The 10 Most Iconic Bike Trails in the World

From rolling hills to Roman ruins, these bike trails are well worth adding to your bucket list.


| August 19, 2013



Bike trail

These trails provide views of spectacular countryside while offering cyclists a means of enjoying their favorite hobby.


Photo courtesy of London Cyclist

Reposted with permission from London Cyclist.

For cycling enthusiasts, there is nothing like riding on the open road and witnessing magnificent sights as you ride across the country. Fortunately, there are many incredible cycling trails around the world that offer scenic wonders as well as a great means of exercise.

You’ll want to be sure that you are fully prepared by being in good physical condition and having the right equipment and accessories, especially if it’s a more challenging ride. Whether you are riding your bicycle around the yard or around the world, having bicycle insurance is a great way to protect your gear. Be sure that you are properly covered before taking your next trip.

Of the many different trails and routes available, there are 10 that top the list when it comes to offering magnificent sights and challenging rides. For vacation seekers who love to ride their bikes, these are the most iconic bicycle rides in the world.

1) The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
The Great Ocean Road is one of the engineering marvels of this continent. The 243-kilometer stretch of road is windy most of the time, but offers magnificent views of the ocean and marvelous geographic features such as the famed Twelve Apostles, a series of rock columns near the shoreline. If you don’t have the time for the full run, the 60-km stretch between Torquay and Bells Beach can be ridden in a single day.

2) Isle of Wight, England
The famed Isle of Wight offers a great deal of varied terrain — from deep green gullies to rolling hills to trails by the sea. However, the most striking feature is the white chalk cliffs that stretch along most of the island. There are plenty of small towns with hotels, pubs and festivals designed to entice cyclists from around the world to enjoy this fabled island.

racardon
8/12/2016 4:13:23 PM

We rode the Path of the Hiawatha last year (2015). It is not paved, but is hard packed dirt. We did it on a tandem recumbent. It was a very pretty ride. I would not recommend it for a road bike with narrow tires. If you are going to be in northern Idaho, you should also look at Trail of the Couer D Alenes. It is 70 miles long and paved. It is a beautiful ride as well. I agree with the comments below about the definition of a bike trail and with the idea that there are lots of opportunities in the US for us non-globe-trotters.


kfairshon
9/3/2013 1:57:13 PM

I have to agree with Medic 1. MEN should publish a top-ten list of regional domestic bike trails. Following the time zone standard - Pacific, Mountain, Central and Eastern U.S. - would make it easy to segment.


daytoncapri
9/1/2013 10:29:02 PM

Definition of "bike trail" can be pretty loose. The Underground Railroad bicycle "trail" is a mix of surfaces, part of it is placid and separate, but part of it on pavement shared with car exhaust and Heavy-Trucks. I wish I had a dollar for every time I found myself directed onto a high-traffic road or street that was somehow defined as "bike trail". Not safe. Not fun. If we restrict the definition to "paved, car-free bike trails", then the list and the distances fall way-y-y down. For those who are interested in long-distance cycling: I'd suggest two: #1 is the C&O / GAP linear trail that links Pittsburgh to DC - 330 miles, with a mix of pavements of gravel, dirt, and asphalt. #2 is my region's Southwest Ohio / Miami Valley Bikeway system, which are continuous, all-asphalt and link multiple cities - roughly 300 miles. These are much shorter than some distances in this article, but provide the safety of separate paths. By my reckoning, these are the two longest dedicated bike paths in the USA for 2013.


medic1
8/30/2013 7:29:24 AM

Been an avid mother earther for over 40 years. Have seen the magazine grow as a self help / soft tech type of enterprise to the yuppie sort and then back again. I hope it is not migrating to the yuppy type magazine again. I am interested to see how many people actually like this article. Personally I believe that most mother earthers are not able to globe trot to utilize these trails. I am sure that there are equivalent bike trails here at home that are worth publishing.






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