We all have a bike ride or two that stick in the memory as one of the best ever. What was yours?
Regular cyclists usually have a favourite route that they ride, or have one particular ride that stands out in their memory as one of the most enjoyable.
Maybe it was their first long ride. Or one with fantastic scenery. Or one with a great group of friends…
We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers where and when their best ever bike ride was, and we present a selection of their answers here. Here are a selection of answers, brought to you in association with Decathlon.
Where and when was your best ever bike ride? Let us know in the comment box below.
Cycling through Glencoe to catch the Oban Ferry to Tobermory on Mull, then to Ardnamurchan the most westerly point on mainland Scotland before heading back to Glencoe village. Even better because it was with my musical hero and lead singer of the Housemartins/Beautiful South, Paul Heaton (a great cyclist).
My first time back on the bike after having an accident when I was 12. Aged 28, bullied (kind of) into it by a friend, I cycled five miles to work, from Kingswinford to Sedgley in the West Mids. It took me 45 minutes. Ten years later and after completing a variety of events, I still bike almost everyday. A real life-changing, if not spectacular, ride.
First time cycling in Mallorca in 2013. Checked into the hotel, collected a hire bike and went out for a ride to the lighthouse at Formentor. Had a smile on my face all the way there and back.
Mountain biking from one side of the Cairngorms to the other in 1999. Beautiful scenery, lovely varied riding, great company (I was the only woman!), sampling lovely Scotch every night, staying in beautiful old castles. Magic.
How do you choose after over 50 years in the saddle including sportives on some of the most famous classics courses in Europe, Lands End to John O’Groats, my first ever road race win…. Just by a whisker it has to be a ride in the Tour of Flanders sportive.
Rode into Paris the day before the tour in 2013, all the barriers up and spent two hours riding round soaking up the sights had a great evening in the city which was electric with anticipation and then watched Froome win his first tour the next day.
My best bike ride is my next ride. And I don’t know where I’m going yet.
In San Francisco about eight years ago with my best friend. We rode along Fisherman’s Wharf, over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito. Had lunch at an outdoor cafe. We crossed the Bay on a ferry and watched surfers. We rode back to his car and went home. I have been hooked on riding ever since.
Second half of a corporate sportive from the café at the top Box Hill back into London. Not very exciting unless you’re accompanied by Lizzie Armitstead, which I was. A delightful person to ride with and talk to. She told me all about her plans for the Richmond world champs and I like to think it was that training ride with me that made all the difference.
In 2014, Wiggle Ups and Downs sportive.The first sportive I completed, which included ascents of Ranmore Common, Leith Hill and White Down in the Surrey Hills.