Amateur and professional cyclists may spend a lot of time focusing on their speed and/or endurance but enjoying some of the world’s most breath-taking cycle routes is also something enthusiasts should consider. The world is full of beautiful, challenging and awe-inspiring scenery which is best seen by bike and here we’re looking at five of the most breath-taking cycling routes.
1. Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
This is one route which is a challenge as well as a joy. 243 kilometres along the south-eastern coast of Australia, the Great Ocean Road route twists and winds and includes many heart stopping scenes from rural Australian farmland to sweeping views of the oceans and wetlands at Lake Connewarre. If you haven’t got the time for the full 243km, the 60km route from Torquay to Bells Beach is highly recommended.
2. Karakoram Highway, China-Pakistan
With the accolade of being the world’s highest international road the Karakoram Highway reaches an altitude of 4700 metres and runs from Kashgar in China into Pakistan. You can cycle up to 1,200 kilometres along the highway and can enjoy scenery such as the snow-capped Karakoram Mountains and culturally fascinating rural villages and even glaciers.
3. Route des Grand Crus, Burgundy, France
Perhaps as an extension of a wine lover’s holiday you can enjoy the rolling hills, wooded paths and of course, huge vineyards around Burgundy. Route des Grand Cru or the ‘Road of Grand Wines’ offers a leisurely 800km of relaxed cycling, of which you can enjoy as much or as little as you wish. It’s a fantastic way to explore the wineries of the region and cultural hotspots such as Beaune medieval town along the way.
4. P’tit Train du Nord Linear Park, Quebec, Canada
Stretching for 200km in total and running from St. Jerome to Mon-Laurier, the path combines both straightforward paving and rougher terrain. The trail travels through the centre of many of the areas European-inspired villages and there is the opportunity to spot native wildlife and enjoy the snowy surrounds, if you’re there at the right time of the year.
5. Udaipur City Tour
Enjoying Udaipur, often described as the Venice of the East, is best enjoyed by bicycle. Getting around means battling for road space with herdsmen, camels and other livestock but the rustic charm is part of the joy of enjoying the city. As you cycle you’ll be surrounded by ancient forts, temples and palaces that the city is famous for including Jagdish Temple and City Palace. Touring Udaipur by bike is one of the best ways to experience rural India.
These are just five of the world’s finest cycling routes and as you travel and get to know the world by bike you’ll find many more. Tell us about them on twitter @osbornescycling