The Aviva Tour Ride, the official sportive of the Aviva Tour of Britain, takes place in Worcestershire on Sunday 4 October. And we’re offering you the chance to win a place in the sportive. There’s a choice of three routes starting and finishing from the Worcester Arena and Racecourse on the banks of the River Severn. If you win a place, you’ll have the chance to feel like a professional with the same Tour of Britain finish straight at the end of your ride.
Why are we giving away four free spots on the sportive? We’ve been the official mapping sponsor for the Aviva Tour of Britain. We helped the organising team to define the individual stages and provided detailed mapping to all the race teams to enable them to plan the best race that they can. Our cartography team were involved from the very initial planning stages, in assisting the race organisers to come up with interesting and challenge routes.
Guest post by Nassrin Chamanian
This morning, an adventurous band of 70 OS employees, family and friends made good on their pledge to #GetOutside as they waved the comforts of the office goodbye to head out on a 100km cycle ride. They were joining the Countrywide Great Tour on day 42, cycling from Southampton to Poole. The OS team were raising money for our corporate charity Holding Little Hands. They have joined a core group of 40 riders who will be completing week 6 of a 9 week circumnavigation of our glorious British coastline which never loses the sight, sound and smell of the sea. On their journey, the group will hit every coastal town and village and experience Britain’s greatest scenic views.
The Countrywide Great Tour kicked off on Saturday, departing Holyhead for the first stage in a 64-day circumnavigation of our glorious British coastline. It involves cycling around 100 km per day and is raising funds and awareness for charities across the UK. You don’t have to do the whole thing – you can enter for one day or a whole week, or as many stages as you choose. And we’re giving away five places for the Southampton to Poole stage.
Great Tour facts
In the first part of our bike maintenance series, how to make your bike go faster, we covered the things that every speed demon should know. This time, we’re going to look at what every bike owner should know, regardless of your cycling habits.
Your bike keeps you fit, gets you out amongst the elements, lets you travel, and provides you with entertainment; so don’t neglect it. Here are some tips to keep your bike going for longer.
Today’s blog is by Steven Rittey, Leisure Cycling and Walking Holidays Manager at Wheel2Wheel Holidays based in Manchester. Steven writes a monthly blog for OS to tell of his adventures and ‘Tales from the Cycle Trails’, a weekly newsletter for leisure cyclists. Here he describes a great ride across Scotland…
I have been on numerous night trains across Europe and like the fact that you can leave a city in the evening, travel through the night and end at your destination without spending another night in a hotel or travelling throughout the day. You can even sleep in a bed if you like or choose a cheaper reclining seat. Whilst this form of train travel is part of the everyday rail timetable in mainland Europe, the U.K only has two ‘night train’ routes left – London to Northern Scotland and London to Penzance. Despite my love of train travel, I had been on neither.
Whether it’s for long distance travel or just making your way up some mountains, we’d all like our bicycles to be able to move that little bit faster.
While you might not want your pedal bike to get up to the dizzying speeds reached by professional motorcycle racer Guy Martin at the beginning of the year – an insane 112 miles per hour (albeit with the help of slipstreaming) – it would certainly be nice to feel a little lighter on our frames and get from A to B quicker. To help, here are a few quick tips on how you can make your bicycle pick up speed.
Bikepacking, which is growing in popularity worldwide, is one of the key focuses of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling this year. Held from 11 to 21 June the festival, now in its third year, is a real showcase of all aspects of bicycle culture.
What is Bikepacking?
Bikepacking isn’t a new way to enjoy flat pack furniture or the dismantling of bikes for fun. It’s an off-road cycling discipline where riders take tents, and other camping essentials with them on their bikes. Packing your bike to ensure optimised space for gear is a skill in its own, with specialist equipment for different parts of the bike:
Today’s blog is by Steven Rittey, Leisure Cycling and Walking Holidays Manager at Wheel2Wheel Holidays based in Manchester. Steven writes a monthly blog for OS to tell of his adventures and ‘Tales from the Cycle Trails’, a weekly newsletter for leisure cyclists. Here he describes a ride around the Isle of Wight…
I have lived in Manchester for over ten years, but my ‘family home’ is Gosport on England’s South Coast. As I have grown older, I can clearly see the benefits of growing up there – A beachside school, lots of open green spaces and one of the most nicest harbours in the country to watch the ships pass by. It is also a peninsula and has a proud Naval heritage with close links to Portsmouth. However, one place that always seemed strangely distant and very different to the ‘mainland’ was the Isle of Wight. Less than ten miles from Portsmouth by catamaran or hovercraft and clearly visible right across the Solent area, the island has always felt like another place altogether.
When people think about our maps, they often think of walkers clutching a trusty OS Explorer map as they head off for the hills. But today, our maps are used for a huge range of activities from walking and running to horse-riding, climbing, canoeing and of course, cycling. Our maps are also available in a variety of formats, from the paper OS Explorer and OS Landranger map series, to our mobile app, OS MapFinder, and our online route planning and printing services.
Cycling has exploded in popularity over the last few years and there are so many events to get involved in – either as an adventurous participant or an interested spectator, no matter where you live in the country. We’re supporting a wide range of cycling events this year, including mapping the routes in many cases – find out more about them and how to get involved.