February 19, 2021, by Kate Rothery
My favourite cycling routes – Sebastian Garry
Cycling is a great way to explore where you live, get some fresh air and get active – all at the same time. Here at the University of Nottingham we’re fortunate to be situated in a beautiful region full of sights easily accessible on two wheels.
Not sure where to head out to? University of Nottingham cyclist and sports scholar Sebastian Garry has put together some of his favourite routes around the region for everyone to try.
Seb is currently studying towards a MSc in Finance and Accounting at the University of Nottingham whilst competing for our Cycling club. Part of the Track Cycling team who were named British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Team of the Year 2020, he took home two individual golds from the BUCS Championships as well as helping his team to the Team Pursuit and Overall Team titles.
Aside from the competition circuit, Seb loves cycling as it’s a chance to escape from the normal day to day of work and studying – you can just jump on your bike and enjoy an adventure outdoors!
*** Before trying any routes, particularly if you are new to cycling or haven’t cycled for a while, please make sure you follow the University’s safer cycling tips. Please ensure you follow the latest Covid-19 government guidance at all times.
We’re spoilt for choice in Nottingham for shorter cycle routes – ideal if you’re tight on time or don’t want to overdo it when first starting out. I’d really recommend Wollaton Park (4 mile route) which is on our doorstep at University Park Campus or the purpose built cycle track at Harvey Hadden.
17 mile route
This short ride heads out to Keyworth and then back into the city via West Bridgford where there are plenty of good coffee shops offering takeaway. My personal favourite is Okende if you do stop off!
23 mile route
This is a great chance to head out towards our Sutton Bonington campus (or equally start the loop there). Leaving the city by the west, you’ll pass Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus en route to Sutton Bonington before looping back.
36 mile route
This ride heads out towards Loughborough first and then back to Nottingham city via several quant Nottinghamshire villages.
64 mile route
This is a challenging ride that traverses from Loughborough to the beautiful Belvoir Castle. It is mostly flat with a few small hills. If you want to stop for a snack, then I highly recommend Bottesford Village Hall – they even do full roasts!
Fancy trying some more routes?
The University of Nottingham Cycling Club have generously shared their bank of cycling routes for everyone to try.
There’s options ranging from short rides right up to over 100 miles that range right up to the beautiful Peak District – ideal for all levels of cyclist.
There’s also lots of really helpful information on cycling, including where to hire bikes, where you can find secure cycle facilities and how to look after your bike on the University’s cycling pages.
Have a favourite route to share?
Have you got a cycle ride you love? We’d love to hear from you – just get in touch with us on any of our social media channels – all @uonsport.
Need a little extra motivation?
University of Nottingham Sport’s brand new Moves + app allows you to join groups, try out new challenges, including cycling, and earn rewards to redeem for real prizes.
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