Cycling tours are on the rise around the world, allowing travellers to see the sights at their own pace and immerse in the landscape.
Whether you want to cut through traffic in a busy city, wind your way up the beautiful mountains or tour through the relaxing countryside, sometimes cycling can be a refreshing alternative. Here are some of the coolest places to cycle around the world.
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With more bikes than people, Amsterdam is one of the most cycling friendly cities in the world.With a flat landscape and world class bike path network, cycling through Amsterdam is an easy and immersive way to experience the sights and sounds of Amsterdam.Outside of the city, cycling is also a great way to cover the countryside and see the landmarks like the iconic Dutch windmills.
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Made famous in various Hollywood films, the Marvin Braude Bike Trail or ‘The Strand’ is a popular route for cyclists and rollerbladers alike.The path is relatively short at 35km, but can provide a whole day’s worth of riding once you stop to take in all the sights. Passing by Venice Beach and finishing at the Santa Monica Pier, cycling The Strand is something even the most casual tourist should try.
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With a variety of terrains and gradients, Vietnam provides a unique cycling experience for every kind of traveler.The bustling city traffic can be daunting to contend with at first , but once you reach the outskirts and climb the mountain roads, you will feel like you are in another world. For the best scenery try northwest Vietnam, through SonLa, MaiChau and the Puluong nature reserve.
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You don’t even have to leave the country for some of the best cycling in the world. The East Coast of Tasmania is one of the most popular cycling destinations in Australia.
With mild weather most of the year, cycling the curves of Tasmania’s Great Eastern Drive gives you the chance to slow down and take in the natural beauty the region has to offer. For a greater challenge with a rewarding view, try mountain biking around Wineglass Bay.
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Famous for its lush green hills, Wales really is a cyclist’s paradise. The dedicated national cycle network provides 2000km of tracks for fitness fanatics, adventurers and commuters alike. Trails vary from mountain biking through Brecon Beacons, or take a long distance road route past numerous heritage sites and cafes.
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Normally a state of the art Formula 1 track, once a week the Yas Marina Circuit open the gates for cyclists, runners and walkers alike to train and socialise. If you are looking for one of the most unique cycling experiences, then you can’t get much better than riding around a world class facility in the middle of the desert. With free entry for all, it is a popular meeting place for many cycling clubs.