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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)

Bicycle trip through Spain
by Minko Oh, tour started June 1994
Europe: Spain

The report of a one-month, 3018km tour of Spain, beautifully illustrated.

See all 8 reports by Minko Oh

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started May 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

The dark forest envelops me and welcomes me home. Telephone poles have large heaps of squirrel-processed cones at the bottom. Large boulders speck the forest floor, remnants of the ice age. [...] At home I feel happy at my first ``century'' after nine months of ankylosing spondylitis.

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

A Bike Tour in the Taurus Mountains, or: A Sociological Study of Rural Turkey
by Pierre Flener, tour started May 1994
Europe, Asia: Turkey

For Kurban BayramI (``Sacrifice Feast'' in English, ``eid-al-adha'' in Arabic, in honor of Abraham's pledge to sacrifice his son (though God then bade him to sacrifice but a sheep), i.e. the Islamic holiday in the middle of ``Hac'' (``Hadj'' in Arabic), the Islamic pilgrimage month to Mecca), I drove with my Turkish friend TuGrul to the Mediterranean Sea for a mountain-bike tour in the Taurus Mountains. Here's an account of how we braved physical adversity and faced the impeccable logic of rural Turks.

See all 2 reports by Pierre Flener

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started April 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

Spring was on its way, finally. With the arrival of April, I had discarded studded tires and other winter equipment. Riding had been chilly and dirty, the scenery bleak but then the snow really started melting and the ice fishers were driven off the lakes (or drowned). Monday, April 25 was a pretty day for my traditional 100 km spring test run.

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

1000 km ``Bonne Route'' Frankreich
by Martin Wittram, tour started April 1994
Europe: France
language: de

A very detailed tour description in three chapters: Paris - Rambouillet - Tournoisis - Onzain - Chinon - Ingrandes - La Roche - La Rochelle - Saintes - Morcenx - Biarritz - Cambo - Oloron St. Marie - Lannemezan - St. Girons - Limoux -Carcassonne - St. Pons - St. Rome - Pont de Montvert - Vallon Pont d'Arc - Avignon.

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started March 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

Sunday March 13 appears uninspiring. The sky is grey. The snow is dirty. There is slush, it is +1 C. The breakfast newspaper is dull, the oatmeal bland. Finland is depressing. What can save the day? A bike ride!

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started February 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

Sunday February 27 was another glorious winter day here, Jyvaeskylae, Finland, above the 62th parallel: clear blue sky, sparkling snow and the sun low above the horizon. Time for a bike ride. [...] The temperature is very pleasant, -9 C, the wind unpleasant, in my face.

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started January 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

[...] four months of illness and recovery (and no cycling) at the end of 1993 evaporated whatever fitness I used to have. I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (a rheumatoid disease of the spine) and for a while it looked like I might not be cycling again. [...] It is overcast and not so cold (- 8 C) on January 23.

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

Les pays baltes: Poland and Lithuania
by Jacqueline et Patrick Huard, tour started 1994
Europe: Poland, Lithuania
language: fr

A family goes cyclo-camping and brings back valuable experience, great stories and beautiful pictures.

See all 8 reports by Jacqueline et Patrick Huard

Tour of the Alps 1994
by Jobst Brandt, tour started 1994

This is the great report of a tour in the Alps that Jobst Brandt did in the summer of '94.

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

The French Alps
by Carsten Gregersen, tour started 1994
Europe: France

This tour's destination is Briançon in the heart of the French Alps. In the mountains around the village are several ancient forts, and a network of old military roads makes it very suitable for mountain biking. We camp in le Rosier a little outside Briançon. The road from Genève and back again is very hard mountain climbing across some of the highest and most beautiful passes in the Alps. We are two persons carrying our own pack but sharing one tent.

See all 11 reports by Carsten Gregersen

On our way through the Aosta valley
July Century, Clermont-Ferrand to St. Etienne, France
by Sean Cleary, tour started 1994
Europe: France

The riding along the coast there was great. It was quite hilly; generally, it would be leave a little town, climb up 150m or so to leave the valley, then contour a bit, and soon drop down (sometimes quite quickly- 40+ mph which is a lot since I'm a wimp about going fast) into the next valley with another little town on the sea. There were some impressive ruins and towers on the higher hills further inland, including the Tour Madeloc, which is quite prominent.

See all 4 reports by Sean Cleary

August Century, Colliore, France to St. Feliue de Guixoils, Spain
by Sean Cleary, tour started 1994
Europe: France, Spain

I rode from Montpellier, France to Barcelona, Spain at the end of July and beginning of August. This description is of the day I crossed from France into Spain along the Mediterranean.

See all 4 reports by Sean Cleary

Marche
by Stefano Gerosa, tour started 1994
Europe: Italy
language: it

See all 3 reports by Stefano Gerosa

Les pays baltes à vélo
by Jacqueline et Patrick Huard, tour started 1994
language: fr

A family goes cyclo-camping and brings back valuable experience, great stories and beautiful pictures:

See all 8 reports by Jacqueline et Patrick Huard

Tour de Suisse
by Torsten Lif, tour started 1994
Europe: Switzerland

When Richard Freytag and I started planning this year's recumbent tour, the somewhat obnoxious idea of touring Switzerland on the outside came up. We liked it, although it was soon clear that we would not manage the complete round in the time we had on our hands so we decided to go for a semi-circle and save the rest for later. After contacting Andreas Fuchs (from the HPV mailing list) in Bern for help with some practical details, it was decided that we would start in Bern and thus get a couple of days of riding in Switzerland before entering France.

See all 3 reports by Torsten Lif

Geneva to Venice
by Trevor Warwick, tour started September 1993

In mid-September 1993, a group of five Digital employees set out to ride from Geneva to Venice The planned route was 800km, and had > 10,000 metres of climbing, with pre-arranged hotel bookings at strategic points.

See all 4 reports by Trevor Warwick

A tour from England to France and Spain
by Sean Cleary, tour started September 1993
Europe: UK, France, Spain

See also the Biking Gallery of photographs.

See all 4 reports by Sean Cleary

Munich to Flensburg in seven days
by Christian Flenker, tour started August 1993
Europe: Germany
language: de

An excellent report, also from a technical point of view.

See all 4 reports by Christian Flenker

Fahrrad-Thermal-Urlaub in Ungarn
by Ralph Sontag, tour started August 1993
language: de

Kosice, Roznava, Miskolc, Eger, Tiszafüred, Hajdoszoboszlo, Szarvas, Csongrad, Kiskunhalas, Villany, Haromfa, Zalakaros, Heviz, Sarvar, Kapuvar, Breitenbrunn, Bratislava.

See all 3 reports by Ralph Sontag

Filisur (Switzerland) to Milan
by Christian Flenker, tour started August 1993
language: de

An excellent report, also from a technical point of view.

See all 4 reports by Christian Flenker

Tatra bicycletour
by Györgyi Gábor, tour started August 1993
Europe: Slovakia

After long planning ´s some training I and a friend of mine (from the secondary school), Csaba Budavári started to „conquer” the Tatra by bicycle. We had already known the hungarian land next to our home: Vác, Penc, Acsa and the sunny, hilly area with sunflower-fields. In Verseg we spent a little time in a village-muzeum (skanzen) which consisted of only two old houses. The old lady who showed us the rooms was very friendly. Not much before Gyöngyös, after reaching the top of a climb we got a nice view to the town, and the mountains (the highest: K´kestetõ) behind it. In the evening it wasn’t a problem to fall aslep; we were tired.

See all 26 reports by Györgyi Gábor

In the Tatras
Transalp 1993 - from Munich to Lake Garda and back
by Christian Flenker, tour started July 1993
language: de

An excellent report, also from a technical point of view. Die ``Gardasee-Tour'' war meine erste größere 'Radwanderung', die ich mit Peter Steinlehner unternommen habe. Damals gingen wir in die 11. Klasse vom Gymnasium Vaterstetten und starteten uzu dieser Transalp-Tour, auf die wir uns schon lange gefreut hatten. [Diese] euphorische Tourenbeschreibung ist in den Tagen nach dieser Tour entstanden

See all 4 reports by Christian Flenker

Fietsvakantie Polen
by Bas van Oudheusden, tour started July 1993
Europe: Poland
language: nl

An extremely well-organized and informative report, with historical notes, a bibliography, useful links, in one word, The Works!
Onze route voerde door de noordelijke helft van Polen, globaal: Poznan - Torun - Kazubie Gdansk - Mazurische meren - Bialystok - Warschau (1400 km in drie weken).

See all 2 reports by Bas van Oudheusden

Holland
by Mike Vermeulen, tour started June 1993
Europe: Holland

Mike's site hosts reports of his other non-European tours: These trips range in distance from 355 miles (Hawaii) to 6089 miles (Canada) and in time from a week to three months.

See all 4 reports by Mike Vermeulen

Radweg 1 Holland - Höxter
by Martin Wittram, tour started May 1993
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Tour des Fjordes
by Torsten Lif, tour started May 1993
Europe: Norway, Sweden

A recumbent ride from Bergen (Norway) to Motala (Sweden) with Richard Freytag, Charles Clinton and Ian Feldman.

See all 3 reports by Torsten Lif

Tour of the Alps 1993
by Jobst Brandt, tour started 1993

[...] I rode past the emerald Lago di Carezza in whose glassy surface the myriad spires of the Latemar (2846m) were mirrored. Then after passing the huge magnificent hotels with massive 1920's architecture near the summit of the Costalunga (1753m), I descended to Pozza di Fassa (1220m) and on to Canazei and turned up the Pso Sella (2257m), the Gardena (2121m), and the Campolongo (1875m) and onward to the Giau (2236m). The view from the Giau was magnificent with the great Dolomites, the majestic Le Tofane, Monte Cristallo, Monte Cadini and the Marmorola above Cortina, clear and bright in the afternoon sun while to the southwest, the glacier glistened on the Marmolada.

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

La Marmotte
by Francis Cooke, tour started 1993
Europe: France

La Marmotte is one of the toughest and most spectacular one-day events in Europe, only 175km but with well over 5000m of climbing, finishing on that most famous of Tour de France battling grounds, the Alpe d'Huez.

See all 5 reports by Francis Cooke

Cycling Central Europe
by Eric McCaughrin, tour started 1993

This is the Pilsner tour, covering Germany, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic. The terrain is rolling hills and the routes traverse famous rivers and the towns and cities that formed along their banks.

See all 5 reports by Eric McCaughrin

Beer, what else?
A tour of Hungary
by Franco Comai, tour started 1993
Europe: Hungary, Austria
language: en, it

See all 2 reports by Franco Comai

Cycling Spain
by Eric McCaughrin, tour started 1993
Europe: Spain

Includes Logistics, a Map, and reports of tours Barcelona-Valencia, the Pyrenees, Malaga-Alicante and Granada-Gibralter.

With its sunny climate, fantastic coasts and mountains, one really can't go wrong with a bicycle tour of Spain. Since 1993, I've made three trips there and this web page is a conglomeration of those adventures. Aside from a short tour through the Pyrenees, most of the cycling I've done has been along the coast -- from the French border all the way down to Gibralter [...] Cycling the Mediterranean coast is a lot like biking the famed Pacific Coast highway in the US -- great views, fantastic beaches, stunning headlands, and not much traffic. Moreover, there are plenty of interesting historical and cultural sites to visit along the way, such as ancient forts and castles, cathedrals, old fishing villages, and the Salvador Dali museum.

See all 5 reports by Eric McCaughrin

The Rock at Gibraltar, with antennas galore
The Swiss Alps
by Carsten Gregersen, tour started 1993
Europe: Switzerland

We are two friends bringing our mountain bikes on the plane to Genève. From here we go for a ride through the cantons Bernese Oberland og Valais. We carry full pack, i.e. tent, sleeping bag cooker etc. Occasionally we leave the pack behind and ride on the small hiking tracks in the mountains. The highlight of the tour is Pas de Lona (2787 m) on the last part of the Grand Raid Cristalp mountain bike route. We also find time for a few trips with some of the fascinating Swiss narrow-gauge railways.

See all 11 reports by Carsten Gregersen

Two proud cyclists at the high spot of the trip, Pas de Lona
Paris - Loire - Bretagne
by Thomas Driemeyer, tour started 1993
Europe: France

Paris can very quickly lose its charm when you leave the center and enter the ``Banlieue'', the suburbs, but eventually we left Paris at the Porte d'Orl´ans, and rode south towards Orl´ans. After the difficulties crossing Paris we didn't quite make it all the way to Orl´ans, and stayed in a hotel.

This turned out to be a very memorable decision. I am not talking about a motel. This was the house of a family operating some fruit orchards, very old and unremarkable from the outside. We were welcomed by an old lady who led us to a simple but comfortable room upstairs. They had three of these, but we were the only guests. Dinner was served in their large poorly-lit living room. The old lady asked what we would like to eat, and then proceeded to her kitchen to prepare the food. It was delicious. I wish I had written down the name of the village.

See all 20 reports by Thomas Driemeyer

St. Malo, Bretagne
Das Tal der Selke im Harz
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1993
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Mecklenburg
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1993
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Two Wheels Through The Irish Mist
by Judy Colwell, tour started August 1992
Europe: Ireland

Three self-contained cycle tourists leave sunny dry California and meander through the green rolling hills of Ireland.

See all 2 reports by Judy Colwell

Ostsee bis Danzig
by Martin Wittram, tour started May 1992
Europe: Germany, Poland
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Land's End to John O'Groats
by Peter Seaman and Martin Cockersole, tour started April 1992
Europe: UK

Includes maps, and plenty of pictures. One cannot make a 1000 mile bicycle trip such as this without a few amusing incidents. At Bettyhill on the final day we met a lady in a cafe where the following conversation took place Lady: ``So you are cycling. Have you come from far?'' Martin: ``No, not really. Only from Land's End''.

See all 2 reports by Peter Seaman and Martin Cockersole

Route around Slaidburn
Cycling in the lap of the Gods
by Paul Hellander, tour started April 1992
Europe: Greece

Greece is not the kind of place with which one would normally associate enjoyable cycling in Europe. It has high mountains, it can be very hot in Summer, it has drivers whose road sense can leave much to be desired and there is not very much written about cycling in Greece. Nonetheless, I have just come back from a 7 and a half month stay in that country, accompanied by my two bikes and I am pleased to say that cycling is alive and well in Greece - though not necessarily by the Greeks themselves.

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