With a full three days of undivided attention, you and your bike could get up to all sorts of adventures this Spring Bank Holiday (Monday 28th May). We look at some of the options available to make the most of your time over the upcoming long weekend.
Short break cycle touring
We’re huge fans of a long weekend of cycle touring, and now’s the perfect opportunity to plunge yourselves into the action. Some of the very best cycle tours really can be had here at home over just a few days and you won’t need much more than a suitable bike, some idea of a route, and a credit card for accommodation (or a tent if you’re feeling brave — come on, it’s only two nights!).
Cycling pub crawl
If you’re limited to just one day over the bank holiday weekend, get some friends together for a cycling pub crawl. Choose an easy, safe route and if you’re planning to drink, then arrange a lift home as you can get fined for cycling under the influence of alcohol. Safety first!
Prepare some routes for commuting or cycling to school
If you’ve been bitten by the Commonwealth Games/Tour de Yorkshire/Giro d’Italia cycling bug over the last couple of months, channel the enthusiasm into all areas of your cycling. For those riders still in education, plan fun and new routes to and from school, college or university, making the most of the sunny weather (fingers crossed!) and longer days. For working people, this is the perfect time to start cycle commuting while the weather is fair and the nights are bright. Use the bank holiday weekend to plan how to make cycling part of your daily routine and your life will be enriched.
Evans Cycles Store Sportives
Entry includes £5 voucher to use in store
Come and join us for a short road ride with likeminded cyclists from your local Evans Cycles store. This mini sportive format features a fully way-marked circular route taking in some of the staff’s favourite roads around the store. The shorter distances may mean no feed stops on route but we’ll be waiting to welcome you back with a free hot drink when you finish.
– Cardiff Store Sportive (Sunday 27th May) – Starting from the centre of Cardiff, this route offers a real mixture of terrain. First, it heads along the coast towards Newport remaining almost pan flat for the first 10 miles, before turning inland. Continuing inland to Machen, picking up the National Cycle Network for a short section towards Caerphilly and onto the main challenge of the day – up and over Caerphilly Mountain. Sections of the climb ramp up to over 10% but once you hit the top it’s a downhill run all the way back to the finish.
Just get out and ride
Finally, whatever other plans you have this bank holiday, do try to find a little time to get out and enjoy your bike. There really is no better way to relax and recharge your batteries. We’ll see you out there!