This time of year, there are few better ways to exercise than a big bike ride followed by an ice-cold lager. It's no coincidence that lots of Lucky Saint drinkers are also keen cyclists - alcohol-free beer is said to be naturally isotonic, meaning it replaces the minerals lost through sweating and makes a great post-ride refreshment.
From scenic city loops to strenuous cycles, read on for some Great British cycling routes that end with a celebratory lager.*
London to Brighton
One of Britain’s best one-day rides, this is a well-trodden route by cycling enthusiasts. An 86km journey taking you through London parks and suburbs, across rolling countryside, ending by the beach for a cool down dip. Refuel at the Lion & Lobster pub with a pint of Lucky Saint and a mountain of salty chips.
Battersea Park to Greenwich
This 16km ride takes you along the Thames path for riverside views of London landmarks, such as the London Eye and the Tate Modern. Make a quick drink stop at The National Theatre's craft beer pub, The Understudy, for Lucky Saint on draught, then continue onwards to The Royal Observatory for 360 cityscape views and a well-earned picnic.
Bristol to Bath cycle path
A brilliant cycle-safe route loved by South West locals, this 20km cycle is a leisurely ride lined with greenery. Pootle along the path admiring the riverside views, quaint country pubs and public art - and book a table at The Ivy Bath Brasserie for a slap-up lunch and Lucky Saints on the other side.
Richmond Park loop
One of the capital’s most iconic parks (most notably of “FENTON!” fame), this is the perfect place for a day out on the bikes. A rural retreat for Londoners, this vast green park feels a million miles from the city - take the 12km Tamsin trail for a deer-spotting loop around the park, then pop into Micro Beers bottle shop on Upper Richmond Road to stock up on 0.5% lager.
Cambridge City Centre
This historic city has been made very bike-friendly, with a pedestrianised city centre and cycle lanes for a traffic-free ride. Take the flat 8km ‘Cambridge and the Great War’ route, crossing the river Cam and sightseeing around the city’s famous university colleges. Book a table at Honest Burgers for lunch – we love their local special, an Asian-inspired collaboration burger with Guerilla Kitchen, best enjoyed with a bottle of Lucky Saint.
The Settle Circular
One for the serious cyclists - this killer workout for the quads is worth it for the stunning scenery. Pack a bag with sandwiches, energy bars and Lucky Saint, then take off on the 64km route through picturesque villages, steep climbs up the National Park’s rolling hills and jaw-dropping views of the Yorkshire Dales.
*some of the restaurants/pubs mentioned won’t open until 17th May– check online to see if they have an outdoor space open before then.