If you the type who prefers not to lounge beachside for your holiday and instead are much more excited by the idea of spending your time taking in the views while pedaling on your bike, then you are in luck. As cycling holidays become more and more popular a greater number of destinations are catering to people with bikes. Depending on whether you want to take your own personal cycle which can set you back on flight costs, or rent as you go which can in turn clock up quite a price – you must first understand that acquiring a bike to use is going to immediately add to the cost. But with that in mind, its up to you to find a destination hat suits both your location preferences and your current riding ability.
This popular Spanish island is a typical British tourist destination, but it is also home to some ideal areas for cyclists. The baking island makes for a sweaty climate that those wishing to burn calories will appreciate, but this also comes with the rapid winds that sweep from coast to coast. 11 miles per hours is the average wind speed here which adds an additional challenge to those ascending the volcanic hills. The 600 metre Monte Corona will be the main challenge here providing a steady climb up and a gorgeous view on the way back down.
Renowned for both its brewing of specialised beer and the spring time cycling race Tour De Flanders, Belgium is unsurprisingly a fan favourite for cyclists who want to tackle both of these. But as many who have seen the races are familiar with the Belgians have infamously covered many of their roads and pathways with cobbles. This constant uneven surface makes for a nightmarish terrain when riders are racing, but also puts undue pressure on the rears of anyone riding long distance in Belgium, so keep this in mind. If you are daring however the famous routes can be rode upon all year round so you can try your hand at the 600 metre long Koppenberg if you wish. For the more risk averse however there is much flat ground in the north and hill climbs on the southern stretch which make for a nice variation if you have been bumping along the stones steadily for a day.
This area in South Africa provides a fantastic opportunity to ride against a stunning backdrop of sea views, ancient cliffs and long dusty roads. Thanks to the Bicycle Cape Town organisation who activiely pursue ways to change this sprawling urban environment into one that is more cyclist friendly, the area has become a great place for riders. If you can time your visit to coincide with the Cape Town cycle tour, you will be able to pedal through some of the regions most photo worthy areas. Here the beating sun and natural views of greens and terracotta rocks may be the difference you are looking for in your ride away from home.