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Are you ready to embark on an adventure that combines the thrill of road cycling with the ruggedness of mountain biking? Look no further than gravel biking - a rapidly growing discipline that has taken the cycling world by storm. Whether you're a seasoned gravel cyclist or new to the sport, the UK offers a plethora of incredible gravel bike routes waiting to be explored. In this comprehensive guide, we'll take you on a journey through some of the best gravel bike routes in the UK, from the picturesque countryside of Wales to the rugged terrain of Scotland and the rolling hills of England.   Gravel Riding: The Perfect Blend of Road and Mountain Biking   Gravel riding has revolutionized the cycling scene, bridging the gap between road cycling and mountain biking. Originating in North America, this exciting discipline emerged as cyclists sought to

The Lake District, with its breathtaking landscapes and challenging terrains, is a haven for cyclists looking for an adventure. One of the best ways to explore this stunning region is through bikepacking, a thrilling off-road equivalent of cycle touring. From wild camping to iconic road climbs, the Lake District offers endless opportunities for cyclists to immerse themselves in nature and push their limits on two wheels. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the world of bikepacking in the Lake District, focusing on the book "Bikepacking in the Lake District - Lakeland 200 and seven long-weekend bikepacking adventures" by Ed Hunton. We will explore the routes, challenges, and highlights that await cyclists in this picturesque region.   Overview of Bikepacking in the Lake District  Bikepacking in the Lake District is not your average cycling experience. It combines the thrill of off-road biking with

Gear up, cycling enthusiasts! As the leaves begin to change colours and the crisp autumn air settles in, it's time to embrace the golden season and take your gravel cycling adventures to new heights. Welcome to 'Riding into the Golden Season: Maximising Your Autumn Gravel Cycling Adventures'. In this article, we'll guide you through the exhilarating world of autumn gravel cycling, helping you make the most of the picturesque backroads and winding trails. Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or new to the sport, we've got you covered with expert tips, gear recommendations, and route suggestions that will ensure an unforgettable autumn riding experience. Embrace the bountiful beauty of the changing season as you pedal through vibrant landscapes, the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your tires. Discover the joy of exploring lesser-known routes, uncover hidden treasures, and witness nature's stunning transformation - all

When it comes to road cycling, there are so many options available that it can be overwhelming to choose the right bike for your needs. In recent years, gravel bikes, all-road bikes, and endurance bicycles have gained popularity, offering riders versatile and comfortable options for various terrains and riding styles. But what exactly are the differences between these types of bikes, and how do you know which one is right for you? In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the distinctions between gravel bikes, all-road bikes, and endurance bicycles. We will delve into their unique features, discuss their purposes and benefits, and provide insights to help you make an informed decision. Whether you're an avid cyclist looking to expand your riding capabilities or a beginner searching for the perfect road bike, this guide will serve as your go-to resource.   Gravel Bikes: Exploring

Join us for a Gravel Ride and taste the best gravel coffee around on the 22nd July from Chimney Fire Coffee HQ, located in the Denbies Wine Estate. (Box Hill Train Station) We roll at 9am so arrive at 8:30am for a delicious shot of caffeine before we tackle a stunning 50K ride through the rolling Denbies Wine Estate and beautiful Surrey hills.Gravel bikes or MTB’s required GPX file of the route will be shared 2-3 days prior to the ride Food and AMAZING coffee available to purchase pre and post ride. Self-guided ride, however there will be guides leading the ride too. Limited to 25 riders. First come, first served. Remember to bring drink, snacks and a puncture repair kit. No Drops: This is a social ride. We do our best to ride at the pace of the slowest rider and will wait for the group to

We are pleased to announce that Laurent Brochard, world cycling legend, joins the Team Wish One Racing for the 2023 season !   Laurent Brochard is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic riders of the 90's/2000s. World Road Champion in 1997, winner of a stage in Tour de France and Vuelta, he has written his name in gold letters in the history of French cycling. With his talent and experience as a top-level competitor, we are convinced that he will bring immense added value to our brand, both in terms of product development and in sharing his experience with our riders.   Laurent has always had an avant-garde, independent side, with a strong personality and a natural charisma that leaves no one indifferent. He is also known for his discretion and modesty, which only adds to his legendary status. For all these reasons, the

FREE WHEELS EAST - COMPLIMENTARY TICKETFREE WHEELS EAST   Bicycle Film Festival presents a free virtual retrospective screening of Free Wheels East. Followed by a Q&A with directors Ben Wylson & Jamie Mackenzie. Introduction by the film's narrator, Peter Coyote (Emmy-award winning actor including: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Bitter Moon, Erin Brockovich, A Walk to Remember, The Vietnam War and more). This feature length documentary tells the story of a truly global adventure. Cousins Jamie and Ben set off on an extraordinary 3 year bikepacking journey; without know-how or training they attempt to ride bicycles on every continent without using airplanes. Surviving near fatal accidents, life threatening illness and even becoming the first to cycle in the desolate East Antarctic; it seems nothing can stop them. Jamie and Ben visit 35 countries, and in so doing change the course of their lives forever. This in-house film also includes a score written and played on a

We have been contacted by Lorna Brogan (marketing manager at Vertebrate Publishing) telling us about one of their latest cycling projects. There is a special 25% discount for those who are interested in buying the book.CYCLINGBIBLE25  " The book will help you to brush up on basic maintenance, improve your fitness and bike handling skills, plan adventures and make the right choices for those all-important new bike purchases. It will be particularly useful to anyone looking to develop their cycling performance, including those who want to take part in races or cycling challenges, such as enduros, XC races or time trials, but it also contains plenty of advice for casual cyclists wanting to brush up on their skills."Link to buy the book

Argyll’s islands, the Inner Hebrides and Bute, offer fantastic bikepacking filled with beautiful beaches, some of the world’s best distilleries, great gravel tracks and local food experiences.The new Bikepacking Argyll’s Islands route, created by Bikepacking Scotland and commissioned by CalMac Ferries and Wild About Argyll, maps a 496km-journey (308 miles) connecting the Isles of Mull, Jura, Islay and Bute on a mixture of gravel tracks, singletrail, cycle paths and roads. The route also makes great use of ScotRail’s Highland Explorer, which provides space for up to 20 bikes, including tandems. The newly introduced train carriage offers a bike-friendly train connection between Glasgow, host city of the UCI Cycling World Championships in 2023, and Oban, where the new route begins. Bikes travel free on trains and all ferries along the route. For new bikepackers and gravel cyclists Bikepacking Argyll’s Islands offers a

Explore Your Boundaries - a new documentary by Mark Beaumont and Markus Stitz about gravel routes following the council boundaries of Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Falkirk and Glasgow‘Explore Your Boundaries’ was inspired by the desire to create adventures close to home, a way of seeing the familiar in unfamiliar ways. Mark Beaumont, Guinness World Record holder for the fastest circumnavigation by bike, and Markus Stitz, singlespeed round the world cyclist and filmmaker, mapped 24 Scottish council boundary routes to encourage people to stay active, whether cycling or walking, and to inspire adventures that started and finished at their front door. To create the routes, they uploaded the council boundaries GPX files onto the mapping platform Komoot and matched them with the closest existing pathways. This ‘Explore Your Boundaries’ documentary captures their four adventures in Clackmannanshire, East Lothian and Falkirk, undertaken from

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