Deck your bike with boughs of tinsel, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-laaaa*. Because we all know the tinsel tree only bears fruit for a brief time each year, we must make the most of its spangly bounty before the reindeer eat it all. And so it is, just for you, we’ve crept into Santa’s grotto and interrogated the elves to find the best tinsel groves accessible by bike across the UK. In other words we’ve scoured the web for some festive themed rides, for your Christmas enjoyment.
And yes, we know the usual excuses: parties, roast dinner, hang over, blah blah blah, so if the prospect of fresh air and exercise isn’t enough, surely the option of wearing fancy dress while cycling is. So, to help you shake out that fuzzy Christmas head when the time really comes, don your thermal underlayers, festive overlayers (daft Christmas-themed headgear optional), and get out there on two wheels.
Christmas might seem a little way away to some of you – but all of these rides require sign-up – and some are actually close to capacity, so get booking to ensure you get to enjoy an awesome festive ride in a few weeks time! We’ve provided a link for each ride to help you out.
*Don’t let tinsel get in the way of a good time and check decorations won’t get caught in your wheels as you ride along. Also: don’t drink and ride – sip the sherry responsibly.
Featured image: Dave Schlabowske
Strongher X-Mas Ride: Worldwide
Where/when: The Chilterns, Hertfordshire; Bedford; Richmond Park to Windsor Castle, and more!
When: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December
How long: All around 50-60m (80-100km) at 15-16mph (20-25kph)
Type of bike: Road
Web: See below for individual links
Strongher is the women’s cycling initiative led by Marianne Vos and a host of ambassadors – and the Christmas-themed rides will be led by an said ambassadors. There are a variety of rides already organised – but if there’s nothing near you, the team at Strongher invite you to to create your own Christmas ride, just email ride details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 19 December ultra-endurance cyclist Shusanah Pillinger, aka the first woman to complete the infamous Race Across America, will lead a 100km (weather dependent) spin out into the gorgeous Chilterns to Christmas Common in Oxfordshire – details here.
On 20 December Kingston Wheelers’ Deborah Liew will head a peloton of (possibly) reindeer-horned riders on a 50 miler (15/16mph, no-one dropped) from Richmond Park to Windsor, with a café stop at the end – more info here.
Also on 20 December, Eva Baloti-Couvara leads a preferably fancy dressed group on an Xmas ride 60 miles out from Russel Park, Bedford (14-16mph) – details here.