While millions across the country, and indeed the world, will be tuning in (or staking a spot on the pavement days in advance) to watch the royal wedding, we instead see the day as a perfect opportunity to get out on our bikes and hit the trails.
We’ve had a good run of weather recently so the trails will be in good condition, and if everyone is watching the wedding, it should mean the roads, and therefore the trails, will be a little quieter than normal. So will you be planning a ride tomorrow like we are?
Here’s a couple of ride suggestions if you’re stuck for an idea:
There’s plenty of them dotted liberally across the country, and most of us have one pretty close to us. With roads potentially going to be quieter than normal, getting to them shouldn’t be as much as a pain as it usually can be at the weekend. The Forestry Commission website lists them all.
Ordnance Survey maps
Maybe it’s a good day for getting out there and exploring some new trails, even on your local patch. Grab yourself a suitable map from Ordnance Survey, or use one of the many online mapping services now available, and plot a new route along unfamiliar trails to inject some new interest into your ride.
Sustrans National routes
For a more leisurely paced ride through beautiful scenery, why not check out the Sustrans National Cycle Network, which covers most parts of the UK, and are easily accessible from most towns and cities.
The Bikemagic community is an ideal place to start any ride, with rides being planned all the time or simply being a good place to tap into the collective knowledge, especially handy if you’re wanting to explore your local trails that you might not be that familiar with. Or if you want to hook up with other mountain bikers in your area for a shared ride.
Perhaps you’re planning a ride tomorrow? If so, why don’t you let us know how you intend to spend the day?