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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.

Cycling info pages (continued)

Driving your bicycle in Albania
by by Roman Zapatrin, , submitted 9 June 2008
Europe: Albania

In May, 2008, I spent two weeks in Albania. First week I stayed in the city of Vlora, during the second one I crossed the country from Ionian sea coast to the Greek border near the Prespa lake. All this gave me an opportunity to acquire my own experience in cycling in Albania, which I would like to share in this short review.

Contents: roads, maps, drivers, city driving, bicycles and parts, communicating with people.

Gribe mountains, South Albania
Anniesland to Ratho Charity Bike Ride
by Pancanal, , submitted 12 November 2007
Europe: UK

Pancanal is the website for the annual Anniesland (Glasgow) to Ratho (Edinburgh) bike ride. It follows the Forth and Clyde canal to Falkirk then the Union Canal to Ratho.

This cycle is in memory of Robin Wilkie who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2005. All sponsorship raised from this cycle go directly to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Castelli della Loira in bici, versione famiglie
by, , submitted 13 September 2007
Europe: France
language: it

Tour dei castelli della Loira in bici, percorso abbreviato adatto alle famiglie.
Durata: 7 giorni.
Tappe: Tours, Villandry, Chenonceaux, Amboise, Blois, Cheverny, St.Dye, Chambord.
Suggerimenti anche per altri tour: tour dei Castelli Romani, dei castelli medievali del Casentino, dei castelli del Trentino, dei castelli della Scozia.

Grazie anche a per i consigli.

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Tour Castelli della Loira
SPANISH CYCLEPATHS: Information about cycle touring in Spain
by Dawn Severenuk, , submitted 21 May 2007
Europe: Spain

A website dedicated to providing in-depth information about cycle touring in Spain. Great ideas for tours, weekends away and places to go; useful links to get you there and get you around, as well as a travelogue and picture gallery to tempt you to get on your bike and go!

Cycling in Poland
by, , submitted 15 April 2007
Europe: Poland

Have a look at this fantastic site and plan your first really exciting cycling holiday in amazing and surprising Poland. Here you will find practical information about roads, health and safety, money, threats and much more.

Local, polish road
The Twizi hostel directory - the cheapest places to stay on the planet
by Patrick Sexton, , submitted 6 January 2007

[The author travels around the world and reviews hostels, and has built up a large hostel directory.]

What are hostels?

The quickest answer I can give to you is that hostels are budget accommodations where you share a room with other travelers. To be more specific though and to give you a better idea of what to expect I will say that a hostel room is like a hotel room but instead of being just one bed there are a couple (or a few) bunk beds. There are also (gasp!) other people. People you do not know! These other people are travelers who are most likely very much like you in the sense that they are exploring and traveling and doing it as absolutely cheaply as possible. Hostels have been around a long long time. There are over 20,000 of them around the world. Hostels are very much a part of the culture of Europe, and are starting to be known in the USA as well. Hostels are a cheaper way of staying in a city where you do not live.

world map
World Bikes
by Daniel Sciboz, submitted 13 December 2006
Europe, Asia, America, Africa

This search engine helps to find information provided directly from about 490 bike manufacturers.

Mount Zavizan Climb 0 - 1598 m
by Rajko Malojčić, , submitted 7 June 2006
Europe: Croatia
language: hr

Since 2003 in the second half of June a race is beeing organized by the Senj Mountain Bike Club which starts from the village Sv. Juraj near Senj at the sea level and ends at the mountain hut Zavizan 1568 m above. Trek is 33 km long and is graphically represented on the web page. About half of it goes on a paved road and another half on unpaved road through the forest which belongs to the North Velebit National Park. Participation for less trained cyclists is facilitated by the second start at 1000 m from the village Oltari. Traditional evening reunion of participants takes place in Sv. Juraj harbour restaurant after the race. The event is a good introduction to the beauties of cycling in mount Velebit forests. Accomodation for foreign visitors is provided through

See all 4 reports by Rajko Malojčić

A useful website page for cyclists coming to the quiet roads of the Alps Maritimes, inland from the busy Cote D'Azur, France.
by Ruth Jessop, , submitted 10 April 2006
Europe: France

This website gives information for on and off road cycling in the Alpes Maritimes inland from the busy roads of the Cote D'Azur.
Detailed descriptions of on and off road cycles, including height graphs and distances.
Photo gallery.
General information about the area - market days, restaurant phone numbers etc.
Information about cycle friendly accommodation with a shopping service to save cyclists carrying heavy shopping on bicycles when coming to an area devoid of shops. There are cycle tools, a lockable garage, all maps are provided, washing machine available.

A great day out cycling to Aiglun, then returning to Les Basses Beaumettes via the Clue de St Auban.
The Loaded Touring Bike - Homepage and Photo Gallery
by Ron Wheeler ''miles2go'', submitted 27 March 2006

A high quality photo gallery of over 350 loaded touring bicycles from around the world. A tribute to the loaded touring bike and the places the bikes take us. Expedition links and tourer profiles. Tailwinds!

One of the many touring bike photos in the gallery.
DBS Viking Tour
by Resykkelclubb, , submitted 9 January 2006
Europe: Norway
language: en, fi, no, de

The World's most beautiful cycling tour. July 23rd - 28th 2006. Geiranger, Trollstigen, Sognefjord, Jotunheimen, Nærøyfjord...

The Viking Tour takes you everywhere! Six days, eight fjords and nine mountain passes shared with 230 cyclo-tourists and former Tour de France competitors. Great international atmosphere and informal Fjordland hospitality dearly welcome all cyclists whatever goal they have for the tour. Competition classes are only timed for parts of each stage, giving everyone a much appreciated chance to ride with people normally at the other end of the ``peloton.'' No time limits. Our welcoming you at the stage finish only gets warmer the later you arrive. You can choose to stay in the Valhall Camps which include simple breakfasts, showers and some places pools & sauna. Or you can rent your own room, share a cabin with friends, bring a camper-van or...

The organizer Re Cyling Club provides luggage transport, feeding stations, bicyle repair service, first aid and everything needed for you to focus enjoy the experience. The cycling- and social thrills are unlimited. Available starting places are not...

Bicycle touring in Tuscany
by David Cleveland, submitted 28 December 2005
Europe: Italy

David has written a book on bicycle touring in Tuscany. The site offers many useful links for Italy in general, Tuscany, Umbria, Marches, and Lazio, and miscellaneous travel sites; as well as a picture gallery.

How to travel with your bike on trains in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic
by Brian Wasson, , submitted 7 November 2005

A Web site devoted to the challenges of getting you and your bicycle on a train and to your destination in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Specific ``how-tos,'' detailed photos, hints and tips, useful links, etc.

See all 3 reports by Brian Wasson

Viking Tour 2006 - Noorwegen - 23/07/2006 - 28/07/2006
, submitted 1 November 2005
Europe: Norway
language: no

's Werelds mooiste fietstocht

Zesdaagse cyclosportieve en recreatieve tocht toegankelijk voor wielertoeristen en zij die willen wedijveren met ex-profs. Ontdek Geiranger, Trollstigen, Jotunheimen, Peak Road, Sognefjorden, Vikafjell, Eagles Road, Dalsnibba... 600 km en 11000 m hoogteverschil vanuit Aurland tot Åndalsnes. Een unieke kans om kennis te maken met een exclusieve meerdaagse tocht waarbij de wegen verrijzen uit de Atlantische Oceaan en klimmen tot de pieken in de wolken van West-Noorwegen. De etappes zijn voorzien van gechronometreerde zones, waarvan een klassement word opgemaakt, maar u kan ook gewoon recreatief deelnemen zonder tijdsopname. U fiets 'Touring Class' of voor de dames 'Ladies Class' naast de 'Competition Class' netjes in vijf leeftijdscategorien bij de mannen en de vrouwen onderverdeeld. De organisatie ``Re sykkelklubb & DBS Viking Tour'' zorgt voor transporten van bagage en bevoorrading zones zodat u zich kan focussen op de bergpassen, de fjorden, de watervallen, de gletsersn en de meren.

Biking in Ukraine: tips on where and how to cycle around Ukraine
by Rick DeLong, , submitted 17 October 2005
Europe: Ukraine

All about cycling in Ukraine. Routes and detailed info for Kiev, Carpathians, and Crimea. Trip reports and pictures of trips. General info on Ukraine, transportation, weather, getting your bike on the train, etc.

How to Bicycle In and Out of Paris
by Quoth May,
Europe: France

What you need to know about renting bikes in Paris; bicycling in Paris; subways, trains, and the RER; and cycling out of Paris. French pronunciation; French bicycle types and repair vocabulary; Road signs and their observance; helmets. How to get regional maps, lodging, and tourist sight information. Six bicycle routes and tours out of central Paris, avoiding almost all traffic: Detailed Directions and Photos. On the same site: Seventeen Best Bike Tours in France, Holland, Italy, Germany and Austria.

See all 2 reports by Quoth May

French Trains - our experiences
by Darren Martin,
Europe: France

Eurostar, Paris Metro, TGV, local trains.

A law against cyclists in Spain
by Hildegard Resinger,
Europe: Spain

Henry Kingman's Vanity Page
by Henry Kingman,
Europe: France

This page has a report of the 1999 edition of Paris-Brest-Paris, a history of the Paris-Brest-Paris tour, and other material.

Biking in Abruzzo
by Angelo Bandini,
Europe: Italy

Situated almost in the center of the Italian peninsula only one hour away from Rome, Abruzzo it's one of Italy best kept secrets. Most of its economic life takes place on the coast facing the Adriatic Sea but its very heart lies among the many mountains ranges that run along its territory. Here you can find the highest peaks in the Apennines. Coast and mountains are fastened together by a green belt of gentle hills lined with olive trees and vineyards. Thanks to a foreseeing policy of land preservation now thirty percent of its territory is protected as National Park (4 right now) or wildlife reservation.

See all 2 reports by Angelo Bandini

Amsterdam - City of Bikes
by Scott Munn,
Europe: Holland

Then we saw the bikes. My God, the bikes.

How can I describe them? Should I even try? Well, why not. They were just normal bikes, after all. A bit clunky-looking. Fat and heavy, but not in a judgmental way. After all, they weren't meant for racing. They were meant for lumbering over cobblestones and kerbs and dumbstruck pedestrian tourists and tram tracks and probably along the bottoms of canals, should the need arise.

And they. Were. Everywhere. Even the city aquarium had one in a display tank, dangling like bait above a couple of uninterested fish, and graphically proving, to me at least, that the saying ``A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle'' really means something, at least to fish.

The Romania Pages
by Jeroen van Marle,
Europe: Romania

Romania is an amazing country. Most people imagine the country as rough, poor, violent, dark, or even asiatic. Dracula remains to be the first association with the word Transylvania [...] the black images linger in the minds of people who never were there, and don't consider ever going there. Maybe these pages about this special Eastern European country will enlighten a few of you, and convince you that Romania is a country to be experienced. Travelling there is partly stepping into another concept of time. Things seem to go slower than in our hurried West, and some regions seem to have decided to stop altogether for a century or two. Still, Romania is not a large open-air museum; it is on the move, and sometimes more dynamic than we'd expect. Since 1989 the inhabitants have got acquainted with the concept of freedom. Even though lots of people I spoke to were worried about their economic situation, most were happy to be able to speak aloud again after fourty years of pretty awful repression.

See all 2 reports by Jeroen van Marle

The fortress-church of Homorod/Hamruden in winter
El Camino de Santiago
by Luis E. Arlegui,
Europe: Spain

El Camino de santiago is the most important pilgrimage trail all over Europe. Gotescalco, Bishop of Le Puy, was one of the first pilgrims as far as we know, he did the trail in 950 AD (more than 1000 years ago!!). The first guide of the CdS was written by Aymeric Picaud, priest of Potou, in the XIIht century: Codex Calixtinus. Today, the CdS is called also GR-65 in the International Code, GR means Gran Recorrido or Grand Randonne. It starts in France and ends in Santiago de Compostela.

Pictures from Albania
by Zdenek Horcik,
Europe: Albania

See all 2 reports by Zdenek Horcik

Ardeche, a fantastic area for bikers
by Frederic Berlioz,
Europe: France
Get your free Norwegian Tunnel Guide
by Ernst Poulsen,
Europe: Norway

Reprinted with permission from the Bicycle News Agency ©
Norway is not only the land of fjords and fjell. It is also the land of tunnels. Planning a long bicycle tour in this beautiful country may be just as difficult as planning a military operation. Overlook one single tunnel - and you are headed for disaster: a detour of 25-100 km before you reach the destination which was initially only 4 km away.

See all 6 reports by Ernst Poulsen

Cycling in Corse
by Lucio Cadeddu,
Europe: France

See all 5 reports by Lucio Cadeddu

Transporting bikes on trains
by Andreas Caranti,
Europe: Italy

A practical guide (not terribly up-to-date, though).

See all 10 reports by Andreas Caranti

Cycling Map of France
by Jean-Pierre Jacquot,
Europe: France

The IGN (Institut Géographique National) has just [Spring 1995] issued a cycling map of France, with the help of FFC (Fédération Française de Cyclisme) and FFCT (Fédération Française de Cyclotourisme).

See all 5 reports by Jean-Pierre Jacquot

Bicycles and Trains in France
by Gary Mak,
Europe: France

See also the important note on Bicycles on Trains in France, 1998 from Barbara Leonard's Bicycling à la Française.

Getting to Schiphol from Amsterdam
by Andy Thornley,
Europe: Holland

See all 2 reports by Andy Thornley

Books on mountainbiking in France
by Shaun C. Murray,
Europe: France
Cycling Ireland
by Richard Taylor,
Europe: Ireland

Once you get out of Dublin, not quite the right direction, but you will find Newgrange (a bronze age burial site within easy riding distance) well worth the visit. From then on, Ireland is your oyster. If you are trundling over to the west coast, make sure you bring your granny (gears)! Don't neglect the North if you have time, some of the most stunning scenery is in Antrim (and the toughest cycling).

Cycling in Norway
by Ernst Poulsen,
Europe: Norway

The first part of the article contains general usefull information of cycling in Norway. The second part is an account of my personal adventure in the summer of 1994 (Larvik - Geilo - Rallarveien - Sognefjorden - Bergen).

See all 6 reports by Ernst Poulsen

The Best European Bicycle Maps
by Ernst Poulsen,

This article gives tips on the best bicycle maps for most of the western-European countries. The information is gathered by members of the Danish Cyclists' Federation.

See all 6 reports by Ernst Poulsen

A [Very] Brief Report on Off-Road Biking in Denmark
by Mikkel Bech Frandsen,
Europe: Denmark

From the creator of the Trento Bike Pages: This article is a bit old, and may appear rather thin for the appetite of today's web surfers. Still it's one of the first articles to have appeared in these pages, so it will stay here anyway.

See all 2 reports by Mikkel Bech Frandsen

Winter Tips
by Sami Lampinen,
Europe: Finland
Mountain Biking in Portugal
by Nuno Nunes,
Europe: Portugal

Riding here is excellent because there are so many wild places to do it... He have got mountains, most of which are natural parks (and mtb is considered an ecological activity, bikes are treated as pedestrians when it comes to restricted trails, roads, tolls, etc.); we have a (very big) beautiful coast line; we have the planes of Alentejo (big spaces, almost all plain and mostly uninhabited) and many other places...

Cycling in the Netherlands
by James Mackay,
Europe: Holland

Provisions for bicycling in Netherlands presents an inspiring ``alternate reality'' to what is found in the United States. While not a complete utopia, bicyclists' needs are routinely accommodated in a culture that recognizes human-powered transportation as a legitimate mode.

Experiences with Trains and Ferries in Europe
by Sean Cleary

See also the Biking Gallery of photographs.

See all 4 reports by Sean Cleary

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