Good Cycle Routes in Europe

Cycling in France

Cycling in France

Cycling is on the increase according to retail figures, and this is leading to many avid cycle enthusiasts looking for exciting new routes to explore.

In the UK we have some truly beautiful scenery which is served by well established cycle routes. There are a myriad of cycling holidays in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England. Routes such as the Tarka Trail in Devon are well used, an many people will use their holiday time by cycling from Lands End to John O Groats whilst raising money for charity.

But across the channel in Europe there are some equally if not even more inspiring cycle routes waiting to be explored.

Belgium has a large percentage of cyclists per head of the population and there are many popular routes around Flanders and the journey from Liège into the Ardennes is impressive with some climbs that last three or four miles, with descents to match.

For cycling holidays France style you could maybe start by looking at the French Alps. The Alpe d’Huez, the Col de Galibier, and the Col d’Izoard are some of the better known names locally, but there are plenty of lesser-known alternatives such as the picturesque yet gruelling Cormet de Roseland.

Cycling Holiday in Italy

Cycling Holiday in Italy

The French Pyrenees are equally as stunning as the Alps, however, they are a little less grueling and will maybe feel more like a holiday than the Tour De France (although the Pyrenees can still reach more than 2,000 metres in above sea level). Look out for routes with names like the Col d’Aspin and the Col du Tourmalet. A good tip is to try and avoid the main valley roads, and for a more unusual cycle holiday try riding west to the Basque country and the cols de Soudet and Bagargui.

Provence is an all round winner when it comes to a cycle holiday. You can expect great weather (though maybe a little too hot in the height of summer), gorgeous scenery and quiet roads. Of course, you’ll also have the fine cuisine, enthusiastic cycle-crazy locals and best of all the wine. The Luberon has some very scenic hilltop villages waiting to be explored, for the more energetic cyclist, consider various ascents up to the countryside on the Plateau de Sault. Be careful though, these hills can be extremely dangerous to the amateur cyclist and there are some very steep descents.

Finally, for cycling holiday Italy every cycling holiday maker should be researching The Dolomites with fearsome climbs and awesome descents. There are also some major climbs in the Italian Alps such as Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo.

Possiby not for the faint hearted, unfit or beginner, the above are just a few cycle routes in Europe which will get the legs quaking with excitement. Oh.. and don’t forget your helmet!

Article by Simon Lucas

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