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Cycling routes and bikes: guidebooks, expert advice, touring, kit and adventure stories

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Day rides, cycle touring, mountain biking, sportives, bikepacking or just a bike ride. Here we focus on all aspects of getting on your bike for a great adventure, starting with getting your bike in good order, and leading up to the most epic of cycling adventures. With guidebooks, articles and video to bring everything to life.

Day rides on roads and tracks

The most accessible form of cycling, for cyclists of all ages and abilities. These guidebooks will provide a range of suggested routes in some great locations. If you're looking to push yourself more competitively, then the Sportive guidebooks provide plenty of guidance on training and suggested routes in the south of England.


Cycle touring

Cycle touring has all the benefits of a journey powered purely by your own effort, but you get to cover more ground in a day than you would by walking, yet you are moving slow enough to fully appreciate the scenery around you. Start your cycle touring adventures with trips just taking two or three days. If it feels good, then there is no real limit to what you can achieve.

Suggested routes for first cycle touring trips

Suggestions for more challenging cycle touring

These are very roughly arranged in order of difficulty of the challenge. This can depend on overall length of the route, the terrain, and any challenges related to the region or country.

Passing the border with Bulgaria
Passing the border with Bulgaria in Silistra, on the Danube Cycleway from Budapest to the Black Sea

mountain biking and gravel biking


ebikes


bike packing, panniers and camping


Epic adventures

Cover  Train To  Russia Handrail

Feature · 2 Oct 2016

Finding My Way and Not Getting Lost – Cycling around the world

In 2011, Cress Allwood began a journey on her bike that would take her around the world. Here, she describes some of the highs and lows of her adventure across multiple continents.

Taking It All In As  I Reach The  Atacama Desert

Feature · 6 Feb 2017

Travelling solo: a female long-distance cyclist’s reflections

In the final article in the series, around-the-world adventure cyclist Cressida Allwood describes her journey from the solo female traveller perspective. She tells us about some...

Flamingoes In  Chile  Salar De  Surire

Feature · 5 Dec 2016

Staying mentally strong and motivated on long distance bike tours

In 2011, Mountain Leader Cress Allwood began a journey on her bike that would take her around the world. Returning to England in 2013, she now works as a leadership coach. Here...

Crossing The Cantabrian Mountains Llana De Puerto

Feature · 11 Sep 2017

Cycling the Vía de la Plata

The Vía de la Plata is one of the great Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela. Cicerone author John Hayes set about cycling the route. Here, he describes the history and culture of the region as well as giving some planning and logistics tips.

Day 1 01 The Kyle of Sutherland

Feature · 6 Oct 2019

Cycling the north coast of Scotland

The North Coast 500™ is a 500-mile lap of Scotland starting and finishing in Inverness, which many people choose to do as a cycle tour. James Cox and his companions looked at this route but decided instead to design their own, cycling 498 miles...

Cycling along the Danube

Feature · 11 Mar 2016

Cycling the Danube: Budapest to the Black Sea Part 1

In this first of three articles Tim Salmon describes a journey he and his wife Camilla made along the lesser-travelled lower Danube, from Budapest across Hungary, Croatia, Serbia...

Cycling the River Danube

Feature · 10 Apr 2016

Cycling the Danube: Budapest to the Black Sea Part 2

This is the second of three articles describing a journey Tim Salmon and his wife Camilla made along the lesser-travelled lower Danube, from Budapest across Hungary, Croatia,...

Cycling the River Danube

Feature · 8 May 2016

Cycling the Danube: Budapest to the Black Sea Part 3

This is the last of three articles describing a journey Tim Salmon and his wife Camilla made along the lesser-travelled lower Danube, from Budapest across Hungary, Croatia, Serbia...

04  Second  Set Of  Lacets  Lead To The  Cirque De  Troumouse

Feature · 5 Jun 2017

Cycling in the Pyrenees – Col des Tentes and Cirque de Troumouse

Seen the Tour de France? Cycled the Col du Tourmalet? Want to do something else? Why not try these two huge and stunning lesser-known climbs in the heart of the Pyrenees?

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Feature · 13 Oct 2015

The Haute Route Alps – a long tough cyclosportive

The Haute Route Alps is 791km and almost 22,000m of ascent over seven consecutive days in some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Regular Cicerone Extra contributor...

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