6 finalists named for the title of Best Road Ride in Britain

There are certain throroughfares that have been enjoyed for years by those using the prevalent mode of transport. For example drivers have Route 66, Motorcyclists take on the Snake Pass and even horse riders get in on the act by cantering along the Wessex Way. Now,those who prefer bicycles aren’t missing out as thanks to a cycling led series featured in the leading cycling magazine in the UK, Cycling Plus , the 6 finalists vying for the title of  Best Road Ride In Britain have just been announced.
Halfords , Cycling Plus and  Boardman Bikes joined forces to embark on the mammoth task of choosing these top 6 rides. They have painstakingly gone through the huge list of rides that were nominated by readers to select the final 6. These were then ridden along by the editorial team from the magazine, which were led by Rob Spedding. You can view the videoed rides  here and the public vote is available here .
Rides from all over the country were entered. From scenery to the satisfaction and challenge of the ride, all elements of a good bike ride were discussed and the six finalists were whittled down to…

Dee Valley – North Wales 
Broughton Wheelers Lakes Loops – Lake District, Cumbria
Yorkshire Dales – Yorkshire
Barnstaple – North Devon
Elan Valley – Mid Wales
Applecross – North Scotland

The shortlist even included the favourite ride of Olympic Champion Chris Boardman (MBE), who commented:  “Every keen cyclist will have their favourite ‘go to’ ride.  For me its Dee Valley where I can just turn the pedals and forget about the every day stresses of life and just enjoy being out on my bike.  I’m sure it’s why cycling is so popular.”
Rob Spedding, Editor of Cycling Plus editor, says, “When we set out to find Britain’s Best Ride I expected Cycling Plus readers to come up with some stunning routes, but I was still surprised at just how incredible the entries would be. From the Scottish Highlands down to the West of England, British road cyclists are blessed with amazing places to ride their bikes and indulge their passion. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that we’re actually lucky enough to boast some of the best rides in the world!
“Without the help from Halfords and Boardman Bikes we’d have never been able to wade through the sheer scale of this project.  Our end goal is always to get more people cycling, so we hope that many cyclists will be inspired to get out and ride – not just the winner – but all the shortlisted routes.  Every one of them is a corker of a ride.”
Vote at: https://www.futurecompetitions.com/cplusbestrides/Default.asp ?
Watch the videos and vote at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhX4qGpWXV9uhmuNwOgrmnUgbKzz8lqmC
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