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Europe (all)

This page lists all reports that for Europe including those that involve other countries too.
Click here for a list of reports that involve only Europe.
All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours (continued)

Jerry's Alps Tour 2009
by Jerry Nilson, tour started July 2009, submitted 1 November 2009

Another tour of the Alps for this Summer was being planned, but nearly had to be cancelled due to an accident in early June, when I fractured my collar bone and hurt my head and right leg. I had the goal of completing climbing all asphalted pass roads in the Alps from 1700m and higher (which I have detailed in a list at the cycloclimbing.com site).

See all 13 reports by Jerry Nilson

Illpass (2482m), Wallis, Switzerland
Ciclabile fiume Elba (Elberadweg) seconda Parte
by Fernando Da Re, tour started July 2006, submitted 30 October 2009
Europe: Germany
language: it

A Magdeburg il ponte che attraversa Elba e Alte Elbe dà inizio alla seconda parte della ciclabile denominata Elberadweg che porta da Praga fino a Cuxhaven.

Inizia con un percorso bellissimo nel verde della sponda destra fino ad Alt Lostau, paesino che merita una sosta con adeguata, se pur breve, visita. Pochi tratti di fiume ancora e l'attenzione cade successivamente sull'imponente realizzazione del Elbe-Havel-Kanal, prima visibile da sotto, quasi una autostrada che attraversa il fiume, poi che accompagna per 3 chilometri.

See all 47 reports by Fernando Da Re

elberadweg
Ciclabile del Fiume Elba (Elberadweg) prima parte da Praga
by Fernando Da Re, tour started July 2006, submitted 30 October 2009
language: it

La Elberadweg inizia con la scoperta del fiume Moldau (Vltava) che attraversando Praga fa di essa una delle più belle capitali Europee.

Seguendo la corrente del fiume, dopo il centro storico, si attraversa il Cechuv Most e il percorso ciclabile inizia proprio all'interno di un vasto parco. Nella breve salita si dà l'addio alla città osservandone ancora una volta l'architettura classica e moderna.

See all 47 reports by Fernando Da Re

elberadweg
The Greatest Schlep
by Scott, tour started June 2009, submitted 26 October 2009

One friend mired in med school, the other about to begin the rest of his life. Both wanted to go on an adventure. Both wanted to bike. Many arguments later, The Greatest Schlep was born. Keep track of us as we schlep from Prague to Athens.

Us in Split, Croatia taking break with Santa and Roman Soldiers.
Riding Paris=-Brest-Paris '95
by Matthew Chachere, tour started August 1995, submitted 23 October 2009
Europe: France

My memoir of riding the Paris-Brest-Paris 1200 km Randonnee in 1995 - a day-to-day dairy, plus a bit of history and an equipment list.

See all 2 reports by Matthew Chachere

Pregnant by bike
by Koen Beliën, tour started July 2006, submitted 18 October 2009
Europe: Italy
language: nl

Our bike tour from Florence to Rome.

See all 3 reports by Koen Beliën

Tour Across France 2008
by Piaw Na, tour started September 2008, submitted 18 October 2009
Europe: France

At the end of August in 2008, Mike Samuel, Roberto Peon and I toured across France, starting in Hendaye on the Spanish border, and then riding across the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast. There, we took a train transfer to Montpellier, and then rode North through Languedoc, Provence, and the Rhone Alps to Bourg-en-Bresse and then Geneva. The journey totaled 1047 miles with 92949 feet of elevation gain.

See all 12 reports by Piaw Na

We arrive at the Mediterrenean
A Bicycle Tour in Iceland: The West Fjords and clockwise around Route 1
by Brian Fish and Karen Strojek, tour started June 2009, submitted 17 October 2009
Europe: Iceland

Looking for the real Iceland: a 23-day bicycle tour around the land of fire, ice and puffins. We rode through the West Fjords and clockwise around Route 1 (the Ring Road). We did not traverse the interior, but the journey was hard enough.

See all 2 reports by Brian Fish and Karen Strojek

An icy plateau in the West Fjords of Iceland
Autumn excursion from Geneva to St. Margrethen 2009
by José Rössner, tour started September 2009, submitted 13 October 2009
Europe: Switzerland

The weather forecast for the next week looks promising, so I decide to take the train to Geneva, and start a cycle tour crossing Switzerland diagonally till St. Margrethen (at the Austrian border).

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

Gruyère
Cycling around Germany with a E-bike and a normal one 2009
by José Rössner, tour started June 2009, submitted 13 October 2009
Europe: Germany

Rika (my sister) bought an e-bike, so we want to test it. I hope that after 4000 kilometres ride, I will get to know the pros and cons of electrically assisted bicycles. In the morning we cycle to Waldshut, our starting point for our trip around Germany.

I take a photo of the bridge over the Rhine in Waldshut and hope to be back here in 6-7 beautiful and exciting weeks. From Waldshut to Schluchsee we have to climb approximately 600 meters. As long as the ground is flat, I can keep up with the e-bike but if it gets steep, I cannot keep the pace. We decide that both of us cycle our own speed. If Rika arrives at the top of a hill, she will have to wait until I reach the top of the mountain. Until now it was vice versa.

See all 29 reports by José Rössner

Rur Eifel
Dolomites 2009
by Allan Nelson, tour started 2008, submitted 7 October 2009
Europe: Italy

An account of a 6 day bike/tandem tour based in Arabba at the foot of the Passo Pordoi in September 2009. Includes daily ride reports, route maps, lots of photos and details on how we got there - and how we got on! The rides include ascents of the following passes... Passo Giau, Falzarego, Pordoi, Sella, Gardena, Campolongo, Valparola, Tre Croci, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Duran and Staulanza.

''the last stretches to the top were crazy. I was basically pedalling through thick snow. After reaching the top we hurriedly got our photos taken by the summit sign and got ready for the descent

And this descent was going to be an education. Very few times in my life have I actually feared for my mortality, but believe me, this was going to be an extreme experience in cold, terror and emotion''

See all 5 reports by Allan Nelson

The tandem - ascending the Passo Sella
Solo Lands End to John O'Groats
by Dan Hargrave, tour started June 2008, submitted 6 October 2009
Europe: UK

A 12 day unsupported ride from the most south westerly to most north easterly point of Britain. I also passed through the most southern point, Lizard Point, and the most northern point, Dunnet Head. I covered 1074 miles passing through some of the most beautiful parts of Britain.

See all 2 reports by Dan Hargrave

Tour of Hokkaido
by Piaw Na, tour started August 2009, submitted 29 September 2009
Europe: Japan

4 of us toured Hokkaido, starting from Chitose, over to the North East Section and return. We visited several National Parks along the way, and many hot springs. But the main attraction was the Japanese people and their friendliness.

See all 12 reports by Piaw Na

View from Tokachidake Onsen
Thessaloniki to Athens - September 2009
by Nick Taylor, tour started September 2009, submitted 25 September 2009
Europe: Greece

A six-day tour from Thessaloniki to Athens in Greece. 637km cycled, stopping in Thessaloniki, Katerini-Paralia, Larissa, Lamia, Delphi and Thiva.

The highlight was definitely the hills and archaeological sites around Delphi, but we loved dodging the wild dogs, chatting with priests and lapping up Greek Salad every day.

Greece doesn't seem used to recreational cyclists, but it offers many spectacular views and challenging hills, and we encountered a warm welcome and considerate driving everywhere (even in Athens!).

See all 7 reports by Nick Taylor

la mia olanda
by Fernando Da Re, tour started May 2006, submitted 24 September 2009
Europe: Holland
language: it

Organizzare un viaggio in bici in Olanda predispone a perdere la testa nel confrontare 260 itinerari per 15.000 km. - avete letto bene - tanti sono quelli proposti che vengono inviati su richiesta dall'ente turismo olandese.

Gli itinerari corrono tutti su vere e proprie piste preferenziali ciclabili a tutti gli effetti. Queste sono ovunque: nelle città nelle periferie, nei villaggi, nelle campagne. Dove c'è una strada, ai suoi lati esiste una corsia preferenziale per il traffico in bicicletta. Le biciclette sono migliaia. Le piste come tavole di biliardo.

See all 47 reports by Fernando Da Re

campi fioriti in olanda
Etschradweg 2008
by Olaf, tour started September 2008, submitted 21 September 2009
Europe: Italy, Austria
language: de

A short and relaxed biketour from Nauders to Brescia in Fall 2008 thru beautifull Vinschgau.

See all 4 reports by Olaf

Radweg neben der Brennerautobahn
Travel By Bike - Fietsen over Europa's mooiste wegen
by Koen Beliën, submitted 14 September 2009
language: nl

Travel By Bike is a website about a group of enthusiastic bikers with more than 10 years of travel experience. From Belgium through The Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom. Do not forget look at to the page 'pregnant on bike', reading our travel stories and watching the beautiful pictures!

See all 3 reports by Koen Beliën

Logo Travel By Bike
Tour of the Loire Valley
by John May, tour started May 2003, submitted 4 September 2009
Europe: France

This was a five-day bicycle trip to various Chateaus in the Loire Valley, using Tours as a base. Following that, a few days sightseeing in Paris, sans bicycle.

See all 2 reports by John May

Château de Villandry and gardens
Cycle tour on the Rhine, Mosel and Eifel in Germany
by Chris S, tour started July 2009, submitted 2 September 2009
Europe: Germany

I'd never seen so many cycle tourists before in one place. It was like the Ortlieb Panniers Owners' Club annual get together. Every colour of pannier on display, plus canoe bags, bar bags and whatever else you can buy from your local bike shop in waterproof PVC. We took our place in amongst the masses and headed off down the Rhine. The cycle lane was immaculate and wide and the countryside very easy on the eye. We'd arrived in Germany on Day 1 of a 7 day cycle tour of the Rhine, Mosel and Eifel and were already feeling very much a part of the scenery.....

See all 2 reports by Chris S

Map of the route
Lake Geneva, Switzerland to Lake Como, Italy
by Brendan Donnelly, tour started August 2009, submitted 2 September 2009

A five day cycle trip across Switzerland starting at Geneva following Swiss bike route 1 up the Rhone valley to the Furka pass, then joining route 3 over the Gotthard pass with a super long descent to Bellnzona, and finishing up on the western shore of Lake Como in Italy. With a bus lift over the Furka this was an easy way to cycle in the heart of the Alps and time was taken along the way to stop and meet people and visit some of the castles on the route. With nearly 100 photos this is a day by day account of the journey, the people I met and places I visited along the way.

water well at Ernen
Cycling Bosnia and Herzegovina
by JW & Gu, tour started July 2009, submitted 30 August 2009
Europe: Bosnia
language: en, nl

Cycling Bosnia was part of our western Balkans cycling trip in July 2009. We cycled from the border near Dubrovnik to the beautiful city of Mostar and continued through beautiful mountains to Sarajevo. From Sarajevo we cycled to Jajce and Bihac. You can watch our video-report. The video is in HD, if it shutter to much, push the HD-Off button in the video.

For more information about our trip: http://www.fietsenineuropa.nl

See all 6 reports by JW & Gu

Primavera en Andalusia
by Blanche, tour started May 2009, submitted 19 August 2009
Europe: Spain

Primavera (spanisch for spring) with our bicycles in lusciuos green Andalusia. Amazing how many flowers we saw and how quiet it gets if your off the beaten tracks. We crossed the Sierra Nevada, Sierra de Segura and the Sierra the Carzorla. Wonderful! We slept in b&b's but most of the time we camped on campings an also in the wild. Enjoy the video-report.

See all 14 reports by Blanche

Cycle across France - coast to coast - St Malo to Sete
by Liz Hibert, tour started May 2008, submitted 17 July 2009
Europe: France

Three fledgling cyclists, Liz, Nix and Mal, pimp their £400 bikes and invest in wooly jumpers to cycle across France coast to coast from St Malo on the English Channel to Sete on the Med. 3 bods, 3 bikes, 14 days cycling, 2 days resting, 1100 km, 700 miles and 0 punctures!

What follows is the journal of the ride seen from our saddles. It hopes to be informative to those who dare, and reflective for those who like the highs and lows of the human story. Each day has a detailed google map of the route we took, pics, contact details of the place we stayed, and of course the journals of Liz, Mal and Nix. Oh and when we calculate our daily speed we're basing it on the length of the complete day with our breaks - this was a challenge with no time for long lunches or relaxing strolls on cycling days.

Cycling to Santiago de Compostela
by Tim Devereux, tour started June 2002, submitted 24 June 2009
Europe: Spain

In the first week of June 2002, I cycled with my brother on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. He started from Le Puy, France, and after he'd been on the road for 750 miles, and two weeks, I met him at Sahagun, near Leon, Spain, to cycle the remaining 250 miles to Santiago. This is an account of my journey, and the preparations for it. I have gone into detail about some aspects, which may help anyone else travelling the route.

The journey was to be a pilgrimage, so as well as preparing the bike, and getting myself physically fit, I felt I needed some spiritual preparation. My parish, St Joseph's, Pudsey, was running an Open Retreat in Lent, where instead of going away for a retreat for a day or a weekend, you go for a couple of hours, once a week, for six weeks. I found this period of prayer and reflection very helpful; over the weeks, the support of other members of group was most welcome.

Tim riding
Bishorn e dintorni
by Alberto Pedrotti, tour started March 2009, submitted 24 June 2009
Europe: Switzerland
language: it

A 9 day bicycle tour through Switzerland, originating from a ski climb to a 4000 m peak. Here is how it works: you go around by bicycle and, from time to time, your friends reach you to perform some ski ascent together. It is understood that the whole mountaineering gear is carried by them!

See all 6 reports by Alberto Pedrotti

Tandem cycle tour in Scotland: Mull, Skye, Ardamurchan, Black Isle
by Robert Saunders, tour started June 2009, submitted 18 June 2009
Europe: UK

In 2009, we took our trusty tandem out for the usual cycle tour in Scotland. This year we rode a circuit that encompassed Loch Tay, the Isles of Mull and Skye, and the Black Isle. We had fabulous weather, fabulous food, fabulous scenery and above all fabulous fun!

Loch Tay, from the road along the north side.
Nord-ostsee Kanal Route
by Fernando Da Re, tour started July 2007, submitted 16 June 2009
Europe: Germany
language: it

Viene qui descritto il tratto che va da Hochbrucke fino a Brunsbuttel. Una sessantina di chilometri lungo il canale, quasi una crociera, e una ottantina di chilometri risultanti da una escursione allâ'interno. Nato dopo quello di Suez, lo solcano più di 40.000 imbarcazioni ogni anno e presenta grandi opere a corredo, ponti e porti, strutture possenti realizzate per renderlo attivo.

See all 47 reports by Fernando Da Re

ciclabile del canale mare del nord con mare baltico
Iceland WInter Bike Expedition
by Olivier Germain, tour started February 2010, submitted 12 June 2009
Europe: Iceland

Upcoming winter cycling expedition of Iceland in February - March 2010.

Follow the updates section during expedition time for daily tour report, stats and images.

This will be the first known, solo and fully self-supported winter cycling expedition of Iceland.

London to Athens 4 kids in poverty
by Craig Shipton, tour started July 2009, submitted 4 June 2009

25,000 children die each day mainly from preventable causes. These children are not dying from incurable diseases or causes. These children are dying from diarrhea, pneumonia, measles and malaria - things that cost pennies to treat or prevent.

My aim is to raise £25,000 by riding 4,000 kilometres from London to Athens with an average of 25,000 spins of my legs per day.

See all 2 reports by Craig Shipton

A photo of cycling in the rain and a small boy hoping for a chance in life.
A simple life on a beautiful world... and on a bicycle
by Hervé Neukomm, tour started September 2004, submitted 1 June 2009
language: en, fr, es, pt

I left home in September 2004. I was supposed to cycle to Tibet in 7-8 months. Until now, I never reached Tibet and I'm still on the road. A cold winter in Turkey make me change my itinery and then my travel's philosophy. I decided that the performance was not that important but the road itself brings me everything. In almost a total of 2 years where I worked as a safari tour guide in Namibia, I had enough money to continue and live the dream further and further. Soon, I will attempt to buy a boat in Amazonia and turn it into a bicyle-boat to cross the Amazonas on its bigest highways: the rivers! This tour is still in process and I will keep it updated on my website. nature, dirt roads, cultures and wildlife lover..

Around the salar of Coipaisan, in the Bolivian Altiplano
Touring in Tuscany
by Suzanne Gibson, tour started April 2009, submitted 30 May 2009
Europe: Italy

A leisurely tour in Tuscany, just two weeks but time enough for a flirt with its hills without getting too involved. We have fun cycling the streets of Florence, Pisa and Lucca, take our time visiting Medici villas and Renaissance gardens and get lovely views of the Tuscan countryside in the spring.

See all 25 reports by Suzanne Gibson

Lovely Tuscan countryside in the spring
An Easter Tour in Franconia, Germany
by Suzanne Gibson, tour started April 2009, submitted 30 May 2009
Europe: Germany

Our first tour of the season takes us to Franconia. Franconia? Sounds like a place from a Marx Brothers film. Remember ``Duck Soup'' and the land of Freedonia? On the German map it's called Franken and is a wonderful place to cycle in the pre-Easter season, if the weather is right. And it was. The countryside was just turning green and the villages were decorated with beautifully crafted, traditional Easter wreaths. We cycled from Nuremberg to Heidelberg and then followed the Altmühl Bike Path to Kelheim.

See all 25 reports by Suzanne Gibson

Bridge over the Altmühl at Ornbau
Trans Alps Bike Tour
by www.camino10.com, tour started May 2009, submitted 20 May 2009

Starting in Switzerland and crossing the Alps in eastern direction through the Dolomites of Italy to Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia; cruise around Mt.Triglav National Park, and finally mastering Austria's southern Alps on the way back to Switzerland.

Trans Alps Bike Tour
World Biking:share the adventure of cycling around the world
by Amaya Williams and Eric Schambion, tour started June 2006, submitted 20 May 2009

World Biking: The web's most comprehensive Africa Cycling Expedition. Eric and Amaya pedalled 55,000 kilometers and traversed 55 countries (37 in Africa) when they cycled from France to Cape Town via West Africa and then back to France via East Africa and the Middle East between 2006 and 2009. The next stage of their expedition beginning in June 2009 will take them across the USA and then through South America all the way to its southernmost tip, Ushuaia. Lots of photos, tales of their adventure plus touring tips, practical information and gear reviews.

See all 2 reports by Amaya Williams and Eric Schambion

Cycling in Western Sahara.
Bicycle Kicks - A Season in the Saddle
by Si Hood, tour started August 2009, submitted 19 May 2009
Europe: UK

I'm cycling to every York City league match next season, home and away.

Follow the lows and lows of a season in the saddle following a fallen minnow at www.bicyclekicks.co.uk

Central Spain by ('bent) Bike
by Wayne Joerding, tour started May 1999, submitted 18 May 2009
Europe: Spain

I had a wonderful time, everywhere I went the people were friendly, the drivers reasonably considerate, and the touring spectacular. Why the Extremadura? The Extremadura is a very interesting part of Spain for any American because the people in Extremadura have had such a profound impact on the history and development of America. It turns out that the two most famous (or infamous) conquistadors, Pizzaro and Cortez, both hail from the Extremadura. Many other Extremadurans joined them in the conquest of central and south America by the Spanish. Why? During the early 1500's, the Extramadura was a relatively undeveloped part of Spain, filled with minor nobility and controlled by absentee landlords. There were few prospects for a second or third son growing up in this region, and it was a tough neighborhood. The region had long been a contested area in the wars between the Moors and the Spaniards, it was dotted with walled towns, and inhabited by enduring people accustomed to hardship and violence. The opportunity for wealth and fame in the Americas was a magnet for aggressive young men who had few prospects for inheritance and were well trained to fight for what they wanted. Some of them did achieve wealth and fame, very few of them died peacefully in their bed.

See all 7 reports by Wayne Joerding

A Castille in Spain
Athens to Venice on pastry and pasta
by Wayne Joerding, tour started May 2001, submitted 18 May 2009
Europe: Italy, Greece

Cycling in Greece and Italy enabled us to see some of the most historic and scenically beautiful places of Europe, from ancient to modern. This online journal documents a cycle trip from Athens, across the Peloponnese, and up the Italian boot. We climbed steep mountains, sped down the other side, sweated out the humidity of south Italy, struggled our way up to Gubbio, and enjoyed deserted resorts on the Italian coast. The food was the best, the scenery spectacular, and the drivers courteous.

See all 7 reports by Wayne Joerding

Jerry's Spring Tour 2009 Bergamo
by Jerry Nilson, tour started April 2009, submitted 11 May 2009

9 days cycling in the Easter week 2009 - one day trips from Bergamo (sometimes with train). Some figures: climbed 3854m/day; distance 169,5 km/day; temperature range 7-33°C; max steepness 26%; 50 new (to me) mountain passes; max altitude 1800m; hardest climb Alpe Vaccaro.

See all 13 reports by Jerry Nilson

Menarola (above) near Chiavenna, Italy
The Pyrenees before Medicare
by Ben Elderd and Beth Elderd, tour started June 2008, submitted 7 May 2009
Europe: France

It's amazing how time flies. It seems like just the other day that our fathers were taking the training wheels off our first bikes and now we've been informed that our subscription to AARP needs renewing. On top of that we get more advertisements for Medicare drug plans than we get catalogs from the Colorado Cyclist. Maybe it's time to do a Bucket List. And if it is time, the first thing on it is to cycle the Pyrenees before we're eligible for Medicare.

And that led to this tour ...

We decided to give ourselves an easy start by cycling down the West Coast of France from Bordeaux to St. Jean-de-Luz, a scenic ride through pine and fern forests, alongside sand dunes and the Atlantic Ocean.

At St. Jean-de-Luz we would take a left turn and head into the Pyrenees toward the Col de Tourmalet. After conquering or being conquered by the Pyrenees, we'd go on to Carcassone where we would make one more left turn to follow the Midi-Canal for a leisurely, and flat, ride back to Bordeaux.

See all 2 reports by Ben Elderd and Beth Elderd

Beginning of a new tradition - helmet kisses all around
Cycling from Europe to Asia
by BikeBen, tour started May 2008, submitted 5 May 2009

``On a bicycle you are forced into intimate contact with your surroundings, the grass on the side of the road, the vehicles that drive past, the farmer in the field, that damn hill under your wells, the rain on your face, the smell of the wild flowers (or the broken sewerage pipe for that matter). This interaction gives a real sense of the place, the traffic tells you what kind of things are going on in the area, tourism, logging, farming, industry etc. The constant exposure to the weather gives an astute awareness of the day to day changes, or in the case of a strong head wind, any natural feature which will give some shelter . Hungry, thirsty and tired, a warm smile and a few words (or more often hand signals) is all it takes to find a place to pitch the tent for the night, on real ground with a newly gained sense of the place after a long day in the saddle''

With a focus on photography, this site will give the viewer a real sense of life on the road as a cycle tourist.

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