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Join the SYHActive Outdoor Challenge and Showcase!

Join the SYHActive Outdoor Challenge and Showcase!

Want to raise money for a great cause and feel super fit at the same time? Get Saturday 18th April in your diary and start training for the SYHActive challenge – a 10 mile run and 34 mile cycle past Scotland’s beautiful Loch Lomond coast and many more amazing locations. You’ll be helping to raise money for SYHA youth programs, so don’t forget to get sponsored by all your friends and family!

Preparing for long bike rides

Has Britain's success in the Tour de France inspired you to take your cycling a bit more seriously? Are you planning on extending your route a little further than a lap of your local cycle tracks? Our blog has previously given you some cycling routes inspired by the recent Tour of Britain, but there are many more to explore across the British countryside.

Day 15: SYHA Glencoe - SYHA Loch Ness

A drizzly day was ahead of us, but a little drizzle never dampens the spirits of A Biking Good Ride and off from SYHA Glencoe we rode.

Day 13 and 14: Lochgilphead to SYHA Glencoe and rest day

The early morning began with a mad clapping chorus as we frantically tried to rid the tent of midges. A failed toilet dash by Gareth resulted in a new midge universe accumulating around our sleeping bags. The massacre was soon over and we slept once again, under the haze of last night’s local ale, until nine o'clock.

Day 12: Ardrossan B&B to Lochgilphead Camping

A ferry from Ardrossan to the town of Brodick on the Isle of Arran was our first port of call. The latter 'B' of our B&B was whipped up Scottish-style by Moira, our host. Food devoured, lycra on, our Brooks leather saddles — now a home from home - between our legs, and we were off. A one hour ferry later and we were on the Isle of Arran.

Day 11: Camping outside Dumfries to Ardrossan B&B

A Biking Good Ride woke at the crack of dawn. Birdsong and the odd passing vehicle acted as our makeshift snooze button. We'd hit jackpot the previous evening after a local farmer gave us a field to pitch our tent. This punctual start to the day would surely mean an early finish.

Day 10: YHA Keswick to camping outside Dumfries

After both the landscape and emotional ups and downs of yesterday, I was enthusiastic to start a new day in this most beautiful of British locations - the Lake District. My enthusiasm was slightly dashed when on entering the YHA Keswick’s breakfast hall, I heard the raising voices of Gareth and Tom having a mild tiff about absolutely nothing. It's funny the emotional effects of cycling 500 miles and the associated aches, pains and knackeredness that come with it.

Day 9: YHA Arnside to YHA Keswick

Jake at YHA Arnside cooked us up a triumphant breakfast and we set off into a very muggy day. It wasn't the best conditions for cycling but as it was fairly short mileage we weren't too bothered.

Day 9 Route: YHA Arnside to YHA Keswick
Mileage: 41
Song of the Day: English Country Garden

Day 8: YHA Liverpool to YHA Arnside

Liverpool was deserted when we left. The Sunday traffic gave us an easy exit, passing the docks and hugging the coast, it wasn't long before we were on Ainsdale beach eating an ice cream. This vast stretch of sand was a great resting spot. We were surprised its ridiculously bureaucratic sign didn't have an area for cyclists.

Day 8 Route: YHA Liverpool to YHA Arnside
Mileage: 75 miles
Song of the Day: 2 Unlimited, No limits

Day 6: YHA Clun to YHA Liverpool

We bode our fellow Clun YHA hostellers farewell and did what any person heading for a day outdoors hates to do, start out in the pouring rain. And pour it did. Our destination was Liverpool and after a few small hills the terrain levelled out for the rest of the day. I've never cycled in rain before, and to be honest this was more of a deluge, a torrential downpour even, but our faces were not of disgust but of delight. It was really fun, jacket on, top gear, head down, pedal hard - soaked to the bone but loving it.

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