Exploring a country by bike allows us to get up close to the natural landscapes and people, yet cover enough distance each day to really get to grips with a region. It’s the best of both worlds. On a bike we can witness the changing natural habitats or ethnic cultures as we pedal, and it’s a great way to interact with local people who rely on the bicycle as their chief mode of transport.
On our cycling challenges you can discover the history and culture of countries as diverse as India or Vietnam and Cambodia, or emulate your heroes by pitting yourself against famous Tour de France climbs. You can tackle epic journeys, whether it’s from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in the UK, or London to Geneva. You can ride smooth tarmac between classic European cities, or rough tracks linking villages far off the tourist trail. Pedal through rainforest, along spectacular coastline, beneath volcanoes, and over sandy beaches, and keep telling yourself that for every road that goes up there’s another that comes down.
Whether you’re an enthusiast or a novice, cycling is a great way to push yourself. There are always new ways to test your progress, whether it’s getting over three mountains in a day, or to the top of the biggest hill you’ve ever conquered. Whatever your level, your successes are easy to measure – and your sense of achievement impossible to forget!
Yellow Graded Trips
Our huge selection of supported cycle routes across Europe offer you the opportunity to ride to or from some iconic, picturesque cities. Graded yellow, these routes will see you cycling some moderate distances over multiple days, presenting a real challenge on two wheels.
If you’ve got a long weekend, leave behind the hustle and bustle of London streets and join us on a ride to the canals and cobbled streets of Bruges. Or wind your way through villages, farmland and forest, feeling like you’ve stepped back in time as we pedal from Vienna to Prague. Alternatively, London to Paris remains the ultimate multi-day challenge for cyclists of all standards. Our classic route is 4 days long.
Fancy travelling a bit further across our globe? Cycle Rajasthan traverses through the deserts of India, finishing at the Taj Mahal; or cycle from Ho Chi Minh to Angkor Wat, the oldest religious site in the world.
Orange Graded Trips
Taking the challenge level up a notch, our orange-graded routes have some tougher, hillier terrain over longer distances. If you’ve already cycled the classic London to Paris, continue your journey from Paris to Geneva. Leaving France you can cycle from Carcassonne to Barcelona, or if you prefer the draw of pizza and pasta, join us in Italy for the Great Italian Lakes Cycle Challenge. We’ve also found Portugal’s answer to Route 66, the N2.
For those of you with some extra time on your hands, stay closer to home and take on the famous Land’s End to John O’Groats; 12 days of cycling through the very best landscapes that our country has to offer.