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Tour de France and beyond. Cycling inspiration

Tour de France and beyond. Cycling inspiration

World Cup? What World Cup? There is a world-class sporting event starting on these shores, where British contenders have a real chance. The first three stages of the 2014 Tour de France are going to be a ‘Tour de Angleterre’, as they take the cyclists from Yorkshire via Cambridge to London.

If the Tour is going near you (and you can get there despite the road closures) it makes a great spectator event – but like other mass cycle races, this is only for a very short time!  Taking part in the Tour is obviously only for the cycling elite, but there are plenty of ways for us lesser mortals to get involved in the sport.

Would you like to ride the route of the Tour de France? The Tour de Force uses the route, running a week ahead of the official race and offering any cyclist that feels up to it the chance to complete one or several tour stages. It is even possible to sign up for the entire route. Unless you are already cycle-fit, you might want to sit this year out, but why not think big for 2015?

Sounds too much? Here are some simpler ideas.

  • Cycling for transport? Transport Direct covers much of the UK and will show you cycle-friendly routes to get around.
  • Cycling for fun? Many councils now offer cycle route ideas on their websites, or at local libraries. Take the family!
  • Weather not playing? There are some hints here about how to get the most about indoor cycling workouts. Whether it is spin classes or just an old bike on a stationary trainer, there’s no need for rain to stop cycling.

So use the Tour as inspiration, dust off the bike and get back in the saddle.