Aviva Tour of Britain 2015


As I write, a yellow jersey is hurtling on two wheels through Lancashire on the 2nd leg of the Tour of Britain. The closest it comes to us here at forward2me is Longridge, but we're getting excited about it all anyway.

We've been thinking of the highlights that the riders might enjoy as they cycle through. Maybe they are the things that remind you of home, the landscape, scenery and tastes of the UK? Maybe the Tour has whet your appetite for all things on two wheels or just the lycra-clad participants?

Stage 1 was Anglesey to Wrexham. Are any of you Welsh ex-pats? What do you miss from home? Is it the feel of a Welsh woollen blanket or the taste of chutney? All things Celtic are to be found at Welsh Gifts online. Love spoons are a traditional gift although my favourite thing here has to be the daffodil hat...

Stage 2 is Lancashire - Clitheroe to Colne. Lancashire is full of delights, although we can't ship the rain for a true sense of the place. Local specialities are, of course, pies, flat caps and whippets. No. That's not completely true. There is so much more to this area. There's hotpot too, and Blackpool... Lancashire Direct has a lovely food hamper and other treats - just check with our customer services department before you order and check your country's import restrictions.

If the tour goes through Scotland, why not use it as an excuse for a dram, a tattie scone or wear some tartan. The supermarkets have some good whisky bargains too. Check out Tesco or Ocado for offers.

Norfolk and Suffolk are beautiful counties too; seafood is a speciality but tricky to ship. There are many craft items from East Anglia. I've just discovered this craft website that lists makers and their crafts by county. Use our personal shopper service if you would like to order something unique from websites like this.

Now, I'm not going to go through all the stages or we'll be here all day (I heard that collective sigh of relief). You can take a look for yourself on the Tour website.

If the actual cycling rather than the scenery does it for you, you might want to look at some of the best of British cycling outlets. Try Wiggle, Chainreaction or Dales cycles for a good selection of racing bikes and equipment. Use our secure international delivery for your cycling kit. You could even buy your own yellow jersey!