The BSpoke top five spectacular cycling destinations of the world

Posted 30 Jul 2015

Travelling by bike allows you to fully immerse yourself in the local landscape and experience a country in a way that other visitors rarely get to. Here are our top five destinations that should be on every cyclist's bucket list. 


1. Tuscany

With its rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards, Tuscany is one of Italy's most picturesque regions, and there's no better way to explore it than on two wheels. Foodies will find plenty of local delicacies to sample along the way, from Pienza's famous pecorino cheese to the truffles of San Giovanni d'Asso. Renaissance towns and ancient castles provide a glimpse into the region's past, with the 14th century towers of San Gimignano standing as a fascinating reminder of how the town has changed – there were once 72 towers but only 13 remain. Of course, no visit to the region would be complete without stopping off at one of Chianti's vineyards too.

Napa Valley

2. Napa Valley

California's Napa Valley is a world-renowned wine region and the cycling routes here predominantly follow flat or gently rolling routes through the scenic countryside. Travelling by bike affords the opportunity to visit some of Napa's boutique or family owned vineyards, and a small number of wineries in the Carneros area allow guests to bicycle through the vineyards themselves. One of these properties also borders a wildlife preserve, so you may spot a heron or egret whilst sampling the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir the area is known for.


3. Moab

Located in Eastern Utah, the mountainous city of Moab is said to have the greatest mountain biking on the planet. It's a great way to explore a range of terrain, from canyons and mesa tops to national parks. The area is well known for the 9.6 mile, highly technical Slickrock Bike Trail, while less experienced cyclists can take to the easier trails running through Dead Horse Point State Park. For desert scenery, including canyons, cactuses and multi-coloured spires and arches, it's hard to beat the White Rim Trail through Canyonlands National Park. 


4. The Alsace Wine Road

The Alsace Wine Road travels past the Vosges Mountains and through a variety of Alsation vineyards and quaint wine-growing villages. The rustic wine bars and Michelin-starred restaurants along the way make for a gourmet cycling experience through some of the prettiest scenery in France. The neighbouring villages of Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr are the perfect places to sample local wines, and the hilltop castle ruins and 16th century Winemaker's House located here are also well worth a look. In the beautifully preserved village of Colmar you'll be spoiled for choice with the selection of excellent restaurants and wine bars. Our favourite is L'un Des Sens, where you can taste more than two hundred wines alongside platters of elegant finger food.   

Munda Biddi

5. Munda Biddi Trail

Munda Biddi means 'path through the forest' in the Noongar Aboriginal language, and this 1000km trail takes you through some of Western Australia's most spectacular scenery, from towering eucalyptus trees to unspoiled bushland. Towns along the route include the historic Jarradale, which still has numerous timber cottages from its bygone days as Australia's first timber town. Nature lovers will have the opportunity to spot some of Australia's wildlife in their natural habitat, including western grey kangaroos, bushtail possums and tammar wallabies.

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