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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, of Bohun Street, Tile Hill, joined 20 other cyclists on the Scottish leg of the 6,000km North Sea Cycle Route.

The party, members of the Cyclists' Touring Club, 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 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 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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