Top 10 places to ride with your bike this year

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What better way to explore and adventure than on two wheels?

If you’re considering a trip with your bike this year but haven’t decided where you’d like to go, take a look at our top 10 for some inspiration!

Road cycling holidays

City riding
If urban adventures are your thing a city break by bike is sure to be right up your street.

Take a tour of Paris by bicycle and discover the sights from a different point of view. Not only will you be able to cover much more ground than by foot, but you’ll also be able to cycle without worry, with more than 430 miles of cycle path around the city.

Why not embrace the vibrant cycling culture that Amsterdam has to offer? The amount of cyclists riding around means that there’s a fantastic network of routes to get around the city, keeping you separate from pedestrians, cars and trams. Amsterdam even has separate traffic lights just for bikes!
Challenge yourself
Fancy some real road cycling this summer? Get yourself to the Alps and challenge yourself to some famous climbs from the Tour de France or Giro d’Italia. And don’t forget, after all that climbing you’ll be able to enjoy some fantastic views and breathtaking descents!

Winter sun
Lanzarote is a popular choice for road cyclists to escape the woes of winter riding in the UK.

This small island boasts roads as smooth as silk and low traffic numbers, which means plenty of undisturbed cycling bliss. What’s more, winter prices in Lanzarote are generally reasonable so you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy some mild winter weather on your bike.

 

Stay local
You don’t have to go abroad to have a great time on your bike. There’s plenty right on our doorstep for the touristy cyclists among us and the hardy road cyclists.

Take a look at the National Cycle Network for a range of routes across the UK to explore, so you can get the miles in and visit some fantastic places too!

 

Mountain biking holidays

Whistler
Known by many as the mountain biking mecca, Whistler is home to some of the smoothest and most breathtaking trails in the world.

Year after year this special place attracts thousands of mountain bikers from beginners to professionals, so why not make it your time to get out there and shred the fantastic trails Whistler has to offer.

Like many popular biking spots in the world, the bike park is a snow resort in the winter, but once the snow is gone the lift service and facilities double up as a space for mountain bikers to use and enjoy!

For first time visitors the bike park offers coaching, essential knowledge and advice for getting the most out of your visit.

And with nearby lodging and other accommodation, Whistler has everything you need to create the bike holiday of your lifetime!

The Alps
For a big bike adventure a little closer to home, a holiday in The Alps is a choice you won’t regret.

From popular and lively resorts like Morzine to big natural trails in Chatel, The Alps has something for everyone, whether you’re a downhill demon or an enduro enthusiast.

For you hardened souls who really want a trip you won’t forget, challenge yourself to the Megavalanche, a mass-start mountain bike on the Alpe d’Huez. It’s a non-stop downhill and enduro ride starting on a glacier at 10,925ft.

 

New Zealand
Another popular spot for professionals looking to escape the gloomy British winter, New Zealand boasts some fantastic natural riding and the famous Queenstown Bike Park, complete with gondola-accessed trails and your choice of groomed trails or natural and challenging tracks.

Where’s your favourite place to ride? Share your cycling and mountain adventures below!

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