Lake District voted UK’s best cycling country

Where’s the UK’s best bike ride? The ride that
sets the heart racing thanks to beautiful scenery and some serious hills?  

According to readers of the UK’s best selling cycling magazine, Cycling Plus, it’s a stunning 40-mile
loop in the Lake District. You can download the loop from Bikely and ride it yourself.

Halfords, Boardman Bikes and Cycling Plus teamed up to find Britain’s Best
and asked readers and social network users to nominate routes they thought
worthy of the title.

The shortlists were then voted on by the
public before six finalists were selected and ridden by the magazine’s
editorial team, including its editor, Rob Spedding. 

These rides were filmed and can be viewed
on the BikeRadar YouTube channel.

The Broughton
Wheelers Lakes Loop, nominated by that team’s clubmates James Hodgson
and Lindsay McCrae, was the worthy winner. Cycling
described the picturesque lap as a “tough and very lumpy cookie that
takes in the beautiful Coniston Water and the immensely challenging Wrynose Pass”.

Olympic champion, Chris Boardman (MBE) said:
“This has been an amazing series unearthing routes that show this small
country has some of the very best and diverse riding to be found anywhere in
the world. Any of these routes is worth a visit but especially that of our very
worthy winner.”

Rob Spedding, editor of Cycling Plus, said: “Over 2,000
Cycling Plus readers and social media users took part in our vote to choose Britain’s Best Ride, so James Hodgson’s loop
around the beautiful Lake District thoroughly
deserves the accolade. The ride beat off some extremely tough competition but
I’m not surprised – it’s got everything – stunning scenery, quiet roads and, in
Wrynose Pass, a proper cycling challenge!”

Watch the video of the Broughton Wheelers Lakes Loop.

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The other finalists were the Yorkshire Dales,
Barnstable in North Devon, the Elan
Valley in mid-Wales and Applecross in North Scotland. Hodgson won a Boardman road bike courtesy
of Halfords and has chosen to auction his prize to raise funds for the St
Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston,

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