Olympics mode ON: Try these sports to discover the great UK outdoors

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Many of us will be inspired and might even fancy a crack at trying some of the sports. Here’s our selection of just some you can try at home. Let the Games begin.


A dizzying array of disciplines — from team sprint to the Keirin, Omnium and road race — mean there are now 22 different cycling events on the 2020 Olympics schedule.

It’s not every day, however, that you get the chance to learn from an Olympian. If you snap up a place with luxury tour operator LeBlanq, you’ll get to cycle with Britain’s most decorated Olympian (eight medals), Sir Bradley Wiggins, on the Isle of Wight. It’s pricy, at £2,045pp all-inclusive for three nights, but think of the bragging rights!

The weekend, from September 17 to 19, will involve joy rides at varying levels, five course dinners and a seven-course Tour de Feast on the second night with the hosts, alongside supporting team riders such as Adam Blythe. Accommodation is at The Royal Hotel Ventnor.

Alternatively, Northumberland is a hidden gem with fabulous scenery, so try a self-guided three-day leisurely ride along the coast past castles and fortresses. You’ll begin in Warkworth before heading to the beaches of Embleton and Bamburgh, then crossing to Lindisfarne and finishing in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Accommodation is B&B with some meals, route notes and luggage transfer service. From £365pp.

Watch the Olympics in style

Get ready to watch Great Britain give it their all in the Tokyo Olympics by wearing some official Team Great Britain kit from Adidas.

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