Review - My Decathlon Triban 500SE Road Bike.

Last year I bought a Giant Defy 2. However, I didn't want to ride it through all the mud and salt in the winter months, so decided to buy a cheap bike to use in winter. I did quite a bit of research and decided to get a Decathlon ...

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C2C Three - Allenheads to Newcastle..

Sculpture on the outskirts of Consett.

When I got up in the morning, I felt slightly sick and couldn't eat much of the excellent breakfast. Luckily I recovered after a couple of hours on the bike, but was a bit worried about how the day might go. I wanted to get to Newcastle as early as possible, so I would be able to get back to Whitehaven in time to drive home. I was also worried about not being able to get my bike on the train.

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C2C Day Two - Penrith to Allenheads.

Le Grand Depart.

We had originally planned this section to complete the major climbs of the middle section in one day. It turned out to be a very short day, about three and a half hours (excluding tops). In retrospect it would have been better to continue beyond Allenheads, but as we had pre-booked accomodation this wasn't possible. With a bit more planning we could have probably completed the route in two days, although for me, this would have been pushing it a bit.

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C2C Day One - Whitehaven to Penrith.

Bassenthwaite from near Cockermouth.

I left Chestnuts around 8:30am and cycled down into Whitehaven. I cycled down to the harbour, but didn't bother going all the way along to the C2C sign. The initial section out of Whitehaven is fairly grim. The cycling is easy, but the route goes through several housing estates and the path is littered with large collection of dog turds and broken glass. Luckily this section isn't too long and I was soon following the old railway line. The off road sections are almost all on tarmac so fine on a road bike. There was a short section of rather bumpy track just before Rowrah which would be unpleasant on a road bike if it was very wet.

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C2C Prologue.

There are a number of Coast to Coast cycle rides in the UK. This series of posts is about the ride that starts at either Workington or Whitehaven and finishes at Tynemouth or Sunderland. Depending on the route you choose the ride is around 140 miles long with approximately 15 ...

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Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain.

As a keen cyclist I was pleased to hear that stage four of the Tour of Britain was passing within a couple of miles of where I lived. I decided that the best place to get a good view was outside the local pub, where the race had to negotiate a "T" junction. The race was due to pass the pub about 12:00pm, so I left home shortly after eleven on the 20 minute ride, to give my self plenty of time to find a good spot.

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A Circular Ride from Whitchurch

Circular ride of approximately 22 miles (35km) around the Cheshire and Shropshire countryside. The route is almost all on quite country lanes.

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Cycling Round Lake Vyrnwy.

Lake Vyrnwy is an ideal route for children. Although the road around the lake is open to traffic, its winding nature and the presence of many other cyclists keeps motorists speeds down. The total distance around the lake is around 12 miles and the road is almost completely flat.

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A Circular Ride Around Llanberis.

"A Circular Ride Around Llanberis."

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Manifold Valley Cycle Ride.

The Manifold Valley in Derbyshire has an 8.5 mile cycle trail that follows the line of an old railway line through the valley. It's a linear ride, so you will end up cycling the trail both ways, but it's so enjoyable that this isn't a disadvantage ...

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