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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)

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.
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
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
EuroTour 2009: Trento - Praha - Berlin - København
by Flavio, tour started July 2009, submitted 8 April 2009
language: en, it

The EuroTour 2009 is a bicycle tour across Europe.

The program is from Trento, at the beginning of Italian Alps, to København. Main stops in Praha and Berlin. Around 2000 km through Italia, Austria, Deutschland and Denmark.

Departure is scheduled in July 15th, and in the website's page you can view daily maps and distances (it's only a scheme as a general rule, not mandatory!).

If you'd like to join our group, for all the path or for some parts, please write to us for any informations. The email address is in the website of the tour (grandride.com).

Scheduled path of EuroTour 2009
Dal Danubio alla Dalmazia
by Stefano Lugli, tour started August 2007, submitted 1 April 2009
language: it

Dal Danubio alla Dalmazia attraversando Austria, Slovacchia, Ungheria, Bosnia Herzegovina e Croazia. Un viaggio dal cuore dell'Europa all'Adriatico attraverso i Balcani e la loro recente storia.

See all 10 reports by Stefano Lugli

Viaggio al centro dei Balcani
by Stefano Lugli, tour started August 2005, submitted 1 April 2009
language: it

Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croazia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Slovenia: un itinerario da non interpretarsi come una discesa negli ``abissi balcanici'', una sorta di ``Cuore di tenebra'' alla Conrad, ma un viaggio esplorativo in una regione che merita di essere vista con lenti diverse da quelle massmediatiche. Andateci e non ne rimarrete delusi!

See all 10 reports by Stefano Lugli

Nordseekusten Radweg - Ciclabile Costa Mare del Nord
by Fernando Da Re, tour started July 2007, submitted 1 April 2009
Europe: Germany
language: it

E quando al tuo vento affidi le braccia, alzandole, imitando le centinaia di uccelli incontrati in precedenza e la tua libera mente formula le domande più diverse alle quali vorresti dare risposta, sai che il vento le raccoglie e in esso si perdono. Cycling in the wind è tutto questo. ..``e con selvaggia freschezza, con vigore mi soffiava in viso la felicità'' (A. Achmatova)

See all 47 reports by Fernando Da Re

Costa del Mare del Nord
Iceland by Bicycle
tour started July 2008, submitted 4 March 2009
Europe: Iceland

If you want to see an earth that is both fragile and powerful, exposed and isolated, there are few places better to visit than Iceland.

Gulfoss tumbles into a steep canyon.
Ochsenweg
by Fernando Da Re, tour started July 2007, submitted 2 March 2009
Europe: Germany
language: it

Il percorso che porta questo nome e che ripercorre lo spostamento dei popoli nordici e nomadi con le loro mandrie da nord a sud, inizia subito dopo Wedel, una cittadina fuori Amburgo. Una trentina di chilometri per fare i quali non c'è via migliore che la costa...

See all 47 reports by Fernando Da Re

Bicycle Camping in Tuscany and Latium
by Michel Laliberté, tour started September 2008, submitted 28 February 2009
Europe: Italy
language: en, fr

A three-week, 800 km cyclotouring trip across beautiful Italy (mostly camping) from Livorno to Rome, with a detour to the Cinque Terre, passing through Pisa, Firenze, Siena, Montepulciano, Lago di Chiusi, Lago di Bolsena and Lago Bracciano. Practical informations about traveling and camping in Italy and going there by train from Switzerland.

See all 7 reports by Michel Laliberté

The Ponte Vecchio in Florence
Along the Rhone from Visp to Montreaux
by Wieslaw Kraus, tour started August 2008, submitted 26 February 2009
Europe: Switzerland
language: pl

The aim was not only to overcome the cycle route, but also to hold a mountain of interesting excursions. We are four persons: Agata (10lat), Ania (16), Krzysztof (22) and me, father siblings.

Website is in Polish, but it has a google translator. It is written in simple language. Try to understand all in your native language.

See all 5 reports by Wieslaw Kraus

Our Cycling Trip from Den Haag to Amsterdam, Holland (1992)
by Fernando Candido, submitted 24 February 2009
Europe: Holland

This the story of our cycling trip from Den Haag to Amsterdam via the Noordzee route. We camped along the route. We also visited Amsterdam. Many pictures are included.

See all 5 reports by Fernando Candido

Cycling from Germany to Istanbul and back
by Christian Hoffmann, Jan Wilkening, tour started August 2007, submitted 14 February 2009
language: de

Cycling from Germany to Istanbul via Austria and the Balkan - and back via Greece, Italy and Switzerland in August and September 2007. Including tour diary in German, statistics, loads of pics and Google Maps.

Our team in Istanbul
Genis routes in bike homepage
by Genís, tour started August 2008, submitted 9 February 2009
Europe: Spain, France
language: catalan

bike route between Gósol and col du Tourmalet. Circular Route 630 Kms between Gósol and Gósol by the most famous cols of Tour de France Pyrenees.

On top of Col du Tourmalet, objective of my bike route
Ciclabile Berlino-Usedom
by Fernando Da Re, tour started August 2008, submitted 2 February 2009
Europe: Germany
language: it

L'isola di Usedom era alle spalle dopo un'ora e mezza di traghetto. Kamminke, porto di partenza, aveva lasciato un caro ricordo e la conoscenza di una triste pagina di storia: la collina di Golm.

La nuova ciclabile ora si chiama Radfernweg Berlin-Usedom e viene percorsa in senso contrario. Il suo logo, nuovo, moderno e verde, appare presto in prossimità dello sbarco ed è facile conformarvisi per la nuova e copiosa segnaletica.

See all 47 reports by Fernando Da Re

Mantova-Parigi in bicicletta
by Matteo Malavasi, tour started July 2003, submitted 2 February 2009
Europe: Italy, France
language: it

Il diario del mio primo viaggio cicloturistico (da Mantova a Parigi in 12 giorni in campeggio) dalla preparazione fino alla realizzazione. Oltre al diario è disponibile una mappa interattiva contenente tutte le informazioni riguardanti distanze, sistemazioni ecc. Il diario risale al 2003 ma credo che possa comunque essere utile sosprttutto a chi si avvicina per la prima volta al cicloturismo e come me deve superare tutti i piccoli scogli derivanti dalla mancanza di esperienza.

My travel map
Austrian Danube Bike Trail
by Ralph Herbert, tour started May 2008, submitted 13 January 2009
Europe: Germany, Austria

This was the first European bike tour I did after researching numerous alternatives. It begins in Vienna, goes to Regensberg, Germany and ends in Vienna. It was such an awesome experience that I have done two more since.

We packed our stuff in the panniers, stored our suitcases in a loft of the bike shop and hit the road. There is nothing like the feeling of leaving all your possessions behind except what you have on your bike, and striking out on a trip in a foreign country where you don't know the language, don't know a soul, and don't really care when you get back... It was finally lights out and I laid back in bed and it was such a surreal experience. Here I was on a night train to Munich, Germany, listening to the wind blow through the opened window, the clacking of the wheels on the track and the occasional squeal of the brakes as we pulled into the next station. Kinda like something out of an Agatha Christie novel.

See all 2 reports by Ralph Herbert

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

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