Top 10 Cycling Destinations 2015
As the summer cycling season is now upon us, we decided to list our top 10 favorite destinations for cycling holidays, to help any fellow cyclists looking for a bit of inspiration!
Austria offers some fantastic views for anyone who wants to get out on two wheels. The route along the River Danube is a particular favourite, guiding you through vineyards and historic villages – depending on your stamina for 140 miles of course.
Bruges specifically is the perfect destination or an amateur cyclist, or a family looking for an adventure rather than a mission! The 18 mile route around the city is relatively flat and well sign posted, but will still offer some great sites.
Denmark offers a few different choices for great cycling, Copenhagen is extremely bike-friendly and great for a city tour. Alternatively, you could head to Bornholm for a 93 mile cycle of the entire scenic coastline.
France is a favourite amongst most cyclists, and not just because it is so easy to get to. France is a country of variety, you could head for a city tour of Paris, a relaxing ride in the beautiful south of France, or amp up the difficulty and head to the mountains.
Again, Germany offers a rich diversity of places to explore. Head to Berlin for a city tour full of history and culture, or opt for something more challenging by attempting the Salzburg to Lake Garda 400mile off road route. You’ll definitely be able to say you accomplished something on this year’s holiday if you opt for the latter.
Holland is probably one of the most famous destinations for cycling in the world. Everyone in Holland seems to own a bike, and it is the perfect way to explore the country’s capital; Amsterdam. There are over 310 miles of routes to explore all over the city, with bike friendly roads and bridges all the way.
Italy is a beautiful destination for cyclists just waiting to be explored. For quieter rides, head to Tunscany or Venice, but for a real test of skill athletes will enrol in the Maratona dles Dolomites, a road race offering three different routes to match your skill set, ranging from 34 to 86 miles.
Spain offers an amazing variety of training schools, guided tours and independent routes for any cyclist. Head to Andalucía for routes through national parks, mountains and quaint streets. Don’t forget to stop off along the way to enjoy some of Spain’s famous sandy beaches.
In the summer months the pistes of Switzerland transform into a cyclist’s heaven – especially the ski resort of Flims in Graubünden. Explore 205 miles of marked trails through mountains, forests and cross-country for views you will never forget.
The US has thousands of cycle routes to choose from, but California is amongst our favourites. You could opt for a city tour of San Francisco or head for the Californian Central Coast route, which will take you past vineywards, volcanoes, beaches and canyons – depending on how far you want to peddle!
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