Cycling has become incredibly popular over the past few years. First of all we have the effect of the Tour de France starting in Britain both in 2007 & 2014. In addition the gold medals won by the GB cycling team at recent Olympics, the 2012 Olympics in London.  And of course Bradley Wiggins and then Chris Froome winning the Tour de France.

Tour De Britain

Confirmed by almost unprecedented spectators at the 2017 Tour De Britain recently, it really seems to have caught the public’s imagination. More than two million people across the country now cycle at least once a week.  An all-time high according to British Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the UK.

Tour De Britain 2017 Winners Podium

For businesses in the cycling industry this means booming sales.  Furthermore this growth was led by the retailer’s most expensive “premium bikes”, which saw sales expand by 24.9%, following growth of 30% in the previous 12 months.

And it’s not just a young persons sport.  Such is the continuing popularity of cycling among men over 40, that it has often been said in recent years that cycling is “the new golf” with cycle rides replacing rounds of golf as the preferred out-of-office activity during which business deals are agreed.

So if you fancy taking a look at the sport and maybe having a cycle out, then here are the top ten scenic routes as chosen by Dan Joyce editor of Cycle Magazine:

Top Ten Cycle Routes UK

  1. The Camel Trail, Cornwall
  2. Hartington, Peak District
  3. Lôn Mawddach Trail, North Wales
  4. The Cuckoo Trail, Sussex
  5. Putney Bridge, London to Weybridge, Surrey
  6. Taff Trail, South Wales
  7. Bealach na Bà, Sottish Highlands
  8. Coast to Coast, Northern England
  9. The South Downs Way, Hants
  10. Lands End to John O’Groats