Seven of the World’s Most Beautiful Bike Routes
Whether your commuting daily or just heading out for a quick local ride at the weekend, riding the same routes day in day out can start to get tedious. And if you’re not careful, the magic of those first few days on your trusty stead will soon disappear altogether.
Here we’re going to make you dribble by introducing you to some of the best known cycling routes in the world, including a very famous one of our own.
1. La Route Verte (Green Way), Canada
Canada’s La Route Verte is North America’s longest cycling network, with over 5000km of connected trails and cycle paths. The routes take you through the beautiful Canadian province of Quebec, allowing you to sample its stunning cities, rivers, lakes and fjords.
The website has a detailed map and route planner complete with accommodation options and an official guide, allowing you to plan your itinerary down to the last detail. The sheer length of the route means this can be a proper adventure, with spectacular scenery to boot.
2. Carretera Austral (Route 7), Chile
Moving from North to South America, the Carretera Austral is the name given to Chile’s Route 7; a 770 mile highway which runs from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins through rural Patagonia.
The asphalt is usually described as rugged at best but the route cuts through a landscape of lakes, mountains and glaciers. Wild camping is easy along the route, with water plentiful, so is a great way to immerse yourself in Patagonia’s beauty. Expect to spend 3-5 weeks in mostly traffic free cycle touring bliss.
3. Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR), United States of America
The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route is a 2,000 mile bicycle route from Mobile, Alabama to Owen Sound, Ontario. It loosely follows the Underground Railroad, a secret network of routes and safe houses used by African-American slaves to escape into Canada. Tracking mostly through flat farmlands and rolling hills, you can now ride America’s legendary route to freedom, taking in the history as you do.
4. The road from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Traversing down the east coast, the long 1500+km route takes you from Vietnam’s capital Hanoi to its largest city Ho Chi Minh City. There are buses and trains to take along the way if the length is a bit daunting, but experiencing the Vietnamese’s distinct, shall we say, driving style and stunningly beautiful landscapes is a once in a lifetime experience.
5. Munda Biddi Trail, Western Australia
In the Noongar Aboriginal language, “Munda Biddi” means “path through the forest and it’s certainly an apt description. The trail runs for over 1000km through largely unspoiled forests and bushland with mostly gentle terrain. The trail is managed by the Mundi Biddi Trail Foundation, whose website is packed with useful information including trail maps, trip planners and history. Along the way expect to see towering eucalyptus forests, Quokkas and the Australian ringneck, a native species of parrot.
6. Route du Comte Jean, Belgium/France
Belgium has an extensive cycle network and it’s largely flat terrain means it’s usually relatively easy on your legs. The 220km Route du Comte Jean takes you along country coastal roads, many closed to vehicular traffic, from Bruges down into northern France.
7. Lands End to John O’Groats, United Kingdom
Cycling the iconic 1450km route from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, the furthest distance possible in the United Kingdom, is the cycle challenge to do in the UK. There’s no ‘official’ route, but the many many guides and itineraries available take you through some of the UK’s most picturesque landscapes, from the majestic Scottish highlands to the rugged Cornish coastline. Depending on your skill and fitness level, expect it to take between 9 and 13 days.
Whether you’re taking on one of the challenges above or just trooping on with your daily commute, we have a fantastic range of cycling deals and offers here at Zohos. You can find discount codes for everything from new bikes to bike insurance to all manor of cycling accessories. Check out our cycling category for all the latest deals.