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Dorset Part of New International Cycle Route

Cycle Path

9:52am 17th September 2012

Cyclists from Dorset will now be able to pedal their way abroad.

A 265 mile cycle route has been created with help from Dorset County Council.

'The Petit Tour de Manche' links us with Normandy, Brittany and Jersey, using off-road tracks for the most part.

Regular ferry services between St Malo, Cherbourg, Poole and Weymouth provide the links in between. The routes themselves can be ridden in 'bite-sized' pieces a day or a weekend at a time. Or, for more serious cyclists, they can be ridden as a complete tour.

Dorset County Council has been a major player in the planning and execution of the new routes in the UK. In total, some £270,000 will be spent in the county on improvements to existing cycle routes, completing missing links and installing cycle parking at key attractions.

Jacqui Gisborne from Cycle West Project says she hopes it will open up opportunities for professional cycling along the route. "By spring next year everything will be one hundred per cent completed. We are looking to attract some kinds of bigger cycling events and even just the general charity events which we see naturally happening now. Let's get people using the Petit Tour de Manche, let's get them using that route now and let's everybody get out there and start having fun."

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