Love cycling? One of your biggest fantasies may just have come true. Lonely Planet has come up with a guide highlighting some of the most epic and heart-thumping bike routes around the world.
From a beer bike tour in Colorado, to a daring Tour d’Afrique that starts in Egypt, winds through Ethiopia and Zambia and ends at the tip of South Africa, the guide, Epic Bike Rides of the World, features 50 cycling adventures and 200 ideas that span 30 countries.
While the book includes a good dose of thrilling and gruelling bike journeys around the world — some call for month-long excursions and many revolve around “heart-pounding ascents” and descents — it also features family-friendly cycling paths in the city that offer flat and accessible trails.
Avid cyclists looking for the ultimate biking challenge may want to look into the Tour d’Afrique, a gruelling test of endurance that covers 12,000 km over four months starting at the Pyramids of Giza, before winding south through the entire continent.
Those who don’t have four months of vacation can ride one of eight stages, each of which lasts 14 days.
For beer-loving cyclists, experts recommend hitting the Colorado trail where they can refuel at some of the many distilleries along the way.
And for cyclists looking for a picturesque and more leisurely ride, there’s the Loire Valley in France, where the effortless bike ride is set against the backdrop of French castles, the Loire river, a bucolic French countryside, gardens and vineyards.
Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides of the World is now available and retails for $35.
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