Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 93

July 2017| 93 n between, are three other routes to Broadheath allow, Northwick adywood and empsey Norton. Starting points are the Countryside Centre off Spetchley oad for three of the trips and one each at the Environment Centre in Gheluvelt Park and Worcester University, so plenty of opportunity for refreshments before you set off. The routes, which have been newly signed, generally follow quiet lanes, pedways or towpaths and are indicated by coloured symbols on a blue background, with a cycle logo. Each map will provide details of the symbol to follow, whether taking a main or shorter route. Maps can be found at www.worcestershire.gov.uk info cycling. 2017 Tour of Britain – Final Stage comes to Worcestershire Stage Eight of Britain’s premier road cycling event, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, will start from the centre of Worcester on Sunday 10 th September. For the first time in its history, the race will finish outside of London as organisers have opted to journey to Cardiff for the grand finale. These make ideal rides for anything from an evening trip to a full day out, with numerous places to eat on the way or at the start finish. The maps are full of detail, including not only the symbols to be followed and the full route, but also refreshment points. So why not get out on two wheels and enjoy the wonderful countryside in this part of the county? There are plenty of cycling events on in Worcestershire throughout the year, visit www.pushbikecampaign.org for more information. Modern Cycling in Worcester City Cycling is big news in Worcester city and is growing in popularity with hobbyists and serious cyclists alike. The historic city is ideal for travel by bike, with a number of routes to choose from. A stunning bridge over the River Severn at Diglis makes it easy to cross the river and creates a picturesque circular route around the riverside. A challenging, sprint-friendly route has been chosen through Worcestershire, starting in the city centre between the River Severn and the iconic Hive building. From there, it will wind through Spetchley, Pershore and Upton-upon-Severn before a gruelling King of the Mountain trial towards the British Camp in the Malvern Hills where it will cross into Herefordshire. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the route taking part in activities and events and celebrating the love of the sport throughout the whole of the county. Worcester grew as a city thanks to the industrial advances afforded by the River Severn and riverside tourism and leisure is still hugely important today. The city’s other waterway is the Worcester & Birmingham Canal which is a scenic route amongst the districts and has a fully cyclable towpath. Around the suburbs there are various cycle routes, all signposted and well-maintained. A stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain last began in Worcester in 2014, when Michal Kwiatkowski won the leg ending in Bristol. The city has also previously hosted s Ρ…ΙΡ́½˜)Ρ‘”Ι…”₯Έ€Θΐΐ܁…Ή€ΘΐΐกQ‘”₯Ρ䁑…́•α•±±•ΉΠ±₯Ή­Μέ₯Ρ ½Ρ‘•Θ‘₯ΝΡΙ₯Ρ́₯ΈΡ‘”Ι•₯½Έ)…́ݕ±°…́ё”9…Ρ₯½Ή…° 危”9•Ρέ½Ι¬Έ]₯Ρ‘₯Έ©ΥΝЁ„™•ά)΅₯ΉΥѕ́‰₯­”Ι₯‘”°ε½Τ…Έ‘…Ω”•Ν…Α•Ρ‘”‘ΥΝΡ±”…Ή)‰ΥΝΡ±”…Ή‰”‘••ΐ₯ΈΡ‘”‘•…ΙЁ½˜Ρ‘”½ΥΉΡΙεΝ₯‘”έ₯Ρ …±°₯ΡΜ)‰Ι•…Ρ‘Ρ…­₯ΉœΝ•Ή•ΙδΈ