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This guidebook offers 20 sportive routes in the most challenging and scenic cycling areas of south west England and south Wales. Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Avon, Dorset, Brecon, Glamorgan and the Welsh Borders all have miles of cycle-friendly roads suitable for sportive training. Graded routes on quiet country roads can be mixed and matched.
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20 sportive cycling routes in the best cycling areas of south west England are uncovered in this guidebook. Ideal for training, or simply spending some great days on the bike, the rides range between 59 and 119km (36 to 74 miles) in length, and offer a full range of challenges; from long, fast flat routes; perfect for pacing, to tough hill climbs on the Downs and Moors throughout the south west.
The 20 sportive routes are found in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, as for north and east as the Wye Valley and Swindon. The range ensures that there is plenty of riding to be found, throughout the region, not to mention the companion Sportives guidebook to routes in England's south east.
From the Cotswolds, to Dartmoor, Exmoor, Bodmin Moor, into Wales and the south coast, there are miles of of cycle-friendly roads suitable for sportive training. All 20 routes are graded for difficulty and include timings, ascent, food-stops and access information, as well as annotated route maps and clear route descriptions.
Sportive cycling is a growing sport, and this guide provides routes for experienced riders and those new to this sport. Useful information on bike maintenance and equipment, to travelling around the areas with your bike and advice on accommodation is also included. The result is a sportive guidebook that will prepare you for the challenges ahead, and allow you to explore the best cycling the south-east has to offer.
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|The south west of England|
|Getting there and getting around|
|When to go|
|On the road|
|The rules of the road|
|Using this guide|
|Route 1 Atlantic Roller: Bodmin (Cornwall)|
|Route 2 Tor de Moor: Ivybridge (Dartmoor)|
|Route 3 King of the Castle: Haldon Forest Park, Exeter (Dartmoor)|
|Route 4 Exe-Factor: Tiverton (Exmoor)|
|Route 5 Slam Dunk: Dunster (Exmoor)|
|Route 6 Blackdown Hills: Taunton (Somerset and Devon)|
|Route 7 A Ridge too Far: Wellington (Somerset)|
|Route 8 Weston-super-Nightmare: Weston-super-Mare (Somerset)|
|Route 9 Mid-Somer Murder: Wells (Somerset)|
|Route 10 Mendip Madness: Bristol (Somerset)|
|Route 11 Over the Edge: Yate (Gloucestershire)|
|Route 12 Forest of Dean: Chepstow (Gloucestershire)|
|Route 13 Cotswold Caper: Cirencester (Cotswolds)|
|Route 14 Fool Hardy: Dorchester (Dorset)|
|Route 15 Jurassic Classic: Poole (Dorset)|
|Route 16 Thrill of the Chase: Wimborne Minster (Dorset)|
|Route 17 Zig Zag: Salisbury (Wiltshire and Dorset)|
|Route 18 Plain Sailing: Salisbury (Wiltshire)|
|Route 19 Cheval Blanc: Royal Wootton Bassett (Wiltshire)|
|Route 20 Clyffe Hanger: Royal Wootton Bassett (Wiltshire)|
|Appendix A Bike shops and cycle repair outfits|
|Appendix B Useful contacts|