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David cycles into an epic start.

A COVENTRY cyclist clocked up more than 500 miles in the saddle on the opening ride of the world's longest, sign-posted cycle route.

David Simper sim·per  
v. sim·pered, sim·per·ing, sim·pers

v.intr.
To smile in a silly, self-conscious, often coy manner.

v.tr.
, of Bohun Street, Tile Hill Tile Hill is a suburb in the west of Coventry. The railway line linking Rugby, Coventry and Birmingham goes through Tile Hill, and Tile Hill railway station is within Tile Hill near its eastern border with Solihull. , joined 20 other cyclists on the Scottish leg of the 6,000km North Sea Cycle Route.

The party, members of the Cyclists' Touring Club The CTC, the Cyclists' Touring Club, is the United Kingdom's largest cycling membership organisation. It also has members and district associations in the Republic of Ireland. , set off from the Shetlands and made their way through Orkney, John O'Groats and the Highlands before finishing up in Aberdeen 12 days later.

The whole route passes through seven countries - the Nether-lands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway Scotland and England.

Numbered signs guide riders in the right direction.

Mr Simper, aged 36, a member of Coventry Road The Coventry Road Ground is a cricket stadium based in the town of Hinckley, Leicestershire. It was established in 1946 but demolished in 1964.

It was built after the Ashby Road ground was destroyed in the Second World War because it had left Hinckley without a venue for
 Club, said: "This was a marvellous experience with some great cycling.

"The Highland scenery is just spectacular and we were able to stop off at interesting places."

"The route is easy to follow with little blue plaques This list of blue plaques is an annotated list of people or events in the United Kingdom that have been commemorated by blue plaques. The plaques themselves are permanent signs installed in publicly-visible locations on buildings to commemorate either a famous person who lived or  and arrows that save looking at the map. It is also easily manageable by the leisure cyclist with many off-road sections eliminating the need to use busy roads."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 6, 2001
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