Bristol's best Father's day gift
Looking for a Father's Day gift? Ben Hillsdon has a suggestion...
This Sunday most Dads across the land will be putting their feet up and taking it easy, reveling in the peace and quiet that Father's Day brings - most Dads that is, except for those in Bristol.
Bristol Dads will be waking up to the chance to take part in something far more worthwhile.
This year Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride takes place on Father's Day (Sunday 20th June), giving hundreds of Dads the chance to get out in the fresh air with their families, enjoying the serenity that a bike ride in the countryside brings. And best of all, it doesn't cost a bean!
Now in it's 17th year Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride is one of the UK's biggest free cycle events. It attracted 7,000 riders in 2009 and looks set to attract closer to 10,000 this year.
With five routes to choose from, there's enough variation and enough of a challenge to suit almost every type of rider.
Each route has been planned by Bristol City Council's transport planners, taking in some of the best routes in the area, helping you discover the region's hidden gems.
For the past three years I've ridden the Clevedon Challenge, a 38-mile circuit to the seaside and back. It's a great route, one that's now become a regular training ride for me. It takes in the quiet country lanes of North Somerset - perfect for a gentle stretch of the legs.
The shortest route, at 9 miles, is the Family Fiesta, which is completely traffic-free and perfect for families with young children.
The other three routes cover either 14, 18 or 24 miles taking in the leafy, green scenery of the Avon River Gorge and either the local towns and villages of Failand, Portishead, Pill or Portbury (and it's no coincidence that these places also happen to be renowned for their country pubs!).
Perhaps this will be your first foray into cycling for some time. If so, let it be the start of a new-found method of getting around.
It's been shown that regular cycling helps you live longer by reducing the chance of heart disease, obseity and diabetes. Now isn't that the best Father's Day present any Dad could hope to receive!"