Big Rides: Great Britain & Ireland
25 of the best long-distance road cycling, gravel and mountain biking routes
- ISBN: 978-1-83981-072-5176 pages
- Publication date
- 1 Jul 2021
Big Rides: Great Britain & Ireland is an inspirational guide to the most iconic, epic and popular long-distance cycle trails in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, including two excursions from mainland Britain to Northern France.
The twenty-five featured routes showcase the best of Britain on two wheels. For those who prefer to pedal on-road, the routes take you along the historic Way of the Roses trail through Lancaster and York, as well as across Scotland’s Atlantic perimeter on the Hebridean Way. The trails head off-road to Northern England’s hills on the Sea to Sea (C2C) and past iconic monuments in Southern England on King Alfred’s Way. Mountain bike enthusiasts will find plenty to challenge them in the Sarn Helen and through the Scottish Highlands on the renowned Highland Trail 550. The routes then head offshore, to Ireland’s coast on the Wild Atlantic Way and from Devon and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast to Normandy’s alabaster cliffs on the Tour de Manche.
Vertebrate Publishing’s Big Rides books are designed to inspire big adventures. Rather than being carried along the route, this guide provides everything you need to plan and explore further, including a general overview of the trails, specific technical information, overview mapping, key information and stunning photography. As well as this, each route specifies approximate timings which allows for you to plan your adventure at your own pace. Whether you’re completing routes at a leisurely speed or racing towards the finish, let Big Rides: Great Britain & Ireland be your guide.
- Title: Big Rides: Great Britain & Ireland
- Subtitle: 25 of the best long-distance road cycling, gravel and mountain biking routes
- Editors: Kathy Rogers & Markus Stitz
- Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-83981-072-5
- Rights: World
- Publication date: 1 July 2021
- Edition: First
- Size: 229mm x 178mm
- Extent: 176 pages
- Cover: Paperback
- Weight: 600g
- Retail price: £20.00
‘Big Rides is a paperback portfolio of beautiful routes all over the UK, crowd-sourced from knowledgeable bikepackers, but curated and edited in a comprehensive and very coherent manner … From well-known routes such as Land's End, to lesser-known trails such as the West Country Way, this book presents every route in meticulous detail, as well as supplying maps, kit guidance, weather considerations, and accommodation suggestions.’ – Tim Wiggins, Life in the Saddle
'Big Rides is a great book for getting yourself psyched up for an adventure on your bike … However you use it, this book is stacked full of useful information on the routes within and will almost certainly get you out of the door, if only to the shed at first to check your bike, but hopefully you’ll take the plunge and load up and start your first bike adventure.' – off-road.cc