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Top Five Challenging Cycling Routes In The UK

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The Tour de France, starting on July 1st, 2023, is a highly anticipated event that attracts billions of viewers worldwide, showcasing the immense popularity of cycling.

Swytch Technology, the innovative e-bike engineers behind a versatile conversion kit that can electrify any bicycle, has curated a list of the top five challenging cycling routes in the UK to coincide with this landmark race.

The enduring appeal of cycling is evident in the post-pandemic statistics, with TfL reporting a 40% increase in cycling rates, and Swytch’s latest research revealing that 15% of Brits now choose cycling or e-transportation for their daily commute.

Recognizing the enthusiasm of cycling fans, Swytch Technology aims to provide them with opportunities to experience equally demanding rides without the need for extensive travel.

Just look at these thrilling routes:

  1. Lakeland Loop, Lake District: This 104-kilometre route encompasses a 7,400-foot climb, offering an exhilarating adventure through the western part of Lakeland. With its breathtaking scenery, diverse landscapes, and exploration of lesser-travelled areas in Cumbria, this route promises an unforgettable experience.
  2. Bealach na Bà, Scottish Highlands: Known for featuring the UK’s most significant road climb, this route ascends from sea level at Applecross to 626 meters, featuring hairpin bends reminiscent of alpine passes. While the entire route covers just over 40 miles, the true challenge lies in a 9-mile section with an average gradient of 7%.
  3. The Dragon Devil, Wales: Reserved for the daring, this route spans a staggering distance of 296 kilometres, with an elevation gain of 4,614 meters. Along the way, cyclists will conquer renowned climbs like the Devil’s Elbow and the Bwlch, showcasing the route’s famed difficulty.
  4. London to Brighton, Southeast England: Arguably the most popular day-long route in Britain, this 54-mile journey presents its challenges through hilly terrain, culminating in the famous Ditchling Beacon. The Beacon comprises a relentless 1.5 km climb with an average gradient of 9%, peaking at 16% in some sections. Amidst picturesque villages, country inns, and rolling countryside, this route is not to be missed.
  5. LEJOG (Land’s End to John o’ Groats): Embark on an epic long-distance ride spanning the entire length of the British Isles, from the southernmost point at Land’s End to the northernmost point at John o’ Groats. Typically covering around 1,000 miles, this multi-day challenge includes substantial climbing. The exact route may vary, allowing riders to customize their experience based on preferred trails and schedules.

While these rides cater to experienced cyclists, it’s essential to consider fitness levels before attempting these routes.

Fortunately, Swytch Technology’s electric bike conversion kit provides a solution. By transforming any bicycle into an e-bike, the kit offers a valuable assist for those trying these routes for the first time or seeking an extra boost.

Riders can alleviate some strain while still burning up to 70% of the calories compared to traditional cycling.