Where to Go on Your Next Cycling Holiday
Most cyclists have ample levels of wanderlust by default. (You wouldn’t choose a hobby that’s practically a mode of transportation if you didn’t.) Traveling is part and parcel of the hobby or sport.
Fortunately, the world is full of majestic places to see. Some of which seem like they were made to be explored on the saddle of your bike. If you’re planning to go on a cycling holiday soon, maybe these beautiful places can be your next destinations.
Planning and preparation are integral for a successful and enjoyable cycling holiday. Before leaving on your trip, ensure that your strength, stamina, and skills are up to the challenge. Train and monitor your performance using tools and gadgets, such as a power meter, fitness tracker, and bike computer. Only when you’ve got enough endurance and mastery can you fully enjoy these awesome cycling destinations.
When you want to take a break from competitive cycling but don’t want to quit your bike, visit head to Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The hook-shaped peninsula is a well-known leisure weekend getaway best explored in the summertime. Quaint towns, lighthouses, lakes, beaches, and bays create an idyllic landscape that makes Cape Cod a perfect destination for cycling holidays.
Cape Cod has a variety of trails for every cyclist, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned rider. You can enjoy easy and smooth rides on flat pathways through the Cape Cod Rail Trail or the Cape Cod Canal. For a stunning seaside ride, take the Shining Sea Bikeway, and stop by the well-known Martha’s Vineyard and Little Harbor.
If you want to enjoy more trails of all levels, go to the West Barnstable Conservation Area to experience one of Cape Cod’s treasures, the Trail of Tears. Another great option is Trail Riding Brisbane.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in Canada, USA
This next destination is nearly the opposite of the first one. It’s for cyclists who want to pit their skills and endurance against one of nature’s most challenging trails and terrains.
The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, dubbed the holy grail of the mountain-bike world, extends from Jasper, Alberta, in Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, in the USA. The 4,418-kilometer-long off-road route can take up to six to ten weeks to complete. Ninety percent of the trails and roads are unpaved, which will need basic off-pavement skills to navigate without injury.
According to outdoor advocate Nate Mitka of GearJunkie, completing the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route “serves as a crowning achievement for adventure cyclists everywhere.”
Along the Gulf of Genoa in the province of Savona in Italy is the picturesque town of Finale Ligure. The small seaside resort is steeped in history, culture, and gastronomic creations.
If you’re looking for an elevated cycling holiday experience, Finale Ligure is the perfect destination for you. Explore the historic village of Finalborgo on your bike. There, you can find a charming rural landscape with old buildings, cobbled pedestrian pathways with arches, balconies with flowers and shrubs, and friendly farmers selling their fresh produce.
In Finale Ligure, you get the best of both worlds, exploring the highs of Monte Carmo di Loano and the relaxing seaside of Bagni Mariella. If you get hungry or tired, you can stop by Muraglia for a fresh seafood lunch or visit local restaurants to enjoy some gelato, artisan pecorino cheese, or a shot of espresso.
Finale Ligure, Italy
Before embarking on your next great bike adventure, make sure you’ve got all the planning and preparation covered. Pack the high-quality and sturdy gear. Train to improve your performance and riding skills. Brush up on your survival and first aid skills so that you can be ready for all sorts of emergency. Pace yourself, and use athlete tapes to avoid overtiring and injuring your muscles.
Practice safe travel habits, like securing your travel documents and bringing cash at all times. Also, make sure to share your travel details with close family or friends, and leave the contact information of your accommodations too.
Finally, don’t get too caught up with following every detail of your itinerary, and just enjoy your cycling holiday.