Updated: Jun 3
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
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
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