Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 82

82 | Cycling World Cycling in the Coventry Area By Peter Richardson, Coventry University Student Union Cycling Club S ituated right in the middle of the country, Coventry boasts some interesting and beautiful cycling territory. The absence of any significant hills means that getting around the local area is pretty quick and not too arduous, and the countryside is surprisingly close by. However, for those who also enjoy the city sights, Coventry is a unique destination. espite having suffered widespread destruction during the Second World War, there is a wealth of history to be seen, ranging from medieval Spon Street, which has multiple reconstructed timber framed buildings from across the city, to the new rade -listed St Michael s Cathedral, built adjoining the ruins of the 14 th Century building destroyed in . The erbert Museum and Art Gallery has multiple exhibitions that take you through the history of Coventry and its many industries and significant events. n more recent times, Coventry has become a centre for manufacturing, and used to be a central hub for bicycle manufacture. The Transport Museum in the city centre features not only a plethora of motor industry artefacts and displays, but also a large collection of old bikes and a comprehensive explanation of the history behind them. Heading out of the city centre can be tricky as there are some one-way systems and also the ring road to negotiate. There is a cycle route, however, that takes you out to the west of the city, avoiding the ring road. Even further west lies the urban sprawl of Birmingham, but just before this is a village called Meriden, the traditional centre of ngland. This village was considered for many years to be the centre point of England, but with modern surveying technology, this has been proven to be slightly off the mark! Also in Meriden is a large obelisk memorial to the cyclists who died in the two world wars.