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Five of the best bonkers bike rides

Inspired to get out and about? Well Do Not Disturb has picked the five craziest bike rides in the UK to get you going.

Sleepless in the Saddle, Catton Park, Staffordshire

The aim is simple: in 24 hours you must complete as many laps of an eight-mile, off-road course as possible, negotiating all that the Midlands countryside can throw at you. One of the UK’s most popular events, most riders race in teams which allows for some essential shut-eye. Accessible to riders of all abilities and refreshingly friendly. http://www.pvsevents.com/riding/events/sleepless-in-the-saddle/

Bonkers rating: 3 out of 5.

 

World Mountain Bike Chariot Racing Championships, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales

If mountain biking is not quite challenging enough, how about welding a ‘chariot’ to the back of your steed and racing it? Plan ahead to next January when legions of cyclists descend on Llanwrtyd Wells to compete in teams of three, with two riders and a charioteer. It’s nail-biting stuff. Roman costume optional. http://green-events.co.uk/

Bonkers rating: 3 out of 5.

 

The London to Brighton Bike Ride

Each June more than 27,000 hardy souls brave the chill of Clapham Common at 6am to join the annual 54-mile London to Brighton bike ride. The day attracts all sorts: 14- to 75-year-olds, lean professionals, puffing part-timers and MAMILS (that’s middle-aged men in Lycra to you). The event raises more than £4 million a year for the British Heart Foundation. Bhf.org.uk/l2b

Bonkers rating: 2 out of 5.

 

Coast-to-Coast, Whitehaven to Sunderland

This 147-mile route is a fabled rite of passage for cyclists from all over the globe. Every year around 15,000 riders traverse the top of England, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. The distance isn’t too daunting but the climbs turn your legs to jelly. http://www.c2c-guide.co.uk/

Bonkers rating: 1 out of 5.

 

World Naked Bike Ride

Ever had one of those days where you feel like cycling, want to save the planet and fancy getting your kit off? Then this event is for you. Thousands of riders in 50 cities across the world brave numb bums to protest against oil dependency and car culture. You can take part in British cities including London, Cardiff, Manchester, Sheffield and Edinburgh. Best make sure you have a comfy saddle mind… http://worldnakedbikeride.org/uk/

Bonkers rating: 5 out of 5.

 

About the author

Matt Matt Carroll is a travel writer and presenter who will do (almost) anything for a good story – from foraging with tribesmen in Namibia, to exploring underground cave systems in the Middle East. He’s also the author of Escape Routes – a hand-picked selection of stunning bike rides around England.

3 Comments

  1. 147 miles not too daunting!! The sunderland route sounds brilliant but is better get some practice in first. Not sure about the naked bike ride…where would you keep your spare tyre?

  2. How about what this guy is doing……Bonkers doesn’t come into it…..raving mad
    1500 miles in 15 days. Cycling the 4 compass points of the UK to raise money for Marie Curie and The Wisdom Hospice.
    Please support the great effort – he starts next Saturday 4th May – Thanks

  3. Your blog really inspired us to keep hotels with these facilities. good share of information. Thank you!

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