Lane for bicycles and sunflowers in Tuscany near Poggio a Caiano at summer

5 of the most exciting bicycle rides in the world. From Australia to the Dead Sea we take you through the ultimate cycling destinations…

Tuscany

Famous for it’s cuisine and of course wine, Tuscany is a truly breathtaking city, steeped in culture and natural beauty. It is therefore no great surprise that Tuscany has been described by many as “a cyclist’s paradise.” The roads are very lightly used and offer every option a rider could desire, from speed flats to steep climbs, interspersed with traditional training routes. This means that whether you are an amateur or a true professional, Tuscany is the perfect place for you to take your bike.

Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, Australia

One of the State of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations with over 160 miles of coastline, Port Philip Bay provides the perfect location to cycle and enjoy some sun. With two major cycle routes to choose from, the Bayside Trail or the Hobson’s Bay Coastal Trail, you are truly spoilt for choice. If that wasn’t enough, you can also take advantage of the other things that the bay offers, from the many water sports to lazing around on one of the glorious sandy beaches. With flights from London to Melbourne you’ll be enjoying the ultimate sporting holiday in no time.

 


Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi ‘The Jewel of Kedah’ is a group of 104 islands. This location doesn’t just provide cycle routes; instead you have a whole island you can explore at your own leisure. Follow roads that lead to secluded waterfalls and many of the popular beaches including  Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, Burau Bay, Pantai Kok, and Datai. Jump on a cable car ride that takes you to the summit of Gunung Mat Chinchang and the Langwaki Sky Bridge – this really is both a fantastic holiday and cycling destination.

Jordan – Dead Sea To Red Sea

The route starts on Mount Nebo, with outstanding views across the Promised Land before dropping to the lowest point on Earth, a ride along the shores of the Dead Sea. Cycling past some of Jordan’s most historic landmarks such as Al Karak Castle and of course the ancient town of Petra for both the cyclist and tourist this is a cycle destination of truly biblical proportions. Jordan is also home to many truly magnificent 5 star hotels and the home of the Distant Heat Festival, regarded as one of the top 10 rave festivals in the world.

Tibet – Nepal – The Friendship Highway

For the high-altitude cyclist, nothing compares to the 500-mile bike ride that takes you along the China to Nepal highway, more commonly known as “The Friendship Highway” or its more literal name “The Roof Of The World”. A journey of truly epic proportions, the route will take you through the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas, stopping at Everest base camp and ending at the Friendship bridge on the Nepal – China border. This is definitely one of the toughest and most grueling of cycle rides in the world and should not be attempted by the faint hearted; this is one for seasoned cyclists and requires serious training.