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Paradise for Bikes

Posted by Sue Savege on Sunday, 10 March 2013.

Paradise for Bikes

Paradise for Bikes

‘I even saw a man on a unicycle’

I was reminded just yesterday of how fantastic our own Eden Valley is for cycling. Over the weekend over 1000 cyclists of all shapes, sizes, age and ability turned out for the 60 mile Inaugural Eden Epic cycle ride. Cycling through the tranquil Eden Valley  was almost like stepping back in time, with barely a car on the road, and villages looking like they had changed little in their 400 year’s existence.

I saw all manner of cyclists taking part, from the serious cycling club members to novice riders just giving it a go. Now 60 miles is no small distance to cycle, and yet I saw a man on a shopping bike, a unicyclist, mountain bikers and all manner of varieties of bike riders all tackling the route.

The Eden Epic was all part of our work on developing cycling tourism in the Eden Valley as part of a Low Carbon Tourism Strategy for the area. We’re yet to trawl through the feedback from the event and analyse the economics, buy there is no doubt that an event like this is good for everybody. From the kids who were waving wildly at us as we passed through the local housing estate (I’m sure they’ll all be on their bikes and taking part next year), to the local pubs and hotels receiving a bit of extra business, as well as all of the cyclists experiencing the peace and tranquillity of the Eden Valley for he fist time.

The Eden Valley Epic was all about ‘inspiring’; Inspiring people to visit Eden by bike, inspiring a new generation of cycling holidaymakers and inspiring a new and more sustainable way of delivering tourism in a rural destination.

Watch out for more cycling inspiration in the Eden Valley at www. Nurtureeden.org

Comments (1)

  • Julie Broughton

    19 March 2013 at 13:55 |
    I had a great day exploring my new home county! Very well organised event,
    Thank you

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