Cycling is well known for providing a whole range of health benefits but it’s also a great way to get outdoors and see places at an enjoyable and relaxing rate. If you’ve ever fancied getting on your bike and soaking up some amazing sites en-route then here are some stunning cycling routes to whet your appetite.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
This famous stretch of breathtaking coastline in Australia’s Victoria province is a mere 243 km long. But, you won’t need to cycle the entire length to take in some wondrous sites. The coastal route twists and turns, passing through farmland, hugging the coast and across ocean tops. Why not stop for a quick surf along the way?
Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, Canada/USA
For bike enthusiasts, who really love a challenge, then you could do far worse than this route. It offers well over 4,000 km of off-road terrain, starting from Banff in Canada and working its way down to the Mexican border, via some stunning but challenging paths in the USA.
Isle of Wight, England
This tiny British island might not (yet) be world-famous for its cycle route, but it is certainly a hidden gem for those looking for an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The island is a great place to explore by bike as it offers a varied terrain, from rolling hills, chalky cliff tops to quaint country hedgerow lanes. The Isle of Wight has also become a mecca for festival-goers in recent times, so it’s little wonder visitors are taking to their bikes to discover what’s more to this island.
Keen cyclists in the know, are probably already well aware of this world-famous route that spans an entire island in Malaysia. The views are stunning, offering a taste of Asia, from sparkling white sandy beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, to fertile jungles. The adventurous cyclist may also want to try making their way up Gunung Raya, the tallest point on the island at over 880 m.
Burgundy’s ‘Road of the Great Wines’ is a great way to explore rural France by bike, whilst also sampling the delights of the local vineyards along the way. You’ve got around 800 kms of route to choose from, so whether you want vineyards, rolling hills, pretty villages or wooded paths, get a map out and start planning today.
Ruta Austral, Chile
For a real flavor of South America by bike, then the stretch from Puerto Montt in central Chile to Villa O’Higgins in northern Patagonia should well tick all the right boxes. With wide-ranging views from verdant forests, stunning national parks to hot springs, you’ve got 1,300 km of wondrous scenery at your disposal.
Cape Peninsular, South Africa
Cape Argus in South Africa is world-famous cycle route, and offers an annual cycling race, for those who enjoy a challenge. You won’t be disappointed with the route or the views on offer, as the path winds its way over stunning Suikerbossie Hill and Chapman’s Peak, before making its way back to the gem city of Cape Town.
County Clare, Ireland
Ireland is lush, green and diverse, and offers the cyclist a great opportunity to take in the splendors of this Emerald Isle. There’s no better place to start your cycle jaunt than in County Clare, renowned for its breathtaking scenery. Start the route by the lowlands of the Shannon estuary, pass awe-inspiring Atlantic beaches and then wind your way through dainty towns and villages, before heading into Yeats’ country. No cycle tour through Ireland would be complete without sampling a Guinness or two along the way.
La Farola, Cuba
Cuba is a melting pot of stunning architecture, a lively history and an iconic culture. But, its scenery is second to none, as well, offering superb flora and fauna. For those cyclists seeking a thrilling challenge, the 9 km route known as the La Farola highway from the Baracoa Mountains to the south coast, is definitely worth a try. Expect jaw-dropping cliff views, tropical vegetation and beautiful, azure waters – but this route isn’t for the faint-hearted!
Home of the bicycle, where cyclists have more rights than car drivers, this is one city in the world worthy of a cycle trip, if you’re a biking enthusiast. The Cycle Route 10 covers over 40 km of the city, taking in cultural sites and views, along the way. Ideal for those who like to take their cycling easy, you can take it at your own pace, and the route is flat!
Amy Elliott, the author of this post, writes for 50 Cycles. They share a passion for cycling and believe that these locations are some of the most beautiful in the world.