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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)

Ukraine-Ausflug von Mattias und Klaus
by Mattias Doffing, tour started December 1991
Europe: Ukraine
language: de
Durch die französischen Alpen II
by Thomas Korten, tour started 1992
Europe: France
language: de

Rad fahren und Bergwandern auf einer Tour? Ja, das geht! Es ist noch gar nicht so lange her: Im Herbst 1992 unternehme Am frühen Morgen bei Corpsich zusammen mit Jörg Eigemann eine Reise nach Südfrankreich, die als Radtour gedacht ist. Wir fahren von Bonn mit dem Wagen nach Luxemburg und über Metz, Dijon und Lyon nach Grenoble, wo wir wenig später bei strömendem Regen auf die Route Napol´on einschwenken. Wir haben - Dank der Geistesgegenwart von Jörg - bereits einen Platten am linken Vorderrad bei Tempo 160 überlebt, Mont Dauphin - Der Fels Von Eygliersda kann uns das Wetter nicht mehr schrecken. Wir übernachten in einem billigen Hotel in Corps, nur etwa 100 km von unserem Ziel Eygliers bei Guillestre entfernt, gelegen am Mont Dauphin.

See all 6 reports by Thomas Korten

Mit dem Fahrrad durch Rumänien
by Jens Pönisch, tour started 1992
Europe: Romania
language: de

Und so begann das Abenteuer ohne einen Leu in der Tasche. Wir hatten gewisse Bedenken, denn im letzten Jahr war es uns nicht gelungen, innerhalb des Landes legal Geld zu tauschen. Nach einer Stunde erreichten wir auf der holprigen, aber schwach befahrenen Europastraße Oradea, die erste Stadt auf rumänischem Boden. Im Hotel konnten wir tatsächlich ein dickes Bündel frisch gedruckter Scheine einstecken, und nachdem wir die Hauptverkehrsader verlassen hatten, wurde es nach dem Verlassen der Stadt sehr ruhig. Durch die recht schönen Badeorte Baile 1 Mai und Baile Felix/Felixbad ging es auf nun recht hügeliger Strecke am Rande des Bihorgebirges nach Süden. Überall wurden wir angestaunt und gefragt, warum wir nicht mit dem Auto kämen, denn Radwandern ist in Rumänien noch völlig unbekannt.

Wheels and Rainbows Through Scotland
by Judy Colwell, tour started July 1991
Europe: UK

Menlo Park, London, Inverness, Aberlour, Aberdeen, Montrose, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Yetholm, Rothbury, Once Brewed, York, Sherwood Forest.

See all 2 reports by Judy Colwell

Lombardia-Trentino
by Marco Buffa, tour started July 1991
Europe: Italy

Tour 30 July 1991 from 7:30 to 21:00. Breno - Edolo - Passo Tonale - Dimaro - Campo Carlo Magno - Lodrone - Riccomassimmo - Bagolino - Passo Croce Domini - Breno, Km 213.

See all 14 reports by Marco Buffa

Land's End - John o'Groats, An East of The Pennines Route
by Ian & Steve, tour started June 1991
Europe: UK
Fahrt in den Drömling
by Martin Wittram, tour started May 1991
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Tour of the Alps 1991
by Jobst Brandt, tour started 1991

In the morning we headed back up the hill in a light drizzle that turned to snow just below Gletsch. But wait there's more. As we entered the high valley below the Rhone Glacier and Furka Pass (2431m), we saw snow blowing about in brilliant sunshine on the summit. It was so cold and dry our clothes were completely dry as was the road where the snow just blew to the gutter. The drifts of powdery snow on the summit were so deep that my bicycle would stand alone in it. It was an exhilarating climb with storybook weather.

I passed the closed Lingotto FIAT plant, with test track on the roof, that is being refurbished as an automotive trade center. The modern streetcars with antique trolley poles and bronze trolley wheels wend their way between ancient buildings on narrow streets paved with 0.5x1.0m red and tan granite plates set at a 45 degrees. The rushing sound of the trolley wheel on the wire is truly a sound from the past for me, reminiscent of four trolley tracks on San Francisco's Market Street in my youth.

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

Cycling Southwest France 1991 - Gascony, the Pays Basque, the Périgord-Quercy and the Rouergue
by Mike Bedard, tour started 1991
Europe: France

This is a log of a cycle trip we (my wife Carol and I) took with two friends (Heather and Peter Stark) to southwestern France in the summer of 1991. I am finally (ten years later) getting around to writing it up because I am now REALLY retired and I am feeling guilty that I haven't done it before now. Because of the delay I'm sure I'll miss some important things but there is also an advantage because I now have the experience of ten more European cycle tours and can bring that to my recollections of this trip. As always, I depend on my wife's excellent journal of the trip as my aide memoire. I could never write these reports without it. We cycle unsupported (i.e., no ``sag wagon''); we stay in hotels; we eat our evening meals in restaurants. As you get older you will allow yourselves these luxuries.

See all 16 reports by Mike Bedard

Going down hills in Gascony was much easier than going up
Isola d'Elba
by Stefano Gerosa, tour started 1991
Europe: Italy
language: it

See all 3 reports by Stefano Gerosa

Noord Holland and Friesland '91
by Stefano Lugli, tour started 1991
Europe: Holland
language: it

Giro cicloturistico di 10 giorni nelle pianeggianti regioni del Noord Holland e della Frisia. Un itinerario alternativo ai classici tours dei Paesi Bassi.

See all 10 reports by Stefano Lugli

Bicycle Vacation Sweden-Norway
by Luddo Oh, tour started 1991
Europe: Sweden, Norway

After weighing the pros and cons the far north was attracting me, and the choice fell on Sweden and especially Norway. The timing and the route were perfect - we would return just before the start of the mountain stages of the Tour de France; in June relatively few mosquitoes are around, and, especially in Sweden, there was a fair chance of good weather. The flat part of Sweden gives you a good opportunity to do a bit of cycling before attacking the steep Norwegian mountains.

See all 4 reports by Luddo Oh

Rennsteig
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1991
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Radreise nach Norwegen
by Jan Cramer, tour started August 1990
Europe: Norway
language: de

Mir scheint, es wird jede Nacht ein paar Grad kälter! Wir sind beim Erwachen fast am Boden festgefroren. Das liegt sicher auch daran, daß wir uns schon nahe 1000 m Höhe befinden. Ich stehe auf und mache den obligatorischen Fotogang des Morgens. Ich sehe in der Ferne schon die Bäuerin wirken. Ich beschließe wegen der Milch zu ihr zu gehen. Sie sitzt vor dem Kuhstall und trinkt in der Sonne sitzend einen Kaffee. Ich geselle mich dazu und sie lässt mich einen Becher ``füll mil'', noch euterwarm, testen. Wir reden über Land und Leut.

See all 5 reports by Jan Cramer

Bathing
Tour of the Alps 1990
by Jobst Brandt, tour started 1990

The Iseran probably earns the ``highest pass in France'' title, being actually higher and because it is steep, spectacular, and is surrounded by glaciers and snow. When you're there you know there's a There there. This is truly the haute Savoie, whose red and white emblem was the inspiration for the emigrants who took their red flag with the white cross along as they founded Switzerland.

The Stelvio may not be the hardest, longest or anything else, but it has a special place in my heart for its magnificent and exquisitely orchestrated landscape. It seems to have its own Wagnerian accompaniment, magnificent and grand. I have ridden it in every weather and it is always an emotional moment at the top with the ice caps of the Ortler and snowfields of the Gran Zebru as a backdrop to the road that drops 1000m into the canyon in the Shadows of this deep ravine. Forty nine numbered hairpin turns and 2000m below lies the valley.

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

Studenten-Demo in Hannover
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1990
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Sternfahrt nach Magdeburg
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1990
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Schnacks bei Schnackenburg
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1990
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Fahrt nach Berlin
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1990
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Le grand boucle
by Jan Cramer, tour started August 1989
language: de

Dem Hitzschlag nahe erreichen wir nach rasanter Fahrt Passau. Der erste Eindruck ist hervorragend, eine alte. schön gelegene Stadt am Zusammenfluß von Donau, Inn und Ilz. Wir fahren durch die Altstadt, um erst einmal ein Getränk zu bekommen, denn heute ist Maria Himmelfahrt, ein Feiertag in Bayern. Ein großes Spezi rinnt die Kehle hinunter.

Wir fahren durch die ganze Stadt zurück zur Jugendherberge. Unten steht ein Schild: 22%ige Steigung, Autos kommen kaum hinauf, ich probiere etwa 10 Meter, Torsten vielleicht 30, dann geben wir auf.

Schieben, schieben in der Hitze bis ganz nach oben auf die Burg. Die Rezeption liegt nochmals 20 Meter höher und schließlich unser Zimmer im vierten Stock des Burgturmes - kann es schlimmer kommen? Wir schleppen alles hoch, das Zimmer hat zwanzig Betten und bietet als Entschädigung ein toll es Panorama.

See all 5 reports by Jan Cramer

A Cheater's cycling holiday in Switzerland
by Torsten Lif, tour started July 1989
Europe: Switzerland

First I took the train back to Andermatt, then west to Oberwald where I got off and started climbing up the mountains. I rode parallel to the old abandoned railway (the new stretch runs in a long tunnel under the mountain) up to Gletsch. It felt very unreal to think that I'd ridden a train on that very track in 1981, shortly before the tunnel was opened. Now the rails were all rusty and rocks had fallen onto the railbed in several places. I saw that there's work going on to re-open the Furkapass-bahn. I hope they succeed!

See all 3 reports by Torsten Lif

Alpen: Wien - Luzern
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1989
language: de, en

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Perpignan - Cénac, including the Tourmalet
by Carsten Gregersen, tour started 1989
Europe: France

Cycling in the Pyrenees is both exiting and relentless. Here are some of the steepest and longest climbs in Europe, and I experience a few of the well known. I ride my touring bike and sleep in hotels. After a weeks struggling I go north to Dordogne. There are several castles around and the atmosphere is medieval. There are several caves, too. It was about here the Cro-Magnon man was found.

See all 11 reports by Carsten Gregersen

Finally at the top - after big efforts
Trenta vie attraverso l'Appennino tosco-emiliano
by Alberto Pedrotti, tour started 1989
Europe: Italy
language: it

Yes, we do have the Alps in Italy. But the Appennino has its own fascination, and nothing better than this report can bring it out.

See all 6 reports by Alberto Pedrotti

Norddeutschland (Wendland, Holstein, Cuxhaven)
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1989
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Einzeltouren DDR (Wende)
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1989
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Mâcon - Menton
by Carsten Gregersen, tour started 1988
Europe: France

This is a trip through some of the most beautiful mountain scenarios in the French Alps. A great part of the route follows road D902 - Route des Grandes Alpes - and on the way I cross some of the greatest Tour de France passes. The touring bike has triple chainrings, so even the steepest slopes are managed without problems. I ride alone, don't carry much pack and stay in hotels overnight. Using only six days for the trip I spend the remaining holidays at Côte d'Azur.

See all 11 reports by Carsten Gregersen

The barren Casse Déserte at the south side of Col d'Izoard
Austrian Alps and Slovenia - A Brief Tour West to East
by Malcolm Clarke, tour started 1987
Europe: Austria, Slovenia

Mountain pass pictures and information.

Durch die französischen Alpen I - Auf den Spuren der Tour de France
by Thomas Korten, tour started 1987
Europe: France
language: de

Herbst 1987: Die erste Radtour in den französischen Alpen. Col de la Croix de Fer, Galibier, Col d'Izoard, Col de Vars, Restefond/la Bonette (2802 m), Col de la Couillole und Col d'Allos heißen die Eckpunkte dieser Reise. Zwar fahren wir an 8 Tagen gerade einmal 660 km weit, aber dabei überwinden wir über 14000 Höhenmeter.

See all 6 reports by Thomas Korten

Hairpins leading to the Galibier
Mâcon - Orange
by Carsten Gregersen, tour started 1987
Europe: France

My first trip to the Alps and Provence is a lightweight tour on a road bike with just a handlebar bag for the luggage. I stay in hotels overnight. The route includes a few passes known from Tour de France. This, however, turns out to be somewhat hasty. At least I get some hard-earned experience - both with respect to gear ratios and my own ability. But it's surely beautiful, and standing at the Col du Galibier summit for the first time is very self-satisfactory.

See all 11 reports by Carsten Gregersen

The Verdon river at the mouth into Lac de St. Croix
Europa-Wanderweg E6
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1986
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Paris - Leer 1985
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1985
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Ostfriesland 1984
by Martin Wittram, tour started 1984
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Die Radtour zum Nordkapp
by Thomas Korten, tour started 1984
language: de

Wer es nicht erlebt hat, der kann es kaum beschreiben: Ein Ziel so vage, so unkalkulierber, so weit. Und dann befindet man sich auf den letzten Metern.Wer jemals im Norden Europas Urlaub gemacht hat, der weiß, dass im Sommer die Sonne endlos zu scheinen scheint. Aber das täuscht. In der Höhe der Lofoten muss man schon sehr nahe am längsten Tag eintreffen, um von den Berggipfeln die Mitternachtssonne zu sehen. Im August ist es zwar immer noch legendär hell, aber die Sonne taucht bereits für einige Zeit unter den Horizont. Ich bezeichne dieses Schauspiel auch gerne als den Untergang der Mitternachtssonne.

Nordkapp - 4.8.84 - ich bin am Ziel. Das Nordkapp ist zwar schon recht rummelig, weil natürlich Bus um Bus hier hin gekarrt wird, aber es ist nicht wirklich überlaufen. Und Wegezoll gibt es auch noch nicht. Es ist doch eine ganze Reihe von Personen, die auf die sportliche Art und Weise diesen Weg meistern - und da gibt es natürlich viel zu erzählen, auch wenn in dieser Nacht der Untergang der Mitternachtssonne hinter den Wolken stattfindet. Ich schwinge das nun leicht beladene Rad auf den Steinsockel, der die Weltkugel trägt, und mache mit Stativ ein Bild.

See all 6 reports by Thomas Korten

Cycling to the North Cape 1984 - The way to go
by Thomas Korten, tour started 1984

One year after intermediate examinations I manage to take two months off my studies to have a dream come true, cycling to the North Cape (norwegian: Nordkapp). Sure, travelling more than 3600 miles to the north of Norway is not everybodies delight. Temparatures are expected to be low and the weather to be unsteady. However, at the end of this journey I may declare the Scandinavian weather beeing not as bad as its reputation.

On the 4th of july I am ready for take off. That time my bike is one of the oldest, heaviest and less reliable bikes that have ever been seen on their way north. 20 kg of additional weight has to be carried: A tent, sleeping bag, camera, 11 color films (300 slides) and other equipement. On this trip, that does not cost more than DM 1800.- in the end, I ruin a shirt, a jeans, a cycle chain, a tyre cover and not less than 9 spokes. Though the bike never has a puncture.

See all 6 reports by Thomas Korten

Globe at North Cape
Paris-Brest-Paris 1975
by Harriet Fell, tour started 1975
Europe: France

That year, 666 cyclists started. There were 19 women, 17 riding solo and two stoking tandems. I had never seen so many bicycles in one place. I picked up my control book. It had a hand-drawn American flag and a typed English translation of the rules. I found out that seven other Americans were starting.

Albania-Italy Friendship Tour
Europe: Albania, Italy, Greece

From June 27 through July 19 [2000] AEDP (Project of Development Education of SOROS Albania) will provide 60-70 people selected from Albania, the Balkans, and the rest of the world with an intense learning experience in Italy and Albania. The tour will promote friendship and understanding between people from a wide variety of backgrounds and demonstrate that ALBANIA is Opening Up to the World.
Participants will bicycle from Rome to Venice in Italy, through Southern Albania and Northern Greece. They will receive guided tours at various stops along the away. A film crew will accompany the trip to produce a video which each participant is required to present in 5 schools upon their return after the end of the trip.

Thessaloniki - Tirana
by Robert van Weperen
Europe: Albania, Greece
language: nl

See all 3 reports by Robert van Weperen

Thessaloniki - Tirana, English excerpt
by Robert van Weperen
Europe: Albania, Greece

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Thessaloniki - Tirana
by Robert van Weperen
Europe: Albania, Greece
language: nl

See all 3 reports by Robert van Weperen

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