There’s nothing better than having you own bike and being able to go out and about on it. It’s clean, great for the environment, quiet and can be quite relaxing. Added to this, as long as your bike is maintained properly, you can pretty much go anywhere with next to no money. Great if you want to keep costs down. If you enjoy cycling then why not use it as a way to raise funds for a charity you care about. It’s great exercise and lots of people own a bike, so it’s easy to organise any type of charity bike rides. There’s an endless amount of choice; all you need to do is pick a place you want to go. Here are a few great places that are definitely worth a visit
Ilfracombe, England to Hendaye, France
This journey covers a massive 1,000 miles! The route is part of the much larger, EuroVelo 5,087-mile Atlantic Coast Route, which starts in Arctic Norway and finishes on the southern tip of Portugal. If you are feeling brave enough then traversing this route might be something a hardcore cyclist could do. But if you want to start off with something a bit shorter, then the Ilfracombe-Hendaye might be better suited to your needs.
This route can take between two and three weeks and includes the scenic hills of Devon, the beaches of Brittany, Nantes, La Rochelle, Leon and Bayonne.
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
This route is great if you love to ride on or near beaches. This route, located between Vietnams’ two largest cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Spanning 746 miles, the route takes you along the sandy coastline.
Be warned however, there are obstacles along the way that even a seasoned cyclist might have trouble getting through. Such dangers include the Hai Van Pass, which is the historical division point between North and South Vietnam.
Land’s End to John O’Groats, UK
There are a few ways to traverse this route, but the minimum distance is 874 miles. More if you chose to visit more places along the way. The current record for the fastest time traveling is currently held by a pair of tandem riders, Dominic Irvine, 46, and Charlie Mitchell, 36. They completed the journey in only 50 hours, 14 minutes and 25 seconds.
If breaking a record is not something you are looking to do, just imagine the feeling you will get from knowing you have explored from one end of the United Kingdom to another. You will come across lots of different scenery, meet new and interesting people, see new things and if you are not used to the weather the UK has to offer, you can cycle through a large selection of the weather on offer. If you are traveling from north to south, you will feel the heat rising gently. If you chose to ride in the opposite direction, be prepared to be hit by colder air and gusty winds. It’s all part of the fun!
Tour de Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo
This route is a relatively new route, being established only in 2013. Known as the Tour de Congo, it consists of a 600-mile route winding through the western regions of the country. These regions are much safer for tourists and are therefore a great way to see the Congo without having to worry about anything bad happening.
Unfortunately, to date, not many people have taken part in the tour, with just over 60 pro cyclists taking part when the route officially opened. So why not extend the number of participants by hosting charity events there that make use of the virtually unexplored terrain.
With stunning mountain terrain and large stretches of untouched jungle, it is just waiting to be explored.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
The last route on our list is the Great Ocean Road. This route connects the southeastern Australian towns of Allansford and Torquay. It contains the largest war memorial in the world, of which was built by returned servicemen after World War I.
The 150 mile route is popular with people who are not cycling enthusiasts, but like enjoy a leisurely, weekend long cycle. There is a load to see, from breathtaking cliff edges, to plenty of off-road detours, if you are not on a time schedule.
This route would be great for people who are just starting out on long bike rides. So what are you waiting for, find out what route you like and just go for it!