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The best cycling routes in the world
A true bike lover never leaves his cycle behind, not even on holidays. Furthermore, it becomes his travel buddy up to the point of conditioning the destination of the trip.
There are many routes around the world that are a true paradise for cyclists. Not only they test their abilities over two wheels, but they also offer stunning views and surprise with the discovering of unknown villages and unique spots.
If your dream is to pedal through the five continents, then keep reading! We´ll uncover the best cycling routes around the world.
Death Road or Yungas Road (Bolivia)
As its name reflects, it´s considered one of the most dangerous roads in the world. And there´s a reason for that, it is a route that covers 65 kilometers flanked by 900-meter-high cliffs. Nevertheless, despite all the risks, the impressive landscape and the adrenaline attract numerous bikers.
This spectacular, narrow and rocky path, communicates the Bolivian plateau with the city of Coroico, in the Amazonian jungle north of the country. The most usual way to cross it is going up in a van and descending by bike.
Lofoten Islands (Norway)
Would you like to ride your bike through the Polar Arctic Circle? It´s possible in the Lofoten Islands, located in the northern coast of Norway. Thanks to the current of the Gulf, this archipelago enjoys a slightly warmer weather than the surrounding areas, even though the recommendation remains to go during summer. Nonetheless, visiting in winter will give you the chance to see the Northern Lights…
You can set up the route as you like or simply decide on the go. The location is almost unbeatable: the roads are wide, there’s almost no traffic and the landscapes will leave you speechless. Don’t forget to visit the small fishing villages and try to spot some seals.
The Great Alps (France)
This is one of the most mythical roads to cover by bike, but also one of the most challenging and demanding. The path covers the most scenic mountain passes of the Alps and Europe, from Lake Annecy to the Mediterranean.
The hardest part is to beat the slopes, specially the 48 kilometer-long ascent to Col de I’Iseran (2,764 meters high).
From Dead Sea to Red Sea (Jordan)
The route starts in mount Nebo, a peak 817 meters above sea level with panoramic views of the Promised Land. From there, it´s all a descent until you reach the coast of the Dead Sea, Earth’s lowest point at 418 meters below sea level.
In addition to riding your bike around the country, one of the pros of this trip is that you’ll have the chance to visit the ancient and incredible city of Petra.
Great Ocean Road (Australia)
This coastal route goes across southeast Australia, connecting the cities of Torquay and Allansford. With its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, this road was built between 1919 and 1932 by the soldiers who returned from the First World War, with the idea of honoring the memory of their fallen mates.
The route offers 244 simple kilometers which might just be the perfect plan to spend a weekend in the middle of a long trip to Australia.
West Coast (Canada and USA)
We keep on with the Pacific coasts, this time to talk about a route that goes from Vancouver (Canada) all the way down to Mexico-United States border. It´s a 3,200 kilometers-long route through the states of Washington, Oregon and California.
You’ll pedal through forests and mountains, will cross the famous Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco and enjoy the great waves of the beaches in southern California. This trip might take longer than others, but it will be an unforgettable one.
Start lubing and tuning up your bike because there are plenty of kilometers ahead.