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Epic Bike Rides of the World

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bike in this beautifully illustrated paperback. From family-friendly, sightseeing urban rides to epic adventures off the beaten track. Destinations range from France and Italy, for the world's great bike races, to the wilds of Mongolia and Patagonia. These journeys will inspire - whether you are an experienced cyclist or just getting started.

The book is organised by continent. In the Americas we join a family bikepacking trip in Ecuador; we pedal the Natchez Trace Parkway and stop at legendary music spots; we ride the Pacific Coast Highway in Oregon and California; go mountain biking in Moab and Canada; and explore the cities of Buenos Aires and New York by bicycle.

European rides include easy-going trips around Lake Constance, along the Danube and the Loire, and coast-to-coast routes; routes in Tuscany, Spain and Corsica; and professional journeys up Mt Ventoux and around the Tour of Flanders.

In Asia, we venture through Vietnam's valleys; complete the Mae Hong Son circuit in northern Thailand; cross the Indian Himalayas; and pedal through Bhutan. And in Australia and New Zealand we take in Tasmania and Queensland by mountain bike; cycle into Victoria's high country and around Adelaide on road bikes; and try some of New Zealand's celebrated cycle trails.

Each ride is illustrated with stunning photography and a map. A toolkit of practical details - where to start and finish, how to get there, where to stay and more - helps riders plan their own trips. There are also suggestions for three more similar rides around the world for each story. Each piece shows how cycling is a fantastic way to get to know a place, a people and their culture.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, magazines, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 185 x 240 x 21mm | 963g
  • Dublin 8, Ireland
  • English
  • No
  • 178868303X
  • 9781788683036
  • 5,814

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"Bicycle travel is about going slowly, exploring the world and seeing it for the first time, also bringing back the most indelible memories about the people you've met. Epic Bike Rides of the World by Lonely Planet reveals the most epic bike rides in the world, from easy-going, family-friendly rides and urban sightseeing routes to epic adventures off the beaten track. From a 7,500 mile pedal through Africa to a remote ride over the Mongolian plains, the worlds most epic biking routes have been revealed in this beautifully illustrated hardback."

-- (02/01/2018) "More than a laundry list of the world's most beautiful bike paths, this hardcover book presents a bevy of first-person accounts of 50 cycling routes from 30 countries. Get inspired, and then find out what you need to do to get you and your two wheels there, from the experts at Lonely Planet."-- (09/01/2016) "This is a peach of a read: aspirational and ambitious, it's perfect for cyclists who might be getting a little tired of following the same rutted path every day"--Burton Mail (09/01/2016) "At first glance, what stands out most about this volume is its beauty--the gorgeous cover, the breathtaking interior photos full of personality, the maps that are simple and useful yet visually appealing. But that level of excellence and attention to detail simply befits the beautiful world these memorable bike rides showcase, and this volume contains information and insight that reach far beneath the surface...The book has the expertise and excellence you'd expect from Lonely Planet. It is best suited to experienced cyclists, but it by no means requires the most advanced skills, readers are assured."-- (09/01/2016) "Avid cyclists will want to get their hands on this Lonely Planet title. Covering more than 200 trails--including family-friendly jaunts and epic off-the-beaten-path asides-- from the Pacific Coast Highway to Patagonia, it's sure to inspire your 2018 travels."-- (09/01/2016) "Beautifully illustrated hardback...These journeys will inspire - whether you are an experienced cyclist or just getting started."-- (09/01/2016) "Armchair cyclists and pro-level pedalers alike will find many new reasons to hit the road."--O, The Oprah Magazine (09/01/2016) "This eye-catching and inspirational work provides ample encouragement to even the most novice cyclist to get out and experience a new biking adventure...gives readers hundreds of ideas."-- (09/01/2016) "Armchair, beginner and hardcore cyclists will thrill to the pictures and diverse biking routes outlined in this substantial hardcover book."--Newsday (09/01/2016)
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