Most of us who use bicycles on a daily basis for commuting and fun have at one point considered taking a few days off and touring some scenic routes around the world on two wheels. Although such an endeavour is quite challenging and complex, it’s definitely something that is worth doing, since it represents a unique experience. Provided that you have the will and the right equipment, your only have to choose a destination that is reachable, attractive and suitable for you. Here is a list of some of the most attractive ones around the globe.
The Death Road, Bolivia
Don’t be too intimidated by its name, but be extremely careful. This route from La Paz to Coroicois believed to be one of the most dangerous routes in the world. The famous North Yungas Road (a.k.a. “Death Road”) runs alongside staggering 600-metre-drops and features hairpin bends. Still, the views of the Bolivian Amazon rainforest are definitely worth the effort, provided you are an amazingly skilled cyclist able to overcome the mortal fear.
Route des Grandes Alpes, France
One of the most attractive mountain routes in Europe connects Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean and all those who have ever covered at least a section of this route claim that it’s quite spectacular. However, you have to be ready to face some demanding uphill sections, such as the 30-mile climb at Col de l’Iseran. As you can see, this is only for experienced cyclists.
Dead Sea to Red Sea, Jordan
There aren’t many routes more deeply rooted in history. Starting on Mount Nebo, from where you can enjoy a view of the Promised Land, you slowly descend to the lowest point on Earth, cycling along the shores of the Dead Sea. One of the most popular tourist attractions, the ancient town of Petra, is located on the route, and that’s a sight you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Built by returning servicemen after WWI, this route is one of the most attractive and popular ones out there. What you can expect to find along the 150 miles are awe-inspiring cliff edges and the fabulous Twelve Apostles rock stacks, as well as many opportunities for detours. If you don’t feel strong enough, you might consider using the assistance provided by Bosch ebikes offered by Eurocycles. They will help you navigate the route if you get tired, keeping you on track and allowing you to enjoy the majestic scenery.
Pacific Coast, Canada & USA
One of the longest routes in the world starts in Vancouver and finishes near the Mexican border. It offers very diverse landscapes and opportunities to visit amazing places, such as San Francisco and California’s famous surfing beaches. Most people choose to tackle this route in phases and give due attention to individual segments. Cycling along this route allows you to soak up the atmosphere of the west coast in a way that no other means of transport can.
Land’s End to John o’Groats, Britain
The first official record for cycling along this famous route was set in 1885. Believe it or not, it took the first record-holder 65 days. Even the most out-of-shape cyclists today should take much less time to complete the whole route. The internationally renowned British landscape is probably the biggest treat for all those attempting to cover this distance, though the infamous weather may be an obstacle to some. On the other hand, the fun you’re bound to have is definitely worth the effort.
As you can see, there are so many different cycling routes around the world, that you’re sure to find the one(s) that would be ideal for you. However, you need to be completely realistic about your fitness level and readiness to tackle those more gruelling routes. Make sure you gain enough experience locally before travelling to some remote part of the world to enjoy the ride. Otherwise, you’ll end up frustrated and utterly disappointed, and cycling should be all about the exact opposite feelings.