Travelling and cycling are two hobbies that combine together exceptionally well, and if you enjoy nothing more than exploring new countries on your bike, then it’s time to get your hands on Lonely Planet’s latest guidebook entitled ‘Epic Bike Rides of the World’.
Bursting with over 200 different cycling adventures in 30 countries across the globe, it is an essential read for travelling cyclists, and whether you are looking for a short and sporty beer ride across Bavaria, or a whopping 12,000km ride from Cairo to Cape Town, you’ll find exactly what you are looking for in LP’s latest book.
With cycling tours in Africa, Patagonia, Australia, Canada, Mongolia, China and New Zealand, but to name a few, there really is something for everyone, and while I’ll be making do with the rather modest 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour in 2017, here’s a few cycling tours that I wouldn’t mind ticking off my bucket list in 2018…
A place of natural beauty, Patagonia is the perfect destination for a cycling holiday, especially from November to March when the temperatures are mild, and with endless roads and not much traffic, the 1150km route from El Chaltén to Ushuaia is perfect for cycling connoisseurs. You’ll have to opportunity to visit Torres del Paine, El Calafate (the gateway to Perito Moreno Glacier), the lake district of Punta Arenas, and Tierra del Fuego… otherwise referred to as the end of the world!
Africa is very big and very beautiful, and if you want to see as much of it as possible in one trip, the world-famous Tour D’Afrique could be the perfect cycling holiday for you. At approximately 12,000km or 7500 miles, this trip is not for the faint-hearted, and you will most certainly need more than a few puncture repair kits along the way, but you will have the unique opportunity to visit Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa – all in one trip!
Cycling the Himalayas
If you prefer mountains to open plains, a cycling holiday in the Himalayas could be just what you are looking for in 2017. Starting and ending in Delhi, India, your 1600km journey will take you north to the Great Himalayan National Park, where you can cycle amongst the spectacular mountains with nothing more than the local wildlife for company. Good months to cycle the Himalayas are March, April, September and October.