Cycling around the world

Pedaling Across Continents

By Kenny Stocker

From Patagonia to the Pyrenees, ride with adventurers who've pedaled their way through far-off lands. Find inspiration in stories woven with sweat and joy.

The most ambitious of cycling adventures include transcontinental rides and cycling around the world. These journeys are not just about covering vast distances but about embracing the diversity of our planet's landscapes, cultures, and roads. Whether you're drawn to the rugged trails of mountain biking, the asphalt stretches of road biking, the backcountry paths of gravel biking, or the immersive experience of cycle touring and bikepacking, starting and finishing these epic quests is a sign of true commitment.

Mountain Biking Across Borders

Mountain biking on a transcontinental scale challenges riders to adapt to the changing terrains of different countries. From the Appalachian Trail in North America to the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route that stretches from Canada to Mexico, riders can experience a variety of landscapes blooming in spring's mild weather. Europe's network of trails through the Alps and the Pyrenees becomes more accessible in spring, offering breathtaking vistas and challenging rides before the summer crowds.

Road Biking: The Classic Journey

Road biking across continents is a test of endurance and will, taking cyclists through some of the world’s most iconic routes. Starting a transcontinental road biking adventure in spring takes advantage of cooler temperatures and less traffic. Europe’s EuroVelo network, for instance, offers routes that span the continent, from the sun-kissed Mediterranean to the Arctic's serene beauty. Asia's Silk Road route, with its rich history and diverse cultures, is another path that becomes particularly inviting in spring.

Gravel Biking: Uncharted Paths

Gravel biking allows adventurers to explore less-traveled roads, and starting these journeys in spring means experiencing landscapes coming to life. Transcontinental routes like the Trans-America Trail offer a mix of off-road tracks, gravel, and minimal pavement, ideal for those looking to avoid major roads. These routes can take riders through the awakening forests of Eastern Europe, the steppes of Central Asia, or the sprawling vistas of the American West, each offering unique challenges and rewards.

Cycle Touring: Embracing the World at Your Pace

Cycle touring around the world in spring means watching the Earth awaken as you pedal through. The classic route from London to Istanbul takes riders through Europe's heart in the best possible weather, avoiding the high summer's heat. For those looking further afield, circumnavigating the globe often includes segments through Southeast Asia and Australia, where spring in the Southern Hemisphere marks a time of pleasant weather, ideal for long days in the saddle.

Bikepacking: Adventure Without Limits

Bikepacking around the world is for those who seek the ultimate freedom, combining cycling with minimalist camping. Routes like the TAT (Trans-America Trail) offer rugged, remote paths that are best tackled when the harshness of winter recedes. Spring offers the perfect window to start these journeys, with the wild landscapes of continents like Africa and South America showing their full beauty, from blooming deserts to lush rainforests.

Gearing Up for Global Adventure

Embarking on a transcontinental or around-the-world cycling adventure sets the stage for an epic journey filled with cultural exchanges, and the raw beauty of the planet. These rides are not just physical challenges but voyages of the soul, offering cyclists a unique way to connect with the world. Prepare well, embrace the unexpected, and pedal into the horizon — the adventure of a lifetime awaits.

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