maps to download instantly as pdf.
- Alpsweek -mountain biking in the French Alps
- Bicycle beano
-cycling holidays in Wales and the borders.
Morocco -an experienced
and independent tour company running unique mountain biking trips
in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
- Biking Dutchman:
based in Quito, Ecuador, the Biking Dutchman organises bike tours
in some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, including
mountain biking down the world's highest active volcano, Cotopaxi.
Cycle -small groups freewheelin'
journeys. Experience the freedom of two wheels along the back
roads of Europe and beyond to Transvaal, Kerala and the Great
Wall of China.
Carriages -Minibus company
based in South Wales offering luxury 16 seat Mercedes
Sprinter Minibuses with drivers and trailers that carry
up to 16 mountain bikes to the start of their ride and collect
them from the finish location then return them home
safely -they even have a fridge on board with cold drinks to
quench the thirst of tired cyclists.
Biking Wales -The Welsh
Mountain Biking Centres offer world class riding from forest
networks to alpine style towns. Everything you need for a perfect
mountain biking break.
Days -Mountain bike courses
for beginners to advanced riders, and guiding for those
with the skills but wanting the hassle taking out of the day,
all based in the Peak District, Derbyshire.
- Sacred Rides -http://www.sacredrides.com/
Community based mountain bike adventures and skills camps in
British Columbia, Chile, Croatia, Guatemala, Peru, New Zealand
and Utah. They set out one of the most comprehensive social
and environmental responsibility mandates in the business,
employing local staff, sourcing local goods and reinvesting a
proportion of their income in the local community as well as
shipping bikes for the use of locals.
- Sherpa Expeditions -self guided European cycling holidays in Europe
-Sherpa book your accommodation, move your baggage each day from
hotel to hotel, and supply you with a bike suitable for the terrain.
Break -mountain bike
holidays, orienteering and events.
Wheel Treks -offers self-guided
cycling holidays for people of all ages and abilities within
many areas of the UK, Europe and New Zealand; also guided tours
for groups in UK from weekend breaks to longer holidays; ranging
from gentle rides to more challenging offroad events.
Equipment and suppliers
- Bonthrone Bikes -bikes, frames, forks, components, clothing and
accessories at discount prices.
- Brompton Bicycles
-manufacturers of the world famous folding bicycle.
- The Cycleshop
- March - Cambridgeshire - Retailers/Distributors of the Eco-PED
lightweight electric bike.
- Ealing cycles
-based in Ealing, West London and they are major stockists of
Raleigh, Diamondback mountain and BMX bikes.
bikes Roy Jervis &
Co. - A great bike shop in Ripley, Derbyshire, UK, selling cycles,
scooters and motorbikes- check out their website for more!
- Kikerbiker -Online information for the touring
cyclist. feature routes, maps, weather forecasts, bed and breakfasts,
equipment and bike shops,
and travel information.
John Street Cycles -based
in Bridgewater, the UKs largest tandem and touring cycle specialists.
Cycle -impartial advice
on buying bikes and cycles in the UK.
Biking UK -mbuk.com is
the online wing of Mountain Biking UK, Britain's biggest selling
mountain bike magazine.
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