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.
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.
Image 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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.