Cycling and Mountain Biking

Cycling, cycle touring, sportives and mountain biking across the UK, Europe and worldwide


Cycling the Tour de Peak District

The Yellow Line - Cycling the Tour de Peak District

There’s a yellow line on the OS maps which marks the boundary of the Peak District National Park. Having cycled many of the delightful quiet and scenic roads along that line on the eastern side of the Peak, Chiz Dakin began to wonder about the western and northern sides. Did that yellow line continue to form the basis of a pleasant cycle route all around the National Park?

Crossing The Cantabrian Mountains Llana De Puerto

Cycling the Vía de la Plata

The Vía de la Plata is one of the great Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela. Cicerone author John Hayes set about cycling the route. Here, he describes the history and culture of the region as well as giving some planning and logistics tips.

Minerve In The Cathar Region

Cycling the Canal du Midi – history, route planning and more

Declan Lyons, author of Cicerone's guide to cycling the Canal du Midi, shares his personal relationship with the route, as well as discussing the history of the canal, what it's like to cycle, route planning tips and the local culture.

04 Second set of lacets lead to the Cirque de Troumouse

Cycling in the Pyrenees – Col des Tentes and Cirque de Troumouse

Seen the Tour de France? Cycled the Col du Tourmalet? Want to do something else? Why not try these two huge and stunning lesser-known climbs in the heart of the Pyrenees?

015 Villandry Has The Most Magnificent Gardens Of All The Loire Chateaux

Cycling the River Loire Route

For the past two summers, Mike Wells has been cycling up and down the Loire Valley in central France researching his new guide to the Loire cycle route. Here he recaps some of the challenges he had to overcome and the surprising things he encountered.

Try To Avoid Feeling Exhausted By The Time You Top Out Remember You Have A Massive Descent Too

Top Tips for Mountain Biking in the Slovenian Alps

Rob Houghton takes some time out over the winter to reminisce on his mountain biking research trips to Slovenia. Using his own hard-won experience, he provides some advice for those considering a biking trip to this most beautiful of alpine countries.

Cycling through the Atacama desert

Travelling solo: a female long-distance cyclist’s reflections

In the final article in the series, around-the-world adventure cyclist Cressida Allwood describes her journey from the solo female traveller perspective. She tells us about some tough encounters and outlines her preparation for the solo trip.

Flamingoes In Chile Salar De Surire

Staying mentally strong and motivated on long distance bike tours

In 2011, Mountain Leader Cress Allwood began a journey on her bike that would take her around the world. Returning to England in 2013, she now works as a leadership coach. Here she offers her three top tips for keeping motivated on long expeditions.

Chateau De Aigle Swiss Wine Museum

Cycling the River Rhone Cycle Route

After a decade of planning and construction, a 900km (560 mile) cycle route following the River Rhone from source to sea is nearing completion, and has been accepted by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) as EuroVélo route EV17. Cicerone’s new guide to Cycling the River Rhone Cycle Route is the only English language guide to this route. Here author Mike Wells describes the ride and some of the sights you will find along the way.

Cover Train To Russia Handrail

Finding My Way and Not Getting Lost – Cycling around the world

In 2011, Cress Allwood began a journey on her bike that would take her around the world. Here, she describes some of the highs and lows of her adventure across multiple continents.