Suspend your disbelief for a second, and imagine that some kindly person had offered to give you the bike of your dreams AND arranged for you to have the time to ride it wherever you like. Which bike would you choose, and where would you ride it?
An unlikely scenario, we know, but we recently asked Cycling Weekly readers to let their imaginations run wild and come up with an answer. A selection of replies are below, presented in association with Decathlon.
How about you? Which bike would you choose and where would you ride? Let us know in the comments section below.
A hand-built in Britain, to-your-size, steel-framed Mercian. I would ride it through Africa (as I saw an interview with a chap that had broken the record for it and it looked amazing). After, I’d leave the bike for someone else who could use it and would never be able to afford a £5k bike. You can always dream
My own trusty Giant TCR around the Slea Head Drive on the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry. Heaven on earth… and if you’re up for it, climb to the top if the Conor Pass afterwards.
I would ride the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX and I would ride in the Alps. It’s such an iconic place and I would love to go on the roads immortalised by the Tour.
I’ve had my Rose Xeon CDX-3100 Di2 for well over a year and love it more with every ride so I’d ride her through the Mani region of Greece’s Peloponesse. Why the Mani? Because I’ve wanted to cycle there for over 20 years and last year just before I got the chance, I fell off my beloved Rose whilst diving off the road to avoid being killed by a Greek truck driver. It’s funny where life takes you.
My Cervelo R5 on a Sunday morning round the Roaches in North Staffordshire near where my parents live, looking forward to a pint of Bass and one of my mum’s roast beef lunches.
I’ll say a B’Twin 740 CF carbon Ultegra Di2 on Sa Calobra.
That is a BIG question, my answer would probably change daily! Today, it’d be riding my Genesis Bikes Equilibrium Ti at the Maratona dles Dolomites, closely followed by the Eddy Merckx 70th birthday limited edition bike at Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo. No wait… I’d like to ride Strade Bianche, oh and Lombardia, and the Nappa Valley Grand Fondo… but what to ride, this is too hard. Are you paying?!
Reliving my youth, from Newcastle to Amble via the old tracks and coast line, just like I did when I was 11-year-old. On an old home-made bike with cow-horn handlebars. No gears and gum wall tyres. Over 60 miles in a day and no money as we were all skint.
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My bike. An old Holdsworth Elan from the 80s that I found on Gumtree for £15. It doesn’t matter where. As long as I get to ride.
Ride anything, anywhere in England where there are no potholes or knackered road surfaces and every driver is considerate. Sorry, I took that too far, didn’t I.
Chris Boardman’s Lotus 1992 Olympic pursuit bike, and would have to be in Barcelona, obviously.