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Europe (local)

This page lists all reports that for Europe only that do not involve other countries.
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All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours (continued)

Bicycletour in the Alps with legendary climbs: Mt Ventoux, Bonette, Agnello, Passo Mortirolo, Passo Stelvio, etc.
by Györgyi Gábor, tour started July 2008, submitted 6 January 2009
Europe: France, Italy, Austria

In 2008 I cycled 1807 kms and 32199 m height difference in the Alps. I climbed the 3 ascents of Mt Ventoux in a day, had a nice tour in Provence and at the Riviera. I had huge memories: riding my bicycle from the sealevel to the 2802m high Cime de la Bonette that I reached in the evening.

I had a dangerous descent in the rain from Col d'Izoard. Also climbed Colle Agnello (top in fog), and another fantastic day with an italian guy, Mauro Repetti as we did the Trittico Mortirolo : 3 ascent in 1 day. The last serious ``task'' was Passo Stelvio (2760m) from Tirano.

See all 26 reports by Györgyi Gábor

ciclabile costa del mare baltico (da Wanermunde a Usedom)
by Fernando Da Re, tour started July 2008, submitted 5 January 2009
Europe: Germany
language: it

Quando la ruota della bici si arresta sul bagnasciuga del mare, i sentimenti assumono due caratteristiche:

quella che rimanda al riposo e al benessere che il mare si presume possa dare, ma anche quella di partire, oltrepassare il confine visivo dell’orizzonte. Anche se i pensieri scivolano oltre, il bagnasciuga arresta la corsa dell’improprio mezzo e l’orizzonte rimane un insuperabile confine imposto.

See all 47 reports by Fernando Da Re

costa del mare baltico
Cycling in France's Loire Valley - Paris to Chenonceau
by Kevin Rodger, tour started September 2008, submitted 5 January 2009
Europe: France

This is a photo diary of a bike trip in September, 2008 from Paris, France to Blois and Chenonceau in the Loire Region of France. It also includes a description of cycling out of Charles de Gaulle Airport.

See all 4 reports by Kevin Rodger

Yvette and Kevin in front of the Chateau at Chambord.
Tour of the Alps 2008
by Jerry Nilson, tour started 2008, submitted 3 January 2009

The goal this Summer was to make sure I have climbed every asphalted (at least one side) pass throughout the whole of the Alps above 1700m (which I have detailed in a list at the cycloclimbing.com site). I also wanted to include some difficult roads that are not passes.

(Length: 4916.7 km for 29 days = 170 km/day; Height metres climbed: 105454 m for 29 days = 3636m/day.)

See all 13 reports by Jerry Nilson

Klammljoch/Passo di Gola (2288m)
Growing list of rides around Languedoc, France.
by Gerry Patterson, tour started 2008, submitted 25 December 2008

This is a blog mainly about short rides in the south of France, mostly Languedoc. Each entry has a short description of the ride, pictures, and a Google Map at the bottom, outlining the route. I do have a few longer trips in there as well, with more coming as I get out on the road and do them!

See all 3 reports by Gerry Patterson

Ice Princess 1963 - The Big Freeze of 1963
by Jobst Brandt, tour started 1963, submitted 18 December 2008
Europe: Switzerland

The winter of 1963 brought the longest cold spell to central Europe in a many years, freezing the landscape deeper than it had in 100 years. Realizing that such weather probably would not occur again in my lifetime, if ever, I decided to do more than read about frozen lakes and deep frost [...] The ice was glassy smooth here [in Zürich], the sun and warmth from the city having melted the surface during the warmest part of the day. I walked down onto the lake and mounted my bicycle carefully. From having ridden on snow packed streets, I was aware that the best gear was the highest (50-13) to prevent undesired wheelspin that could dump me onto the ice. Traction would have been even poorer had it not been -20 Celsius.

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

Tour of the Alps 2008
by Jobst Brandt, tour started July 2008, submitted 16 December 2008

Stelvio summit with Valle di Trafoi background. Weather in the picture was typically cool with constant chance of rain and snow. It was a cold summer.

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

The great day
Tour of the Alps 2007
by Jobst Brandt, tour started July 2007, submitted 16 December 2008

Ibach - Rosenlaui - Hospental - Biella - Ivrea - Tenda - St. Etienne - Arvieux - Lanslebourg - Bourg St. Maurice - Lavachey - Brig-Ried - Bignasco - Thusis - Brusio - Stelvio - Astfeld - Marebbe - Brixen - Landeck - Urnerboden - Alpnachstadt - Brunnen

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

Ciclabile Berlino-Copenaghen (fino Warnemunde)
by Fernando Da Re, tour started July 2008, submitted 16 December 2008
Europe: Germany
language: it

Certamente non si può dire che l’odierno stato di salute del mondo, malato di rumore, sia alla ricerca di silenzio.

Se per Pascal “il silenzio è la massima delle persecuzioni”, non sono pochi i medici che consigliano l’assenza di rumore come antidoto alla vita moderna. Grazie al silenzio irrompono nella mente salutari rumori. Il silenzio non è solo assenza di rumore è un “altrove” e può diventare “l’acustica dell’anima” (Novalis).

La bicicletta irrompe nella natura con la voce del silenzio. In questo itinerario di 400 chilometri (primo tratto del più lungo Berlino-Copenaghen), si può capire che quanto precedentemente asserito non è da considerare un’ingannevole retorica. Qui il silenzio ci abita regalmente nelle innumerevoli stanze di uno Schloss (castello) che si chiama natura. Il silenzio non parla, non scrive e non compone musica. Eppure si fa sentire. Una bicicletta può bastare per ascoltarlo.

See all 47 reports by Fernando Da Re

Warnemunde-Faro
europa tour
by Claudia and Thomas, tour started April 2008, submitted 10 December 2008
language: en, fr

www.velopourvous.com est le site de l'association ``Vélo pour nous, vélo pour vous'', qui à pour but de promouvoir la pratique du vélo.

Entre autres, il raconte les voyages en vélo de ses adhèrents, et pas seulement...

Une grande partie est dédié au voyage de Claudia et Thomas autour d'Europe. Leur but est de faire un inventaire de la culture du vélo en Europe. Des jolis photos et un impressionant carnet de bord vous attend à les découvrir...

Marriage in Tallinn and separation in Riga.
by Terje Melheim, tour started July 2008, submitted 7 December 2008
Europe: Estonia, Latvia

After having attended a marriage party in Tallinn my wife and I cycled on to Riga, where we split up. In spite of the flat landscape in Estonia and Latvia the cycle tour was not uneventful.

See all 10 reports by Terje Melheim

Vom Reschenpaß zum Gardasee
by Olaf, tour started September 2008, submitted 30 November 2008
Europe: Italy
language: de

Mit dem Rad unterwegs während der Apfelernte im schönen Etschtal

Von Meran in die Radmetrole Bozen, dann 'rüber zum Gardasee.

Bei Traumwetter ließen wir uns über den See schippern.

Die Abschlußetappe führte uns noch nach Brescia.

See all 4 reports by Olaf

Radweg im Etschtal
North Atlantic Drift
by Peter Quaife, tour started July 2008, submitted 27 November 2008

A boat based tour of the North Atlantic involving bad roads, strong winds and some freakishly hot temperatures.

See all 5 reports by Peter Quaife

On the Svalvogar Circuit
Cammino di Santiago
by Giovanni Pirotta, tour started August 2008, submitted 26 November 2008
Europe: Spain
language: it

Un cicloviaggio praticamente indimenticabile, 12 tappe da Saint Jean Pied de Port a Santiago de Compostela, passando per i monti della Navarra e i vitigni della Rioja, attraversando le immense distese delle mesetas tra Burgos e Leon, salendo in alto verso la Cruz de Hierro e il Cebreiro per ridiscendere infine verso i boschi e i saliscendi della Galizia. Il racconto di un viaggio di 850 km lungo le strade del mitico Cammino di Santiago!!!

See all 3 reports by Giovanni Pirotta

Cycling in France - Paris, Burgundy, Alsace and Provence
by Glen and Margaret Netherwood, tour started September 2008, submitted 23 November 2008
Europe: France

Our 2008 cycling trip gave us a taste of France. We cycled in Paris, Burgundy, Alsace and Provence. We loved French bakeries and cake shops. This has had some not so good side effects - we came back with extra weight! And that's in spite of cycling over 1000km.
If you are planning a similar cycling tour you will find a lot of useful information in our trip Itinerary and day-by-day Trip Report. If you would like to see the beauty of cycling in France do not miss the Best Photos & Videos. You may also be interested in our recommendations for the best places to see, stay and eat in Top 5. If you have any questions or comments please write to us. Enjoy and have a great time on your virtual bicycle tour!
Glen and Margaret

See all 6 reports by Glen and Margaret Netherwood

Cycling in the Vinyards of France
Auvergne (France) 2008
by Daniela Ulicna, tour started August 2008, submitted 22 November 2008
Europe: France

This eight day trip around the volcanic region of Auvergne in the centre of France took us through some surprising ladscapes, nice valleys and some challenging passes (at least challenging for us). On our site you will find the description of our itinerary and brief notes on what we saw with some potentially useful tips for housing.

See all 3 reports by Daniela Ulicna

Pass de le Croix-Morand
All round Switzerland
by José Rössner, tour started August 2008, submitted 21 October 2008
Europe: Switzerland
language: en, nl, de

From 28 August to 08 September 2008 I surrounded Switzerland.

A varied tour of flat country side to hills and Alpine passes.

See all 26 reports by José Rössner

On the dike between St.Margrethen and Sargans
Rhodos
by Olaf, tour started May 2007, submitted 19 October 2008
Europe: Greece
language: de

A relaxed trip on the Greek island named Rhodos.

See all 4 reports by Olaf

France Again: A short tour in Burgundy
by Suzanne Gibson, tour started August 2008, submitted 18 October 2008
Europe: France

Burgundy is a great place for cycling: whether your tour is to be short or long, flat or hilly, with emphasis on nature or architecture - in Burgundy you have your choice. For part of our short visit we followed bike paths following the Canal de Bourgogne and Canal du Nirvenais, otherwise we cycled on small roads with almost no traffic through pleasant, but hilly, countryside. We visited Auxerre, Tonnerre, Avallon, Pontigny, Semur-en-Auxois ...

See all 25 reports by Suzanne Gibson

Soll ich treten oder nicht? Mit drei Fahrraedern, zwei Anhaengern und Kindern von Zurich zum Atlantik
by Florian Michahelles, tour started July 2008, submitted 16 October 2008
language: de

I ve actually done quite a number of bike-trips myself. It was always a pleasure to be out in the nowhere for longer period of time just moving forward on two wheels.

Finally, after a longer period of absence from travelling I could free two months again. This time the challenge was to find a way of cycling with the entire family, with Juri (4) and Lenya (1), and my wife Angela of course. Thanks to the great Swiss invention of follow-me tandem we could attach Juris bike and de-tach it from time to time if traffic allowed. The bigger challenge was to find enough storage for our luggage which lead to the ``convoi exceptionnell'': two trailers in row behind my bike.

If you want so see how that worked out on the way from Zurich to the French Atlantic, read this live-blog written during the tour on my mobile phone (German). There are plenty of pictures of course as well.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Mediterraneo
by Alberto Pedrotti, submitted 16 October 2008
language: it

Nascondo il bagaglio presso il monumento che ricorda l'eccidio nazista di Kalavrita, che è un po' la Sant'Anna di Stazzema del Peloponneso [347], e per la prima volta mi godo dunque qualche km scarico. A cinque anni esatti di distanza dal 29 agosto 2003 in cui scoprii questa affascinante montagna, mi ritrovo dunque a calcare i 2341 metri del monte Helmos o Aroania [348], terza vetta della penisola dopo il Taigeto e il Cillene. Quest'ultimo è vicino e ben visibile, con il suo ampio costone sul quale Ercole si sedette a suonare le nacchere di bronzo per scacciare gli uccelli della palude Stimfalia... Quella fatica - la sesta - fu anche l'ultima che l'eroe portò a termine nel «piccolo mondo» del Peloponneso; per le altre sei avrebbe dovuto aprirsi al «grande mondo» - il Mediterraneo e anche oltre - spaziando dal Caucaso, dove si impadroní della cintura di Ippolita, fino là dove il Sole va ogni giorno con il suo cocchio a riposare, sul lontano Atlante marocchino, dove colse i pomi delle Espèridi.

See all 6 reports by Alberto Pedrotti

North-Cape to Zurich
by José Rössner, tour started June 2008, submitted 15 October 2008
language: en, de, nl

From June 16 to August 1 2008, I cycled from Alta to the North-Cape, there I started a 7-week trip through Finland Sweden Denmark Germany Netherlands Belgium and France back to Switzerland.

See all 26 reports by José Rössner

fortunately, these aren't bulls
Sweden: the Ginstleden and Swedish NSCR routes. Norway: Rallarvegen, Sognefjorden area, Vikøyri Voss.
by Stan Williams, tour started August 2008, submitted 11 October 2008

Day 3 Vilshäred to Kärradal

The day started early. Although the campsite itself was quiet, the road next to it had a surprising amount of traffic. Added to this there was someone racing around in the middle of the night on a moped without a silencer.

At around seven our neighbours decided to start rooting around their car for something vitally important ('oh my God where is my Thermarest inflatable dialysis machine I need it right now' or something similarly life threatening) and by quarter past, it was clear neither of us was going to get any more sleep.

'Oh well' we thought, 'there is always a shower to look forward to'.....Which in retrospect was another of those things you shouldn't say on cycling holidays. For Vilshäred campsite introduced us to peaceful and neutral Sweden's secret weapon: a variation of Chinese water torture known as 'the one kroner shower'.

It was an unforgettable tour of contrasts: from the baking sun in Sweden to the rain and floods in Norway. The gorgeous Swedish coast versus the majesty of the Norwegian fjords and glaciers.

The travelogue contains pictures, videos and trip statistics per day plus some things we have learned from this tour.

See all 8 reports by Stan Williams

Upper picture: Norway leaving Fjærlandsfjorden.Lower picture: Sweden approaching Varberg.
Cycling out of Bormio - covering the Stelvio, Umbrail, Mortirolo, Gavia and Foscagno passes
by Allan Nelson, tour started September 2008, submitted 6 October 2008

An account of a weeks bike trip to the Italian Alps (Bormio), (and a bit of Switzerland) in September 2008.

The legend that is the Passo Stelvio had been on my itinerary for a few years. Between us, we'd expanded that to include the equally legendary Mortirolo and Gavia passes, and anything else we'd regard as a bonus!

Includes a daily ride report and route maps, plus loads of pictures of each days ride in the gallery section.

See all 5 reports by Allan Nelson

Looking towards the Stelvio summit
Albania and Montenegro
by Stephen from the Hannover Bike Boys, tour started June 2008, submitted 28 September 2008

In 2008 the Hannover Bike Boys flew to Corfu and set off on a tour through Albania and Montenegro. Both countries are easy to visit challenging to cycle. We had no problem finding accommodation and decent food and beer, the scenery was wonderful but the cycling was hard with several high (1000m) passes.

Lake Skadar, Montenegro
Francia, Germania e Svizzera 2008
by Davide Tambuchi, tour started August 2008, submitted 7 September 2008
language: it

A tour along Rhein, Alsace, North of Switzerland

See all 15 reports by Davide Tambuchi

Outer Hebrides - North to South
by Marcus JB, tour started August 2008, submitted 1 September 2008
Europe: UK

11 day trip from Inverness, onto Lewis, up to the top and then all the way down to Barra. Fantastic places including the legendary St. Kilda.

Camping at Kneep
from Bassano to Vienna
by Fabio Ferronato, tour started August 2008, submitted 19 August 2008
Europe: Italy, Austria

Cycling from Bassano (Venice) to Vienna. Google maps + gps tracking files included.

See all 9 reports by Fabio Ferronato

A cycle tour through the Outer Hebrides from Vatersay to Lewis
by Paul Ashton, tour started July 2007, submitted 6 August 2008
Europe: UK

Reading Calmac's `Explore' brochure on the ferry from Claonaig to Lochranza rekindled my desire to visit the Outer Hebrides. My Mum and Dad had taken the boat to Barra during their courting days and forever regaled us with tales of rough seas where everyone on board including the crew were sea sick apart from them. Then when queuing for the boat at Brodick, I watched as lots of fully laden pannier clad bicycles disembarked.

I'm not getting any younger and the rucksack no lighter so a bike seemed the best way to carry the weight whilst sparing my vertebra. I resolved to take the boat from Oban, cycle from Barra to Lewis and return on the Stornoway to Ullapool ferry. The final details, including the logistics of getting self and bike to Oban and back from Ullapool seemed the least of my problems. Oh, and I needed a bike!

Cote d'azur to costa brava on a bike
by Brendan, tour started July 2008, submitted 1 August 2008
Europe: France, Spain

A seven day cycle trip from Nice in France to Santa Susana on the Costa Brava in Spain, a fabulous cycling adventure of 457 miles mostly keeping right on the coast and including some off road tracks such as the 'digue a la mer' going through the Camargue National Park to the seaside town Saint Marie de la Mer.

cannes beach early morning
Western Isles of Scotland
by Bike Hippies, tour started April 2008, submitted 27 July 2008
Europe: UK

Ten day tour of the western islands and coast of Scotland - Skye, Outer Hebrides, Mull and Ardnamurchan. Beautiful beaches, mighty headwinds and plenty of sheep.

See all 6 reports by Bike Hippies

Rocky bay on South Harris
Eine Rundreise in dem schönen südfranzösischen Weinland Corbiére
by Janos Kertesz, tour started August 2007, submitted 26 July 2008
Europe: France
language: de

Wir haben uns in diesem wunderbaren Landstrich fünfzehn Tage lang von dem hier herrschenden Wind voran treiben lassen. Schöne Landschaft, guter Wein und die romanische Kunst geben einen guten Rahmen für eine vergnügliche Fahrt.

See all 18 reports by Janos Kertesz

Munich to Paris - Door to Door
by Suzanne Gibson, tour started June 2008, submitted 25 July 2008
Europe: Germany, France

This was our first tour of the season and we have new bikes. In the Internet we saw a site describing a new bike route connecting Prag and Paris and decided to follow the French section. After cycling from here to the Rhine, we rode through Alsace-Lorraine, the Champagne Region and enter Paris along the Canal de l'Ourcq. We followed river valleys and canals, but still were in for a lot of climbs before we reached our goal.

See all 25 reports by Suzanne Gibson

Von München nach Paris
by Janos Kertesz, tour started June 2008, submitted 24 July 2008
Europe: Germany, France
language: de

Eine Radreise, die uns von München nach Augsburg, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Nancy, Bar le-Duc, und schließlich nach Paris führte. (1050 km).

See all 18 reports by Janos Kertesz

Donauradweg - Da Passau a Vienna
by Giovanni Pirotta, tour started August 2006, submitted 14 July 2008
Europe: Austria
language: it

Il primo viaggio interamente in bicicletta, la classica ciclabile del Danubio, 360 km da Passau fino a Vienna costeggiando il fiume, dormendo in bed&breakfast e campeggi.

Il diario di bordo e tante foto che raccontano questa fantastica avventura...

See all 3 reports by Giovanni Pirotta

Sulla strada per Vienna
Spain -- bicycle tours of two piciclisti who only have bikes in their mind.
by Pinar & Paolo Pinzuti, tour started October 2007, submitted 9 July 2008
Europe: Spain
language: en, it, tr

We visited Spain in October 2007, for 14 days and our route followed from Malaga on the Mediterranean coast, north to Seville, Cordoba and Granada.

The roads varied in condition. Mostly they were in good shape although some of the back roads could be bumpy after being patched over several times. If we had one complaint about Spanish roads it was that sometimes we struggled to find a quiet alternative to busy routes and in cities like Seville it seemed almost impossible to leave without running into endless motorways.

See all 5 reports by Pinar & Paolo Pinzuti

Germany -- bicycle tours of two piciclisti who only have bikes in their mind.
by Pinar & Paolo Pinzuti, tour started September 2007, submitted 9 July 2008
Europe: Germany
language: en, it, tr

We decided to make our honeymoon in Southern Germany at the border to Switzerland, riding our bikes from the Lake Constance (Bodensee) to the Lake Königsee. We did a one-week-tour in August 2007. The cycle route between the lakes sets out from Lindau toward the Allgäu hills. Tiny villages dot the landscape between forests and meadows. Offering a view over the Allgäu Alps, the route goes on to Füssen with its lovely houses. Passing the gorgeous Neuschwanstein Castle, Bad Tölz on the Isar, the route continues through the Upper Bavarian picture-book scenery to Lake Tegernsee and on to Lake Schliersee. The tour?s final destination is right in the heart of the Alpine countryside of the Berchtesgaden National Park: Lake Königssee is truly a crowning finale to a princely cycle tour.

See all 5 reports by Pinar & Paolo Pinzuti

bicyclists dream kilometers in Southern Tyrol
by Iris Mueck, tour started July 2008, submitted 8 July 2008
Europe: Austria, Italy

See all 93 reports by Iris Mueck

bicyclists dream kilometers in Southern Tyrol
Pyrenean RAID
by Big T, tour started June 2008, submitted 8 July 2008
Europe: France

A complete blog describing a ride across the Pyrenees from Hendaye on the Atlantic coast to Cerbere on the Mediterranean coast. 4 and a bit days diarised for 11 cyclists and 1 support car. The pain, suffering, cols and route are all described.

Hey Ho Logo
south portuguese: from lissabon to the algarve
by Conrad Philipp, tour started May 2008, submitted 30 June 2008
Europe: Portugal
language: en, de, fr

Die zweite Tour 2008 führte mich von Lissabon, entlang der Steilküste im Westen bis in die Sierra de Monchique. Hier regnete es sehr stark, deswegen fuhr ich wieder zum Meer um schließlich den südwestlichsten Punkt von Europa zu besichtigen. Ein Felgenschaden musste am vorletzten Tag in Lagos repariert werden. Die Algarve im nördlich umfahrend erreichte ich nach 680 Kilomtern mein Ziel in Faro. Auf diesem Kurztrip wurde ich mehrmals zum Essen eingeladen und lernte den ursprünglichen Teil Portugal fernab der Touristenströme kennen.

See all 17 reports by Conrad Philipp

Capo Sardao: westcoast

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