Back in 2017 Mads Phikamphon asked 53 experienced touring cyclists about their favourite / best bicycle touring destinations. He wanted to help people dream about amazing and sometimes surprising new places to ride – or even help cyclists change their route for the better if they’re already on the road.
It’s now 2019. Mads gave us permission to continue his best bicycle touring destinations list with even more accomplished bicycle travelers who continue to come up with exciting new places to ride.
Via the links on this new list, we also make it easy to discover unknown bicycle touring websites / blogs and read more background information on the cyclist’s favourite places to pedal.
Every couple of months new long-distance bicycle touring blogs including favourite destinations, will be added and dead links removed.
The mix of post Soviet and European atmosphere makes Georgia a unique place in the world. Raw and relatively undiscovered, developed and welcoming in others. Amazing nature from the Black Sea to the Caucasian mountains. The Georgian wine and cuisine are incredibly tasteful.
True bike touring and bike packing paradise. Stunning views around every corner with mountain passes high above 4,000 meters / 13,000 feet, the most beautiful camp spots and friendly, hospitable locals handing you fruits, veggies and chai.
Probably one of the most challenging places to ride a bicycle. Avoid the busy main roads and enjoy the delicious Nepali/Indian food, Buddist and Hindu temples, smiles and ’Namaste’s’ from locals and off course the breathtaking scenery on the Himalayan mountains.
Every bit as spectacular as riding through the national park, but without the bureaucracy. Stunning mountain views, raw wilderness, and amazing wildlife.
Espinazo del diablo, Sinaloa
An old mountain road that doesn’t see much use after a highway was built. Authentic towns, cheap food, unbelievable camping and views just off the side of the road at 10,000 feet.
Sonoran River Valley
Highway 89 is everything desert riding should be. Mountain foothills, winding and rolling roads. Perfect little pueblos with great food and hotels.
Cotahuasi Landscape Reserve
This beautifully bleak volcanic plateau sits at over 4500m high. With no sign of civilisation for miles, the unforgiving nature of the land sparks a sense of adventure.
Masterfully sculptured canyons and harmonious vineyards define this region which is the home to cacti and cowboys. The warm orange glow to the land reflects its relaxed, mellow atmosphere.
In Patagonia you can start a day amongst forested, snow-capped mountains and finish it in a dry, wild-west-like landscape. With its small population, it’s not hard to find an empty corner of this untouched expanse to explore.
Outer Hebrides (The Hebridean Way, Sustrans)
A superbly scenic adventure, a sign-posted route, beautiful beaches and lots of wildlife. Quiet, remote and wild at times, comfortable campsites and the Co-Op at others.
The French / Swiss Alps
Cycling towards Chamonix and marvelling at the mighty Mont Blanc as it gets bigger and bigger. Wonderful off-road cycle paths across France led us here.
From jungles in the tropics to mountains on the Tibetan Plateau, this region is stunning for bicycle touring. Traditional Old Towns adorned with red lanterns break up the journey perfectly.
A serpentine of a road weaving between 7000m mountains, jaw dropping valleys and colossal glaciers. Combine with the friendly locals and the opportunity for exploring other valleys, it’s unforgettable.
Adjara & Samtshke-javakheti
Plenty of rough stuff to ride with a real wild feel to the road. After exploring the mountains, head into Tbilisi to let off some steam in the quirky capital.
Mid-Coastal & Highland region
Gorgeous smooth coastal roads, cheap food and the opportunity to head into the mountains – what more could you want on a cycle tour?
The country has the best combination of all: a huge variety in landscapes, perfect tarmac roads but also more than enough off road options, incredibly hospitable people, great food, plenty of history. It still is our biggest surprise of the whole trip. Turkey just has it all.
Cycling this windy road from little village to little village, on all sides embedded in >7500m peaks is one of those experiences that will stay vividly clear in your mind for a long time after. Combine this with great food and even greater people and you may get the idea of the KKH. Plenty of options for side trips off the bike too.
If you want wild and remoteness, this is the place to go. Almost only off-road cycling here, through endless green to golden valleys with peaks towering over you. The nomadic culture here is most welcoming to strangers and you can literally pitch your tent anywhere. Herds of horses and yaks roam the fields, and there is the occasional yurt with herdsmen who always come to greet the foreigner. It’s heaven on earth.
Especially the beautiful, warm, hillside villages.
Pedalling high into the dramatic Indian Himalayas, passing through changing scenery with increasing altitude.
The lush, green mountains. So many wonderful, kind people (like most of the world!)
Colombia in this part has got incredible network of quiet dirt roads for some great bicycle touring. The most beautiful is the road between Ibagué and Salento – next to the tallest palms in the world.
TEMBR dirt version
Especially the part between Tulcán and Riobamba. Your hard work will be rewarded with incredible views and the best wild camping. Totally remote in places!
Espinazo del Diablo
Beautiful paved ride from the Pacific coast almost to 3000 metres. Riding on the Devil’s Backbone. Remote, minimal traffic, beautiful views.
Nordkapp to Lofoten
The accessible scenic arctic. Considerate drivers. Easy to camp. Midnight sun in summer. Berry picking and mackerel fishing.
Windswept limestone plateaus. Deep gorges cut by rivers. Extinct volcanoes. Cathar fortresses. Resistance era history. Delicious food.
Sierra de Córdoba
Between pampas and Andean foothills. Geologically older than the Andes. Extinct volcanoes. Pampas grass. Soaring condors. Ranching country with sweeping views.
High Atlas range
The constantly changing rock formations, the dazzling mountain passes and the breathtaking view of dancing clouds at Tizi-n-Test satisfied every part in body.
The rough diamond Angola left me flabbergasted, with the Lubango region on top of the bill. Visit Tundavala and Serra the Leba, with its stunning 800 m dropping cliffs.
Loose yourself on the long and dull stretches of the biggest desert in earth. In several ways it’s extreme, which makes it is the perfect recipe for an unforgettable experience.
Inland route via Cappadocia and Erzurum Province
Incredible hospitality, daily invites for chai and shelter, rich culture and unique landscapes.
Zerafshan Valley, Pamir Highway, Wakhan Valley
Challenging high-altitude cycling with rewards of awesome mountain scenery, friendly locals, abundant wild camping and a good choice of routes.
Luxuriously easy cycle touring: delicious, cheap food, plenty of camping opportunities and Warmshowers hosts, beautiful beaches and smooth, quiet roads.
Kyrgyrzstan / Tajikistan
The Pamir highway is probably the ultimate touring destination; challenging, remote but with the home-stay network it’s accessible at the same time!
Adjura region or Svaneti
Friendly locals, a rich history, epic roads and great hearty local food always on offer.
A wild land that has both the landscape and weather to ‘experience’! Riding between the islands or from south to north finding off road gravel options.
Cycling on beautiful dirt roads with views of lakes, glaciers and snow capped mountains.
Salar de Uyuni
A magical experience to cycle on the salt for a couple of days.
We love cycling on farm roads, through the picturesque villages and eating baguettes with French cheese for lunch next to an old church.
Stunningly beautiful, Kyrgyzstan is wild and exotic enough to be interesting, but accessible enough to be convenient – the perfect adventure cycling destination.
Spectacular landscapes and an almost medieval, rustic vibe. Great food and delicious red wine; Georgia packs a lot into one tiny country.
The Rift Valley is breathtaking and you can see zebras, giraffes and all manner of wildlife right from the road. Africa is like nowhere else, and Kenya is truly magical.
Charming people & an underrated gem that instantly makes you forget you’re still in Europe. Offering challenging, off-the-beaten-track cycling through stunning, remote mountain ranges, it won’t disappoint the adventurous cyclist.
Physically & mentally challenging, sadly not always for the right reasons, but culturally diverse & provides stunningly beautiful terraced canyons, mountain ranges & an ever changing landscape. Patient & positive disposition required.
Kenya offers almost all the components of what most adventure cyclists look for. Diverse & spectacular landscapes, remote roads, friendly people, wildlife & culture. Experience East Africa at it’s finest.
The landscapes that comprise the Desert Southwest — Arizona, Southern Utah, Southwest Colorado, and New Mexico — sing in their silence and vastness. The canyons, plateaus, mountains and infinite sky draw me again and again.
Pakistan is a place of hospitality and history, complexity and culture, with some of the highest mountains in the world towering above.
Peru is to me the perfect blend of wild remoteness with beautiful music and language and tradition. There is just enough infrastructure to make adventure easy, but there are genuine possibilities for breathtaking memories.
A vast country with so many varied landscapes, particular highlights were riding the mountain passes of the Tibetan plateau or discovering the oasis cities of the Gobi Desert.
The birthplace of wine! Friendly locals in every town willing to feed you and give you a place to crash. Great scenery with medieval villages nestled among the mountains. And mouthwatering kachapuri.
With a new highway built between Elbasan and Tirana the old mountain road is completely deserted and a cyclist’s dream.
Pamir Highway in September
Incredibly warm and generous people, fresh produce during the harvest, fascinating culture and challenging climbs with out-of-this-world scenery.
Belogradchik, Vidin Province
Beautiful climbs, good roads and breathtaking views of Belogradchik rocks (Europe’s very own Grand Canyon).
Northern Laos to Tay Trang border
Gentle climbs, good road conditions and friendly relaxed village life with amazing wild camp spots.
Deep green hills, street food, Lake Bunyonyi.
Majestic ruggedness, friendliness, landscape diversity.
Rocky mountains, dead quiet, hospitality, culture.
Argentina / Chile
Puna de Atacama
Otherworldly scenery, involving riding and a heady dose of solitude.
Indigenous culture, slightly edgy, fascinating flora and fauna and gloriously hilly.
Endless box-office views and the most inspiring of riding and every opportunity to escape the traditional tourist track.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
We loved the people, the beautiful scenery, quiet roads, and the fascinating cultural mix of this often overlooked little country.
Friendly locals, great food, cheap guesthouses, and lots of lovely cycling.
Great, adventurous cycling on peaceful roads through beautiful green mountains leading from one charming puebla to the next. And it’s cheap!
Wild and rugged scenery, glaciers, dramatic fjords, stunning waterfalls, a rich history and abundant bird life. Iceland is an incredible place to cycle.
The Great Divide
Hairpin heaven up in the high Andes. A spectacular and varied high altitude route from the Cordillera Blanca to the Carretera Central.
The Mongolian steppe
Pick your way across the vast and spectacular Mongolian Steppe. An untouched paradise for the adventure cyclist.
Marmara / Central Anatolia
The heat, landscapes, hilly and well-paved roads, incredible food and super hospitable and warm-hearted people mixed together with an interesting history are reasons enough to discover turkey on your own!
“If you can cycle through India you can cycle everywhere on this planet” (our first thoughts on day one). Cycling India is an experience and a true adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime!
Bernese Oberland / Central Switzerland
Many and super-signposted bike paths, hills, deep blue lakes, mountain passes, fresh air and scenic Landscapes where you will be glad if you have taken enough batteries for the camera.
Northwestern Pyrenees on EuroVelo 1
Stupendous scenery on quiet, well-maintained roads. Pastoral farms mix with endless beech forests and tundra. Spanish drivers wave and cheer you on.
National Parks and Moorlands
Heart-pounding climbs and descents through gorgeous, open, windswept pastures and grasslands with abundant birdlife. Mountaintop views of multi-colored landscapes, far into the distance.
Western Appalachians of Virginia
The TransAm from the Catawba Valley to Breaks Interstate Park has constantly changing, beautiful scenery. From quaint Amish farms to deep mountain forests, with abundant wildlife and bursting with birdsong.
Climb craggy mountains, camp next to photogenic fiords and experience the freedom of being able to cycle during 24-hour daylight high above the Arctic Circle.
U.S.A. – West
Wide-open spaces and every type of landscape imaginable from the deserts of Utah and Arizona to the high Rocky Mountain passes of Colorado and Montana and the stunning coastline of Washington and Oregon. And forget about what you’ve seen on TV, most people are actually extraordinarily friendly.
Get ready for magical star-filled nights camping in a remote Wadi (dry river bed) and prepare for some of the steepest climbs you’ve ever experienced.
Breathtaking nature and extreme solitude.
Stunning greenery, wonderful & welcoming people.
Very scenic, great food (Rolex) and many Monkeys to watch.
Amazing cheap food, landscapes at your convenience (sea, mountains, desert) and incredible people, Morocco has it all! It’s a ferry ride away from Europe and a great transition into Sub-sahara Africa.
Watch out for wildlife on the Elephant Highway – it’s like an everyday safari by bicycle outside of a National Park! No words.
Beautiful coast with mountains and sea – go in winter for peace & quiet and friendly, relaxed inhabitants
Shkodër to Kukës (SH5)
The beautiful backroads of the Balkans at their best. Amazing scenery, quiet winding roads, nice people and local food that is both tasty and cheap.
Its food, scenery & culture should be enough to land Iran on any list of top destinations, but what really, REALLY stands out is Iranian hospitality. Just mind-blowing!
Very cold in October/November, but an amazing experience nonetheless. Tibetan culture and those vast landscapes at high altitude left a deep impression on us.
The sheer natural beauty just blew me off and with the allemannsrett law it just gave me a good start to begin my big trip as a novice tourer.
The moment I pedalled into Albania, everyone, even the custom officers at the border received me with big welcomes! It’s also where I learned and experienced their concept of Besa.
The unspoiled/ rugged/ remote nature, very very BAD road conditions, hospitalities, diarrheaS, homemade naans altogether just made Tajik one of my toughest and most enjoyable ride, worthy for a revisit.
Enjoy vibrant friendly cities or get lost high in the Himalayas. Nepal has to be one of my favourite countries so far for some challenging riding amongst truly breathtaking scenery.
My first Asian country and one I’d happily go back to time and time again. Tour the Black Sea coast or for more of an adventure, head inland and discover places like Konya or Cappadocia and friendly locals who will warmly welcome you at every turn.
Whether you’re after a tour full of beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan cities or an experience of a vast, seemingly endless landscapes and quaint towns, Australia has it all.
The high desert where Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina meet is a realm of possibilities for endless adventures on bikes. Altitude, scarcity of water, and tracks ruggedness translate into great challenges for the self-propelled traveler. Remote Aymara herders villages and the most surreal of earthscapes, composed of symmetrical snow-capped 6000m volcanoes, all shades of reds mineral sculptures, and myriads of extraterrestrial salt flats and lakes under pure azure, as the odd encounters with pink flamingoes, vicuñas, vizcachas, and the ubiquitous llamas and alpagas, never cease to amaze the intreprid rider…
The roads and byroads of Romania’s Carpathians crisscross verdant valleys dotted with the warmest of villages, transit through atmospheric forests and climb up and down stellar mountain passes. The mountain range in its Romanian reaches is a microcosm of unique rural cultures and rugged peaks; altogether smoothly tame and wildly raw! Add to the mix rich layers of history and you got quite the culture-nature-adventure cocktail!
One of the richest, most exotic, and…easiest touring destinations! Rugged mountains and coastlines, centuries old endemic traditions and customs, exquisite cuisine, ubiquitous hot springs and public baths, safest country in the world, nature as an object of worship and respect the utlimate ethical duty! Be aware, travelling by bike in Japan is highly addictive and…corrosive!
Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail
You pass by crazy blue lakes, snow-capped mountains and follow a nice path most of the time away from the roads.
Tasmania, East and West Coast
You have winding roads through the mountains, forests, crossing rivers and lakes along the West Coast. Along the East Coast you find beautiful beaches with orange rocks and white sand. There is not much traffic and the temperature is perfect for cycling.
A challenging but stunning route. You start on a moon like plateau to later dive down into the valley. The path follows a river and the mountains rise up next to you. Some small villages are on the way and appear like little oases in green with the nicest people.
Everything is stunningly bright yellow, blue or red, could take photos all day round. No rain. Endless surreal gravel roads. Feeling tiny in staggering landscapes sparsely populated.
Between Huambo and Lubango
Finding stunning unadvertised mountains roads, abandoned colonial architecture, war tank graveyards, and lots of locals eager to share stories, while surprising some Angolans by not being a journalist, a spy nor Jesus.
Sierra Leone and Liberia
The adventure of never knowing how challenging the road will be, but cycling forward with the confidence that it will lead to a junction, joyful and hospitable people, and pineapples.
Silence, space, land, adventure, views that make change your heart forever. When I imagined cycle touring, this is exactly what I hoped for – remoteness, silence, and landscapes that would inspire the most surreal of daydreams. Tajikistan went beyond even that. It is land for the adventurous and the curious.
Ulaan Bataar to Khovsgol Lake
Land, culture, nomads, space, camping, toughness (resilience building). Mongolia is home to vast landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. No farms, very few villages, no roads full of tourist buses, no power lines! It is not an easy place to cycle, but it made me feel strong and capable and brought me into the homes of nomads, to incredible camp spots and closer to myself.
Southern Coast (Mersin to Finike)
History, food, landscapes, people, sea, good roads. This, after the roughness of Central Asia was paradise. You have this incredible concentration of history, incredible food, and great roads for cycling. Being able to take a break and jump into the turquoise blue sea and munch on some baklava in the middle of the day was pretty luxurious. Campsites were really nice too!
Turkey is great for exploring culture and history. The food is fantastic and people are extraordinarily gracious and hospitable. Just stay off the main roads.
Chile / Argentina
The bottom of South America with its beautiful light, expansive horizons, big skies and fantastic cloud formations is a place for an extended meditation on wheels.
Mexico is endlessly fascinating. There are plenty of interesting routes to cycle in a range of landscapes: deserts, mountains, canyons, jungles, and gorgeous beaches. With ancient ruins to explore, loads of wildlife and great food it’s hard to beat as a destination.
Amazing hospitality, stunningly beautiful ancient sites the old cities of Isphahan and Yazd.
The grasslands without real roads, the silence, best free camping country in the world.
Endless roads, the snowcapped Andes, wide open spaces.
Sichuan road S217
Stunning scenery, Tibetan culture, hardly any traffic, high altitude.
The scenery and remoteness of this area was absolutely amazing.
Great high altitude scenery, remote and no traffic.
The Boreal forest in summertime…Perpetual daylight, wild berries, pristine lakes and grazing reindeer. Beware the mosquitos.
World’s friendliest people, fascinating ancient sites, cheap good food and an endless variety of stunning landscapes.
Lusaka – copperbelt
Great little back tracks through quaint and friendly villages, relaxed people and one of the better places to cycle tour in Africa.
Lumbini – Pokhara road
For a glimpse of the Himalaya with its rich Buddhist and Hindu history and its beautiful nature but without crazy traffic or impossible ascents.
For the challenge of crossing an entire continent, of exposing oneself to vast expanses of nothingness and of meditating over the uncountable number of shades of red sand.
For making one realize how wild, untouched and tranquil a region in the heart of Europe can be – while delicious food is never more than one cycling-day away.
The vast emptiness of the Kazakh steppe combined with cheap and good food and very friendly and funny locals make Kazakhstan one of our favorite countries to cycle.
The Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai and Sichuan is a cyclists dream. High altitude, more yaks than people and the most stunning landscapes make this place so special.
Despite the hot and humid climate and the extremely steep hills we enjoyed cycling in Laos very much. Probably because of the laid back South East Asian vibes.
Endless tracks criss-cross a wild, unfenced land. Riding here often feels like a journey through uncharted territory. Gers (yurts) dot the rolling steppes, inhabited by some of the kindest souls on the planet.
Great Central Road and Mereenie Loop
Vibrant, crimson-coloured tracks lead to Australia’s Red Centre – home to Uluru and the billion-year-old MacDonnell Ranges. Experience the vastness, beauty and solitude of the Australian outback
High Road above Lamayuru, Ladakh
Dramatic folds of rock painted in hues of purple, pink and green. Sand-coloured hoodoos crawling their way up the mountainsides. It is a landscape not of this world.
Vancouver to Halifax
Crystal blue lakes, snowy top mountains, beautiful scenery, friendly people, great on-road and off-road cycling. What isn’t there to love?
Cairngorms National Park
It takes less than a day bikepacking in the Cairngorms before you feel like it’s just you and the wilderness. We felt like we had the entire park to ourselves – wildcamping by lochs, with the entire beach to ourselves. Amazing trails and breathtaking scenery.
The Silk Road
The Iranian culture and hospitality is amazing! We were often stopped by friendly locals, invited in for dinner or to stay the night, made lots of friends and some beautiful memories.
Viñales to Havana
An extremely safe country to cycle, low traffic, good roads, beautiful landscapes from sea to mountains, casa particulares to overnight everywhere but first of all, the kindness of the locals.
Rhumpi to Chitipa via Nyika Plateau
Called the Warm heart of Africa, locals welcome you at their home, the children help you push your bicycle up the hill. Mountains and lake views are breathtaking.
Luang Prabang to Vientiane
The Sabaidee from the cute children and their smiles, the authenticity and beauty of laotian mountains. How cool it is to share the road with students on bicycle?
China / Pakistan
Absolutely stunning scenery, welcoming people, and a very remote/wild feeling makes for a ride that’s hard to beat. Even the trucks are amazing!
Beautiful climbs, good roads, and a very rich culture. The road leading up to Irkeshtam from Osh is breathtaking, and you might even get to experience Ulak Tartysh on the way!
All of it
Iran is all about the people. Generosity and helpfulness beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. Scenery, food, and history is all amazing too.
One of the most beautiful countries we visited on our world cycle trip, a place I’d never heard of yet is an absolute undiscovered (in European eyes) gem.
Terrible roads, appalling driving and awful poverty… yet the people of this country made it one of the most enjoyable and moving weeks of our life.
Incredibly warm and hospitable people, lovely food, beautiful scenery and great roads! The perfect cycle touring country (although beware of the dogs)
Incredibly friendly people and the most amazing scenery I’ve ever seen, and the altitude makes it more interesting. My favorite place in the world to visit.
Amazing history and architecture and the people are so hospitable it makes the journey through the country so much more memorable.
South west China
Lots of hills to climb but the scenery is beautiful as the jungle starts to appear and the food is delicious!
The whole country is lots of fun & the hospitality we received from locals was amazing. For cycle tourists heading east, Turkey is a perfect cultural bridge between Europe & Asia. Cappadocia itself, has networks of caves and rock formations which you can camp inside if you’re discreet. And more often than not, you wake up to hundreds of hot air balloons. It’s pretty magical.
We made firm friends with other cyclists in Tajikistan. It’s a magical wilderness high in the mountains. Shakdara is a remote, wild and beautiful, valley running just to the north of the Wakhan Corridor. There’s no need to hurry here . It’s incredible. Whichever route you choose to take through this region it’s bound to be breathtaking & other worldly.
North East; Assam and Meghlaya
This corner of India, is less populated and more relaxed than other parts of India. The landscapes are stunning, and the roadside food was exceptional. We recommend taking the scenic routes through villages when you can. It’s a bit like rolling back time. And if you’re not in a rush; the hills around Cherrapunji and Dawki are particularly special.
Cycling through paintings all day long – lovely scenery. Quite a lot of wildlife too. I recommend visiting the remote Marienfluss Valley.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Thousands of kilometers of single tracks through dense tropical jungle. Remote. Tough. Interesting and extremely rich indigenous cultures.
Another painting. Love the altiplano with all its geothermal features, salt flats and crazy colors.
Burning red never ending dirt tracks for you and the kangaroos to enjoy. Solitude at it’s best.
Rigid and rough but ridiculously rewarding mountain trails just waiting for you to explore them.
This hidden world gives you epic mountain passes & otherworldly scenery. All day every day.
Hidden paradise. This mountains Himalayan state nestled between Bhutan and Nepal offers dead quiet roads to mountain-top Buddhist monasteries and explosive down hills deep into stunning valleys.
A rare opportunity to cycle through actual nothingness. No people, no buildings, not even any vegetation, but beautiful sunsets and the most peaceful wild camping one can experience.
Greater Caucasus Mountains
Perfect roads with stunning snow-capped mountains coupled with the most open and friendly people you will ever meet.
Lonely roads, remote villages, beautiful lakes and rivers, scenic roads leading through huge forrests.
Stunning mountains, amazing colors and remote regions with beautiful forests.
High Atlas & Rif Mountains
Beautiful and diverse landscapes, we especially loved the mountainous region, great hospitality and delicious food.
The coffee region
Cycling through picturesque Colombian mountain villages, challenging terrain and cloud forests with abundant flora and fauna. This region has everything a bicycle traveler could wish for.
It is like cycling in a movie décor! Deep purple lavender fields paint the mountainsides. In the morning fresh croissants, baguette in the afternoon, French cuisine and wine in the evening. Romance!
Avenue of the volcanoes
Rugged unpaved roads lead you to three volcano’s. The quechua mountain people in colorful traditional dress gives this region it’s authentic flair. It feels like time is standing still.
Most hospitable locals in the world, delicious food, beautiful scenery. Favourite road was crossing the desert from Isfahan to Yazd.
Remote, rugged desert with secret wadis to swim and wild camp in. Chilled water stations every 30kms or so. Helpful locals.
South coast and Mekong Delta
Easy cycling along the coast through small fisherman’s villages with friendly local people. Delicious food, easy to find restaurants and guest houses. .
Iran has it all: a mind-blowing combination of history, food, hospitality and landscapes. Play some local goose-bumpy music through the deserts and you’ll find yourself enchanted by Iran’s unique charm..
Ethiopia, like no other, sends you through wonders and bummers. I cycle tour to feel alive and Ethiopia fills that purpose very much so!
Chinese make you feel like a creature from outer space. Safe and stunning “country” you can enjoy if you have a visa long enough. If not, an epic race against time!
It’s not a beginner’s route, but it’s definitely a road to ride. It’s mentally challenging, remote and different compared to any other road in the Americas. The wildlife there is astonishing and the gravel will prepare you to ride in any other place in the Americas.
From Leon to Rivas and Ometepe island.
This route is for all cyclists. Good road, smooth asphalt surrounded by vulcanos and beautiful forest. Nicaragua is surprisingly friendly to ride with wide shady shoulders and great infrastructure for tourism. The recent history of the civil conflicts is still very alive and you can easily hear from locals about what happened in the country during the dictatorship period. On Ometepe Island you can ride for hours with just the monkeys looking at you.
Trinidad & Tobago
North Coast of Trinidad.
If you like mountains and the Caribbean Sea, in Trinidad you can have the best of both worlds. The whole north coast road of Trinidad is a beautiful roller coaster and great to see wild life. In fact one of the best birdwatching places in the world is in the Arima Valley of the Northern Range and just 80 quilometres from there you can see the magnificent Leatherback turtles nesting areas.
Diversity of landscapes from different mountains to deserts, coastal scenery and forests. Cultural diversity and history in the many villages and ancient towns. Ease of finding fresh food.
Rightly popular with amazing mountainous landscapes – beautiful places to camp. Friendly people. Challenging terrain and choice of several routes through the mountains.
Any part of the country. Unique culture – safe and easy to travel through, but plenty of challenging mountainous climbs. A country that sees few tourists outside main sites.
Expenses of red emptiness guarantee solitude and a rewarding mental challenge. Bring sunscreen and audiobooks, take away a huge sense of achievement.
Plenty of forestry tracks to explore guarantee adventure in a country many consider tame. An abundance of hot springs to end each day in.
Feel like the last person on earth or the first on another planet. A vast network of dirt roads connects semi-abandoned villages and otherworldly salt lakes.
Central Anatolian Plateau
Camping was easy, invites to tea numerous and the sky so big and wide. The ‘Dark Canyon’ near Kemaliye, a network of deserted tunnels above the ancient Euphrates river, was spectacular.
The Karakorum Highway
Pakistan’s tourism industry has been decimated since 9/11. We were endlessly thanked by locals for visiting their country. We’d read so much about the Hunza valley expectations were high and it totally delivered!
Loikaw to Taungo
We’re still not sure if we were supposed to be allowed on this section of road. It was by far the hardest yet most rewarding cycling we did. It also gave us the ‘wildest’ wildcamps of the trip…
Harsh, desolate desert scenery but super friendly locals. Rewarding experience if you can live with zero luxury like sleeping on a mattress or clean drinking water.
Chadhi Desert and Lake Turkana
Untamed nature, abundant wildlife and colourful tribes, as far removed from civilisation as one can be.
South Africa / Lesotho
Rocky towers, table mountains, massive cliffs and just awesome landscape. Some of the better gravel roads in Africa and unlimited possibilities for mountain biking or bikepacking.
Hard work rewarded by epic views!
Challenging environment combined with super-friendly people.
Who wouldn’t want to cycle where even the landscapes are legendary?
Southern Coastal Road – Vlorë to Sarandë
This stretch is truly stunning, offering some steep climbs, very quiet roads, magnificent sea panoramas and great wild camping on beaches and in olive groves.
Black Sea Mountains, Zara – Giresun
Stunning, steep mountain scapes of vertical tea plantations surrounding a very quiet, winding road – it was wild and uninhabited here.
North East – Meghalaya & Nagaland s
Meghalaya holds numerous delights like water falls and living root bridges. Cycle some tough dirt roads into Nagaland to meet the ancient head-hunting tribes at one of their cultural festivals.
Everywhere except the main N1 highway
Open spaces, unique landscape, very little traffic on side roads, a place that makes you believe in trolls and fairies.
Havana to Maria la Gorda
A great learning experience to be amidst a society that gets by on so little, low traffic, the tropics, and the feeling of being off the beaten track. It was so inspiring that it pushed us to do a world tour by bicycle.
Off the main roads
The Turkish people! Anywhere away from the tourist sites, the heat, the delicious fruits direct from the farmer’s hands, and the beauty of the landscape.
Food, mountains, climate, people vibe.
Food, people, beaches.
A great place for stress-free island-hopping cycling in a beautiful environment with some wonderful coastal campsites, interesting history and welcoming people.
Challenging terrain and often challenging weather conditions but the rewards for all the effort are in the magnificent scenery and feeling of ‘escape’. The whisky also helps…
First-class infrastructure to guide you across the country, along the Rhine or, should you choose to do so, over the Alps. As with Scotland, the reward is visual but on an altogether different scale. Worth every drop of perspiration!
Himalayan mountains, beautiful nomadic culture, grassy hills, picturesque camping, easy to have adventures.
Although this part of the world is absolutely stunning, with multiple 4,000+m peaks – it’s the loving people of Iran that make this place special.
The countryside is beautiful, the rivers clear, the people are kind, the culture is interesting!
The rock formations are incredible, and there are natural slides that have been carved by the river in Oak Creek Canyon.
There is nothing like the open desert, and the Mojave is so vast and beautiful.
The Pacific Coast
This is a favorite for many cyclists. The coast rock formations are incredible, and the road is winding and just hilly enough to keep things exciting.
Four rivers cycle path
The best cycling infrastructure outside of the Netherlands.
Beautifully calm and tranquil.
Al Hajar mountains
Rugged desert scenery and snooker table smooth tarmac.
Chill, relaxe, fun.
Food, temples, parks, charm.
Great with opportunity to see desert and some nice places in mountains. People in Chile are nice.
Friendly and always smiling people from different culture with great places to cycle around in the jungle.
Great people and scenic landscapes with wonderful cycling opportunities.
Quite sandy at times but I enjoyed my time in this part of West Africa.
Argentina / Chili
Wonderful mountain passes between Argentina and Chile (e.g. Pasos de Agua Negra, Pasos de San Francisco)
Amazing high altitude landscape. Next door Kyrgyzstan was another highlight too.
Beautiful mountain scenery, amazing switchbacks.
Puna de Atacama
Wide open spaces, nobody around.
Buddhist culture, spectacular mountains.
Tajik – Afghan border
A remote and meandering rollercoaster road through fields of golden safflowers, past rusting tanks and crumbling watchtowers, alongside silver and turquoise rivers, amongst some of the most beautiful ever-changing mountains where some of the kindest and most curious people call home.
Tibetan plateau route G219
The Tibetan plateau has the allure of the unknown and the thrill of cycling at lung-gasping altitude. In this remote corner of the world the sky is an intense deep-sea indigo, and the land below equally oceanic, rumpled with great waves of mountains, islanded with turquoise lakes.
Three hundred and fifty kilometres take you through the Spiti Valley and up, into the Himalayas. Along this route you’ll see shocks of gold forests, spikes of sandstone, monastaries stuck like barnacles to cliffs, and rivers and skies of blue. The roads are rough but it is worth every bump and bruise to see this immense and serene landscape.
Tour de france
The race route is a celebration of the bike with all the small towns decorated with bike sculptures and other tributes to The Tour. The road sides are packed with people for hours in a celebratory mood. Riding the route ahead of the peleton one is showered with non-stop barrage of “allez”, “bravo” and “bon courage”.
The scenery up beyond the Arctic Circle to the northernmost point in Europe is spectacular and if one undertakes the ride in the summer there is no concern of dark. The hardest part of the ride is having to stop each day when the going is so good and the light isn’t diminishing.
Uganda/ Tanzania/ Kenya
The thousand plus mile circuit of the second largest lake in the world gives one a healthy taste of Africa – through cities large and small on roads paved and dirt through three countries each with their own personality.
The amazing mountain scenery and remote roads combined with smiling friendly locals are great for cycle touring.
Less Sunda islands
This is real adventure. Steep hills, muddy jungle roads, lonely beaches and unbelievable hospitality of the local people made it one of the favourite legs of the trip.
Awesome landscapes everywhere, no matter where you go, really. Especially recommended are the cycle trails Alps to Ocean, Otago Rail trail, Around the Mountains, Wilderness trail, etc.
Long summer days and endless wilderness.
Lake district, Central region
Gorgeous landscape, friendly people.
Pacific coast highway
Easy camping, lots of bicycle tourists to meet, gorgeous.
Great roads, spectacular landscape, very challenging.
China is a must-go country for every traveler. Great cultural challenge, curious and nice people, breathtaking landscapes, and amazing roads along the Tibetan border.
Peaceful and relaxed places, easy ride and nice roads.
The people, the food, the history.
The people, the landscapes, the wildlife.
The landscapes, the silence, the stars at night.