by Menai Holidays
Whatever your skill level. However hungry you are for adventure. North Wales has a cycling challenge especially for you. For families and the more leisurely cyclists among you a myriad of dedicated cycle routes lie in wait. These accessible paths wind through a variety of landscapes with perfect picnic points at every turn, from slate mines (Lôn Las Ogwen) to breathtaking coastlines (Lôn Las Menai), and you can even race against steam trains (Lôn Las Eifion).
For the road bike enthusiasts steer clear of the hustle and bustle of the main roads and enjoy the beauty and tranquility as you follow your nose through the picturesque countryside (Anglesey, especially the Penmon area is stunning).
If you prefer more of a challenge then head for the mountains, the spectacular views are guaranteed to be worth the effort (Snowdonia obviously has a lot to offer but consider also the Clwydian Range and the Llyn Peninsula). If you prefer to descend from the mountain in a more dramatic fashion you’ll be spoilt for choice. With dozens of mountain bike trails to test your dexterity and nerve you’ll be sure to return to North Wales for your holidays for years to come!
The places I mention above are the tip of the iceberg. Having lived here for over thirty years, and spent most of my time on two wheels I’m still discovering amazing rides, views that take my breath away and the number one priority…cafes with fantastic coffee and cake!
Over the years a keen interest in mountain biking turned into a love of road biking, spending hours every day exploring, training for races, learning my craft. In the early days things were very different, I could go out for a whole day’s ride without seeing another cyclist. Then all of a sudden things changed, mountain bikes trails were being developed in the area and proved amazingly popular and I started to see a few more lycra clad people out on the roads. At this point I decided to take the plunge and open a bike shop in Bangor and teamed up with Mat Prichard to create Evolution Bikes. Over the last ten years the growth in popularity of cycling in the area has meant that the shop has gone from strength to strength. Having moved premises twice to accommodate the ever-increasing amount of stock to meet customer demand, we are now located in the outskirts of Bangor. It has been (and still is!) a huge challenge to keep up with trends that are constantly changing, but we are fortunate to have talented and experienced members of staff who are able to advise our customers on all aspects of cycling, from children’s bikes to motion capture bike fits, from supplying and servicing the latest electric bikes to choosing the right equipment and specialist clothing. We are cyclists who sell bikes, fix bikes, love talking about bikes and would be very happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Enjoy your cycling in North Wales and call in to see us!
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