Cycling is one of the most efficient and easiest ways for you to explore the world. Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or not, it is easily one of the best forms of travel while on an exploration. From two wheels you can take in the beauty that the Earth has to offer and breathe in that cool refreshing air as you whiz past some of the most iconic landscapes in the world.
We love a good adventure at PledgeSports, so we’ve have gathered a list of some of the best cycling destinations that you must know about ranging from all parts of the globe. Can’t wait to try some of these cycling holidays!
The Great Ocean Road – Australia
Stretching from Torquay to Allansford, The Great Ocean Road is 277km of dramatic coastline perfect for exploring by bike. If a day is all you’ve got, take the 60-kilometre route from Torquay to Bells Beach. The road is for moderate to advanced cyclists and it is possible to traverse over a long weekend. For those looking for an extra challenge, find the mountain biking trails hidden just off the main road. This cycling route is regarded as one of the best cycling destinations in the world and it has to added to that ever-growing bucket list!
Cabot Trail – Nova Scotia, Canada
Nova Scotias Cabot Trail is world-renowned as one of the most scenic bike trails. The 190-mile route is set against a wonderful coastal view of rocky shores, rolling hills and high peaks. It’s breathtaking coastal topography presents some wonderful challenges for cyclists and rewards riders with many memorable vistas. The duration of the cycling route from start to finish is around 5/6 days, it is definitely worth your time as you can take in many of the spectacular sights each day and visit the local villages.
Salzach Valley – Austria
A family friendly 150 mile bike ride, this cycle through the Salzach Valley delights riders with views of Grossglockner Mountain, the Hohe Tauern National Park and Europes highest waterfall. The route, which starts at Gerlos Pass and ends in Salzburg, covers thousands of feet in altitude. You can easily spend a week pedalling down from Krimml at 5,340 feet to Salzburg at 1,450 feet stopping off on the way to have a go at summer skiing, tobogganing, rafting or take a trip on a cable car.
The San Juan Islands – Washington, USA
Washingtons San Juan Islands each offer a different level of difficulty and their own unique beauty for cyclists to explore. Each island is hilly and has its fair share of narrow, winding, shoulderless roads. Lopez Island is the least technical and can easily be cycled in a day. However, if you’re an experienced rider, then you may want to treat yourself to the challenge to the top of Mount Constitution at 2,409 feet and in return you will be rewarded with a stunning panorama of the islands.
Carretera Austral – Chile
The Carretera Austral is a lengthy and deserted road that runs through southern Chile in Patagonia. This route is partially unpaved and filled with wild, rural sights. From untouched forest areas to vast expanses of lakes, and rocky mountain scapes to glaciers, the Carretera Austral is a perfect ride for the adventurous cyclist. Some say the rough terrain and untouched landscape makes it one of the best cycling destinations in the world.
Great Divide Mountain Route, Canada – USA
The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is the most recognised and important off-pavement cycling route in the United States, if not the world. The route crisscrosses the Continental Divide from north to south starting in Banff, Alberta, Canada and finishing at the US/Mexico border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. With 90% of the route being unpaved, it is largely made up from high-quality dirt roads, gravel roads, trails, and a few short sections of unmaintained tracks. Bikepacking the Great Divide requires only intermediate off-road mountain biking skills, but it is a painstaking test of endurance based on the sheer scale of the route.
Lands End to John OGroats – United Kingdom
Now something of a national institution, this thousand-mile journey spanning the length of the UK is undertaken by thousands of cyclists, walkers and motorists every year. Starting in Cornwall €“ widely considered to be the most challenging leg of the cycle €“ the route passes over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, cuts through isolated Lake District villages and traverses the mammoth Scottish Highlands. By doing an average of 70 miles per day, the length of the cycling route roughly takes 10 – 14 days to complete.
The Ring of Kerry – Ireland
The Ring of Kerry is the most spoken about cycle route in the country of Ireland and beyond. It has gained popularity due to the annual Ring of Kerry event hosted on the first Saturday of July each year. The event attracts thousands of cyclists with varying abilities who come to enjoy the scenery and the challenge. With over 100 miles of road and dirt terrain, the Ring of Kerry is a must when travelling to Ireland. The route has 3 main climbs that will provide a challenge to any rider, they are Coomakista Pass (between Waterville and Derrynane), Dereenauliff (between Caherdaniel and Sneem) and finally the Molls Gap (between Kenmare and Killarney). It is for sure a route that will provide you with the most scenic views of Dingle and beyond!
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