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Cycle Touring On Holiday: What Should Be Considered?

JalanJalanMen! - Be it to cool off in the headwind on hot summer days while you explore new landscapes. Be it for the sake of health. Be it to spend a vacation that is as sustainable as possible. There are many good reasons for cycling as a way of traveling - alone, as a couple, with friends or with the whole family. Yes, even dogs get their money's worth on a bike holiday and it's a real bargain too. If your interest has now been aroused, we have all the important information for you here so that your (first) bike tour is a complete success. It's worth trying!

Cycle Touring On Holiday: What Should Be Considered?

What actually is cycling?

Maybe you've never thought about spending an entire holiday on a bike. You are certainly not alone in this, because for a long time this type of travel was rather “out”, as the saying goes. But that has changed in recent years: the bicycle is back in fashion and more and more people of all ages are opting for this sustainable way of travelling. It is therefore worth taking a closer look at the question of what cycling actually is. Here comes the answer: 

Cycle touring is a classic bike tour that lasts for several days or even weeks. The aim is therefore to cover as long a distance as possible - but still to fully enjoy the cycling itself and the landscapes crossed. The conscious experience is in the foreground, so to speak. This means that cycling falls under the category of active holidays, i.e. it promotes physical and mental health at the same time.

How cycling has an advantage over hiking

But it's not just your health that benefits from cycling. At the same time, cycling is considered to be one of the most climate-friendly modes of transport. Cycle touring is therefore part of so-called soft tourism. This makes it the perfect choice for anyone who travels but still wants to be environmentally friendly. As already mentioned, it also has other advantages, such as the low cost. After all, these only apply to overnight stays and meals. Cycling can be easily combined with camping in this regard. But you can also sleep in more comfortable accommodation if you wish, or simply in the middle of nature –  at least where it is allowed . Cycle touring offers countless design options.

This also applies when it comes to the chosen route. Cycling has an advantage over classic hiking in that significantly longer distances can be covered by bike. This applies per day and applies to the holiday as a whole. The cyclists are even faster on the e-bike. And last but not least, you don't have to carry your luggage yourself, as you would when hiking, but simply strap it onto your bike or pull it with you on a trailer. It is therefore particularly suitable for people who are not (anymore) very good on their feet or who simply want to see more in less time. But also people who generally like to ride a bike or who want to travel with children or a dog, bikes, trailers etc. are often the most sensible choice. 

How much distance can be covered?

If you are now wondering how far you can actually get by bike, we have an answer for you in this regard as well. However, sweeping statements should be treated with caution. Individual factors such as your level of fitness or the type of bike are also decisive. So here are some guide values ​​for the daily route when cycling to help you with your planning:

  • 20 to 30 kilometers (untrained, normal bike)
  • Up to 40 kilometers (untrained, e-bike)
  • 50 to 80 kilometers (good fitness, normal bike)
  • 65 to 100 kilometers (good fitness, e-bike)
  • 120+ kilometers (very good fitness, normal bike)
  • 150+ kilometers (very good fitness, e-bike)

This table already makes it clear that you don't cover as many kilometers per day with the e-bike as is often thought. Other factors also play a role, for example how many meters in altitude are covered or what your body weight is. So you have two options for realistic planning: Either you look through different travel guides and try to estimate the daily route based on them. Or you can just do a one-day bike tour at the next opportunity and see how far you can get. 

Attention:

The longer the bike trip lasts, the more exhausted you are. You can therefore cover less distance per day on several consecutive days than on a one-day bike tour. You have to take that into account in your planning. You will also be happy about one or the other "day off" for regeneration. Sometimes you can also plan classic sightseeing, a day at the lake or other activities without jumping on the saddle.

Equipment and preparation for the bike trip

If cycling sounds tempting to you, you can start planning your first tour right away. After all, there are many options, from one-day to multi-day to multi-week bike tours. At the same time, it is an uncomplicated type of travel that invites you to spontaneous trips whenever the weather cooperates. However, without the right equipment and a little preparation, it is not possible. Here are a few tips to ensure that your bike trip is a success:

The "right" bike is essential to make cycling a pleasant experience without pain or tension. If necessary, a suitable bicycle must therefore be bought or borrowed. It is also important that this is regularly examined professionally and adjusted correctly. 

If possible, some training beforehand is recommended. Then more distance can be covered with less effort. But even the untrained can set off relatively spontaneously. All you have to do is plan for shorter distances and more breaks.

Panniers or a trailer are indispensable for transporting luggage. Not only do they have to be selected correctly, but they also have to be packed correctly, which requires a bit of know-how. With a little practice, however, this becomes easier and easier when cycling.

Tour planning is another important step. It is important to choose a route, to divide it into meaningful daily stages and, if necessary, to book accommodation. This is particularly important in the high season. In the low season, however, spontaneous bike tours with overnight stays usually do not pose a problem.

Sufficient time should also be planned to take sights or other highlights along the route into account. A tour through the castle or a swim in the lake – there should be time for something like that to make cycling more varied. 

A plan B is always recommended if the weather is too bad for cycling. A certain flexibility is therefore always required for outdoor activities. With high-quality rain gear, however, you can also "drive through" some bad weather fronts without any problems. It is therefore important to always keep an eye on the weather forecast!

If you now pack everything you need, like for a particularly long bike tour, you can start your bike tour. It is therefore this simplicity that inspires so many people to cycle touring. And boredom doesn't come up that quickly either, after all there are an infinite number of travel destinations. You don't have to start at the front door, you can also drive to the desired starting point by car or camper. 

Of course, it is important to know and comply with the legal requirements for the transport of bicycles in the respective country. In Germany, for example, there is an obligation to have a license plate on the bicycle rack.

Detailed research is also necessary in advance with regard to such topics  , which also applies to compulsory helmets, securing the bicycle trailer and other topics. However, only before the first bike tour, because once you have acquired the necessary knowledge and the appropriate equipment, every further bike tour is all the more spontaneous. So don't let that put you off!

The most beautiful cycling routes in Europe

"Once cycling, always cycling" - that's the motto of many people who have developed a taste for it. Hardly any type of travel is more relaxed and offers more freedom than gliding through unknown landscapes on a bicycle. Especially  in  Germany  and  the surrounding European region  , the best conditions are required for this. In Germany, for example, there are more than 200 different long-distance cycle paths. In addition, of course, everyone can pave their own way, provided that cycling is permitted. In principle, there are no limits to you. The following routes, for example, are particularly popular:

1. Elbe Cycle Path

Elbe Cycle Path  from the source of the  Elbe  in the Czech Giant Mountains to the  Wadden Sea National Park . It covers a total of around 1,270 kilometers and runs straight through the  Middle Elbe  biosphere reserve and through metropolises such as  Prague  and  Hamburg .

2. Baltic Sea Cycle Route

Baltic Sea Cycle Route  along the dikes and beaches of the  Baltic Sea  to the island of  RĂ¼gen . It is almost 800 kilometers in length and numerous highlights such as the island of  Usedom , the city of  Wismar  or the chalk cliffs as a final reward.

3. Coast-to-Coast

Coast-to-Coast  from  Whitehaven  to  Sunderland  in  Great Britain . The route is 236 kilometers long and leads through some of the most beautiful landscapes on the island. Highlights include the  Lake District  National Park and the  Pennines Mountains , which make this route so challenging.

4. Cycle route 10

Cykelvej 10  on the Danish island of  Bornholm.  105 kilometers is the circumnavigation of the island by bike and always leads along the coast. A popular bike tour for families with children through beautiful meadows and forests - past numerous sights such as the  Hammershus castle ruins .

Conclusion

The list doesn't end there. Almost in every country (not only) in  Europe  there are paths that invite you to go cycling - and with hardly any other type of travel you can experience nature so intensively and at the same time sustainably. For that reason alone you should try cycling. Because then it is very likely that the motto for you will soon be: “Once a bike tour, always a bike tour”.

Rudolfus Kikkert
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