This page was last updated Fri 13 December 2013.
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|Tour of ENG-FR-SP-IT-SLO-CRO-AUS-SUI-GDR-NETH
tour started June 2008, submitted 13 December 2013
I always dreamed of bicycling through Europe and climbing as many of the famous climbs of the Tour de France and Giro Italia as possible. My tour ended up being for almost 10 weeks, 3020 miles/4860 kilometers, and I pedaled through 10 countries. I loved the entire tour but 2 aspects stand out: 1)France stands out for my favorite cycling, for the amazing secondary road system and because I got to climb, the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Peyresourde, Aspin, Mont Ventoux, Alpe D'Huez, Lauteret; and 2) I visited the home villages of three of my grandparents in Slovenia and Croatia. Crossing Italy I opted for the Italian Riviera and Tuscany, but later wished I had pedaled across the Lakes Region and the Dolomites. And because of factors out of my control I had to cut my trip short so I skipped my plans of zig zagging across Switzerland. Enjoy my journal and the pictures.
|TransAlp Trip:Canadian Style
tour started July 2013, submitted 20 November 2013
This trans alp cycling trip is our 5th in Europe and it is not too much different from the others except being twice as long.We are an older couple who doesn't mind a little bit of hard mountain touring with all of our gear and being sort of self sufficient as this is what we do when on long trips in Canada, canoeing, backpacking, cycle touring, when there are few facilities. All of our stays were in campsites except at the end and 98% of our meals were prepared or cooked. We usually do not rely on buses or trains and except for 150km, we carried all our gear.This was a 3800KM, 36,000m, 60 day trip that was even more spectacular than our other journeys.
The Alps are so grand and the infrastructure so good that cycle touring around and over the mountains is a lot of fun. Hope that readers can get a lot of good information from this trip report as we have received so much advice from the Trento Bike Pages in the past.
Dave and Pat Pearce
|Da Londra a Verona III^ parte
tour started July 2013, submitted 14 November 2013
Sorvolo Verona ma che bella città! Il castello, l'Arena, la piazza con il mercato. Però non capisco, le strade sono strette, più di quelle delle colline e dei monti, ma circolano tanti SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle). La maggior parte dei guidatori non ha proprio nulla di sportivo, non ha rispetto per ciclisti né per pedoni, pretende sempre di sorpassare, strombazza e s'impazientisce. Ed io ero convinto che a Verona usassero soltanto le Giuliette dell'Alfa Romeo con i cuoricini attaccati al parafango posteriore!
Overflight Verona ... but what a beautiful city! The castle, the Arena, the square with the market. But I do not understand, the roads are narrow, more than those of the hills and mountains, but many circulating SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle). Most of the drivers has nothing of sports, has no respect for cyclists nor pedestrians, always wants to overtake, trumpets and s'impazientisce. And I was convinced that they used only in Verona Juliets Alfa Romeo with hearts attached to the rear fender!
|Da Londra a Verona - seconda parte
tour started August 2013, submitted 2 November 2013
Continua il viaggio di Bea accompagnata dal gabbiano Aaron.
Bea, testa dura, insiste a cercare le rarissime fontane in ferro per dissetarsi. La loro apertura a becco rispondono con un triste "sdeng" o molto spesso hanno acqua non potabile.
|Da Londra a Verona, con un gabbiano per amico
tour started August 2013, submitted 15 October 2013
Aaron, il gabbiano di Folkestone, è un viaggiatore molto curioso. Passa il tempo, appollaiato su un palo o in volo, ad osservare gli esseri umani al punto di riuscire a leggerne i pensieri. "Una donna italiana con la nostra chiave inglese in mano" si chiese, "che cerca di assemblare una bicicletta bianca, rossa e blu, qui all'aeroporto, voglio proprio vedere cosa combina". Segue....
|The "Herzroute" from Lausanne to Zug (Switzerland)
tour started June 2013, submitted 8 August 2013
language: en, nl, de
To start our bike season, we want to cycle the "Route 99" from Lausanne to Zug in Switzerland, called the "Herzroute".
We had to wait a long time due to the miserable spring weather.
Eventually, on 21 June 2013, the longest day of the year, we take the train to Lausanne in the afternoon, so we can begin the journey early next morning.
|Greg and Kate Bike the Alps: Lyons, Chamonix and the St. Bernard Pass
tour started September 2005, submitted 14 July 2013
Descriptions of our cycling holidays in Europe for our friends. We are an old couple (a Canadian and an American) that travel by bike using hotels. This is a description of the places as much as the biking, but also relays our experience as cycling tourists in Europe.
This year we biked from Lyon in West central France through some of the passes in the Alps.
|From Geneva to Interlaken on the Alpine Lake Route
tour started June 2012, submitted 2 January 2013
language: en, fr
A 3-day, 250-km bike and train ride on the Lake Road in Switzerland, from Geneva to Interlaken
|Svizzera, Austria e Germania 2012 (lago di Costanza)
tour started August 2012, submitted 1 September 2012
Here you can see a tour around the Bodensee. A very hot temperatures, so I have had a lot of fun in the wonderful water of this lake!
|Riding in Europe, Alps
tour started 1986, submitted 22 August 2012
After my first ride through the Alps the previous year, I had the opportunity to go with a friend, Jobst Brandt, who had been riding in Europe since 1959. We would brave fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown in Russia. A plume of radioactive dust blew over the Alps while we were there, so here's my glowing report.
|Tour of the Alps 2011
tour started July 2011, submitted 5 February 2012
Some of the climbs on this 3300 km tour of the Alps included: Kitzbüheler horn (1996m), Sella di (Monte) Zoncolan (1739m) from Priola, Passo del Cason di Lanza (1557m) (from east), Portes de Culet (1787m) from Morgins, Bäregg (2451m), Lago del Narèt (2313m), Sewenegg (1742m), Pertet à Bovets (1840m), Euschelspass (1567m), Edelweißspitze (2572m), Loiblpass/Ljubelj (old road) (1368m), Telegrafo/Punta Veleno (1156m) and walking up through the woods to Chalets du Charmant Som (1669m).
|Radtour um das Gotthardmassiv
tour started June 2003, submitted 25 January 2012
Eine Rundfahrt über fünf Pässe rund um das Gotthardmassiv in 4 Tagesetappen über 276 km. Tagesetappen zwischen 33 und 103 Kilometern
|Radtour Bodensee - Genfer See (Querpass)
tour started July 2009, submitted 25 January 2012
Eine Fahrradtour vom Bodensee zum Genfer See in 7 Tagesetappen über 401 km. Tagesetappen zwischen 33 und 87 Kilometern
|Radtour um den Mont Blanc
tour started July 2010, submitted 25 January 2012
Eine Rundfahrt um den Mont Blanc in 7 Tagesetappen über 500 km. Tagesetappen zwischen 49 und 126 Kilometern
|Via Francigena 2011
tour started September 2011, submitted 24 December 2011
This is a description of our 30 day (almost 2000 km) trip from Canterbury to Rome, on the Via Francigena by tandem. We found our way using paved roads on a diagonal route from Calais passing through Arras, Reims, Langres to Besancon. We crossed into Switzerland at l'Aubusson and St. Croix. One of the highlights was the 42 km climb over the Grand St. Bernard Pass from Martigny, Switzerland into Italy. The route then took us through the Val d' Aosta and south eventually to Pontremoli, Lucca, Siena, Montalcino, Bolsena, Bracciano and into the heart of Rome via the bike path along the Tiber River.
tour started October 2010, submitted 20 November 2011
Europe, Africa, Asia: Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Austria
language: en, fr, de
Hello, I am Nicolas Richaud and you can follow on www.nrichaud.eu my trip around the mediterranean sea. I am 26 year old in 2010: 20 in Nancy, city of Stanislas and Mirabelle; 2 in Bordeaux, city of wine; 4 in Munich, city of bier, I will now try during one year a nomads lifestyle. From Munich to Nancy around the Mare Nostrum I will bike about 15000km following Ulysses‚s footsteps.
|Photos, films and account of our journey cycling east around the World.
tour started July 2011, submitted 5 November 2011
Europe: UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece
We are Mary Thompson and Peter Root. At 17.00 on the 12th July 2011 we got the boat to France with loads of stuff and two bikes with the intention to cycle east around the World.
|An autumn tour through West-Switzerland
tour started September 2011, submitted 10 October 2011
language: en, de, nl
The weather forecasts are good for the next few days, although the sky is now still overcasted. My tour to the western part of Switzerland begins in Bremgarten AG. The farther I cycle to the west, the more the sun shines through the clouds.....
|Tour of the Alps 2011
tour started June 2011, submitted 21 September 2011
Phil Sung and I travel the Swiss, French, Italian, and Austrian Alps, with a side trip to Germany. We were car supported for 2 weeks, and then self-supported for 2 weeks, with about a week's worth of hiking.
|Pässetour in den Zentralalpen
tour started June 2006, submitted 15 September 2011
Eine Pässerunde durch die italienisch-schweizerischen Alpen in 4 Tagesetappen über 295 km. Tagesetappen zwischen 39 und 85 Kilometern.
|Switzerland 2011 (German and French Switzerland)
tour started July 2011, submitted 2 August 2011
A bicycle trip along some Switzerland lakes, from Luzern to Lausanne.
|My Rominger Classic Tours
tour started May 1998, submitted 28 July 2011
Time to report my Rominger Classic tours. Very well organized. An enjoyable ride! I would do it again, if I would be younger... Enjoy the pictures! Good luck to all the followers!
|Zurich-Vienna via the Dolomites
tour started June 2011, submitted 26 July 2011
language: en, de, nl
With my one-year old Cannondale bicycle and electric components of BioX, I wanted to cycle a greater range to try my own and my e-bicycle's limits. I've never been to the Dolomites, that's why I cycled through the Alps, Dolomites and the Julian Alps in Slovenia. The weather was great to ride but not good enough to shoot pictures of blue skies.
|Lake Constance & Silvretta
tour started June 2011, submitted 16 June 2011
We have missed that tour (until now). Lake Constance in combination with the Silvretta climb from the Montafon valley. So, we did it.
The lake Constance round trip is a very busy area for bicyclists. Better NOT to go on the vacation period. You will find all kind of sport activities (and nervous car drivers, particular the professional drivers, like bus and taxi cabs). But families with children can cause some more unexpected stop. Expect the unexpected!
Silvretta looks like a total different world. Not so many bicyclists (too steep & too long). But a very good and rather new bike path from Feldkirch to Bludenz, and the very standard‚ one from Bludenz up to Gaschurn.
We have chosen the Silvrettta as a sort of training in order to check our shape for the planned Sella Ronda tour and the Stilfser Joch tour. Enjoy the pictures on our report. Good luck to all the followers!
|A tour round the Mont Blanc massiv on a road bike
tour started May 2003, submitted 13 May 2011
Time to report an 'old' tour: The tour round the Mont Blanc massive. Starting an Switzerland, via France to Italy and back to Martigny. Highlight of the Tour: the Grand Saint Bernard pass. See details: Good luck to all the followers!
|Jerry's Alps Tour 2010
tour started 2010, submitted 17 April 2011
After yet another accident (hit by a car on the downhill and hospitalised with 5 ribs broken at many places, whole in one lung, head concussion, etc.), I had one training ride in two months before leaving for this year's Alps Tour. The tour was, however, very successful and I had a record number of height metres in one day (8272m) on the 277 km ride of the Monte Grappa Challenge. The weather was lovely throughout even if a bit too hot many times. Great places were visited, but I had problems with photos and then dropped my camera on the ground and only had iPhone photos for the second half.
|A look into our 4 month long 2010 Europe Bike trip
tour started May 2010, submitted 15 April 2011
Hello, Our page is a blog that we kept on our trip. I kept it short and candid. Plus I've also included a map of our route and suggestions of good tour spots for others. Thoughts on the different countries we went through and brief info on our bikes and gear.
|An English couple's around the world bicycle adventure with no end in sight.
tour started August 2010, submitted 6 April 2011
Follow the adventure as Sammy and Sarah head off the beaten track to find what the real World has to offer. This is the tale of two British cycling adventurers wanting to travel around the world and absorb new cultures.
Fuelled by strong will and a passion for adventure, ''2010 Till When?'' is our journey of a lifetime.
We update our page with tales, pictures and little videos of our trip so far, whilst giving our plans on the road ahead.
Thumper's secret weapon? A multitude of herbs and spices (I wouldn't leave home without them!) and Sat Nav Sam's? (amongst other instruments) a ukulele.
|Cycling in Switzerland
tour started September 2009, submitted 14 December 2010
Without any doubt Switzerland is a very scenic country. The lakes and the mountains are very picturesque with the sound of cow bells in the background. If you are lucky you might even hear the enormous Alpine horn!
|Swiss Alpine passes with an E-Bike, Sept./Oct.2010
tour started September 2010, submitted 7 November 2010
language: en, de, nl
I want to find out if I can surmount higher passes with my e-bike as the passes I made in Corsica last May. Therefore, I cycle a few passes in the Swiss Alps on some beautiful days in September/October.
|Lana 2010 Tour
tour started August 2010, submitted 31 August 2010
Lana has become our standard fall tour. This time, we have convinced some guys from our bicycle gang to follow us... Climbing the Mendel pass (Menapaces training pass...) as well as the passo Pallade (with a rather long downhill to Lana = 18 kilometers). And a car free day at Stelvio rounded our efforts... Enjoy the picture! Good luck to all the followers!
|A roundtrip by bicycle in the center of the Alps
tour started August 2003, submitted 12 August 2010
I have met a friend on the occasion of the Norwegian 'Styrkeproven'. My longest tour, I ever did. The Styrkeproven starts at Trondheim and finishes after 540 kilometres in Oslo. I made it in 21 hours... My Norwegian friend decided to join me on a planned tour throughout the Alps.
We started at Landeck (Austria). So, the first summit has been the Arlberg Pass. Then we have been riding up the Rhein Valley in Switzerland. Night we spent at the city of Chur.
The very next day, we did two summits: Lenzerheide and Julier Pass. I remember, when I did the Julier Pass in my youth: people in the valley avoided to talk to foreigners. Of course they speak the Roman language (some of the 'ladinisch' - which is more or less the same, but with a touch of Italian (latin) influence... We ended in an expensive area. St. Moritz. [...] We left Livigno over the two Eira Passes ending at Bormio. It has been late, but there was still a little power in us: we made the Stelvio Pass from the South. Very demanding attempt! As it was late, we spent the night at the Franzenshöhe Hostel. Further down we hit Mals and later the Rescia Pass. As we ended at Landeck again and my Norwegian friend had time enough, we decided to continue by bicycle. We have been riding all the way the 'Inntalradweg' to Passau and further to Vienna, where the tour ended. Good luck to all the followers!
|Crossing the Alps by Mountainbike
tour started July 2000, submitted 12 August 2010
This has been my first attempt of crossing the Alps by mountainbike. I joined an experienced group. They started at Lech/Arlberg. On the first day, we climbed the Kristbergsattel, having night at Silbertal (Montafon). The very next day, we climbed up to Gargellen and then the 'bike-push' part over the Schlappiner Joch. Now, we are in Switzerland. Night, somewhere in the Engadin Valley. [...]
On top of the Tremalzo Pass you find a tunnel, which you have to pass. There is a bus shuttle service for bikers accommodated in Riva, just interested on the downhill. It is one of the most famous downhill roads in Europe. You find down hillers, never seen before... But you see, from time to time bike accidents... A wonderful scenic view to the Lago die Garda paid for the effort of climb. Our tour ended in Riva. This people are prepared for bikers. You can find every spare part you need. Hotels and restaurants are prepared for bicyclists. We left Riva, after a rest day, by a shuttle bus, back to Austria. Good luck to all the followers!
|Routes des Grandes Alpes 2003
tour started June 2003, submitted 10 August 2010
We said: we can do it on our bicycles...: The Route des Grandes Alpes. Starts on Lake Geneva (Genfer See) and is one of the famous French routes through the Alps to the Mediterranean. It leads, from Lake Geneva to the Côte d'Azur and crosses 16 high alpine passes (nine of which more than 2000 m), including the Col de l'Iseran, the highest road pass with 2770 m in the Alps. The route to overcome about 700 km long with an altitude difference of 15 700 m. The 1913 opened for the first five individual stages range is now 600 km from Department of Streets and along 68 km of national roads. Several cuts are stages of the Tour de France. Passing Martigny, and climbing the Forclaz Pass, heading for Charmonix. On the foot of the Aquille du Midi we have seen the huge glacier which winds down near Charmonix. Impressive: the climb up on the Roselend road.
|Swiss Alps and more
tour started May 2010, submitted 9 August 2010
My daughter Anne, a very brave bicyclist, joined me. After a long winter we like to see the sun again... Unfortunately, we have seen rain and snow again... The best part has been the Lago Lugano (on Italian side...) and the Lago di Como (North shore - wonderful detours to avoid the Hwy tunnels...). We have visited Madonna di Ghisallo, whereas a museum and a bicycle monument is there... Nevertheless, Madonna di Ghisallo is elevetad by round 800 meters, what means: climb bicyclist, climb!
On the way back we hit the very nice city of Sondrio. Due to strong front wind, we went up the passo Bernina by train (ferrovia Retica). Worth to do this relax tour: good views to Piz Bernina and Piz Palue. But we went back on bike at the Hospiz Bernina. A short downhill to meet the entrance to the Passo Forcola (Border to Livigno, which is a so called free trade zone - no value added tx - belongs politically to Italy). [...]
Recommended to see this wonderful bicycle path... Good luck to all the followers!
|A Mountainbike tour to Livigno
tour started August 2004, submitted 8 August 2010
Half way of the classic tour to Lago di Garda. But still nice, as it covers the prim half part. Interesting the climbing over Schlapiner Joch, Scaletta and most interesting Alp Chaschauna. A sort of power check... Livigno is a very nice ( and rather cheap - no tax) place to stay. We left Livigno, using the tunnel to the lower end of the Passo Fuorn (Ofenpass). Further down the Inntal bicycle path way. Ending at Landeck, whereas we catched the train back to Vienna. Good luck to all the followers!
|Ticino Tour 2006
tour started July 2006, submitted 7 August 2010
Starting at Feldkirch (Austria), we followed the Upper Rhein bike path, which leaded us nearly to the city of Chur. As it starts raining, we went by bus over the San Bernardino pass, down to the city of Bellinzona (Ticino). Via Monteceneri we hit Lugano.
The Italian side of the lake is just wonderful. Not so extreme busy as on the Swiss side. Looks logical we followed the road to the Lago di Como and further to the city of Sondrio. At Tirano we have crossing the boarder again. Back to Switzerland and up the Bernina pass from the South. Nor recommended - too strong head wind. With our very last power, we have been climbing up the Passo Forcola. Downhill to Livigno on low speed to avoid further cold. Fingers went stiff!
The very next day, we left Livigno in snow. Snowflakes at night covered the landscape with snow powder. We have been one of the last bikers leaving Livingo Tunnel by bicycle. Today they have installed a bus shuttle service. Down the Ofenpass (Passo Fuorn) to Zernez and further the Inn valley bike path to Landeck. Now the very last part close to Landeck is finished. Good luck to all the followers!
|Tour of Switzerland and Austria
tour started June 2010, submitted 30 July 2010
Cynthia Wong, Kekoa Proudfoot, Phil Sung, Lisa and I just returned from the Tour of the German Speaking Alps. As tours go, the statistics were unusually bad: we got in 945 miles and 88,916 feet of climbing, of which 13,879 came from 4 hikes we did in Switzerland, meaning we got in only 75,037 feet of climb on the bike. We only had 2 flat tires, both of which were caused by a bad tire blowing out on descents. We did lose almost a week to rain, and another 3 days due to a number of us (myself including) getting sick on tour.
|A Family Bike Tour Through Switzerland
tour started June 2010, submitted 27 July 2010
This is our family trip with our son, and a loaded triple through eastern Switzerland. Biking with an eight year old, means more chances to stop and enjoy the scenery, but still be able to climb through the mountains.
|Svizzera, Agosto 2000
tour started August 2000, submitted 22 July 2010
A short tour in German Switzerland