Cycle route through Plymouth receives international acclaim
A CYCLE route that travels through Plymouth has been given an international award.
The judging panel of a Dutch bike and hiking show held in Amsterdam, Fiets en Wandelbeurs, selected La Vélodyssée as the official "Cycle Route of 2013".
The lengthy 1,200km course takes riders from Ilfracombe, in North Devon, through to Plymouth and then down through Europe to the Spanish border.
The judges said they were impressed by the safety of the route and the fact that 80 per cent of it is free of traffic.
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The journey for long distance cyclers begins runs along from the North Devon coast, then to the South coast of the county, crossing the channel from Plymouth to Roscoff before travelling through rural France.
Judges recognised that La Vélodyssée "offers predominantly flat and off-road cycling most suited to families and the touring cyclist through prime sites of natural, historical and cultural significance including Dartmoor and Plymouth."
It defeated the Tour of Burgundy, which goes through France, and Vennbahn, which includes rides through Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, to claim the distinguished accolade.
La Vélodyssée was a result of two years of development by the Cycle West project, an EU-funded initiative which brought together 17 partners from across Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Normandy and Brittany to promote and increase cycle tourism.