Your Guide to Some Great Trips & Treks

Amazing Bike Tours

Cycling can be an ideal way to get fit, save money and embrace the great outdoors, but there’s only so much of the same old scenery a cyclist can take. However, there are a number of destinations that offer cyclists a little inspiration when planning their next adventure in the great outdoors.

There are a number of destinations that offer cyclists a chance to navigate dirt tracks, mountains and woodland areas while absorbing the inspiring surroundings.

Pacific Coast, United States

Although a little out of the way for some, the Pacific Coast Highway offers cyclists a scenic route that celebrates what nature has to offer. Cyclists will be treated to beautiful ocean views and woodland areas, as well as having the opportunity to travel through iconic cities likes San Francisco. The Pacific Coast Highway is a tour that should be on every cyclist’s bucket list.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa

Many people enjoy mountain climbing, but there is an alternative to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and that’s the enjoying Africa’s tallest mountain from behind the handlebars. Ideal for those looking for a more adrenaline-fueled tour, cyclists will be treated to uneven paths, rocky roads and a dusty atmosphere, Cyclists can expect to encounter the local wildlife, as well as the local culture.

kilimanjaroImage by Kilimanjaro Climbing Company

The Silk Road & the Pamir Highway

Those with a real craving for adventure could do worse than to take a trip along the Silk Road trade route. Cyclists will travel through Turkey and Iran, before taking on Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway. Obtaining visas for the trip can be somewhat tricky, and a little expensive, but can be a worthwhile investment for those looking for something a little different.

Southeast Asia

Cycling in Southeast Asia is a somewhat simple affair, which is why it’s become one of the trending destinations for cyclists. As well as it breath-taking views and cool air, Southeast Asia is also easy on the pocket. Hotels are reasonably priced, as is the food. So all that’s left for you to worry about is what route you will take to fully embrace what Southeast Asia has to offer.

Morocco

Like Southeast Asia, Morocco is a country that’s great for less-seasoned cyclists looking to spread their wings. Although Morocco is instilling a more tourist-friendly environment, there are still plenty of cycling routes that will see cyclists introduced to locations such as the Draa Valley and the Sahara desert. Cyclists particularly enjoy the thrills that riding downhill on a mountain has to offer.

There are only a selection of what the world has to offer the cyclist of today. Although there can be some travel involved, the trip is often worth it, as it offers the more-seasoned cyclist a break from the old routine.

It’s always advisable to carry out research before commencing any cycling trip away from home, but it’s worth it in the long run as cyclists will be introduced to sights and cultures from around the world, as well as creating some truly memorable experiences.

Top Five 2016 Cycling Events for Spectators

Cycling events are becoming more and more popular, with a number of cycling enthusiasts looking out for cycling events that are taking place throughout 2016. Some fans may wish to employ the services of a company who specialises in sports travel tours to ensure they get their fix of cycling action throughout 2016. Below are five of the most popular upcoming cycling events.

Olympics

Although the Olympics offer a selection of different events, the cycling events are on offer are more than enough to cater for even the most committed of cycling enthusiasts. There are a selection of cycling events taking place during the 2016 Olympics, including the men’s road race, women’s road race as well as a series of cross-country races. Rio de Janeiro will be the host of the Olympics in 2016.

Tour De France

Any cycling fan will be more than familiar with the Tour De France, and 2016 sees the 103rd edition of the popular multiple stage bicycle event. The event will take place between 2nd July 2016 and 24th July 2016 and will start in the French department of Manche. This is the first time the event has started in Mache since it was created back in 1903.

Vuelta a Espana

Just as the Tour De France takes place in France, the Vuelta a Espana occurs in Spain, while passing through nearby companies. The event was actually inspired by the Tour De France and has been held annually since 1955 and its roots go back to 1935. Although the routes change each year, the format of the event remains the same each year.

UCI Track Cycling World Championships

The UCI Track Cycling World Championships are a series of events that test the disciplines and endurances of cyclists. The event first took place in 1893 and events include team pursuit, individual pursuit and sprint. The event takes place in London Velopark in 2016, a cycling centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

Giro d’Italia

Giro d’Italia is a bicycle race held in Italy, which was first organised in 1909 in a bid to boost the sales of La Gazetta dello Sport, an Italian sports newspaper. The event is currently organised by RCS sport and the 2016 event will take place in the Netherlands. Just like the Vuelta a Espana and Tour De France, the format of Giro d’Italia stays the same each year, but the route changes. All stages within Giro d’Italia are timed to the finish.

These five events are some of the most recognised and respected events in the world of cycling. All have a rich history and have introduced us to cyclists such as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. Of course, many of the events can be watched on television, but attending the event is a much different experience.

Much of the fun experienced is finding ways to view the riders as the fly past, For example, attendees of the Tour de France often find ways to get to the route hours before the riders arrive, as well as seeking out good vantage points.

Your First Charity Bike Ride

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Cycling for charity can be a great way of doing what you love while raising money, but there are still some things to consider before you commence your journey. Although cycling should always be enjoyed, it never hurts to ensure that all is as it should be beforehand.

Ensure You Check Your Bicycle Beforehand

While it can be seen as something of a pointless task if you’re using the bicycle often, the last thing you want to happen is for your bicycle to become defective while en route. If you’re not too sure what things you should be checking for, then consider taking it to a local bicycle shop, which can ensure that everything on the bicycle is working as it should be.

Never assume that everything is in working order, as any mishaps that occur during the charity ride could see you out of action for some time.

Consider Your Food Intake

Most charity bike rides have food stops along the way, but never assume this is the case. Depending on the distance of your bike ride, you need to ensure that you will have enough energy to see the ride through. Ensure you take snacks that have been made to release energy slowly. Many may be tempted to take every day snacks, but although sugary snacks will produce energy in the short term, it will leave you feeling more tired in the long run.

Ensure You Stay Hydrated

Just as it’s important to ensure that the body is well-nourished, it also makes sense to ensure that you stay hydrated. As with the food, ensure the fluids you consume are going to benefit you in the long run. A bottle of water will do much more to help keep you hydrated than an energy drink packed with sugar.

Don’t Focus On Winning

No one can take away how much adrenaline the thought of winning can evoke, but it’s worth remembering that this is a charity ride, so everyone involved is doing so to help the charity in question. There’s nothing wrong with having a competitive streak, but solely focusing on winning could mean that you are left disappointed if things don’t pan out your way.

If you do set goals, ensure they are realistic. Over performing will leave you tired, and will make the ride less enjoyable.

Check, Check & Check Again

While it could be assumed that cycling means taking very little, this is untrue. Evidently, travelling small distances rarely requires professional attire, but if you’re going to be on your bicycle for a number of hours, then having the right kind of equipment is a necessity.

Consider what you need for the charity ride. Some considerations to note are gloves, helmet, shorts, socks, a water bottle and some sunscreen.

Cyclists should always wear layers that can be adapted depending on the weather. For example, if a morning is colder than the afternoon, then some simple legwarmers can be a great addition, and can be easily removed should the weather improve.

These tips cover most of the basics, but whatever charity ride you’ve signed up for, you should find the organisors are more than happy to help you with additional information and advice.

Planning Your Ride

If you’re starting to get a bit more adventurous with your road cycling, and your looking to head further afield, your ride will be all the more enjoyable if you take some time to plan it out.

Now we know, a lot of you free spirits who just like to get on your bike and head off, might think that sitting down and planning your ride takes all the fun out of it. On the contrary, with a little bit of research you might find rides that you’d never have come across, and make each ride an experience you enjoy even more. The guys from Global Cycling Network explain more.

 

Back to Basics – Riding Safely

Whether you’re new in the saddle and need to know the basics, or have been cycling for years and could benefit from a little refresher, it never hurts to get some expert advice about how to cycle more safely.

We’ve already looked at all sorts of cycling, and different types of treks, tours and trails, so we’re probably due for some sensible safety advice, with the help of the guys at Global Cycling Network.

 

Great Cycling Holidays for 2016

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It can be an easy trap to fall into – you go on holiday and see your resort, the beach and a few spots nearby. You don’t get to see the countryside of the place you are visiting and are funnelled into all the ‘tourist’ spots. But there is a great way to have a holiday with a difference that is also great for your health – a cycling holiday.

Why Go Cycling?

Okay, some people go on holiday for a rest and don’t want to be doing anything too active. But for the rest of us, there are lots of reasons to go for a cycling holiday. And even for those who want a rest, these breaks aren’t just about constant activity and being on the move – they are about using the bike to see parts of a place you might otherwise miss. It is about seeing the scenery, the places that guide books miss out and meeting the real people. It is also about being healthy, getting exercise and fresh air as well as being closer to nature and to each other.

Top Destinations

France is a popular place to visit for a cycling holiday due to the range of different locations it has to offer. If you want a real challenge, you can do a tour of the Alps and the Pyrenees as well as including part of the Tour de France for the more experienced riders. But even some of the gentler routes can be an amazing opportunity to see the kind of scenery that the professionals race among. A guided tour is a great option if you are unfamiliar with the area and means you can get routes that suit your abilities.

Cycling holidays in Croatia offer a great balance of scenery, beautiful beaches and seaside locations as well as history with Roman relics and historical towns. Another benefit to the country is that it isn’t a ‘mainline’ tourist destination so you can explore without beating through the crush of vast numbers of other visitors. There are plenty of stunning Mediterranean villas in which to stay between cycling for an added element of luxury, thanks to specilist providers like Cro Exclusive.

The coast of Portugal, the most western part of Europe, is a popular holiday destination but also offers some great cycling opportunities. From the Douro river banks to the cities such as Porto there is a great combination of sights to see. It is also a great place for a spot of bird watching or wine tasting.

Further Afield

Burma is a great place to visit for a number of different reasons and one of these is if you want to try a cycling holiday. One example is a thirteen day Burma by Bike tour that includes everything from limestones cave temples with carvings and paintings to floating villages and even ancient Buddhist shrines such as at Sagaing.

 

If you enjoy Chilean wine, then a cycling tour around the areas where the grapes are grown is an excellent combination holiday. You can enjoy the amazing scenery, meet the people and tour the vineyards, sampling a few glasses here and there as well. A ten-day tour will include a number of major towns and cities as well.

Tour de France 2015

Well, just as we start our new website, another Tour de France finishes – with another British winner.

The TdF has to be on eof the best cycling spectacles to go and see, so we thought we’d share with you a short video of the final stage and how Chris Froome won the most famous cycling race in the world for the second time.