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Europe (local)

This page lists all reports that for Europe only that do not involve other countries.
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All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours (continued)

Der Grenzlandradweg
by Ralph Sontag, tour started July 1997
Europe: Germany, Austria
language: de

Nur 10 Tage Urlaub könnten wir 1997 für eine Radtour zusammenkratzen. Dabei lernten wir ein touristisch noch recht unerschlossenes Stück Österreich kennen. Dieses Reisetagebuch schildert unsere Erlebnisse und Eindrücke.

See all 3 reports by Ralph Sontag

Outer Hebrides (Scotland) Cycling Tour
by Patrick Fox, tour started July 1997
Europe: UK

After lunch I coasted back down the hillside and took the southern fork along Luskentyre bay. This led me on round the west coast of Harris, a superb landscape of broad sandy bays, interspersed with black rocky points and all backed by the rugged mountains inland. I made my gentle way along here, pausing in particularly attractive spots to study the geology or write a postcard.

See all 2 reports by Patrick Fox

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
by Chuck Anderson, tour started July 1997
Europe: Ireland

[I rode] a small road near Ballydavid on the northeast tip of Dingle Peninsula in Smerwick Harbor. I was bicycling to a pub there because I'd heard there'd be a session with good craic and without the ever present, suffocating crowds that fill the pubs of Dingle town. In Ballydavid I got to experience a real Irish pub without the usual mob of tourists.

When I got there the place was near empty, but slowly the Ballydavid locals trickled in for some dinner and pints. The four musicians I'd met at O'Flaherty's Pub the night before were jamming away on pipe, whistle, guitar, bodhrain, and mandolin. The evening sun was making framed boxes of light on the floor. Little kids chased a puppy under the tables, around the bar and out the door. A toddler swayed around the floor like a drunken fisherman. Glasses were being lifted and clinked together. You could hear the tap breathing nitrogen and Guinness into pint glasses. The aroma of home cooking swirled about the room. I had brown bread with some lamb stew, with my Guinness, of course.

See all 5 reports by Chuck Anderson

Four More Tours in the Italian Dolomites
by Marco Buffa, tour started July 1997
Europe: Italy

[I crossed] for the first time in my life some of the famous Dolomiti passes: in the end [...] I went to 13 different passes. [...] [F]rom Canazei the route is steep at once. (I didn't expect so much: I think I've been deceived by images of 1996 Giro when Zaina climbed up very easily.)

See all 14 reports by Marco Buffa

Berlin/Brandenburg
by Thomas Driemeyer, tour started July 1997
Europe: Germany

Berlin is an island in Brandenburg, one of the sixteen Länder that make up Germany. Brandenburg is part of former East Germany, while two thirds of Berlin were part of West Germany. Both were separated by the Berlin Wall, which ensured that urban development was limited. Today the wall is gone, and Berlin enjoys an almost complete absence of urban sprawl. Although the first part of this tour skirts the Berlin/Potsdam area, which is more heavily built up than most of the rest of the Berlin border, the change from city environment to countryside seems almost abrupt.

See all 20 reports by Thomas Driemeyer

Eastern Europe
by Thomas Driemeyer, tour started July 1997

The border to Slovenia is just a few km behind Gorizia. They still actually have border guards there even though Slovenia has recently become an EU member, but they just wave everybody through. Route 444 follows the freeway but is very quiet and pleasant, far more than the roads in Italy that led us here. At Ajdovscina we took route 207 and 621, which turned out to be more hilly than we thought - we gained 750 meters in one long and relentless climb, with little shadow. Very scenic though, with many views of the valleys. Near Podkraj a windy but exhilarating descent began, and after Logatec the second half of the descent was perfect, with safe long curves and no traffic. The last few km to Lubljana were busy though, as usual when entering a large city.

I used to have this mental image of Slovenia as one of those Socialist paradises, with gray people living in gray cities and trees growing in the potholes. Quite the opposite! Friendly clean cities, very good roads, and on a warm Saturday evening like this one the streets and cafes are bursting with people enjoying themselves. This country has definitely arrived in the 21st century. Ljubljana has a very pleasant old town, although much of the rest isn't very pretty.

See all 20 reports by Thomas Driemeyer

Danube bike path
An adventurous bicycletour to the Tatra
by Györgyi Gábor, tour started July 1997
Europe: Slovakia

In the following day we could took delight in the castle of Orava, that was built onto a steep rock. We went on cycling in the flat valley of the Orava river to Dolny Kubin, the town that I can remember because of its nice flowery bridge. After we left the town we had to hurry to under the roof of a bus station; we had a fast shower. To arrive to Terchova, the center of the Small / Little Fatra we needed our last efforts to climb a 12-14% steep ascent. As we saw some tables that prohibitted a lot of things because of the National Park, we decided to sleep outside of it. After a breakfast in the sunny square, we was biking through the nice, romantic, rocky Vratna canyon in sunshine and under blue sky. I found it one of the most beautiful place during our tour A stream was plashing (csobog) next to the road, and some green fir trees made the land variable with the white rocks.

See all 26 reports by Györgyi Gábor

A break in the woods
Visions of Snowdonia
by Milosz Wisniewski, tour started June 1997
Europe: UK

Cycling in the Welsh hilly land.

See all 6 reports by Milosz Wisniewski

Cycling the Streets of Rome
by Chuck Anderson, tour started May 1997
Europe: Italy

In early May of 1997 I bicycled from Brindisi to Pompei, and after three days [among] the ruins, I bicycled to Napoli (25km) and took the train to Roma. [...] I [...] began making my way north along the west side of the Villa Borghese, a large, richly wooded park in north central Rome. I rode on park roads and paths as well as main roads and side streets.

Rome traffic was busy, fast and assertive (I wouldn't call it aggressive). The simplest way to explain how to ride in Rome traffic is - follow and mimic the Vespa riders. It is easy to keep up with traffic. As you approach a red light do whatever it takes to get to the front of the line - with all the motorized Vespas. That includes crossing the double yellow line, or riding right on it, in order to pass everyone and get to the front. When the light turns green, sprint across the intersection and fade over to the right so the cars and other traffic can pass you. I never once felt threatened, got honked at, or even noticed an ounce of hostility. It's just fast and assertive. Rome drivers will NOT hit you.

See all 5 reports by Chuck Anderson

Berlin to Hamburg in one day
by Thomas Driemeyer, tour started May 1997
Europe: Germany

At 300 km, this is an exceptionally long day tour. I try to do this once a year, if the conditions are right: it must be sunny, there must be no headwind, and it must be mid-summer with fifteen hours of daylight. Pure riding time is 11 or 12 hours (at an average speed of 26 or 27 km/h), but with rest stops and lunch it takes more like 14 hours. This means leaving early, before six o'clock in the morning.

See all 20 reports by Thomas Driemeyer

Gran Canaria - Beaches, sun and cycling
by Luddo Oh, tour started May 1997
Europe: Spain

Gran Canaria is one of the islands of the Canarian archipelago. The island is crowded with small, bending roads. Although the island is not very big there is much to cycle for more than a week. Because of the barranco's (canyons) riding is also very hard. I have been there for twelve days and stayed in an apartment in Playa del Ingles, the tourist centre of the island.

See all 4 reports by Luddo Oh

A Month of Bicycle Commuting In Sweden
by Steve Maas, tour started April 1997
Europe: Sweden

Steve comes from Long Beach, California, to spend a month in Göteborg. Here is his illustrated (cycling) diary. Includes an assessment of Bicycling in Sweden and Göteborg Information and Links.

See all 2 reports by Steve Maas

A trip to Sicily
by Andrea Casalotti, tour started March 1997
Europe: Italy

A group of five, three boys and two girls, went to Sicily in the third week of March 97. We all love cycling but for three of us it was the first week-long trip. We brought our mountain bikes, but did only two off-road stretches. [...] What makes Sicily an excellent place to cycle is the quality of the food. And in fact you'll read about ice-cream, sesame-filled bread, ricotta-filled cakes, spaghetti with sardines and bread-crumbs, pasta with anchovies and melanzane, cassata and cannoli, almond pastries, olives bread... but cyclists do need prime fuel after all!

See all 2 reports by Andrea Casalotti

A Tribute to the Alpine Passes of Switzerland
by Marco Buffa, tour started March 1997
Europe: Switzerland

This short set of pictures can not exhaust all the passes in Switzerland because I've never been to some of them (Grosse Scheidegg, maybe in 1997 ?) or the camera went out of order at the moment of taking the picture (Susten Pass - July 1995) and also because of their number. Most of the passes are not so far each other and looking at a map is not so difficult to project a ``one day'' tour including the crossing of at least two passes. I think my personnel record is this tour including three crossings and a back and forward stretch to reach a fourth pass: that day.

See all 14 reports by Marco Buffa

Geneva - Barcelona
by Regula Baumberger and Alois Renn, tour started 1997
language: en, de

Nice layout, good pictures, altitude diagrams, maps, useful information - well, the works. The route follows the rim of the Alps, crosses the Rhone valley close to Montelimar and enters the Massif Central to follow the gorges of the Tarn river. With an excursion to the Lacaune Mountains and Pic Noire we cross the Garonne valley and head the Pyrenees to climb the Mountains to Puerta Envalira and Andorra. After this excursion to big tourism we enjoy the quietness of the Sierra Cadi from where we visit the Monastry of Montserrat and finally ride down to Barcelona.

See all 3 reports by Regula Baumberger and Alois Renn

French and Swiss Alps
by Trevor and Thea Warwick, tour started 1997

Complete with beatiful pictures: thumbnails on-line, with links to bigger off-line. This year, my wife Thea and I had planned a summer Alpine cycle tour, two weeks riding in the Northern French and Western Swiss Alps. Our proposed distances were less ambitious than some of the other tours described on this web site, with an average of around 80km per day, with no more than 2000 metres of climbing. We were planning to travel with one pannier each, and ended up with about 4.5 kilos of luggage per person.

See all 5 reports by Trevor and Thea Warwick

Garmisch-Florenz
by Dieter Greipl, tour started 1997

Dieter flies back to Munich from South America, and jumps without waiting on his bike to conquer the Alps. It is not going to be easy...

See all 4 reports by Dieter Greipl

Tour of the Alps 1997
by Jobst Brandt, tour started 1997

3400km, 55337m, and 22 days on the road in rain, sun, and snow.

We set out toward Luzern and the central Alps in a cold rain, riding south across the Reuss valley to Merenschwand, in canton Aargau, with its slender church steeple and red tile roofed houses with window boxes of geraniums.

I looked out the window at first light and thought I was wearing red filters. After some more sleep and better daylight I checked again and it was true, it had snowed more than 15cm during the night. We got a good breakfast before heading up the hill on the freshly plowed road.

Only intermittent drops fell as my max speed record also fell, recording a speed that newscasters would have you believe occurs regularly in the TdF and on far gentler slopes. This is a 13% descent, perfectly straight into Ciapela (1450m) and smooth enough to reach terminal velocity. It was a gas.

See all 20 reports by Jobst Brandt

Tour of Switzerland
by Carsten Gregersen, tour started 1997
Europe: Switzerland

Sion is start and finish for this mountain bike tour through the cantons Valais og Graubünden. Most of the riding is on tarmac, but occasionally I leave the pack behind and go off-road. This turn into a tour across some of the highest passes in Switzerland with detours to Stelvio in Italy and the Silvretta ski arena in Austria. Primarily I camp, but because it is raining a lot I sometimes stay in hotels to dry my clothes.

See all 11 reports by Carsten Gregersen

Still 20 hairpins to go to the Stelvio summit
Radtour Dänische Inseln
by Olaf Kantorek, tour started 1997
Europe: Denmark
language: de

Nachdem wir uns entschlossen hatten, wieder eine Urlaubsreise mit dem Fahrrad durchzuführen, stand auch bald fest, daß wir die Dänischen Inseln Langeland, Ærø und Fünen besuchen wollen.

See all 6 reports by Olaf Kantorek

French and Swiss Alps
by Trevor and Thea Warwick, tour started 1997

This year, my wife Thea and I had planned a summer Alpine cycle tour, two weeks riding in the Northern French and Western Swiss Alps. [...] Our proposed distances were less ambitious than some of the other tours described on this web site, with an average of around 80km per day, with no more than 2000 metres of climbing. We were planning to travel with one pannier each, and [...] ended up with about 4.5 kilos of luggage per person [...]

See all 5 reports by Trevor and Thea Warwick

Col St Roch on a hot day
Back to the Loire
by Jean-Pierre Jacquot, tour started 1997
Europe: France

These pages are a recollection of our 1997 summer holidays where we crossed France from East (our home) to West (the family holiday house), following the Loire valley for most of the trip. Actually, this was the second time we took this route. First time was in 92 on our tandem with Nicolas in his seat on the rear rack. This year, the company is the same, but Nicolas rode his bike for the 1000 km of the trip; not too bad for a nine year old:-) [...] Once the choice of going along the Loire had been made, choosing the route was quite easy. The only question was ``Where to reach it?'' Langres, Alésia, Vézelay were places we wanted to discover, or rediscover for some, and that settled it. I have reproduced our route sheets for each day. They were established every evening, while waiting for our dinner. Reading those ``feuilles de route'' with a map at hand may help readers to understand how to plan reasonable routes for traveling in this country.

See all 5 reports by Jean-Pierre Jacquot

Britain and Brittany by Bike
by Terje Melheim, tour started 1997
Europe: UK, France

A family cycle tour in north-western part of France in 1997. We started the tour at Gatwick airport, and southern areas of England are included in our description.

See all 10 reports by Terje Melheim

Europe Tour
by Erik Carlsson & Eric Salomonsson, tour started 1997

Europe Tour 1997 started in Nyköping (100 km south of Stockholm) and continued to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris, the Normandy coast, Jersey and London, before returning to Sweden via Denmark totalling just over 4000 kilometres.

See all 7 reports by Erik Carlsson & Eric Salomonsson

Bushwacking Italy, or il Dolce Far Niente on Two Wheels
by Arthur J. Weitzman, tour started 1997
Europe: Italy

Coraggioso, intoned the bar-keep as he pressed two steins of beer to a couple of very hot American cyclists escaping the gaudy sun over the Lombardy plain. It was a word (courageous) we heard often on our three-week bicycle jaunt from the French- Italian border on the Riviera to Venice on the Adriatic.

See all 2 reports by Arthur J. Weitzman

Garmisch-Florenz
by Dieter Greipl, tour started 1997

Dieter flies back to Munich from South America, and jumps without waiting on his bike to conquer the Alps. It is not going to be easy...

See all 4 reports by Dieter Greipl

Los Pedalos - Mit dem Rad durch Andalusien
by Florian Michahelles, tour started 1997
Europe: Spain
language: de

With photos, and useful and well-organized information.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

French Alps and Jura
by Trevor and Thea Warwick, tour started 1997
Europe: France

An excellent report, with nice pictures, useful information, and a good story.

See all 5 reports by Trevor and Thea Warwick

Bicycle trip along the river Rhine
by Lenore Kennedy, tour started 1997

This is a five week odyssey roughly following the Rhine River from its source in Switzerland to its junction with the Moselle River at Koblenz in Germany, with a little bit of the Netherlands tacked on for good measure. The original plan was to follow the Rhine from its source all the way to the North Sea, but, as they say, the best laid plans of mice and men... This is more a socio-historico-geographico-meteorological report on European holiday I never thought to experience - coming from Down Under, Europe is a distant ream for the average person.

A beautiful report, full of vivid details and useful information, and very nicely illustrated.

See all 2 reports by Lenore Kennedy

A Serie A Cycling Tour Of Italy
by Tom Roberts, tour started 1997
Europe: Italy

This website is a diary of a first attempt at cycle touring in Italy (spring 2000) which included visits to 5 top Serie A football games on route between Rome and Milan. Very much inspired by reading other peoples bike tours [...] I had soon purchased my bike and panniers and had my maps out planning my first cycle tour which would combine my two main interests of football and cycling.

My trip began watching the Rome derby and then ended in Milan to see Inter Milan play Juventus in the derby of Italy. Cycling nearly 800km inbetween these two cities I managed to take in the hills of Tuscany, Pisa, the Ligure coastline, Lake Garda and Lake Como while also visiting 3 other top football games watching the teams of Juventus, Palma, AC Milan and Fiorentina.

7500 km im Velosattel - Fahrradtour ans Nordkap
by Thomas Kiser (tomK), tour started 1997
language: de

Mit dem Fahrrad von Bern ans Nordkap und über Finnland bis in die Baltischen Staaten. Mit vollbepacktem Drahtesel vier Monate unterwegs. Dabei ergeben sich interessante Begegnungen und eindrückliche Naturerlebnisse. Regentage, Fahrradpannen und andere Tiefpunkte sind schnell wieder vergessen. Einige Eindrücke (nicht nur) aus dem hohen Norden.

Cycling Norway
by Eric McCaughrin, tour started 1997
Europe: Norway

After seeing photos of Norway's famous fjørds, I decided it would be a great place for bike touring. As it turns out, I was hardly the first one to think of the idea as the area was teaming with cycle tourists from Germany. If you decide to visit, you will see why it has become so popular.

See all 5 reports by Eric McCaughrin

Lofoten Islands in Norway, Moskenesoy
A trip to Italy
by Lucia Gomes, tour started September 1996
Europe: Italy

Lucia comes from Brazil to have a taste of cycling, both on-road and off-road, in Italy. She first visits Lake Garda, one of the great areas for mountain biking in Trentino, very popular with German bikers, and rides among others one of the Tremalzo trails. She then moves to Tuscany, and visits places like San Gimignano, Siena, and Volterra. After an intense cycling day, she treats herself quite rightly to the delights of Tuscan cuisine... In August 1997 Lucia added sections on the Amalfitan Coast and Sardinia.

La Haure Route des Pyr´n´es à V´lo
by Jean-Marc Thouéry, tour started September 1996
Europe: Spain
language: fr

Qu'est-ce que le cyclotourisme ? C'est de l'amour ambulant dont la nature est l'objet. Nous devons cette d´finition à Henri de la Tombelle , dans son manuel du cyclotourisme ´dit´ en 1943, et je n'en connais pas de plus satisfaisante.

Pour ma part, même si le cyclotourisme demeure une activit´ ayant ses exigences d'effort et d'endurance, il n'est pas question de devenir esclave de la moyenne kilom´trique. Dans la pratique du v´lo, je vois essentiellement une façon agr´able de se d´placer dans la nature, de d´couvrir des paysages, des r´gions, de r´viser sa g´ographie en allant sur place ressentir la profondeur d'une belle vall´e ou l'altitude d'une montagne. Le Pyr´n´es, lorsqu'on habite Toulouse, sont l'objet de nombreuses conversations entre amoureux de la nature. Très nombreux sont les adeptes des randonn´es durant l'´t´, et du ski durant l'hiver. Pour notre part, peu attir´s par le ski et occup´s à bien d'autres activit´s en ´t´ (du v´lo par exemple), ces montagnes, pourtant si proches, demeuraient ´trangères à nos p´r´grinations et du coup globalement m´connues.

See all 2 reports by Jean-Marc Thouéry

Cols
2 hoch 10 Kilometer durch Norwegen. Ein Reisetagebuch.
by Ralph Sontag, tour started August 1996
Europe: Norway
language: de

Ein Blick auf die Uhr verriet uns, daß wir bereits im Oslofjord sein könnten. Als wir das Deck erreichten, zogen bereits die ersten Berge an den Seiten des Schiffes vorbei. Das war also das Land, das uns für die nächsten Wochen beherbergen sollte! Berge, Berge, Berge. Und Inseln. Ich war begeistert - aber auch ein wenig besorgt, wie in dieser Topographie die Straßen aussehen mögen.

See all 3 reports by Ralph Sontag

Brocken und Bodetal im Harz
by Martin Wittram, tour started August 1996
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

Höxter - Einbeck - Wittenberg - Pyritz - Usedom - Hiddensee
by Martin Wittram, tour started August 1996
Europe: Germany
language: de

See all 27 reports by Martin Wittram

St. Leonard - Passo Rombo (Timmelsjoch) - Obergurgl back and forward
by Marco Buffa, tour started July 1996
Europe: Austria

One day: 26 July 1996 from 09:00 to 15:30 - Km 90.

See all 14 reports by Marco Buffa

The Vercors Region
by Trevor Warwick, tour started July 1996
Europe: France

Most years, Reading Cycling Club organises a week-long trip to see the Tour de France. We hire a minibus, drive down to an approriate part of France, where we camp for a week, go cycling, and see the Tour when it comes past. [...] The Vercors is a great area to cycle in. The terrain is varied, and the scenery is lovely. The climbs are not as steep or as difficult as those in the high Alps, but provide enough of a challenge. I'd definitely recommend it as a place for a holiday.

See all 4 reports by Trevor Warwick

Tour du Mont-Blanc
by Francis Cooke, tour started July 1996
Europe: France

The Tour du Mont-Blanc is a circuit of 322km based in the northern French Alps, but visiting Italy and Switzerland as well. Run as a permanent route by the Cycle Touring Club of Chambery, it carries a maximum time limit of 4 days, as it crosses five fairly high passes. Sheila and I considered our options carefully. We decided to join the circuit at Beaufort, at the foot of the Cormet de Roselend, deposit some of our touring luggage at a hotel and ride round in two days.

See all 5 reports by Francis Cooke

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