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March 2018: Vale of Belvoir

As the name of the place means ‘beautiful view’ you should have an inkling of what’s in store if you visit the Vale of Belvoir. ...More
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Since the days of the penny-farthing gentlemen and ladies have joined together in cycling clubs to enjoy communal rides in the country, the occasional race, and to talk about their machines - Jerome K. Jerome in Three Men on the Bummel gives a marvelous evocation of the cyclist’s irresistible desire to tinker with bikes even in his day.
Though there are some famous riders from earlier times, like the tragic Tommy Simpson and the legendary world champion road racer Beryl Burton, Britain has had to wait until relatively recently to become a world power in cycling: the names now trip easily off the tongue: Chris Boardman, Jason Queally, Nicole Cooke, Bradley Wiggins, Rebecca Romero, Victoria Pendleton and of course Sir Chris Hoy, knighted to mark his achievement in winning three golds at one games. And away from the Olympics Mark Cavendish in 2008 became the most successful British rider ever in the Tour de France, winning four stages.
Club cyclists range from those heading for the velodrome to train for glory or hitting the road for some hard miles, to a few friends out for a spin on a Sunday morning, with perhaps a country pub rather than Olympic gold their goal. A quick glance at those hunched over the handlebars shows that it keeps you fit – only cyclists get calves like that – and, even if you are not Chris Hoy, head down and going for it you can still dream of beating

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