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Escape the lycra, 1 May 2011
These days it sometimes seems that all cyclists want to be Lance Armstrong. Dressed head to toe in lurid lycra the conversations are all about how fast you can ride and how expensive your bike is. 'Escape Routes' leads a welcome trend to reclaim cycling for the rest of us, those who perhaps want to put on as many calories as they burn through some nice pub lunches during their ride. The book sets out 60 bike rides scattered around the UK, all of which are easily within the ability of a moderately fit non-cyclist (a maximum of 20 odd miles). The writer focuses on the route rather than the ride - things to see, places to eat and (should you need it) where to stay. Each route is accompanied by some artfully taken photos of the main highlights and an illustrated map. All of this decoration does add some heft to the book, so it might weigh down your bicycle bag, but if lightweight speedy cycling is your main goal you're probably looking at the wrong book! If you're looking at dragging your old bike out of the shed this summer and taking your girlfriend/ boyfriend/ family for a relaxing bike ride 'Escape Routes' is a fantastic guide - enjoy the ride!