There are very few ways better to explore a place, than on a bicycle. Calibre explores some of the world’s most epic cycling routes.
Death Road, Bolivia
You’ll be riding on the edge, literally. The Death Road in Bolivia is a 40-mile (64.4km) route stretches from La Paz and Coroico. You’ll be heading downhill, round hairpin bends and sharp turns. A moment’s folly may have you plunging 600-feet down into the bottom of the canyon. The Amazonian panorama is well worth the risk, according to those who have conquered this route.
Ho Chi Min to Hanoi, Vietnam
This route is probably made popular by the motoring show, Top Gear. The hosts rode their motorbikes over 1,000 miles across the country between the two cities. One of the route’s highlights is the Hai Van pass, located in central Vietnam. You’ll be riding amidst clouds, with the South China Sea as your backdrop. Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson described it as one of the best coastal roads, in, the, world.
Land’s End to John o’ Groats, United Kingdom
One for the Anglophiles. This route traverses the entire length of United Kingdom, from the southwest to the northeast. This 874-mile journey that starts from Cornwall to John o’ Groats, the northernmost point of Scotland. It has a bit of everything; cities, villages, the British countryside and engineering marvels such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Great Ocean Road, Australia
This coastal road, located along the south of Australia, in Victoria, is one of the most scenic cycling routes on the planet. It is about 150 miles long and it connects the towns of Torquay and Allansford. The most significant landmarks along this route is the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks. Also, expect lush rainforests, cliffs and unspoilt beaches.