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A great training cycle ride in the Lake District, Cumbria

A great training cycle ride in the Lake District, Cumbria

Humour me as I introduce myself; I’m Marc, 24, from the just outside the Lake District, Cumbria. A bit of a swimmer, bit of a cyclist, bit of a runner and bringing them together as a Triathlete. I started out in Triathlon this year, transitioning from being a long distance fun-runner and a hobby cyclist. I always enjoyed doing the Great North Run etc. for charity, but a lot of my friends seemed to do it without training; I needed something different, something not everyone could do. By far my most favourite discipline is cycling, only starting cycling ‘properly’ late last year I’ve come to learn to love it, putting a lot of my other hobbies on the back bench.

Enough of me.

I’m excited to have been asked to be an ambassador for T-Cycling and for my first blog entry I’d like to take you on my favourite hour-long training ride. It’s a measly 20 miler but takes in some of the great scenery Cumbria has to offer including the Solway Coast and to skip along the outskirts of the Lake District national park. The Route The first part of my route takes me along the English Coast cycle path from Maryport to Allonby. It’s a great cycle path which has only recently been laid; there’s a random segment of the path which is gravel for about 20 yards where it somehow feels they just ran out of asphalt. Down view from Marc cycling I do like this part of the ride, really flat, really fast but somehow the wind is always in your face; whichever direction you’re going. Once we’re at Allonby, we take a turn up towards Westnewton where there're one or two short but killer hills, which is the only climbing we do on this loop. At the top of one of these climbs is coincidently the 10 Mile point, making it the perfect point for a bit of a break. The views are a big plus. Marc's bike Now we’ve had our breather we head inland towards a welcome bit of descent, a fast one at that. It’s a well-located descent as it allows me to get a bit of speed up before tackling the next of our climbs, one which isn’t hard, isn’t long, but when you are getting chased by the farm dog from start to finish gets your heart racing and legs moving more than ever. So much so I made myself a bit of a segment for it, may as well get something out of near death experiences! The following parts of the route take us through a few little scenic villages back into Maryport, finishing the route off with a bit of a sprint up ‘Shipping Brow’ where I took my first KOM after several attempts! marc4 And that is that! Thanks for reading and Thanks again to T-Cycling for inviting me to be an ambassador for their brand. Come back next time where I’ll take you on a trip into the most beautiful part of the UK, The Lake District! Please do give me a follow on Instagram to follow the rest of my escapades while I’m not writing here!