Cycling is one of the UK's fastest growing sports and pastimes, with more than two million people across the country cycling at least once a week according to British Cycling. The appeal of cycling is easy to see, with cyclists able to reduce their carbon footprint by leaving their cars at home, all while keeping in shape and socialising with friends.
There are many great destinations for mountain and road cyclists across the country, but Norfolk, with its quiet country lanes, coastal paths and gentle gradients remains one of the most popular.
In this article, we take a look at why Norfolk is such a haven for cyclists, with a particular focus on the upcoming National Road Championships which will be passing through North Norfolk on Sunday 30 June 2019!
Norfolk is blessed with many great cycle routes to suit all tastes and ability levels, from scenic coastal routes and country lanes through to the organised National Road Championships.
Some of our favourite cycle routes in the region include:
A 10-mile route beginning in the picturesque Wells-next-the-Sea, and proceeding through a deer park and Holkham Hall, a stunning 18th-century country house.
The 32-mile Docking Loop is a serious undertaking, but well worth the effort, taking cyclists through the stunning scenery of the Norfolk countryside.
This 16-mile cycle is of medium length, encompassing the pretty villages of Hunstanton, through Holme-next-the-Sea and Heacham over a wide variety of terrain.
The Ingoldisthorpe Loop is a route of mild difficulty, and leads cyclists through picturesque country lanes, passing by the quaint villages of Shernbourne and Anmer.
Great British Cycling Festival
Norfolk really is the place to be for cyclists of abilities this summer as the Great British Cycling Festival rolls into town. This celebration of cycling features an array of activities and programmes, including fetes, festivals and fun days, culminating in the National Road Championships.
Check out some of the exciting cycling events taking place across the region as part of the British Cycling Festival below:
Cycle Fun Days
A series of family-friendly fun days have been planned in the lead up to the festival, helping those new to the sport to develop their skills in a safe environment.
Let's Ride, Norwich
To celebrate the Great British Cycling Festival, the city of Norwich will be closing its roads to traffic on 30th June to host a free, family cycling day. Let's Ride will be a celebration of cycling, featuring family activities, challenges, live music and stunts!
British Cycling Challenge 100
The British Cycling Challenge 100 Sportive gives amateur riders the unique opportunity to ride in the tracks of the elite riders competing in the National Road Championships. Experience the thrill of being a professional cyclist, as you shadow the country's best riders, enjoying the support of the crowd in a televised event!
National Road Championships
The highlight of the Great British Cycling Festival takes place from 27th to 30th June, as the national Time Trial and Road Race championships are contested in the National Road Championships. The Time Trial and Road Races follow separate routes, with the road race ranging across North Norfolk, and reaching its completion on 30th June in Norwich City Centre. The Time Trial champion, meanwhile, will be crowned at the Royal Sandringham Estate on 27th June.
Heacham Manor Hotel is partnered with Wheel Travel to provide bike hire services. Your bikes will be delivered and collected from the hotel, meaning all you have to worry about is where to explore while you are here!
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