If you know the quiet back roads and cycling lanes of Europe, you have a fantastic opportunity to cycle in many countries. The best thing with cycling is that during the daily pedaling journey it is possible to see many sights and absorb local culture. But where are Europe’s best cycling routes? EuroVelo has mapped 15 routes that let cyclists explore Europe along cycling-friendly roads.
When you are riding a bicycle in an unfamiliar place, you need something to help you navigate. Dedicated bicycle navigators are available, for instance, from Garmin, and many riders use their smartphones to find their way to the destination. The smartest product for cycling navigation may well be a tiny puck that does nothing else but points the rider to the right direction.
Mark Beaumont from Scotland has ridden his bicycle around the world in less than 80 days. Even Jules Verne, whose book was the inspiration for the target of 80 days, envisioned that engine-powered vehicles would have to be used for the feat. Mark Beaumont had a support crew with him all the time, so he didn’t have to carry anything on his bike, but he had to pedal on average 390 km / 240 miles, and about 16 hours a day.
It is one thing to stay a night at a camp site where all the services people usually need are available, and completely other thing to camp on a mountain with thousands of people without any facilities. If it is camping on a mountain in order to watch a bicycle race, it can be a lot of fun. We camped a night on the famous Alto del Angliru near Oviedo, northwest Spain to follow a stage of the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta a España) road cycling race.
When there is an opportunity to have a fiesta in Spain, it will not be missed by anyone. A major sports event, the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta a Espana) road cycling race stops traffic on major and minor roads for the professional cyclists to ride along their route, and spectators congest the rest of the nearby roads. In any case, the most important thing is to get out there, and have a fabulous picnic with friends or family.
Taking sports equipment, like a bicycle, skis or a surf board along for an overseas trip tends to be troublesome, expensive and risky. Depending on your destination, you may be able to rent the required equipment from a sports shop, but now, a new alternative is available.
Every July, the Tour of France road cycling race brings millions of people to the roadside in France and often, in neighboring countries as well because the race may visit other countries.
Here is the village of Mauleon-Barousse on the lower slopes of the Pyrenees mountains. It is an idyllic, peaceful village, but when the Tour de France race goes through the village, thousands of spectators arrive to watch the event.
Every July the world’s biggest sports event – as measured by the number of spectators following the live event where it happens – road cycling race the Tour of France travels along the roads of Europe. The actual race takes three weeks to complete. It is 3540 km / 2200 miles long (in 2017). Millions and millions of people arrive to the roadside to cheer the riders.
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