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Bike Week 13th - 21st June 2003
Easy Riders - Pedalling around the city
Catie Smith - On her bike!
Catie Smith - Getting on her bike!

To celebrate National Bike Week three cycling enthusiasts tell us about their favourite Nottingham bike rides.

- Catie's lazy pedal
- Dave's 38 mile workout
- Hugh's route to work

Catie's route
Dave Clarke's route

Great Notts Bike Ride 2003

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Pedals started the Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride in 1982 which is still going strong.

Pedals has been going strong since 1979 and will be celebrating a quarter of a century of cycling campaigning next year!

Jeff Owen and John Holmes from BBC Radio Nottingham will be down there this year on a tandem!

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Catie's lazy ride for a summer evening...
(Catie Smith from Nottingham city is a keen cyclist)
Nottingham’s got loads of great places to ride, and living in the city means that you can go straight along the canal to greener places like the Beeston Weir and Attenborough Nature Reserve. It’s my kind of ride because there’s no hills and there’s pubs at the beginning and the end!

Starting at Castle Marina, if you follow the canal it leads straight to Beeston Weir and at my speed (slow) only takes about 45 minutes. It’s a nice place to hang out and always smells of fresh rain. If you go over the bridge next to the lock it leads you to Beeston Marina. There’s a pub here and on a nice day it’s lush to sit next to the river and watch all the narrow boats go past. If it all sounds a bit too lazy for you, right after the Beeston Marina is the Attenborourgh nature reserve where you can cycle around the woody areas which leads onto Trent Lock and Sawley Marina.

If you come back in late afternoon the canal’s really serene at sunset, but there’s one place that can get a bit spooky as the sun goes down - as you pass all the neat gardens there’s a mooring packed full of old pub blackboards, papier mache masks, and there’s even a cardboard cut out of a naked man! Well worth a look.

Catie's route Summary
Start at Castle Marina...
1. Follow the canal under Clifton Boulevard
2. Along Beeston Canal
3. Over the bridge to Beeston Rylands
4. To Beeston Marina
5. To the pub, then back again.
Spooky mooring is 1/3 along the canal!
Map >>

Dave's 38 mile workout...
(Dave Clarke from The Meadows is a member of Pedals, the cycling campaign group)
My favourite ride will keep you occupied all day with loads of places to stop off and see! This route takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of Nottinghamshire, along Grantham Canal, past old churches and sleepy villages. There's loads of interesting things to see, like Tollerton airport, Holme Pierrepont Watersports Centre and Colston Bassett’s cheese factory - where you can go and buy some stinky cheese straight from the dairy!

Dave Clarke - on his bike!
Dave Clarke - on his bike!
One of the best places to stop is at Old Hill Farm in Redmile, which offers not only a café but also a back room with all sorts of essentials, from puncture repair kits to spare clothing for anyone who’s been caught in the rain!

I’ve been going there for years and still remember how Margaret would serve up the best beans on toast I’ve ever had - door step size toast smothered with a whole tin of beans and a huge mug of tea – all for 50p! Needless to say it’s gone up a bit now though.

It’s a real Mecca for cyclists, with its walls adorned with bits of bikes and cartoons of cyclists and there’s always a friendly face to chat about routes with.

The whole route is 38 miles long so be ready to spend a whole day on it!

Dave's route summary
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Hugh's ride to work
(Hugh McClintock from West Bridgford is the Chairman of Pedals, the cycling campaign group)
Getting to work doesn’t mean you have to sit in a stuffy car stuck in rush hour traffic. I zip past the queues and on to some of Nottingham’s beauty spots.

Riding to and from work is hardly likely to be anyone’s favourite journey, but if you do have to cycle in the morning rush hour, it does help to have a route which is fairly quiet and attractive, as I am lucky to do.

My regular ride takes me from West Bridgford to Nottingham University on a route that includes several useful cycle facilities and quiet bits of road.

The first of these is the Suspension Bridge over the Trent between Welbeck Road, West Bridgford and the Victoria Embankment, a bridge that, for some years now, has been available to cyclists as well as pedestrians and which offers excellent views along the Trent in both directions. There is almost always something to watch like boats on the Trent, especially in summer.

The tree-lined Victoria Embankment also offers views of the Trent and other nearby green areas, towards The Meadows and Wilford and is also generally pleasant except on the few days in the year you get a strong head wind!

Later on my route I enjoy the traffic-free cycle path alongside the River Leen and the old Royal Ordnance Factory site towards Lenton, a ‘toucan’ crossing to help me cycle safely across Abbey Street, Lenton, and some very helpful bits of cycle path in the Dunkirk area.

Hugh's route Summary
From West Bridgeford...
1. Over the suspension bridge
2. Along Victoria Embankment
3. Towards The Meadows.
4. Along the River Leen
5. Pass the Royal Ordinance Factory
6. Towards Lenton
7. Cross Abby Street and to Nottingham University

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