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Top 10 Road Cycling TripsTheres nothing quite like cycling an unknown road, to scenic vistas, by the sweat of your own brow andunder yourown power. Whether youre new to biking or have been at it for years, regardless of whetheryou consider yourself a beginner or a professional, it can be tough to select the course thats right for you.Heres a quick sampling of the best opportunities for road (not mountain) cycling tours and adventuresavailable today!1. Cycling the San Juan IslandsWashington States San Juan Islands are aperfect vacation for the avid biker. After a shortferry ride from Seattle, riders are treated to someof the most soothing countryside in NorthAmerica: black-tailed deer, great blue herons,flocks of sheep and fields of tulips. While you rideto the top of Mt. Constitution, youll surely enjoythe fantastic scenery- perhaps youll want to stopto pick some wild berries, too. If youre lookingfor a laid-back, intermediate-skill level week ofroad cycling fun, this is the trip for you.2. Rocky Mountain High Altitude Cycling
Colorados Rockies contain an incredible wealthof cycling opportunities that have gone unnoticedby most even in the biking world. On this tour,youll experience these beautifully untouchedpaths: Taylor Canyon, Taylor Park, Poncha Pass,Slumgullion Pass, Lake City. For the discerningcyclist, no place other than the Rockies can offersuch a challenging, unique experience. Youlltreasure each moment- even on the uphill!3. Royal Vermont CyclingVermonts scenic vistas are yet another hiddengem for road bikers, right here in the USA.Between Burke Hollow, Westmore and BlackRiver, your cycling expectations are sure to bemet. While youre there, dont hesitate to jump onthe opportunity to kayak down the WhiteMountain Stream or hike up to the summit of Mt.Pisgah. As they say, varietys the spice of life!4. Alps Pro Bike TourIf youre looking for a challenge, this Alps tourde force is right up your alley; or, if I may,mountain. Theres nothing quite like following inthe pedal-strokes of Armstrong and Hinault, onthese courses tailor-made for the experiencedbiker.When you summit the Queens Path, KingsWay and the peak of the Alpe dHuez, nothingbefore will prepare you for the sense ofaccomplishment and pride youll feel upontouching your foot to solid ground once again.
5. Cycling The Oregon CoastThis week-long, 360-mile trek from Stevens StatePark down to Florence, OR is nothing to be trifledwith. However, while youll occasionally ride 60miles in a day, theres plenty of fun to be had onthe way: youll see Rockaway Beach as your rideby Tillamooks famous cheese factory, and havethe opportunity to go on a hike to Harts Cove andget plenty of surfing done in Pacific City. Its theperfect blend of relaxation and serious roadcycling.6. Biking Prince Edward IslandOn the other side of the continent, CanadasPrince Edward Island offers just as much coastalriding adventure. From the glassy calm ofMalpeque Bay to the quiet tranquility ofConfederation Trail, this 6-Day journey into someof Canadas most magnificent examples ofnatural beauty offers an opportunity for asplendid retreat for people of all stripes, into thebliss of a true cycling odyssey.7. Mystical Bhutan Cycling Adventure
Now for the exotic! This cycling trip in Asia ismore than a mere chance to stretch your legs. Onyour journey, youll see the monasteries ofDodina and walk through the National Instituteof Zorig Chusum, ascend to the spiritually-energized Dochula Pass and pass through deep,meditative forests. This two-week venture intosuch a wild and ancient land is sure to begenuinely unforgettable.8.Northern Californian Bike TourThere are few places that can compare to SantaRosa and the rest of San Franciscos northernneighbors as far as spectacular nature isconcerned. And, as far as cyclists are concerned,it takes the cake! On this trip youll have thechance to feel the wind in your hair as you climbthe oak-thick hills of the Coast Range, smell thesalt of the sea air by Point Arena Lighthouse, notto mention taste the wines of Sonoma County andhave the opportunity go hiking near the city ofMendocino.9. Costa Rican Bicycle TourOn this trip, youll arrive in San Jose- and quicklyget out of the city, adventuring into the SanCarlos plains. If youre up for it, the mountainousvillages of Monterrey await on high-altitudetrails, where youll have a spectacular view ofArenal Volcano. Here, youll find the best ofCentral America on a wonderful week-longadventure.
10. Glacier Park/Waterton Lakes Cycling AdventureAnd last, but certainly not least, another Canadian adventure! Waterton Lakes is abeautiful mountain locale, situated just above Montanas Glacier Park, and is justwaiting for you to cycle in its fresh, pure mountain air. On this tour, youll pedal throughLogan Pass, the Triple Divide and even have time to go on some option hikes near CryptLake and Carthew Alderson. This trip is not for the faint of heart; youll be traveling 60+miles a day, not including any additional hiking. Regardless, its certainly the journey ofa lifetime.