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The experts' picks for summer cycling

Added 06 Jun 2014
The experts' picks for summer cycling
 

Narrowing down all the options for your summer cycling holiday in Europe can be hard! To help out, our cycling experts Ali Butler and James Adkin have each chosen their top five picks for cycling in Europe. Ali's chosen her five favourite rides for those looking for a more leisurely getaway, while James' choices are on the more energetic side. Which one will be your choice?

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Ali's top 5 gentle rides in Europe
Canal Du Midi - France
Graded: Easy
Easy pedalling along the tree-lined towpaths of the Canal du Midi through historic towns and Minervois wine region to the Mediterranean coast.

Cappadocia Freewheel - Turkey
Graded: Easy
Gentle rides through the fairy-tale landscapes of Turkey’s Cappadocia region with time to visit ancient sites.

Cycling the Baltic States - Estonia. Latvia, Lithuania
Graded: Easy
Discover peaceful countryside, coastal routes and impressive cities of the Baltic States on easy cycle rides.

Pyrenees to the Med - Spain
Graded: Easy
Easy cycling on dedicated cycle paths from the Pyrenean foothills through Catalonia to the Mediterranean Sea.

Pedalling in Poland - Poland
Graded: Easy/Moderate
Mostly gentle pedalling through beautiful Polish villages and the impressive Dunajec gorge with some occasional short climbs.

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James' top 5 longer rides in Europe
Cycle the Dalmatian Coast - Croatia
Graded: Moderate
An exploration of Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian coastline and islands on rewarding rides between Split and Dubrovnik.

Velo En Provence - France
Graded: Moderate
A great way to see the beautiful countryside of Provence with no need to feel guilty about tucking into the French cuisine and wines after all that exercise.

Cycle Tuscany
 – Italy
Graded: Moderate
Discover the varied scenery of Tuscany on a classic ride from Renaissance Florence through the Chianti hills and onto Siena.

Cycle the Camino De Santiago – Spain
Graded: Moderate
Cycle the legendary pilgrims trail across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

Cycling Coast to Coast – England
Graded: Challenging
Cross the breadth of England on a weekend ride through the Lake District, Eden Valley and the rugged North Pennines.