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5 Must-Visit Long Distance Bike Trails

When you were a kid, you probably experienced the thrill of riding a bicycle with your friends and exploring your neighborhood. If not, you can still enjoy the same thrills as an adult. The world is a big playground, and there are many long-distance bike trails suitable for different types of cyclists. Aside from offering a breath of fresh air, these trails provide picturesque views that will make your trip worthwhile. Gravel bikes, designed for durability and versatility, excel on these varied terrains. These bikes are similar to cyclocross bikes, offering a blend of speed, agility, and robustness, making them a great choice for the adventurous rider. To help you get started, check out this short list of highly recommended trails you can explore with your road racer.

Cycling Trails

1. Hiawatha Road, Idaho-Montana

Cyclists on the Hiawatha Trail, a long-distance bike trail in the United States  (photo: Robert Ashworth)
Hiawatha Trail (photo: Robert Ashworth)

This road was once a railroad in America. But now, it has become a popular bike trail because of its unique vintage vibe. The road is 15 miles (24 kilometers) long and takes you through seven trestles and ten tunnels, the longest of which is 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers). The Hiawatha Road is located in the Bitterroot Mountains. Although it is challenging to find because of the surrounding evergreens, visiting that destination is worth it.

2. Ocean Road, Australia

This trail offers a dazzling view of Australia’s windy southeastern coast. A day may not be enough to explore this place because it stretches up to 151 miles (243 kilometers). But if you can’t stay for more than a day, you can explore the Torquay road, which measures 37 miles (60 kilometers). On Ocean Road, you can also explore rural farmland, cliff tops, and a snake pass on Lake Connewarre.

3. Danube Cycle Path, Europe

Cycling along the Danube Riber near Vienna (photo: Brian Burger)
Cycling along the Danube Riber (photo: Brian Burger)

This biking trail follows the Danube River and stretches for 1,800 miles (2,897 kilometers) across the heart of Europe. Much of the road is flat and well-paved, making it an ideal destination for families new to this type of activity.

4. Udaipur City, India

Known as the Venice of India, the splendid city of Udaipur is best explored when riding a bike. While cycling, you can usually pass by busy herders tending to their goats or camels. The pavement can be narrow, but the city has a rustic and romantic vibe. The place is lined with forts, palaces, and temples.  

5. Route des Grand Crus, France

This biking hotspot in Burgundy, France, has rolling hills, forests, wooded roads, and vast vineyards. Known as the “Road of the Great Wines,” it offers bikers 497 miles (800 kilometers) to explore. Along the way, you can indulge in delicious wine and cheese tastings.

Rekindle the childlike joy of biking by exploring some of the world's most captivating long-distance bike trails. From the historic Hiawatha Trail in the U.S. to the romantic roads of Udaipur, each path offers a unique adventure that combines scenic beauty with a touch of adrenaline.

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Izy Berry

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

A cycling trip along the sea cost between Rome and Naples is also great option. It's scenic, with all the small villages and beautiful beaches. Don't forget the amazing cuisine and wine.


Sunday 17th of May 2015

I am happy I've been à la route des Grand Crus! 4 more to go :)

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