Sonder epic rides

Discover the epic journeys behind Sonder's rides

By Kenny Stocker

Sonder rides are about more than wheels on the road—they’re epic journeys crafted by passion. Meet the riders behind them and their unforgettable stories.

It is Sonder riders that inspire us - to see our bikes out from Matlock to Mongolia, to hear tales of the simple joy of riding bikes and to ride with you in our store based winter series.

At the heart of every pedal stroke, every mountain summit, and every mile conquered, lies a story. With our ethos deeply rooted in the spirit of adventure, Sonder celebrates cyclists tales.

On these pages and in our annual "Epic Rides" book, these stories aren't just tales of endurance and exploration; they're personal journeys of individuals who've pushed their limits, discovered new horizons, and found a deeper connection with the world on two wheels.

This collection is unique because it's largely sourced from Sonder riders. From the dusty trails of remote landscapes to the smooth tarmac of forgotten country lanes, each story comes from the heart of Sonder's community.

So, as you read these stories, think about your own story. What drives you? What challenges have you overcome? And most importantly, what tale can you share? The roads and trails are waiting, and every journey is a new chapter. In the world of Sonder, everyone has a story. What's yours?

Cycling around the world

England: England's diverse landscapes offer cyclists a mix of historic country lanes, scenic coastal paths, and challenging mountain trails. From epic events such as the Fred Whitton in the Lake District to relaxed multiday bikepacking and cycle touring along the Yorkshire Coastal Route, England provides ample opportunities for road cycling, mountain biking, and gravel grinding.

Epic rides in England

Scotland: Known for its dramatic landscapes, Scotland is a haven for adventure cyclists. The country boasts some of the best mountain biking trails in the world, including the iconic Highland Trail 550. Road cyclists can enjoy the epic North Coast 500, while gravel bikers can explore the remote tracks of the Cairngorms National Park. Scotland's vast open landscapes also make it perfect for bikepacking and cycle touring adventures.

Scotland's Epic Rides

Wales: Wales offers rugged coastlines, mountainous national parks, and picturesque countryside, making it a fantastic destination for all types of cycling. Mountain bikers flock to Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons for challenging trails, while road cyclists can tackle the climbs of the Traws Eryri. Wales is also renowned for its gravel and bikepacking routes, offering cyclists the chance to explore its natural beauty up close.

Epic Rides in Wales

USA: The USA's vast size and varied geography offer endless possibilities for cycling adventures. From the mountain biking meccas of Moab and Whistler to the scenic road cycling routes of the Pacific Coast Highway and the Blue Ridge Parkway, there's something for everyone. The country's national parks, such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, provide stunning backdrops for bikepacking and cycle touring, while gravel biking is growing in popularity with routes like the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.

Epic Rides in North America

Australasia: Australia's landscapes range from the tropical rainforests of Queensland to the rugged Outback, providing a unique backdrop for cycling. The country offers excellent road cycling, with the Great Ocean Road and the routes around Tasmania being particularly notable. Mountain biking is popular in the Blue Mountains and the Alpine regions of Victoria, while the Munda Biddi Trail in Western Australia is a world-class bikepacking route. Onwards to New Zealand, a paradise for cyclists, known for its stunning natural beauty and diverse terrain. The country boasts some of the world's best mountain biking trails, such as the Old Ghost Road. Road cyclists can enjoy the scenic rides around Lake Tekapo or through the vineyards of Marlborough. New Zealand is also ideal for cycle touring and bikepacking, with routes like the Alps 2 Ocean and the Tour Aotearoa showcasing the country's spectacular landscapes.

Epic Rides downunder

Europe: Spanning across several countries in Europe, the Alps offer some of the most iconic and challenging cycling routes in the world. The region is a hotspot for road cycling, with famous climbs like the Stelvio Pass and the Col du Galibier. Mountain biking and gravel biking are also popular, with extensive networks of trails offering breathtaking alpine views. The Alps are a must-visit destination for cyclists seeking high-altitude adventures.

Europe's Epic Rides

Asia: Asia's vast and varied landscapes offer a rich tapestry of cycling experiences. From the rugged Himalayas in Nepal and Bhutan to the serene rice paddies of Vietnam and Cambodia, cyclists can explore a mix of cultural and natural wonders. Road cycling, mountain biking, and cycle touring are popular, with routes like the Friendship Highway in Tibet and the Shimanami Kaido in Japan offering unique adventures.

Asia's Epic Rides

Africa: Discover the thrilling world of cycling across Africa's diverse landscapes; from mountain biking in South Africa's Western Cape to road cycling in Morocco's Atlas Mountains and gravel biking across Namibia's desert terrains. The stories highlight the physical challenges and cultural immersions cyclists experience, from traversing the vast plains to interacting with local communities.

Africa's Epic Rides

Round the World Trips: For the ultimate adventure, round-the-world or trans-continental cycling trips offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore the globe on two wheels. These epic journeys require significant planning and commitment but reward cyclists with the experience of diverse cultures, landscapes, and the sense of achievement that comes with circumnavigating the planet. Routes can vary widely, crossing continents and tackling a variety of terrains, making every round-the-world trip a unique and personal adventure.

Around the World Epic Rides

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