Wales has plenty to offer to cyclists – from amazing scenery and challenging parcours to friendly locals and excellent culinary delicacies
According to the latest Strava Insights statistics, released at the start of 2016, riders in Wales clocked the longest average rides and also racked up the most average metres of climbing on each ride.
Whether you ride in the north, south, east or west of the country there are plenty of climbs to get your legs going. A lot of them are ridiculously steep as well.
Riding by the sea is excellent and if you ride in Wales then there are plenty of places to get you seaside fix.
Many sections of the Wales Coast Path are suitable for cyclists – although probably not for those on road bikes – and some of them are on the National Cycle Network.
The 18-mile section between Kidwelly and Bynea takes you up the Millennium Coastal Path in Carmarthenshire and gives some pretty spectacular views on a good day.
While it’s fun to ride up some of the climbs in Wales, sometimes you just want to go downhill or take advantage of the off-road action in the country.
There are a host of mountain biking facilities there, including Bike Park Wales, near Merthyr Tydfl, which is great if you’re a seasoned pro on the fat tyres or even a complete novice.