The another two wanted to join us. They bought a copy too and asked if one of their friends could come along too. Why not? My brother-in-law and his wife joined us too. Six of us left for Geneva and rode around the lake, arriving back to meet the other two and take off from the Med together. We were riding as a group of eight to Avignon and then splitting up to go to different spots in Europe.
Three of us would continue on to the Med. We took our own route out of Geneva, a less scenic one than in the book but that was to allow a simple route for our jetlagged couple to Seyssel, our first night stop. Leaving Seyssel on the route was the only really badly prepared section where we had to push through bush and lift the bikes and tandem over some quite large rocks - take the road to avoid that section.
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The rest of the route was really good. Signage comes and goes in places and we supplemented with Maps. Me, to good and bad results at times. Avignon is a mess with massive road works and very poor signage. After Avignon life picks up again to Arles.
After Arles there is an off-road bitumen bike route running alongside the road all the way down nearly to the Med. It's a brilliant standard and must have been completed after the book was published. The eight were joined by a Lyon resident at Seyssel, a friend of one of our group who has lived in Lyon for 30 years. He rode with us into Lyon and showed us around the city for three days. Lyon is well worth stopping in and looking around for a few days. Very cycle friendly too.
We took the train from Lyon to Givors, about 5Eu each, bikes free, to avoid what most seem to regard as a bad section of road south out of Lyon. About 25 kms and worth the trip. We used the book all the way down to the Med. It's well written and easy to follow. The route was very good for our group of mixed ability riders and our distances were set to accomodate the least experienced riders. We rode about kms a day with only one day of kms when it was down to us, on the tandem, and an experienced solo rider.
Worth buying the book and well worth doing the ride.
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Mike Wells is an author of both walking and cycling guides. He has been walking long-distance footpaths for 25 years, after a holiday in New Zealand gave him the long-distance walking bug.
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Mike has also been a keen cyclist for over 20 years. After completing various UK Sustrans routes, such as Lon Las Cymru in Wales and the C2C route across northern England, he then moved on to cycling long-distance routes in continental Europe and beyond. These include cycling both the Camino and Ruta de la Plata to Santiago de la Compostela, a traverse of Cuba from end to end, a circumnavigation of Iceland and a trip across Lapland to the North Cape. He has written a series of cycling guides for Cicerone following the great rivers of Europe. Find out the latest route changes with free guidebook updates.
Available online or sent by email. We then took a train to Orleans — it has a special bicycle carriage — and started our ride back to Nantes. The route is well-signposted and uses a mix of dedicated cycle paths and minor roads. It works its way along the river and the scenery is stunning. The route is flat but there are worthwhile diversions inland — involving moderate hills — to visit chateaux. We covered about km over two weeks. Andrew Spencer. The route also passes through the larger town of Augsburg.
Towards the end of the ride, with the Alps in the distance, there is the amazing scene of Neuschwanstein castle in its mountain. The Europabus coach service offers transport for cyclists and their bikes reservations advisable , as well as offering short packages for cycling tours. It is, however, easy to organise yourself, as most German train stations have bike hire places, and it is easy to get to the start and from the finish by train.
Jennie Parsons. Get the ferry to the Hook of Holland or Rotterdam and pick up the Eurovelo 2 cycle trail, also called the Capitals Route. It takes you across the Netherlands and Germany to Berlin then on to Moscow if you wish. The route is so well-signposted that you rarely have to look at the map except to find a campsite or hostel, which are handily marked on the route book, which can be ordered from the website for a donation , and it feels a bit like a treasure hunt looking out for the next signpost.
You are taken along small, well-paved paths through forests and rambling countryside, with delicious food and beer and friendly people along the way. Rj Hahn. The beauty of cycle touring is that you see amazing things while you are in motion. Watching a landscape shift as you pedal round it is a fantastic feeling, and occasionally you stumble upon a path that makes your heart thump.
It takes you from the leafy interior along 24km of gradual climbing up through a mountain pass. Yes, it is gruelling but, if you stick to bottom gear, put your head down and ride it out, you will be rewarded. You are at the top of the mountain ridge. The road goes into a tunnel and on the other side is an entirely new world.
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I could see a dozen rocky islands in the glistening Adriatic Sea — the first sea I had seen for 60 days of cycling. To see so far and so unexpectedly, I thought I had jumped into Google Earth. The remainder of the journey was a 1,metre descent, full of hairpin bends you only see on car adverts. The main danger was keeping an eye on the road while such an incredible view was in front of me. This journey kept me buzzing for days and is the best afternoon of cycling I have ever had. Alexander Lewis-Jones. Our family cycling holiday around the Amalfi coast was a great way to enjoy the amazing scenery and gave us the flexibility to stop and see loads of beautiful spots both on the coast and in the hills and forests.
In fact, most tourists were stuck in cars in traffic jams as we rode past them.