Do it now: Where to go road biking

Whether you like to hammer or free-wheel it, a two-wheeled trip is easier than you think

By Sam Lewis
Published 9 Apr 2019, 00:20 BST
Tackling Alpe d'Huez, France by bike
Tackling Alpe d'Huez, France by bike
Photograph by Alamy

Road biking isn’t just the preserve of Olympians and hardcore roadies; it’s an eco-friendly way to see the world, enjoy scenic views and combine exercise with cultural stop-offs. And it’s more popular than ever before, with new cycle routes opening up across the world, ranging from mammoth mountain climbs to more leisurely rides, making it a great way to connect with the great outdoors.

Go hard…
In Girona, Spain, Canadian ex-pro Christian Meier offers a wide range of packages and bike rentals with the chance to ride a custom-made, top-of-the-range €12,000 (£10,800) Speedvagen. At the end of a tough day, there’s a sports massage and meal at one of Girona’s top restaurants to rest those throbbing thighs. Half-day rides start at €90 (£79.50).

…Or go home
Keen to stay on home turf? Land’s End to John o’ Groats is one of the most iconic challenges for roadies, and cycling holiday specialist The Carter Company has created a route that covers no more than 50 miles a day. Includes 20 overnights at good hotels, and luggage transferred daily. Prices on request.

Scandi cycles
Opened last year, Denmark’s new biking trail, the N8, winds for 510 miles through wild forests and quaint towns with several island-hops connected by bridges and ferries. 

Learn the lingo

Hammer : To pedal hard in high gears

Road rash: The scrapes and scuffs you get from crashing on the road

Lid: The most essential piece of kit after the bike… the helmet

Published in the March 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)


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