Ready to take a cycle break over the Easter Weekend? Escape with your bike(s) to one of these gorgeous places in the UK or take a trip to spectate at one of the Easter Weekend events – and don’t forget to grab yourself an exclusive Easter Bundle from ProBikeKit full of essentials to make your cycling trip complete.
Easter is the first holiday we look forward to since Christmas; a chance to get away and enjoy the long weekend. If you want to go on a cycle break for the full four days or just go out for a day trip and are in need of a bit of inspiration, then we are here to give you some new and exciting ideas – all cycling related of course – for you, your mates, your partner, or your family. It depends what kind of thing you are looking to do so we have thrown all sorts of things in to inspire you, including a couple of cycling events you can go and spectate!
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales
Cycle through beautiful scenery in this Welsh National Park on the West coast. Not a specific route, but an area which provides you endless opportunities for road cycling. A series of climbs will get your legs pumping and keep your heart rate up. For this trip, it is important to pack goods of nutritional value in your Easter basket, including energy drinks & gels, recovery foods and a variety of cycling clothing to make sure you are fully prepared for any weather condition.
With a number of traffic free routes and quiet roads to take on your cycle break, Pembrokeshire has an outstanding cycling network for you to take advantage of this Easter Weekend – either by yourself, with a couple of mates or with the whole family. You can also enjoy some beautiful country walks if your legs aren’t up for pedalling on one of the days!
See Cycle Pembrokeshire for a number of routes that you can take on your Easter Weekend cycle break.
The Peak District National Park, Derbyshire
Britain’s first official national park is a treat for cyclists; an ideal cycling break. Tucked away in a place that no one really goes to is the breathtaking little village of Longnor Nr Buxton – I suppose you could call this a hidden gem. Here, they will hold their annual Mountain Time trail event on Good Friday, 25th March. The first one of these began back in 1972 and is always subject to unpredictable weather.
One way or another don’t let this time trial put you off! This place is simply captivating no matter what the weather. Not only that, it is a great opportunity to see some really big names here such as 7 times Champion and defending Champion Matt Botrill, along with the likes of Tejvan Pettinger, Katie Archibald, Dame Sarah Storey and Joanna Rowsell. This is your chance to get some awesome pictures (and maybe a cheeky autograph)! Whilst you’re at it, take advantage of the many footpaths across the peaks and go for a nice walk, ride around some of the finest mountain biking routes this area has to offer, head up the famous Crowdecote Bank and take in the views that challenge the likes of New Zealand for it’s beauty.
After all this fresh air and entertainment there are some proper traditional country pubs to relax in. Top tip – make a weekend of it. There is lots to see (and no.. not just lots of sheep and baby lambs – aww)!
Lake District National Park, Yorkshire
Another Northern dream for a cycling break is the Lake District National Park. Very similar to the Peak District, the climbs, long roads and beautiful scenery provide cyclists with the perfect getaway. Spoilt for choice, there are country roads, specific routes you can take, and much more available for any cyclist. This destination gives you the option to cross-discipline or give a go at some off road cycling and mountain biking – something a little different from your thin wheels on a smooth surface. Visit the Lake District National Park website which has all the information you need for hiring bikes, accommodation, routes and much more.
Thinking a bit further afield maybe? I know its a bit cliché, a cycling break out to Majorca would be the perfect trip to go on this Easter holiday. Its cheap flight away, the weather is always good, there are cyclists oozing out of every crevasse and enough restaurants to feed you and all of the other keen cyclists on the island ten times over! If you aren’t planning on taking your own bike out there, then bike hire is really accessible and the roads are like a smooth runway.
There are a few places you must visit, or you haven’t experienced Majorca!
- Tolos restaurant is one, full of real life championship winning bikes draped from the walls, you can almost smell the royalty from outside – it’s popular to the one and only Bradley Wiggins and other countless famous cyclists; you never know who you may bump into.
- Cap Formetor is another site worth seeing – an amazing view from the lighthouse.
- Sa Calobra: ride it if you have the chance, but pace yourself. It’s a meaty climb but you will be proud to say you have done it. Even if it is only the once!
- We couldn’t pick just one beach to point you towards! All the beaches are crystal clear, clean, bursting with colour and alive with beautiful fish.
- We would recommend a stay at the Hotel Club Pollenca – they have everything under the sun, from table tennis, golf, big screen, countless pools, spa, onsite restaurant. It can keep absolutely anyone entertained; adult and child alike.
The Good Friday Meeting 2016
FRIDAY 25TH MARCH 2016 | LEE VALLEY VELOPARK | QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK | LONDON
When you’re not on the bike, then why not watch others cycle instead? If you fancy a trip to be part of a thrilling audience atmosphere, then why not cheer on your favourite cyclists as they race against each other on the Olympic Velodrome once again. The Good Friday Meeting is quite iconic in the track race calendar dating back over 110 years. It is an open track event, which is the only one in the track calendar, which means that amateurs and professionals get the chance to battle it out together on a one off day. You can really see some interesting results and top notch racing, fun guaranteed with a buzzing atmosphere for any one really, family-friendly and entertaining for one day only! Get your tickets here.
The Easter Epic
SUNDAY 5TH APRIL | WORCESTERSHIRE
Have you heard of the ‘Easter Epic’? This well known sportive takes place on Easter Sunday and to be honest it is not for the faint hearted. This ride is great to take part in, has many ups and downs, so a good level of fitness is required for this bad boy. The full Epic route is 133 km of what is described some of the best Worcestershire has to offer, including several 20% (and steeper) climbs – according to BC. If you’re quite a keen cyclist, you can even enter this race as part of your cycle break – there is more accessible 82 km option this year which is an alternative if the big one doesn’t take your fancy just yet. Located near the River Severn you can take in some of the nice views whilst recovering with a pub dinner and a refreshing beer afterwards. Read more at British Cycling.
Exclusive ProBikeKit Easter Bundle
From road cycling to multi-terrain trails, make this Easter Weekend special whether it be just you and your bike, or a trip with the whole family. We have a special Easter Bundle exclusive for our dedicated customers to take advantage of in advance of the Easter Weekend to ensure that you are well prepared for your trip. Click here to build your own bundle and be prepared for anything with 15 per cent off a selection of tyres, chains and brake pads!
If this hasn’t given you the urge to get out on a cycle break this Easter then just make your own experience and tell us all about it, we would love to hear your real life cycling stories in the comments, or tweet us your adventure with the hashtag #PBKEaster and mention us too – @ProBikeKit