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Cycling on Anguilla

by Paul Agid
(CT, USA)

I have been a fan of this website for a few years now and one thing that has never been discussed is how great the bike riding is on the Island. Whenever I travel, one of the first things I do is research riding possibilities on both the road and off road. I have ridden all over St. Maarten, Mt. biked in St. Lucia and have gone on trips to France, Mallorca, and Banff / Alberta, specifically to ride.

Caribbean islands,in particular, can be scary enough to drive on, so the thought of riding a bike would seem insane to most people. Besides crazy drivers, some islands can be a little dangerous to explore without a guide to steer you away from questionable neighborhoods. Well Anguilla is the exception.

First, the road quality is excellent and drivers tend to drive at a much slower pace. The main roads are not overly hilly but are not flat as a pancake either. They are gently undulating,which for a cycling enthusiast, makes for some really fun riding!

When I come to the island, I rent a Mt. bike because I like to explore the outer edges of the island, which takes you on roads that are unpaved and rather rough. As a Mt biker as well as a roadie, it makes for some fun variations during a single ride. I know Nori and her family do most of there exploring by car, but I find you can get around a lot more efficiently by bike.

Some of the unpaved roads get very rocky and narrow, which can be tough by car. With a bike, I go anywhere I want and can pull over and walk around with ease,never having to worry about finding a place to park or turn around to get back to civilization. I also find that when I'm on my bike, it is much easier to learn your way around the island. Landmarks go by slower and the constant waving and smiles you get by people you pass is also a great bonus.

If you are exclusively a roadie, there are road bikes that can be rented. There are a lot of local road riders that I see out on my rides all the time. They are good riders with very good bikes. Cycling, I have found, is a very popular sport in the Caribbean.

My favorite part of the island to ride on is the east end. It is more unspoiled and quiet. You also have a lot of high vantage point views of undeveloped land leading to amazing ocean views.

The occasional goat crossing the road, is another unexpected treat. The section from Junks hole heading towards Scilly Cay is my favorite stretch of road. Don't forget to wave to Smitty as you pass him hosting a game of dominos at his road side hangout.

Ride On, Paul

Nori's Reply: Wow, Paul! Thank you so much for this terrific report on cycling in Anguilla. It is a popular island-wide sport.

The road conditions in Anguilla make it an ideal island for cycling. As you said, it's not hilly, but not completely flat either. On the weekends we always see several groups of cyclists riding together. The island has a large "Anguilla Cycling Association" that promotes biking and healthy living in Anguilla. They also do many island-wide races.

For potential bike-riders in Anguilla, you can rent bikes at Exotic Plus in the Valley, next to the pharmacy, for roughly $10/day. Premier Mountain Bike Rentals specialize in, as the name suggests, mountain bikes.

As you suggest, Paul, it is a great way to get in touch with the island, and explore roads that cars cannot. The East End is my favorite part of Anguilla too, that stretch behind Junk's Hole and Savannah Bay being one of the best areas for exploring, as it is so quiet and uninhabited.

My sister and I were driving around there recently, and were limited by how far we could travel by car. The road conditions become too dangerous. We continued our exploration on foot. Next time, we will go by mountain bike!

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Jan 31, 2015
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Contacts
by: Arden

I wish I could find contacts for $10 bike rentals. With the only site I have found charging $25 per day, I could rent a car from the same guy cheaper than bikes for 2.

Jun 10, 2014
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Ronnie Bryan
by: Paul Agid

Bobby, Just google Ronnie Bryan and he has a website. Great guy. I suggest you bring your own pedals and shoes though. Have a great time.

-Paul

Jun 10, 2014
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renting road bikes
by: bobby

does Ronnie bryan have a store? how do you find him? thanks going to anguila in a few weeks and want to rent a good road bike

May 13, 2014
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Road Bike Rentals
by: Paul Agid

Yes, Ronnie Bryan rents really nice road bikes. I was just in Anguilla in April and the riding is as good as ever. I found a spectacular new road that leads to Crocus Bay. It's called Rev. CL Carty rd. Perfect pavement with incredible views.

For mountain bike rentals reach out to Accelyn Connor of Premier Mountain Bike Rentals.

I'll be back on the island at the end of June. I'll be happy to tour you around by bike.

-Paul


Oct 08, 2013
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Renting road bikes
by: Anonymous

You can rent high quality road bikes from Ronnie Bryan. My wife and I did that last summer and rode with him and friends that live on the island.

Jul 17, 2013
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Stop Light Cafe
by: Anonymous

You may want to check out Stop Light Cafe. They have lots of bikes for rent. If you are coming from The Valley, they are located just past CuisinArt Golf Course on the right side of the road.

Jul 17, 2013
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cycling request
by: Anonymous

can you please advise on where one can rent a good road bike? I'd be happy to bring my own pedals and shoes if I could find a decent bike?

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