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The Best Cycling Routes Around The World - National Bike Week

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

It's National Bike Week (30th May - 5th June 2021). Loving all things positive, as a result of Covid-19 cycling has become more and more popular! Cycling around your home towns and cities is a great way to explore, help reduce carbon emissions and great for the environment. Did you know that many cities now have rental bikes dotted about and available to rent? You might also like to find out more about your area's cycle to work scheme and initiatives. Here are the best cycling routes around the world, from a relaxing cycle while exploring the Tahitian Island - Moorea to some more serious cycling around South Lake Tahoe in California and more.

An Atmospheric Day Cycling In Killarney National Park, Ireland ©MDHarding

The Best Cycling Routes Around The World

There are some beautiful places to enjoy and explore around the world. Have you ever thought about cycling them?

Some of my favourites include laid-back Keywest, Florida and rugged Alaska. The scenery and what you experience is totally different!

Let's join Cycling UK

Join in the fun this week with Cycling UK on the 7-day bike challenge, virtual events and prizes for the best photos. Get on your bike!

Cycling The Klondyke, Skagway, Alaska ©MDHarding

Les Gets opens its bike park following new Covid-19 guidelines 

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The mountain resort of Les Gets is located 1 hours’ drive from Geneva Airport in the northern French Alps. It’s linked with 12 other resorts in the Portes Du Soleil region, well known for its extensive bike park and hosting of regular World Cup mountain bike events, has opened. The open lift-serviced riding is available during the weekends only, until June 20, when it opens up full-time until September.

Many of the trails have been updated for this summer season and a brand new bike park has been built. Riders can travel in two’s on the chairlifts with two bikes attached – normal regulations. Social distancing measures are in place for all lift queues, with regular disinfection of lifts and communal areas.

Hydroalcoholic gels are available for customers to use and the most challenging trails are closed off, to help prevent possible accidents. There should be a ten-metre gap between mountain bikers on the trails and no sharing of individual equipment such as gloves, helmets or bicycles.

As well as a huge network of lift-serviced mountain bike trails that are renowned as world-class, the area is also a mecca for road cyclists with several mountain passes (cols) that are regularly included in The Tour de France itinerary.

Les Gets regularly hosts events on the UCI Mountain Biking World Cup tour, including round 3 during September 2020. In town, there’s a number of hotels ranging from 4* to 2* as well as numerous chalets and apartments. There’s a total of 40 restaurants, on and off the mountain. Operating lifts include: Chavannes Express chairlift (09h00-17h30) and Nauchets Express chairlift (09h00-17h30). There’s a total of 12 open trails available. The Mont-Chery Gondola and area will open during the main summer season. Lift passes are available here. Read more about cycling in Les Gets here.

Keywest, Florida, USA

Planning a trip to Key West, Florida? Join Lloyd's Tropical Bike Tour around the charming treelined residential areas, drink from a coconut and maybe eat a fresh mango. This bike tour is so much fun! It is one of my most memorable experiences from when I worked onboard cruise ships and visited Keywest every other week.

Colorado’s best places to ride a bike

High-Desert Biking in Eagle

Cyclists across the globe widely recognise Colorado as a premier cycling destination, due to its alpine views, variety of terrain, soaring elevation and challenging altitude. High-Desert Biking in Eagle is situated less than an hour from Aspen, Eagle is a high-desert town, which means extended biking season and trails that are open until mid-December. Over 100 miles of single-track mountain biking trails and paved recreational trails are accessible. Riders can start on beginner trails like the Haymaker and then advance to the technical Mike’s Night Out and Pool Ice Rink Descent, which offers views to Red Canyon and New York Mountain. 

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Maroon Creek Road in Aspen

Few bike rides in the world can match the drama of Maroon Creek Road in Aspen consisting of an eight-mile road ride that offers cyclists views of the iconic Maroon Bells, two 14,000-foot peaks striped with snow year-round. The trek takes cyclists on a 22-mile round-trip through a moderately difficult ride with views. From September, the Aspen leaves dotted across the landscape turn a fiery gold as fall takes hold, enhancing the colourful views further.

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Monarch Crest Trail 

Thanks to the diverse ecosystem in Salida, cyclists can ride the singletrack of the Monarch Crest Trail in Salida in the middle of winter or during the heat of summer. From the Monarch Crest trailhead at Monarch Pass, riders will encounter singletrack, doubletrack, fire road, smooth and packed trails, rocky and loose trails and great views of nature and wildlife at lofty altitudes. The 14-mile Monarch Crest Trail can be combined with a portion of the Continental Divide Trail, which then transitions into the Silver Creek Trail and Rainbow Trail, totaling over 30 miles.

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Sea views At Huntington Beach, California

If you’re looking for a laidback ride, one of the best ways to experience Huntington Beach is by cruising the 10-mile paved beach path. Cyclists can enjoy stunning ocean views to the west and sights of the famous Pacific Coast Highway to the east. Beach concessionaires renting and selling traditional, tandem and electric bicycles line the route, which also offers plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat and for picture-perfect photo opportunities. 

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Cycle Seattle: Gas Works Park, Discovery Park, Ballard Locks, and Golden Gardens, Washington

Enjoy one of Seattle’s most scenic rides which takes you through three beautiful parks and across the Ballard Locks that control the entrance to Lake Washington from Puget Sound. Start on the Northside of Lake Washington at Gas Works Park, a city park built around the remains of an old gasification plant offering incredible views of the Space Needle. From here cycle across the Fremont Bridge and ride to Discovery Park to visit the Lighthouse.  Continue taking a relaxing ride to the Ballard Locks where you will have to dismount and walk across. Finally, hop on the Burke-Gilman and ride North to Golden Gardens and take in sandy beaches and a beautiful view of the Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

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The Back Bay Loop Trail, Newport Beach, California 

The 10.5 mile Back Bay Loop Trail provides an exciting opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to discover a magnificent regional trail experience at the Bay. The route is well-signed with scenic stops at places like Upper Castaways Park, the Big Canyon, Back Bay View Park and more. The Back Bay Loop Trail also links with the 22-mile Mountains to Sea trail which is a National Recreational Trail that runs from Upper Newport Bay through Irvine past Peters Canyon Reservoir and into the rugged mountains of Weir Canyon north of Irvine Regional Park. The Back Bay Loop Trail has multiple entry points, with opportunities for scenic stops and visits to local nature and educational facilities. 

The Bump and Grind Trail - Greater Palm Springs, California 

Found in Palm Desert, one of Greater Palm Springs nine cities, the Bump and Grind Trail covers four miles of mountainous terrain and ideal for those wanting a moderate cycle, with some steep inclines, that turn into a long double track climb to the top of the mountain. Once at the highest vantage point of the trail, riders can relax and take in the scenic views of the Coachella Valley which span as far as the eye can see.

Golden Triangle - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Pittsburgh is a cyclist's paradise, with adventurous trails that spread for 335 miles across two states straight down to Washington, DC. The Great Allegheny Passage stretches for 150 miles into Pittsburgh, making use of old rail lines to create a trail for the true adventurers is 309 miles along the Great Allegheny Passage located on abandoned railroad beds and then joins the Canal Towpath in the heart of the C&O Canal National Park. It’s actually a combination of two scenic trails. The tour has been taking place for 11 years and aids visitors to explore Pittsburgh and the Great Allegheny Passage by bike.

Florida’s Paradise Coast, Florida