Guide to the 2017 Tour of Britain in Cheltenham

Guide to the 2017 Tour of Britain in Cheltenham

The 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain brings some very exciting news for us here at Cyced. Stage 7 will be finishing its grueling 186km ride in the regency town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.  Cheltenham was not only where Cyced was conceived, but also where I was lucky enough to join. So this is a meaningful event for Angus and myself. But that’s enough reminiscing for now, down to the details of the Tour of Britain in Cheltenham, and what it’ll mean for the Gloucestershire town. (more…)

8 Hard Cycling Hills in Gloucestershire

8 Hard Cycling Hills in Gloucestershire

The Cotswolds and hills go hand in hand, therefore it’s only right that Cyced dedicates an article to some of the toughest inclines in the area. Many of the hills on this list are around the Cheltenham area and are children of Cleeve Hill, the largest in the county. The statistics are taken from the specific Strava segments Cyced created for each climb, so the measurements and categorisations of the hills should be familiar. (more…)

Cycling Shops in Gloucester

Cycling Shops in Gloucester

Similar to our Cheltenham Bike Shops post we did a few months ago, Cyced has put together a list of all the great places to go and buy a bike in Gloucester. No matter what kind of cycling shop in Gloucester you are looking for, it will be covered below. This includes road bikes, eBikes and mountain bikes. It is important to note that most of these cycling shops also provide the cycle scheme but it is worth checking when you are in store for more details. (more…)

Cheltenham Hillclimb Blitz Cycling Route

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Cheltenham Hillclimb Blitz Cycling Route

 

The Cheltenham Hillclimb Blitz is merely a warmup to veteran cyclists but a great introduction to novice riders who are looking to push themselves a little bit. There is a nice amount of hills and the ride itself comes in at 31.1km/19.3miles and should take between an 1-2 hours depending on your ability.

This is my go to Cheltenham cycle route when I don’t have too much time on my hands and need to let off some steam. The beauty of cycling around Winchcombe is the quiet roads. Whilst you start at the Cheltenham Racecourse and head up Cleeve Hill (B roads that can be congested if you hit rush hour times, including the 15:00 school rush), you’ll soon veer off to Gretton from Winchcombe, where you will be greeted by gorgeous landscape and low traffic.

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Cheltenham and Winchcombe Arch Cycling Route

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Cheltenham Winchcombe Arch Cycling Route

 

This 35 mile Cheltenham cycling route has some nice climb to it. At 2000 feet, you can expect two cardio intensive gradual climbs, one of which is the classic Cleeve Hill reverse, coming from the picturesque Cotswold town of Winchcombe.
The other gradual climb that you will hit first is through Lidcombe Wood. As entertaining as it deceiving, this climb through tall trees keeps on going. When you think you are at the top, you are mistaken.

It has a great decent towards Guiting Power which soon swings you right round into the beautiful town of Winchcombe. I recommend a stop at the co-op for a flapjack. It’s what I always do in order to get the energy for a final push up Cleeve Hill and back down into Cheltenham.

The Route

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Bike Shops in Cheltenham

Bike Shops in Cheltenham

There are numerous places to go if you are looking for bike shops in Cheltenham. Be it to buy a new bike, get a new cycling jersey, or if you’re like me, just stare at the stuff you wish you could afford. Cyced has put together this list to help you identify the must go places in Cheltenham for your unhealthy cycling habits.

Cheltenham Cycles

One of my favourite bike shops in Cheltenham because of their amazing customer service and staff. It’s always a pleasure to go into Cheltenham Cycles. They are a family owned business and sell cycling gear over a wide range of disciplines including Road, MTB, Touring, and Cyclocross. Located just off the high street, Cheltenham Cycles is easy to get to and is always a positive experience.

If you would like to know more about Cheltenham Cycles, visit them at 61 Winchcombe St, Cheltenham GL52 2NE.

Williams Cycles

Yet another family run bike shop! I’ve not been into Williams Cycles before, but have heard good things as well as read favourable reviews online about them. They stock a wide range of bikes and often have some good monthly promotions on offer. They are located just near Lidl, behind where the Beachwood shopping centre used to live, and have free parking with two showroom floors.

Visit them at 82-86, Albion street, Cheltenham, GL52 2SE.

Evans Cycles Cheltenham

This is where I purchased my beautiful Cannondale Synpase. They stock a large amount of cycling gear which makes it ideal if you need to quickly get something – you can be sure they probably have it. They stock a wide range of bikes, and often have the previous season’s on sale, something I took advantage of. Whilst located on the outskirts of Cheltenham, they are easy to get to by car or bike.

You can visit them at P4, Kingsditch Retail Park, Kingsditch Ln, Cheltenham GL51 9PG. 

Leisure Lakes

Located opposite Turtle Bay in the town centre of Cheltenham, Lesiure Lakes is more geared towards mountain bikers. That’s not to say you can’t get road bikes or roadie accessories in there, it’s just your eyes will be met with fat tyres as you walk in. My experience in Leisure Lakes has always been a good one, yet I don’t personally venture there too often as a road cyclist purist. This bike shop in Cheltenham as a VIP club too, where the more you spend, the more points you get which equates into discount.

Visit them at 27 Pittville Street, , Cheltenham, GL52 2LN.

Roylan Cycles

Roylan Cycles is another family run bike shop that is situated in The Suffolks part of Cheltenham, graced with the luxury of free parking. Then again, us cyclists can dodge parking charges altogether! They boast of 100 bikes on display and focus on quality at competitive prices. As like most of the shops you see here on this list, they work with the Cycle to Work Scheme – perfect if your employment place supports this.

Visit them at  2 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, GL50 2AB.

Other bike shops in Cheltenham…

There are a few other bike shops in Cheltenham that you may come across. The one’s on this list are great ones to go to and you’ll not only be able to find what you need, but you will get to speak with real passionate cyclists.  If you know of any other places that you believe deserve a mention on this list, please get in touch.

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