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Information and advice for advance touring or racing cyclists
Fit your bike
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Body pains explained
Braking at speed
Leaning in turns
Some major Tours
Bike Line
Legal lighting
Cycle Training
Different cyclists
Weight training
Strength training
Heart Rate training
Cross training
Turbo training
The Training Diary
Nutrition for Cycling
Weight control
How much to eat
Main energy sources
Increasing caloric output
Effects on digestive tract
Factors affecting digestion
Optimal cycling diet
Nutrition for common rides
Post ride nutrition
Performance enhancers 1
Performance enhancers 2
Final considerations
Road Racing
Track Racing
Bikes and equipment


Setting your bike up
Braking and descending
Hill climbing
Lifting the front wheel
Lifting the rear wheel
Tips for women
On the trail kit

The challenge of a tour

Top Tours

Avon Cycleway - Distance 78 miles. Easy through to challenging. Circular, way marked route. The full route runs through the countryside around Bristol and passes by Chew Valley lakes. Shorter circuits are available ranging from 34 to 67 miles. The full route can take up to two days to complete, especially for beginners. Contact Bristol City Council, Planning Dept.

The Cheshire Cycle Way - Distance 135 miles. Challenging. A sign-posted circular route which combines the scenery of the Cheshire plains and the Pennine moors with historic Chester. The route runs through villages, forests, woods, gardens and past historic mills, churches and castles. The full route will take two to five days. Contact: Tourism and Marketing Unit.

Cumbria Cycle Way - Distance 259 miles. Easy through to challenging. Fully way-marked route through Cumbria's often hilly countryside. The route officially starts in Carlisle and passes through the beautiful Eden Valley. It is divided into seven stages. Contact Planning Dept.

The Tarka Trail - Distance 23 miles. Easy. Way-marked, traffic free route that runs along a converted railway line from Barnstaple to Petrockstow. It offers a rich variety of countryside from the salt marshes of the Taw and Torridge estuaries to the valleys of ancient woodland. Mostly flat, it's ideal for family cycling. Takes from two to four hours to complete. Contact Country Tourism Association 01271 45008

Colchester Cycle Routes - Distance 12 - 14 miles. Moderate. The local council has mapped out seven routes which follow mostly quiet roads. Highlights include Layer Marney Tower, Langham and Boxted, Coggeshall, Hedingham Castle, and the East Anglian Railway Museum. Contact

C2C Cycle Route (i.e. Sea to Sea) - Distance 140 miles. Challenging. Way-marked route, running coast to coast across England. It starts from Whitehaven (or Workington) on the west coast, skirts the Lake District, climbs from Keswick and crosses dramatic Pennine scenery on the way to Sunderland (or Newcastle). Contact Sustrans

Glasgow to Inverness - Distance 213 miles. Challenging. Long-distance route running on quiet roads and traffic-free paths. The route passes through spectacular scenery on its way through Stirlingshire, the Tay and Spey valleys and up through the Grampian Mountains to Inverness and Moray Firth. It takes about a week to complete.

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