THANET UK
Broadstairs⇥Margate

5m ⁄8k ⁄150f▴

16

S — Bleak House Broadstairs  [Attraction] ➊ — Stone Bay [Scenic] ➋ — North Foreland Lighthouse [Landmark] ➌ — Joss Bay Cafe [Tea + Cake] ➍ — Captain Digby [Pub + Food] ➎ — Margate Winter Gardens [Attraction] F — Turner Gallery [Art Gallery]

LOS ANGELES US
Chevy Chase Loop ↪Eagle Rock

22-(57)m ⁄35k ⁄1710f▴

15

S — Velo Love / Swrve [Store] ➊ — Rose Bowl Stadium [Landmark] ➋ — Cacao Mexicatessen [Food] ➌ — Black Boar [Bar] ➍ — Oinkster [Food] ➎ — Auntie Em's [Food] F — Verdugo Bar [Bar]

  • Submitted by:

    Matt Rolletta

  • Profession:

    Lead Designer @ Swrve

  • Bike:

    333fab Road

  • Website(s):

    http://www.swrve.us

FEATURED
ANJOU VELO VINTAGE
france27
france13
france15
france35
france21
france17
Francebw3
france34
Francebw7
france18
Francebw6
france19
Francebw5
france16
france20
Francebw10
france22
france23
france24
Francebw12
france26
Francebw11
france25
france41
Francebw18
france28
Francebw17
france29
france30
france32
Francebw13
france31
france33
Francebw4
france5
france6
france14
france11
france10
france8
france9
france39
Francebw16
france36
france38
Francebw15
france2

Images: 47 / Taken by: Darren Firth & Dan Bull

Article Submitted by: Darren Firth

 

So, what is Anjou Velo Vintage ? and who is it aimed at?  Well I guess where L'Eroica leans more towards the die-hard cyclist, Anjou Velo Vintage offers something for everyone, catering for all ages, tastes and fitness levels. Aside from the actual routes, they have 'The Village' which consists of a cycling fair, a flea market, various vintage clothing stalls and a full schedule of retro-style events taking you late into the evening - Making it a full-on weekend event, rather than just a day in the saddle.

 

Much like L'Eroica, the dress code is key here, whether it's a polka dot dress, gloves and heels or a 70's wool jersey, cap and leather shoes, the vintage theme is an integral part of the event's ethos. The general mood is lighthearted (in a good way) and the varied route lengths means that you can make your ride as easy or difficult as you like. For a more detailed look at the event and route distances available, please check out their website here.

 

We opted for the longest route, named 'La Rando' (The Ride) at 87KM. Cheered on by thousands of locals, the race starts at the Place du Chardonnet in the centre of Saumur. The route takes you to the southeast boundaries of Anjou, towards Montreuil-Bellay and Le Puy-Notre-Dame, before heading North to the famous shale hillsides of the Layon. What proceeds is a epic journey through the breathtaking Loire landscape, passing through fields, gravel tracks, historic caves, wine cellars, cathedral's and chateau's, before returning to the Place du Chardonnet - An excellent day of cycling, good wine, beautiful scenery and camaraderie.

 

The above photo's (mostly iPhone) encapsulate our entire trip, including the event, the race, the surrounding villages, our accommodation and the journey (plus stop-overs) to and from Saumur from the UK. If you have any specific questions, feel free to drop us an email.

 

Insider tips: ➊ — If you are driving to France from the UK: A / Make sure you have purchased the legal requirements before setting off. B / Don't skrimp on the bike rack. C / Look into your ferry tickets early - The amount of notice you give and the time you travel effects the final price. D / Consider purchasing a Sat Nav - The combination of the iPhone and printed directions just didn't cut it for us. E / Consider a nights stay around Normandy to break up the journey there and back. If you're travelling from anywhere North of London, it can become a long and exhausting day of driving. F / Make sure you have at least €60 to hand for the various toll roads en route. ➋ — If you don't speak any French, try learning some of the basics.  ➌ — Book your accomodation early, everyone else is looking to stay in the same places. Alternatively, consider camping on the banks of the Loire or sharing a cottage in one of the surrounding (more scenic) villages ➍ — Stock up on nutrition, the wine is lovely, but it won't get you to the finish line. ➎ — You can buy a variety of vintage cycling paraphernalia at the event, so don't stress if you haven't completed your outfit before leaving. ➏ — Anjou Velo Vintage isn't as strict as L'Eroica regarding bike criteria, however if you are fully embracing the spirit of the event, you should be using a road bike built before 1973.

  • Key Words:

    Vintage Cycling Event

  • Address:

    Saumur 49400

  • Contact:

    anjou.velo.vintage@cg49.fr

  • Opening Times:

    N/A

  • Twitter:

    @AnjouVintage

SITE TIP

Show us your favourite cycle route! Tag your instagram images with

#cyclingatob and they will appear in our feed.

FEATURED
CYCLE ROUTE 02
testimages_0001
testimages_0000
testimages_0002
testimages_0003
testimages_0004
testimages_0005
testimages_0006
testimages_0007
testimages_0008
testimages_0009
testimages_0010
testimages_0011
testimages_0012
testimages_0013
testimages_0014
testimages_0015
testimages_0016
testimages_0017
testimages_0018
testimages_0019
testimages_0020
testimages_0021
testimages_0022
testimages_0023
testimages_0024
testimages_0025
testimages_0026
testimages_0027
testimages_0028
testimages_0029
testimages_0030
testimages_0031
testimages_0032
testimages_0033
testimages_0034

Images: 35 / Taken by: Darren Firth & William Beaumont

Cycle Route Submitted by: Darren Firth

 

This is a 19-(30)m cycle route taking you through the rolling Leicestershire countryside, comprised of quiet B roads, village streets and country lanes. There is a lot of beautiful scenery to take in along both routes (especially Cropston Reservoir and Bradgate Park) and an abundance of quality country pubs, eateries and cafes, if you fancy a more leisurely, social ride. Loughborough is the nearest mainline station, with regular fast trains to and from London (Every 20 Mins). There are also frequent services to SheffieldLincoln and Nottingham.

 

We decided to take the longer route (30m), which passes through the additional villages/towns of Normanton on Soar, Long Whatton, Shepshed, Copt Oak and Newtown Linford. Heading North out of Cropston from Horseshoe Cottage (Our recommended base for the night), you are immediately faced with a couple of gentle climbs to warm up the legs for the journey ahead. Once you reach the peak of the hill on Swithland Road, you are then presented with an easy 4.5m descent, passing through the picturesque villages of Woodhouse and Quorn, finishing up at Barrow upon Soar. After a short climb through the village, the route then heads back into the undulating countryside, right through to our first stop at the The Plough Inn at Normanton on Soar, which resides on the River Soar.

 

The next 12m involves a generous amount of climbing, but the views and scenery will reward you nicely. Once you the leave the canopy of Copt Oak Wood on Whitcroft's Ln, you can then enjoy the 3m descent on isolated country lanes into the picture-postcard village of Newtown Linford. Once you reach Newtown Linford, there's nothing between you and the end of the route but National Forest. Enjoy!

 

We added an extra 6m round trip onto the end of the route to call off at the Curzons Arms in Woodhouse Eaves, for a well earned pint and food.

  • Key Words:

    Cycle Route

  • Address:

    LE7 7HQ ➞ LE7 7HQ

  • Contact:

    info@a-to-b.info

  • Opening Times:

    N/A

  • Twitter:

    @atobinfo

LONDON UK
Stoke Newington Loop↪Greenwich

24m ⁄38k ⁄210f▴

14

S — Hackney Downs [Park] ➊ — The Counter Cafe [Food] ➋ — Olympic Stadium [Attraction] ➌ — Woolwich Ferry North Pier [Transport] ➍ — Thames Barrier [Landmark] ➎ — Anchor & Hope [Pub] ➏ — Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park [Scenic] ➐ — The O2 [Attraction] ➑ — Protein by Dunne Frankowski [Coffee] F — Hackney Downs [Park]

Play
Prev
Next

The Route

An Overview

This route is split between main roads and dedicated cycle paths. There are lots of good views to take in along the route and an abundance of nice eateries and independent cafes/coffee shops. The nearest tube is Dalston Junction and the nearest Barclays Docking Station is on Whiston Rd — Read More

Places To Stay

An Overview

If you are looking for a place to stay in the area (or surrounding), there are an abundance of Hotels, Apartments and B&B's catering for varying budgets. Check out booking.com for the best rates and last minute deals — Search Accommodation

Getting There

An Overview

If you are looking to hire bikes around the start point, the nearest tube is Dalston Junction (Zone 2) on the London Overground (LO). This can be reached from Kings Cross / St.Pancras via the Victoria line to Highbury & Islington — Buy Tickets

Equipment

An Overview

Need something for your trip? Whether its nutrition, tools, bikes or apparel, Wiggle have pretty much got it covered. We earn a (very) small percentage from each sale generated from this link and all the proceeds go towards the maintenance and growth of the site. We really appreciate your support — Visit Site

  • Submitted by:

    Andrew Telling

  • Profession:

    Filmmaker

  • Bike:

    Custom Surly Steamroller

  • Website(s):

    http://andrewtelling.net

FEATURED
30 DAYS OF BIKING
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

Images: 09 / Taken by: A—B

 

For me, cycling is predominantly focussed around pleasure; it's about the experience and the adventure. Frequency is often driven by the desire to keep fit, but if the parameters aren't right (weather, mood etc), then my motivation levels are often at zero! As a consequence of this years bad weather, I had ashamedly slipped into cycling hibernation, which is where #30daysofbiking rode in to save the day.

 

Having stumbled across the 30 Days Of Biking site a month back, it presented me with the kind of motivation I was looking for — Bike somewhere every day for 30 days (in April). In their own words "Joining 30 Days of Biking means that even if you’re biking solo, you’re never alone. We’re cheering you on from all around the globe." For me it was purely about the commitment; signing up to something and seeing it through. 16 days in and I've managed to stay true to the pledge, regardless of weather, work and other commitments — A pledge I'm determined to see through to the end.

 

Registration for 30 Days of Biking 2013 has now closed. However, you can still participate by posting on their Facebook page, tweeting with #30daysofbiking, or blogging to your heart’s content. Above you will see some iPhone snaps from my personal 30 Days Of Biking adventure.

  • Key Words:

    Cycling Pledge

  • Address:

    N/A

  • Contact:

    patrick@30daysofbiking.com

  • Opening Times:

    N/A

  • Twitter:

    @30daysofbiking

BRIGHTON UK
Brighton⇥Eastbourne Pier to Pier

35-(50)m ⁄80k ⁄3250f▴

13

S — Brighton Pier [Landmark] ➊ — The Basketmakers [Real Ale] ➋ — Preston Park [Velodrome] ➌ — Ditchling Tearooms [Tea + Cake] ➍ — Bill's Produce Store [Food] ➎ — John Harvey Tavern [Pub] ➏ — Long Man of Wilmington [Landmark] ➐ — The Golden Galleon [Pub] ➑ — The Tiger Inn [Pub] ➒ — Beachy Head [Scenic] F — Eastbourne Pier [Landmark]

  • Submitted by:

    Gavin Peacock

  • Profession:

    Cycling Photographer and Blogger

  • Bike:

    Trek 1.1

  • Website(s):

    http://themanfromicon.com