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YELLOW JERSEY LOOP I CYCLE TOURS


say, it was not Sir Bradley Wiggins, though the planned route was inspired by a visit made by the great man himself – and several others in the then Sky team – to a village pub a little way off the A6.


My objective for that evening was that very pub. The Yellow Jersey Loop is not, at present, an offi cial route; though the landlord of the Strickland Arms has embraced cycling with such enthusiasm that it is hard to believe that offi cial sanction will be withheld for too long. A twenty-nine mile circuit, based on Penrith, it turned out to be something of a minor classic, taking in a


tasty morsel of the Lake District and a grand dollop of that fascinatingly beautiful and oft ignored country that encircles it to the east.


EMBRACING CYCLING The route map can be downloaded from the Strickland Arms website. Situated in Great Strickland the pub offers great beer, good conversation, bed and breakfast accommodation and magnifi cent food. It is also home to a trio of very large teddy bears namely, Bradley Bear Wiggins, Cavendish Bear and Bear Froome. The trio fi rst appeared when Anton and Penny,


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