March 24th, 2022
In this week’s blog, we will take you through some of our favourite, most scenic, cycle routes from the Tell team's local areas. From Yorkshire to Vancouver, there are some incredible routes to race along or take a leisurely cycle. Our own Tom T is a bit of a cycling connoisseur, having done the London to Brighton, London to Paris routes, as well as the three counties (Leicester, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire) which is around 40 miles and goes past a milk-shed where you can pick up milk from a vending machine! Whatever your speed, we’ve got you covered!
The Comber Greenway, Northern Ireland
Stretching 7-miles through stunning countryside on the outskirts of Belfast, the Comber Greenway makes it easy to escape the city. Bike or walk past lush greenery, wildflowers and country views. Connecting Country Antrim to Comber in County Down, this route technically starts in West Belfast at Queen Elizabeth Bridge, however, the professionals at ‘Ireland Before You Die’ suggest “cyclists should hop on at Dee Street in East Belfast as this is where the cycling route starts being traffic-free".
Millennium Bridge to Heslington Common, York
It would be a crime not to include a cycling route within our office's stomping ground. This route is a great York-based cyclist's option which leads you through the University of York campus with is choice of cafes, bars and interesting architecture to wander around.
Richmond Park, London
London has no shortage of parks, and honestly, any one of them would be great for a relaxed cycle. Richmond Park is a beautiful national park and a cycling hot spot. Just 20 minutes from central London, you can feel a million miles away in this 2,500-acre expanse of land. Take an intermediate level bike ride through the trees and past grassy meadows with wild deer grazing.
Sunset Beach, Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver is known to be one of the best cities in Canada for outdoorsy, active types. It makes sense, then, that there are a lot of cycle routes to choose from. For this blog it was the ‘Sunset Beach, False Creek, and Kitsilano Beach’ cycle route that caught my eye. This route is perfect for tourists as it “circles False Creek, leading you past a number of museums, including Science World and Vancouver Maritime Museum”. Vancouver has an endless amount of cycle routes on offer as it is a very bike-friendly city with specific bike parking at venues and events in a bid to reduce carbon emissions!
The Olympic Cycling Route, Rio De Janeiro
Hosting the 2016 Olympic games was a challenge for Brazil, but the city of Rio de Janeiro met it with style. In honour of the athletic spirit, we suggest the famous Olympic Cycling route which has two steep hills to keep it interesting and boasts beautiful coastal views throughout. It’s important to remember that, even in January, Rio can see highs of 30 degrees celsius. For us Britons, used to a more mild climate, it's super important to rememberlots of water and frequent rest breaks to cool down.
The benefits of a good cycle session are countless both for your fitness and wellbeing. There’s nothing like having a relaxing bike ride on a bright Sunday afternoon. Let us know if you decide to embark on any of the amazing routes above and don’t hesitate to share your Strava routes with us!