Cycling and Mountain Biking

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


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.

Cycling in the Black Forest

Move over, BMW: cycle touring in Germany

Cicerone's Germany expert, Kat Morgenstern, gives us an overview of the excellent cycling holidays to be had in the country. Germany is fantastically well equipped for international visitors undertaking a long distance cycle tour.

Mountain biking on Harris and Lewis

Mountain Biking in North West Scotland

Mountain biking guide Sean Benz describes his favourite route in north west Scotland: The Postman's Track on Harris and Lewis, one of the wildest and most spectacular mountain biking tracks in the UK.