Let's pretend that two of the world's finest cyclists ring your doorbell...

Imagine that two of the world’s best cyclists turned up on your doorstep and asked you to join them for a bike ride. Where would you go?

Let’s imagine that Geraint Thomas and Lizzie Armitstead are waiting at your door, primed and ready to go cycling. Would you take them around your favourite local route? Would you go somewhere special to ride? Or would you run as fast as you could in the opposite direction?

We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers what they would do if Thomas and Armitstead called around for a cycle, and we present a selection of the answers here.

Where would you go with Geraint And Lizzie? Tell us in the comments box below.

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Out of our house outside of Brighton, over the South Downs, back up Ditchling Beacon, back down into Brighton and along the seafront for an ice cream. G has to have the child seat on the back with our two-year-old to give everyone else a chance.
Robin Rance

Anywhere they can help me steal some cheap Strava KOMs.
Steve Hislop

The 40-mile loop that I take on every so often. Nice country roads, plenty of climbs and descents and most importantly, a good choice of pubs on the way back in for a wee pick me up.
Jamie Winter

On the flat sat behind them for the ride, sandbagging…
Paul Canham

May as well just go straight to the pub because there’s no way I’d be able to keep up with either of them!
Todd Cumberpatch

Out to Twyford, Henley, take in Remenham Hill and Christmas Common for some climbs, back through Bray, a bite at Heston Blumenthals and the head to Swinley and borrow some mtbs from Bird bikes (local bike manufacturer) for a lap of the blue and red trail, finish off with cake and coffee at the forest cafe. 80km of road and 20km of trails.
Trevor Liddle

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Anywhere that avoids telegraph poles.
Mark Bradley

I’d take them on one of my 50+ mile routes with 9,000+ feet of vertical, just so I can see how bad I suck when facing two top-level cyclists.
Scott Ilg

Call everyone I know that cycles and go on a cafe ride.
Jon Earl

Back to sleep and wonder in the morning what the heck that dream was all about and why G didn’t bring Welsh cakes.
Jim Yeoman

Take the ferry over to the Isle of Wight, do the 60-mile coastal loop, with a pub stop halfway round at Ventnor overlooking the sea. Brilliant day out.
Andy Miller


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Our Berwick Wheelers end-of-season ride of last year: nice lumpy back roads from Norham up to Kirk Yetholm with a leisurely coffee stop, then through the lanes to Kelso via Morebattle, finished off with the lovely rolling roads on The Merse and back just over the Border to Norham, with a nice coffee at our local pub The Masons Arms at the end. Wonderful quiet lanes nearly all the way.
Neil Wilson

I’d leave my house in Barrow-in-Furness and go towards Coniston then ride the east side of the lake. Obviously a brew and cake stop, then back home over the tops for a nice roast dinner and a proper chat!
Ben Bolton

To the Yorkshire Dales. The route to include Buttertubs and Kidstones climbs with coffee and cakes in Hawes. But also passes through Grandpa’s Valley, a secret place, but we’re happy to share with G and Lizzie. They won’t be disappointed.
Simon Thorne

  • Michael

    I’d tell them both to come back in April if it’s warmed up a bit.

  • Stevo

    There are cycle tracks pretty much everywhere, and their use is compulsory. They are very good if you are on a Dutch granny bike or the like and just want to get from a to b. If you are on a racing bike, however, they suffer from the same disadvantages as cycle tracks everywhere, i.e. bumpy, winding, far too narrow for riding at any speed, they will often suddenly switch from one side of a main road to the other or stop altogether, etc. Also much of the country is completely flat and rather boring for cycling.

  • The Awakening

    Stevo,
    I haven’t cycled in the Netherlands. What is nightmarish about it?

  • Benjamin Pritchard

    For a nice ride around Legoland followed by a lamb lunch in the centre of Windsor.

  • Anthony Meadows

    Where would we go? Nowhere at my age best value would be to suggest thay take the rest of the day off,because where I live they must already have put a few Kms in,and come inside for a coffee, piece of pie and a chat.Cosy.

  • Gary Jogela

    I’d carefully select the bike required for such an occasion.the one with the concealed motor

  • J1

    I wouldn’t care as long as I was sat on Lizzie’s wheel…..don’t tell big Phil Deignan though!

  • Eden Walker

    whatever i had in mind I’m sure would count as their active recovery day

  • Sya Giles

    If they could slow down just a little(!) I would love to follow them over the Cape Town Cycle Tour route…109 Kms of stunning scenery over the Cape Peninsula (South Africa). Chapman’s Peak behind G would be a dream!

  • Stevo

    Have you ever tried cycling in the Netherlands? It’s a nightmare.

  • MMRE

    Since they showed up I’d take them on a canal ride through London with my mate and hope that tonnes of friends saw me tooling along with cycling royalty.

  • megunticook

    Have G take me right down to the Team Sky service bus, and see if there was some old castoff Pinarello laying around that might fit me.

  • Ciaran Carroll

    I’d get Geraint to switch garmins with me for the day and watch the KOMs roll in.

  • Chris Williams

    Back to bed!!!

  • The Awakening

    Assuming it was a pre-arranged meet so all this could be planned…

    Catch the train down to London and over to France on Euro Star, with our bikes and then a hostelling tour round France, Holland, over to Norway and ferry over to Scotland and the Highlands, before returning via Hadrians Wall…

    Three to four week cycling holiday!