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Poole boasts over 50 miles of cycle network/routes, 28 miles of these are traffic free paths amongst Poole's green spaces and beach promenades.
The various routes cater for all abilities and types of cyclist. Take route 25 for a ride taking you from Poole Town Centre to Upton Country Park, Wimborne and Bournemouth Town Centre using the National Cycle Network. If you fancy riding along the Poole to Bournemouth promenade, take Route 2. These are great routes to see some of the highlights of Poole and the surrounding areas. Be aware of the promenade cycle restrictions during the peak summer months.
There are so many fantastic bike rides to enjoy in and around Poole so we've included links to our selection of the Best Cycle Routes in Poole along with some useful rescources below for finding the best cycling routes in Poole:
Bike Shops and Repairs
With Poole being such a hub for cycling, you'll find plenty of great bike cycling shops and bike repairs and servicing spots here. Rockets and Rascals is your one-stop-shop for all things cycling in Poole; they even provide a custom bike build service and have a fantastic on-site cafe which is really popular with cyclings from Dorset and much further afield too!
Here's a list of some of the key bike shops and cycle repair worshops in Poole:
Rockets and Rascals (as above) - hugely popular Bike Shop, Repair Centre, Cafe and Cycling Group (the Rockets and Rascals group ride goes every Saturday at 8am for a pre-ride coffee and roll out at 0830. It's a 'no-drop' social ride, usually a 2 hour loop of Poole harbour averaging around 17mph and ending with a short trip on the chain ferry back to Rockets Cafe for a coffee & cake.
Location: 278 - 282 Sandbanks Road, Lilliput, Poole, Dorset, BH14 8HU
Primera Sports is a family owned specialist cycling shop that caters for all disciplines of cycling. You'll find bikes, equipment, accessories and clothing from leading brands. They stock road bikes from some premium brands including Pinarello, Kuota and Bianchi. For bike servicing and repairs, they have a comprehensive workshop with 2 full-time mechanics who are both trained to the highest standards.
They also stock electric bikes including Bosch, Shimano Steps, Brose and Yamaha. Software updates and servicing are run on all E-Bikes.
Location: 183 Bournemouth Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 9HT
Cycle Paths is a well stocked bike shop in Poole Town Cente, within The Dolphin Centre. They sell mountain, road, e-bikes, kids bikes, hyrbides, accessories and have an on-site workshop for servicing and repairs.
Location: 14-15 Falkland Square, Poole, BH15 1ER
Being a member of a cycling club in Poole has so many benefits. Not only will your cycling knowledge, strength and confidence grow, but you'll meet like-minded people and will experience many different routes that you may not already have been aware of.
Here's some of the top cycling clubs and groups in Poole:
Poole Wheelers Cycling Club was established in 1926! They aim to promote cycling and cycle racing in all forms, support and develop young riders, provide a welcoming, family-friendly club environment so all members can enjoy cycling. Thery run group rides throughout the week - always with a coffee and cake at the end of each ride and frequenty have social get-togethers off the bike too! You can find more information on their group rides on their Facebook Group.
Dorset Rough Riders is an off-road mountain biking club. They offer rides starting from many locations throughout Poole and the surrounding areas. They have a huge selection of rides so it's easy to find one to suit your location and availability. Here's their ride calendar for full details of all their forthcoming rides.
Fresh Start Cycling is a group that was created to encourage more people to cycle and to replace car journeys with bike rides. All are welcome to all of their activities and they include; casual touring, cafe socials, training exercises for improvement, evening socials, bike maintenance, exploring local areas. Most activities are based in and around the Poole and Bournemouth area, with the occasional visit to other parts of dorset.
The Bouremouth Velodrome attracts locals and cycling enthusiasts from far and wide! It's a great public facility, which was opened in 2011, is managed by Active Dorset in partnership with BCP Council, British Cycling and the local cycling clubs. All riders and levels are welcomed and helped by the skilled team. You can access the velodrome timetable https://www.activedorset.org/timetable">here.
Cycling Events and Races
If you want to book in a race or a cycling sportive in Poole to help focus your training, you'll find many events to choose from. There are some big, key annual cycling events and races in Poole including: The Dorset Dirt Dash (off-road), Jurassic Beast (road sportive), Dorset Rotary Bike Ride (road, with 8 routes to choose from).
Keep an eye on our Poole events calendar to keep up to date with all the upcoming cycling events.
About: Make sure you recover well after cycling. Whether you've gone for a slow little bike ride or a fast paced cycle, it's important to ensure you look after your body after.
If you've picked up an injury along the way make sure to get it checked as soon as possible by heading to one of Poole's best osteopaths.
Osteopaths are skilful practitioners that are trained to understand human biomechanics and movements. They are able to diagnose your injury and help manage your symptoms.
The treatments can vary, from a very structural to a very gentle approach, consisting of manual therapy which includes joint manipulations, soft tissue release, muscle energy techniques, massage, neurodynamic stimulation and exercises.
Have a chat with the guys at Balanced Motion Clinic and they'll make sure you in good shape ready to get those miles in!