/ on road guidebooks??
Gets you cycling around the country.
Are you a British Cycling member? If so they have some rides. There is a great ride from Bala over to Lake Vyrnwy and back taking in great countryside and some steep climbs.
Have you got a garmin? Only asking as you can then download routes or design your own using garmin connect, map my ride etc
There are a few road cycling books about - have a look at the books in your local go outdoors as last time I was there I saw a few.
The only books I have are cycling in a France and Switzerland but there are some for the UK http://www.cicerone.co.uk/product/index.cfm/menu/36/cid/48/catalogue/cycling
Try ridewithgps.com - no need to register.
You can search routes within any distance of anywhere, eg within 50 miles of Edinburgh, and you can also search routes by mimimum and maximum distance, eg between 40 and 80 miles.
Think if you then want to download route you need to be a member, but useful just for looking for ideas of what others are doing.
Sustrans sell maps with routes on which are also signposted on the ground. just bought the one for York and Hull £6.99 which has several routes on the Yorkshire wolds. It has more detail than a road map and seems better than an O.S. map for road cycling.
But those routes (at least the ones shown on their website, I've not seen the hard copy maps) include sections of gravelled and dirt tracks that are awful on a road bike, and the maps helpfully don't provide you with any way of knowing this without going there and finding out. Which seems like a fairly substantial flaw to me...
I tried to follow Sustrans route 20 from outside London once (thought it would make a good route to Brighton), but some of it was totally unrideable. Sometimes because it's offroad and not suitable for a road bike, and sometimes because the bits on paths next to the main roads are completely overgrown. I found it very strange really, like all they had done was publish a map rather than actually make a route for cycling on.
Surely a road cycling route book is a road atlas, isn't it ?
just get the local ordnance survey map(s) and explore, you will find some lanes better than others and over time put some great loops together
The map I've got which has Yorkshire Wolds route one which has a short off road bit but it clearly states that it is off road and it is very easy to find an on road alternative to this.
> Surely a road cycling route book is a road atlas, isn't it ?
Ha Ha, brilliant, that's what I thought too !!
ridewithgps is good for planning though.
not really. good cycling routes are not always evident from road maps
Er, did i deny that?!
All i said was that its hard to tell from maps!
> Er, did i deny that?!
> All i said was that its hard to tell from maps!
Why is why you go out and ride them, all part of the pleasure.
and tomorrow i shall be doing just that...3 weeks in tuscany :)
> and tomorrow i shall be doing just that...3 weeks in tuscany :)
Well watch out for the "white roads" that are basically dirt tracks and are shown on the map as normal roads...
> Well watch out for the "white roads" that are basically dirt tracks and are shown on the map as normal roads...
aha, proving my point that you cant always tell from maps!!
Thanks for the tip :)
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