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?
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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.
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.
Anywhere they can help me steal some cheap Strava KOMs.
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.
On the flat sat behind them for the ride, sandbagging…
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!
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.
Anywhere that avoids telegraph poles.
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.
Call everyone I know that cycles and go on a cafe ride.
Back to sleep and wonder in the morning what the heck that dream was all about and why G didn’t bring Welsh cakes.
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.
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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.
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!
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.