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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.

Trails (continued)

Across the Hardangervidda mountain table-land
by Ulf Berntsen, tour started August 1989
Europe: Norway

Dyranut - Trondsbu - Sandhaug - Lågaros. This is the English version of the original Norwegian one: Med sykkel som bagasjetralle / Hardangervidda - fra nord til sør / Dyranut - Trondsbu - Sandhaug - Lågaros.

[The] report of a [...] bike trip in 1989, across the central part of the big mountain plateau Hardangervidda in Norway. The first 12 km on a narrow gravel road, the next 52 km without roads at all. My friend and I followed hiking trails.

You will find the area in your world atlas when searching south of the railway line Oslo - Bergen. We went by train to Geilo, and bus about 40 km to a desolate point at the highway to the Hardanger fjords. The endpoint of the trip was at Mogen north of the small town Rjukan, in the Telemark county. We went by boat across the 35 km distance of Mosvatn lake. Finally we made a bike trip (25 km) at the old and forgotten construction road down to Rjukan.

The Hardangervidda is a rather flat mountain plateau, at altitude 1100-1350 metres above sea level. The terrain is very easy - if you look at detailed maps in scale 1:50000. But big stones (1-2 metres), wet areas, dirt and a very small but angry wood vegetation are not indicated at the maps...

See all 2 reports by Ulf Berntsen

Kreta Mountainbike-Tour
by Erik Sommeregger, tour started 1977
Europe: Greece
language: de

Diese einwöchige Tour - die wir zu viert unternommen haben - hat uns in jeder Hinsicht sehr gut gefallen, und die persönlichen Eindrücke über Strecken, Landschaft und einen einfach schönen Urlaub sollen auf dieser Seite wiedergegeben werden. Folgendes kann für eine Mountainbike Tour problematisch sein, worauf ich aufmerksam machen will. Nach dem Studium der zugänglichen Informationen über 'Biken' und 'Trekking' in Kreta waren wir für die Tourenplanung gewarnt. Es gibt viele auch auf den genauen Karten eingezeichnete Nebenstraßen, die nicht existieren, dafür gibt es neue nicht eingezeichnete Straßen. Wir haben festgestellt, daß alle in Mitteleuropa herausgegebenen Karten von ein und derselben ungenauen kretischen Karte abgezeichnet sind. So möchte ich unsere Erfahrungen über die gefahrenen Strecken weitergeben, vielleicht möchte sie jemand nützen.

Bike and Board
language: de, it

The Bike \& Board site has the following goal: ``Das wollen wir mitteilen: in den Bergen gibt es viel mehr für die Seele als man denkt. Geht in die Berge und respektiert sie, seid wach und nehmt nach Hause ein Erlebnis mit, das dem Leben mehr Sinn geben kann.'' Among the mountain bike trail descriptions in Germany, Austria and Italy: Lagorai/Latemar (in German and in Italian), and Transalp 2000 (in German): an Alpine crossing from Germany to Italy.

Denn die Wahrheit liegt da draußen...
by Florian Michahelles
language: de

Mit dem Mountainbike zweimal über die Alpen. From the MTB page of Florian Michahelles. The great story of a five-weeks trip from Mittenwald (Germany) over to Alps to Bozen/Bolzano and then to Liguria, Corse (France) and back through Lombardia and Switzerland. Individual sections are linked to under the various countries.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Die Alpenquerulanten
by Florian Michahelles
language: de

Alpenuberquerung mit dem MTB bei zwei Wochen Regen. Nach einem Fruhstuck aus Wasser, Milupa-Milchpulver (ab dem 1. Monat) und Musli brechen wir auf. 340km, 11.000 Hohenmeter warten auf uns. This beautiful tour will take Florian and his buddies over Switzerland and Italy.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Mountainbiken in Tirol
by Landesforstdirektion Tirol
Europe: Austria
language: de

an excellent collection of mountain bike routes by the Landesforstdirektion Tirol - Landschaftsdienst.

Silvretta und Verwallgruppe
by Udo Landgraf
Europe: Austria
language: de

Jamtalhütte, Piz Puin, Inneres Bergle, Heilbronner Hütte, die Greitspitz, Silvretta-Skigebiet: six mountainbike tours with pictures.

See all 2 reports by Udo Landgraf

Das Gute liegt so nah: MTB-Tour von Mittenwald nach Bozen
by Florian Michahelles
language: de

A mountain bike ride from Mittenwald to Bolzano/Bozen in five days

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Offroad Adventures
Europe: UK

An excellent site with many good trail descriptions in Great Britain, with some excursions to mainland Europe and Africa

This site is for all Mountain Bikers who love the challenge of an Offroad Adventure. Offroad Adventures - Online is an online resource packed with a collection of full ride reports, routes guides (some including maps), preparation tips, equipment, images to inspire and practical advice.

To get the most from Offroad Adventures - Online you will need to spend time to read the many articles written by Real Mountain Bikers, the equipment reviews and the advice given by riders who have ridden epics in the past.

© 2003 Offroad Adventures
España en Bicicleta de Montaña - Spain on a Mountain Bike
by Alfonso Pitarque
language: en, es

I introduce in a brief way some itineraries cycled by the author in Spain (Pyrenees, Road to Santiago, The Silver Route, The North Route, Andalusia, but also in Greece, Croatia and Slovenia), with pictures of them, trying to show the beauty of this different and relaxed way of traveling.

See all 2 reports by Alfonso Pitarque

A ride in the Schwarzwald/Black Forest
by Michael Stiedl
Europe: Germany

The report of a varied and challenging ride in this prime mountain biking area.

The Stelvio Pass - Facts and Photos
by Otto Axel
Europe: Italy

This is one of the mythical Alpine passes, made famous by great Giro perfomances by Fausto Coppi and others.

See all 2 reports by Otto Axel

Lake Garda: Europe's best Mountain Biking?
by Kevin Hodgson
Europe: Italy

Here's a simple question for you. Where is the best mountain biking in Europe? Well, 'best' depends on what floats your boat; sun, singletrack, downhills with chair lifts? However, when I lived in Germany, I posed this question to several biker friends, and always received the same answer - ``Lake Garda''. I searched through magazines for the answer and it was once again ``Lake Garda''. I was starting to see a pattern emerging. Well, my mate Dickie was on a student exchange to Trento, which is close to Lake Garda, in northern Italy. Therefore, I decided to take a few days off work and head on over the Brenner to see what all the fuss was about. The visit also coincided with ``BIKE fest'' a weekend festival where thousands of German mountain bikers get drunk in a field beside the Lake, then try to ride 80 miles the next day.

The next day's ride was decided to be a 'biggy'. I had the 'Moser' guide book of Garda, which is in German only, and provides route cards, guaranteeing that you will not need a map. I always find guide book routes too easy, so I selected a 'very hard' grade: Monte Casale. Big mistake. We set off with just the route cards, into a nondescript Italian forest, with no idea where we were headed, except that it was 'very hard'. The forest tracks climbed incessantly, until we branched off onto some pleasant singletrack. Suddenly as Dickie rode through the forest ahead of me, he unexpected threw his bike to the ground and let out an uncontrollable string of expletives! I rushed up to him, wondering if he'd been bitten by a snake. The trees fell away in a 1000m pure vertical plunge to the valley far below, we were at the edge of the cliff we had seen yesterday, and Dickie had almost ridden over it! The singletrack then proceeded to wind its way precariously along the edge for a couple of kilometres, before climbing up to the summit of Monte Casale at 1632m.

In summary, I have no doubt that this area offers the best trails in Europe. Unfortunately none of the routes are way marked, and no English language guide exists for the area, meaning that you must rely on good map reading as a means to explore the area. See you there!

© 2003 Kevin Hodgson @ Offroad Adventures
Holiday on Ice
by David George and Kate Harvey
Europe: France

A ski trip to l'Alpe d'Huez became a winter mountain bike adventure for British cyclists David George and Kate Harvey. Nicely illustrated with photos and maps.

mountain biking guide
by Julien Morgue
Europe: France
language: fr

A mountain biking guide for various regions of France with excellent practical information that is extremely helpful when organizing your trip.

Earning some skills - a MTB weekend from Reijavik
by Florian Michahelles
Europe: Iceland

You think your home trails are rough? Read what's in store here...

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Progetto Annibale - Traversata delle Alpi in MTB
Europe: Italy
language: it

Hannibal (not the one played by Anthony Hopkins) Project - MTB Alpine crossing.

Grenzüberschreitungen
by Florian Michahelles
Europe: Italy
language: de

Auf dem Ligurischen Grenzkamm durch die Seealpen von Ventimiglia nach Cuneo. From the MTB page of Florian Michahelles. Includes Praktische Tips und genaue Daten zur Tour.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Mountain Bike Italian Links
by Massimo Peverada
Europe: Italy
language: it

Has links to lots of mountain bike itineraries all over Italy, and over 60 such (and counting) in or near Piemonte (Piedmont): detailed descriptions (in Italian) and maps - very nice job!

Mountain Biking in Sardinia
by Lucio Cadeddu
Europe: Italy

See all 5 reports by Lucio Cadeddu

MTB Around Uppsala
by Per Löwdin
Europe: Sweden
language: en, se

You will find descriptions of most trails in the vicinity of Uppsala here. There are some absolutely marvelous trails around. In Uppsala we have excellent relationships with hikers, hunters, dog owners, land owners, bird watchers, joggers etc, and we like to maintain good relations, so there are some local ethics.

There are several areas that offers excellent MTB-trails around Uppsala. The descriptions here are in Swedish but can easily be used by non-swedish speaking people. The maps and the gradings will be sufficient to get you started.

See all 8 reports by Per Löwdin

Biken in Oberwallis
by Richard and Robert Glaisen
Europe: Switzerland
language: de

An absolutely super site, with 100 trail descriptions in the Oberwallis region. Descriptions include a map, an altimetry profile and all relevant data.

Durchs Hintertürchen in die Schweiz
by Florian Michahelles
Europe: Switzerland
language: de

Von Arona nach Airolo auf Schleichwegen. This is a tour over the spectacular Passo San Giacomo, between Italy and Switzerland.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Dolomites -Francis & Sheila' Virtual Alps
by Francis & Sheila
Europe: Italy

A great photo archive. Each page includes no more than 3 photos, on average, 25,000 bytes [...] We hope you enjoy them. There is a help page if you are having difficulty viewing the images. The photos are not of printable quality - if you wish to use any of these pictures in a hardcopy publication, please contact us and we will supply a high-resolution file.

See all 2 reports by Francis & Sheila

Switzerland/France - A recumbent trip through the Swiss and French Alps
by Minko Oh
language: en, nl

See all 8 reports by Minko Oh

Sardinia by Bike
by Lucio Cadeddu
Europe: Italy
language: it, en

Has a section for Off Road Tours.

See all 5 reports by Lucio Cadeddu

Sites

Fahrrad Reisen / Bicycle Touring
by camino10, , submitted 13 June 2010
language: de, en

Travelogues, trip reports and travel photography: Crossing the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range in Mexico, along the Mediterranean coast of Italy, France and Spain, bike tour to ancient Greece and Turkey, Island hopping in Mallorca, Corsica and Crete, Trans Alps Bike Tour

Reiseberichte und Tourenberichte von Fahrrad Reisen durch die Rocky Mountains in Kanada und die Sierra Madre in Mexiko, entlang der Mittelmeer Küste von Italien, Frankreich und Spanien, Veloreise bis Griechenland und die Türkei, klassischer Donau-Radweg und Elbe-Radweg, Radtouren auf den Inseln Mallorca, Korsika und Kreta, Trans Alps Bike Tour.

See all 10 reports by camino10

Danube River Bike Tour
velotourism and trips
by Grishanov Igor, , submitted 6 November 2007
Europe: Russia
language: ru

The best Russian site about trips on bike.

Lerdal - Aurland (Norway)
Information on cycling in the French Alps
by Russell Standring, submitted 8 January 2006
Europe: France

Excellent information and photos on this prime cycling region. Featuring photographs of the 2002 Tour the France.

Surrounded by three mountain ranges, Grenoble is in a unique position and offers a cyclist a huge variety of rides. The rolling mountains of the Chartreuse to the north, the high plateau of the Vercors to the south-west before the huge imposing climbs of the Alps to the east.

Bicycle Rides in France
by Gerald Soto,
Europe: France

L'Alpe d'Huez; Col de Sarenne; Les Deux Alpes; La Berarde; Cols de la Croix de Fer/Galibier; Mont Ventoux (July 4, 1999).

See all 4 reports by Gerald Soto

Bicycle Rides in Italy
by Gerald Soto,
Europe: Italy

Four rides in Toscana (May 1999):

  • San Gimignano-Volterra (May 7),
  • Chianti (May 8),
  • Pisa-Lucca (May 9),
  • Monteriggioni-Siena (May 10)

Four Rides in Dolomiti/SudTiröl (June 1999):

  • Bolzano to Marmolada (June 20),
  • Bolzano to Passo Mendola (June 21),
  • Tre Cime/Gruppo di Sella (June 23),
  • Passo Pennes (June 25)

See all 4 reports by Gerald Soto

Rec.Travel Library: Albania
Europe: Albania
Best Bike Tours in Europe
by Quoth May
Europe

Seventeen Best Bike Tours in France, Holland, Italy, Germany and Austria.

Why bicycle? Why Europe? When to Go, By Organized Group? Or, by Personal Tour? Bring Your Own Bike or Rent or Buy? What Kind of Bike?
Trains and Bicycles, Maps, Hotels, and Tourist Sight Information Sources.
Seventeen Best European Cycling Trips: Author's Ratings, and when, where, and how to do them: Detailed Itineraries and Photos. On the same site: How to Bicycle In and Out of Paris

See all 2 reports by Quoth May

Cyclists pose along the Danube River
Farhrrad-Tour
language: de

dozens of reports about bicycle tours in "Donauradweg, Neckartalradweg, Bodenseeradweg, Enztalradweg, Gotthardradweg, Rheintalweg und viele andere", including Bretagne and Ireland

English cycling pages of Karl Brodowsky
by Karl Brodowsky
Europe

See all 16 reports by Karl Brodowsky

German cycling pages of Karl Brodowsky
by Karl Brodowsky
Europe
language: de

plenty of interesting reports in German

See all 16 reports by Karl Brodowsky

Farhrrad-Tour
by Sven Hörberg
Europe
language: de

A huge of collection of reports of tours, some by bicycle, some by other means, some in Europe, some elsewhere, including Sven's own tours

A rider's digest. Sections on humour, essays, travel, images.
Europe

If you like to read as much as you like to cycle, this is the site for you. Just consider the following entry from the BR dictionary: wheelbase. The shortest distance between two axles on the same bicycle in a Euclidean universe. Standard advice is that long wheelbase models are ideal for touring, because of the extra stability they impart. A unicycle has no measurable wheelbase, ergo it is not recommended for touring.

In BikeReader you can expect to find stories and entertainment. And we've got a non-fiction shelf, too. Helpful advice -- tips on bike maintenance, health, etc. -- isn't our raison d'être (French for 'thing'), but we'll link to sites which seem particularly good in that regard. Bear in mind that not everything in BR will have 'BICYCLE' written in large letters all over it, but a bike will always be propped up against the story line.

This site was conceived as an online archive of previously offline material: a reprinter of magazine articles. However, content will also include some stories available elsewhere on the web, as we aim to be a one-stop shop for quality bicycle writing.

a stoker is a stoker - from BikeReader
Travel to the Horizon
by Raph de Rooij
Europe

A large collection of bicycle travel related information: travelogues, bicycle travel info, general travel info, organised tours, books, maps and guides and touring equipment

Tandem Fahren
Europe
language: de

This site has a wealth of reports of tandem tours in germany and all over Europe

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