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Europe (all)

This page lists all reports that for Europe including those that involve other countries too.
Click here for a list of reports that involve only Europe.
All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours (continued)

A bicycle tour of Tuscany
by Chris and Jeannie Fooshee, tour started 1995
Europe: Italy

Most of the places we stayed were walled medieval towns, each with histories dating back centuries, and each with its own identity and flavor. One such city was Volterra. Perched on a high plateau, Volterra has been occupied since prehistoric times because of its strategic location. [...] The fields of colorful spring wildflowers, flowed up to the vineyards, which were just starting to spread their new spring growth across the hills, while roves of olive trees added their own unique presence to the landscape. Tall, stately spires of Italian cypress appeared to march across every distant ridge, usually leading to a small farm or a large villa. As we finally entered the ancient gates of the city, we collapsed in the shadows on a cool stone bench.

See all 2 reports by Chris and Jeannie Fooshee

Bici Stelle e Strisce
by Rick and Monica Pappas, tour started 1995
Europe: Italy, Austria

A gorgeous trip through the Alps, over several passes: Simplon, Furka, Oberalp, Wolfgang, Fluela, Ofen, Stelvio, Mortirolo, Tonale, Mendola, Sella, Fedaia, Gardena, Campolongo and Pordoi. Don't miss this great story!

[...] I saw three bikes being loaded onto the conveyor...two of them were in boxes that looked different than the ones I had so carefully reinforced and packaged back home. Sure enough, my bike and Eric's had suffered terminal damage to our front wheels, and Eric's front pannier racks had been damaged badly. How were they able even to start this tour? Read on!

This is an older version without pictures; the main one is no longer available on the net.

See all 2 reports by Rick and Monica Pappas

Tenerife
by Luddo Oh, tour started December 1994
Europe: Spain

I visited Tenerife in December 1994 for two weeks. [...] We have cycled totally 1400 km, without getting bored. There are a lot of beautiful climbs. Tenerife is really an eldorado for mountain goats, without a flat kilometer.

See all 4 reports by Luddo Oh

map of Tenerife
A tour of Spain
by Raj Subramani, tour started 1995
Europe: Spain

If there is one single thing that made our trip to Spain worthwhile then it was the people. To put it simply they are the tops. Maybe because of the contrast from what we were used to, I do not know, but they do come across as warm, friendly, easy going people. This is especially true of small Spanish villages where everyday seems like a Sunday.

Mountainbike excursions at Lake Garda
by Thomas Driemeyer, tour started 1995
Europe: Italy

There are two major roads out of Riva, towards Monte Brione to the east, and south towards Monte Tremalzo and others. Monte Brione is good for short but difficult tours; this hill is roughly elliptic, with the west side nearly on level with the lake and the east end sloping up and then dropping sharply. It looks like a large cylinder buried at an angle. There is a Worldcup trail along the steep east edge and plenty of single trails. A road leads up and ends at a large bunker near the top. Monte Brione was crowded with mountainbikers when we were there, it has terrain for everybody.

See all 20 reports by Thomas Driemeyer

Mal eben nach Dresden
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1995
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

High-Tatras expedition
by Györgyi Gábor, tour started 1995
Europe: Slovakia

I set out to make a good and complete tour to the High Tatras. We took part three of us in this thin two weeks planned expedition: Zoltán Maráz and R´dei from Szolnok and me, from Budakalász. Based on the guys experiences we planned the tour for the middle of august. Zoltán Maráz, with whom I got acquainted in the tour in 1993, had already cycled 6 times to there and back the highest mountain-range of the Carpathians through the years, the other guy had only one. I had left 28000 kms behind me by bike in the last 5 years before 1995. We agreed to meet in R´páshuta in the Bükk mountain-range. For me it meant 200kms for the first day with the pack of about 20 kgs. At dawn of the 9th of August 1995 we started at the same time, at 5 am. It was dark. On the whole rainy and grey day I tried to get used to the 20 kgs heavy pack. After the tiring, hilly area before Eger I had to climb on a long ascent up to the 700m high Bükk-plateau, and after 200 kms I arrived at the Hunter-restaurant in R´páshuta, where my tourmates had already waited for me.

See all 26 reports by Györgyi Gábor

Lake Dedinky
A Tale of Two Trains, between Switzerland and Italy
by Marco Buffa, tour started September 1994

One day: 6 September 1994 from 6:30 to 20:00. Chiasso-Airolo by train then: Airolo - Nufenenpass - Ulrichen - Briga - Simplonpass - Domodossola Domodossola-Vergiate by train then: Vergiate - Azzate - Vedano Olona Olgiate Comasco - Drezzo - Pedrinate - Chiasso Km 180 (only cycling). Find more of Marco Buffa's tour reports here.

See all 14 reports by Marco Buffa

Crossing the Alps: A short ride from Italy to Germany
by Catherine McCammon, tour started September 1994
Europe: Italy, Germany

1367 km in 13 days with a vertical height gain of 11,165 m with two ``rest'' days in the middle on a cycling trip from Elba to Glashuetten.

See all 2 reports by Catherine McCammon

A Bike Tour in Portugal
by Ute Dasburg and Markus Sauer, tour started September 1994
Europe: Portugal

A brief description of a bike tour which we undertook in Portugal in September '94. We started from Faro at the Algarve coast, proceeded via Sagres to Lisbon and terminated our journey in Coimbra in middle Portugal. [...] The overall distance was about 800 km. We took (including rests) three and a half week with 16 days of cycling. As a whole, the trip was one of the most magnificent and wonderful holidays we ever had ! If you plan to do something similar, do it as soon as you can!

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started August 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

Saturday, August 13, was a nice day, none too cold. The summer of Central Finland was gradually coming to an end but one could still wear shorts and other summer stuff for cycling.

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

Mont Blanc Tour
by Marco Buffa, tour started August 1994
Europe: France

  • 9 August 1994 from 8:30 to 17:50: La Salle-Chamonix by car via Tunnel, then Chamonix - Col des Montets - Col de la Forclaz - Martigny - Col du Grand St. Bernard - Aosta - La Salle; Km 153.
  • 12 August 1994 from 7:30 to 20:00: La Salle - Col du Petit St. Bernard - Bourg St. Maurice - Albertville - Beaufort - Col de Saises - Megeve - Chamonix Chamonix-La Salle by car via Tunnel; Km 207.

See all 14 reports by Marco Buffa

Six Passes in the Alps, between Italy and Switzerland
by Marco Buffa, tour started July 1994

One day: Tour 21 July 1994 from 8:00 to 20:20. Pontresina - Zernez - Ofenpass - S. Maria - Umbrailpass - Bormio - Passo Foscagno - Passo Eira - Livigno - Forcola - Bernina - Pontresina, Km 180. Find more of Marco Buffa's tour reports here.

See all 14 reports by Marco Buffa

Fahrradtour durch die Tschechische Republik
by Michael Vinzenz, tour started July 1994
language: de

Bicycle tour thrugh the Czech Republic, riding 1100km in two weeks.

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started July 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

It was Thursday, June 7, and I found myself in Lappeenranta, a town of some 60,000 inhabitants in southeastern Finland, only about 20 km from the Russian border. [...] So, on a most beautiful hot summer day, I set out on my own, panniers fully loaded, to the northwest and Jyvaeskylae, where I live.

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

Family Bike Tour in Sweden and Norway
by Karl Brodowsky, tour started July 1994
Europe: Sweden, Norway
language: de, en

Karl and Karin travel with two children (age 3 and 1) in trailers. Now who was talking about ``anchors''...

See all 16 reports by Karl Brodowsky

Memories of Norden
by David Dermott, tour started July 1994

The report of a 25 day bicycle tour of Sweden and Norway near midsummer 1994, by Dave Dermott. Includes the Vättern Rundan 1994.

See all 3 reports by David Dermott

Ostsee-Umrundung"
by Peter Alteheld, tour started July 1994
language: de

The report of a 37 days (from July 21, 1994 to August 26, 1994), 4240km tour of the Baltic See along the route: Hamburg - Schleswig/Holstein - Denmark (Border-Frederikshavn) - Norway (Moss-Ostby) - Sweden (Sorsjoern-Grisslehamn) - Aland-Island (Eckeroe-Mariehamn) - Finland (Naantali-Helsinki) - Estonia (Tallinn-Valga) - Latvia (Valka-Bauska) - Lithuania (Salociai-Lazdijai) - Poland (Sejny-Kostrzyn) - Brandenburg - Berlin - Magdeburg - Hannover - Paderborn.

See all 2 reports by Peter Alteheld

Cycling Tour Central England
by Bas van Oudheusden and Maria Salomons, tour started July 1994
Europe: UK

Our tour took us through several of the rural areas of central England, and we experienced very pleasant and relaxing cycling on the B and unclassified roads. This may come a bit as a surprise regarding that the area crosses the central urban and industrial belt stretching from Greater London to the Midlands (Birmingham).

A Tour of Tuscany
by Duncan Snelling, tour started July 1994
Europe: Italy

See all 2 reports by Duncan Snelling

Ostsee-Umrundung
by Peter Alteheld, tour started July 1994
language: de

I cycled around the Baltic Sea from mid-June to mid-July 1996, starting in Stockholm and going clockwise, finishing in Stockholm a month later. It was a great trip!

The report of a 37 days (from July 21, 1994 to August 26, 1994), 4240km tour of the Baltic See along the route: Hamburg - Schleswig/Holstein - Denmark (Border-Frederikshavn) - Norway (Moss-Ostby) - Sweden (Sorsjoern-Grisslehamn) - Aland-Island (Eckeroe-Mariehamn) - Finland (Naantali-Helsinki) - Estonia (Tallinn-Valga) - Latvia (Valka-Bauska) - Lithuania (Salociai-Lazdijai) - Poland (Sejny-Kostrzyn) - Brandenburg - Berlin - Magdeburg - Hannover - Paderborn

See all 2 reports by Peter Alteheld

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started June 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

The rain is relentless in beating against me. There is no way of enjoying the scenery but my memory tells me it is rather nice. [...] At times the rain falls down ever harder, the drops hurt my face and my bell keeps ringing faintly. I see no other cyclists. Sissies.

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

Memories of Norden
by David Dermott, tour started June 1994

A 25 day bicycle tour of Sweden and Norway near midsummer 1994. So why am I on a bike tour of Scandinavia? ( Norden) A long time ago, I was on a trip there with my parents. If I ever went on a bike tour of some foreign land I thought it should be to Norway and Sweden. Some features of the Nordic lifestyle appeal to me- the love of outdoor sports for example. After bicycle touring my big passion is nordic ski touring. I was curious to see that if those old Participaction Canada ads about the 60 year old Swedes were true . THEY ARE TRUE!

Also the climate, vegetation etc of Sweden and Norway are much that of parts of Canada ( Sweden like Nova Scotia, Norway like British Columbia). It would be interesting to see a how another society has developed in the same environmental conditions as Canada. It would be both exotic and familiar.

See all 3 reports by David Dermott

Bicycle trip through Spain
by Minko Oh, tour started June 1994
Europe: Spain

The report of a one-month, 3018km tour of Spain, beautifully illustrated.

See all 8 reports by Minko Oh

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started May 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

The dark forest envelops me and welcomes me home. Telephone poles have large heaps of squirrel-processed cones at the bottom. Large boulders speck the forest floor, remnants of the ice age. [...] At home I feel happy at my first ``century'' after nine months of ankylosing spondylitis.

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

A Bike Tour in the Taurus Mountains, or: A Sociological Study of Rural Turkey
by Pierre Flener, tour started May 1994
Europe, Asia: Turkey

For Kurban BayramI (``Sacrifice Feast'' in English, ``eid-al-adha'' in Arabic, in honor of Abraham's pledge to sacrifice his son (though God then bade him to sacrifice but a sheep), i.e. the Islamic holiday in the middle of ``Hac'' (``Hadj'' in Arabic), the Islamic pilgrimage month to Mecca), I drove with my Turkish friend TuGrul to the Mediterranean Sea for a mountain-bike tour in the Taurus Mountains. Here's an account of how we braved physical adversity and faced the impeccable logic of rural Turks.

See all 2 reports by Pierre Flener

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started April 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

Spring was on its way, finally. With the arrival of April, I had discarded studded tires and other winter equipment. Riding had been chilly and dirty, the scenery bleak but then the snow really started melting and the ice fishers were driven off the lakes (or drowned). Monday, April 25 was a pretty day for my traditional 100 km spring test run.

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

1000 km ``Bonne Route'' Frankreich
by Martin Wittram, tour started April 1994
Europe: France
language: de

A very detailed tour description in three chapters: Paris - Rambouillet - Tournoisis - Onzain - Chinon - Ingrandes - La Roche - La Rochelle - Saintes - Morcenx - Biarritz - Cambo - Oloron St. Marie - Lannemezan - St. Girons - Limoux -Carcassonne - St. Pons - St. Rome - Pont de Montvert - Vallon Pont d'Arc - Avignon.

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started March 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

Sunday March 13 appears uninspiring. The sky is grey. The snow is dirty. There is slush, it is +1 C. The breakfast newspaper is dull, the oatmeal bland. Finland is depressing. What can save the day? A bike ride!

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started February 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

Sunday February 27 was another glorious winter day here, Jyvaeskylae, Finland, above the 62th parallel: clear blue sky, sparkling snow and the sun low above the horizon. Time for a bike ride. [...] The temperature is very pleasant, -9 C, the wind unpleasant, in my face.

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

Markku Tuomi's Tour Reports
by Markku Tuomi, tour started January 1994
Europe: Finland

Markku Tuomi has written up beautiful reports of severals rides he did in Central Finland in 1994, one per month, partly on-road, partly off-road.

[...] four months of illness and recovery (and no cycling) at the end of 1993 evaporated whatever fitness I used to have. I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (a rheumatoid disease of the spine) and for a while it looked like I might not be cycling again. [...] It is overcast and not so cold (- 8 C) on January 23.

See all 8 reports by Markku Tuomi

Les pays baltes: Poland and Lithuania
by Jacqueline et Patrick Huard, tour started 1994
Europe: Poland, Lithuania
language: fr

A family goes cyclo-camping and brings back valuable experience, great stories and beautiful pictures.

See all 8 reports by Jacqueline et Patrick Huard

Tour of the Alps 1994
by Jobst Brandt, tour started 1994

This is the great report of a tour in the Alps that Jobst Brandt did in the summer of '94.

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

The French Alps
by Carsten Gregersen, tour started 1994
Europe: France

This tour's destination is Briançon in the heart of the French Alps. In the mountains around the village are several ancient forts, and a network of old military roads makes it very suitable for mountain biking. We camp in le Rosier a little outside Briançon. The road from Genève and back again is very hard mountain climbing across some of the highest and most beautiful passes in the Alps. We are two persons carrying our own pack but sharing one tent.

See all 11 reports by Carsten Gregersen

On our way through the Aosta valley
July Century, Clermont-Ferrand to St. Etienne, France
by Sean Cleary, tour started 1994
Europe: France

The riding along the coast there was great. It was quite hilly; generally, it would be leave a little town, climb up 150m or so to leave the valley, then contour a bit, and soon drop down (sometimes quite quickly- 40+ mph which is a lot since I'm a wimp about going fast) into the next valley with another little town on the sea. There were some impressive ruins and towers on the higher hills further inland, including the Tour Madeloc, which is quite prominent.

See all 4 reports by Sean Cleary

August Century, Colliore, France to St. Feliue de Guixoils, Spain
by Sean Cleary, tour started 1994
Europe: France, Spain

I rode from Montpellier, France to Barcelona, Spain at the end of July and beginning of August. This description is of the day I crossed from France into Spain along the Mediterranean.

See all 4 reports by Sean Cleary

Marche
by Stefano Gerosa, tour started 1994
Europe: Italy
language: it

See all 3 reports by Stefano Gerosa

Les pays baltes à vélo
by Jacqueline et Patrick Huard, tour started 1994
language: fr

A family goes cyclo-camping and brings back valuable experience, great stories and beautiful pictures:

See all 8 reports by Jacqueline et Patrick Huard

Tour de Suisse
by Torsten Lif, tour started 1994
Europe: Switzerland

When Richard Freytag and I started planning this year's recumbent tour, the somewhat obnoxious idea of touring Switzerland on the outside came up. We liked it, although it was soon clear that we would not manage the complete round in the time we had on our hands so we decided to go for a semi-circle and save the rest for later. After contacting Andreas Fuchs (from the HPV mailing list) in Bern for help with some practical details, it was decided that we would start in Bern and thus get a couple of days of riding in Switzerland before entering France.

See all 3 reports by Torsten Lif

Geneva to Venice
by Trevor Warwick, tour started September 1993

In mid-September 1993, a group of five Digital employees set out to ride from Geneva to Venice The planned route was 800km, and had > 10,000 metres of climbing, with pre-arranged hotel bookings at strategic points.

See all 4 reports by Trevor Warwick

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