International Bike Travel
The world’s best riders will suffer on the time trial through the Emilia-Romagna region. To make matters worse, they won’t be able to enjoy the scenery, food and wine in this part of Italy as much you can
Seventy per cent of the country is mountains, which makes for some gnarly mountain biking. For roadies, there is more than 1,200 km of coastal riding
Emilia-Romagna has dubbed itself “the land of cycling.” Its coastline seems to go on forever. The roads are silky smooth with banked switchback turns on the rolling coastal and inland hills.
I don’t know how many in our group of 23 cyclists were religious, but I’m certain we were all thanking the heavens when we took a short break outside a tiny church in a tiny town on the Adriatic coast. We were halfway through our first ride of a weeklong trip through Croatia’s north and central Dalmatia regions. The day’s distance, just shy of 50 km, wasn’t notable. But we had just completed our first major climb of the week, several hundred metres on an incline of 12.5 per cent. In a week, I would want to take on the hill again, certain I could conquer it with a smile on my face. But after that first run, as the Sunday-morning church service was broadcast via loudspeaker to the vacant town – we were the only people milling about; everyone must have already been in the church, or at home still in bed – all I wanted was water, and a scoop of sladoled (Croatian for ice cream).
As with most bike parks, you could easily spend hours at the in Whakarewarewa Forest, outside Rotorua, New Zealand. In August, during New Zealand’s transition to spring from winter, I did spend a while on the trails that range in difficulty from beginner to advanced.
On June 6, 2014, cyclists from across Canada will begin a 10 day journey 70 years after D-Day. Starting in Normandy, the Canada Battlefield Ride will visit historic war memorials and riders will pay […]
Few things in cycling strike the emotional chords like the great mountains of France.