Cycle Touring in Europe
Europe is a cycle tourist’s paradise. If the sport wasn’t born here it has certainly reached full maturity here. Riding around Switzerland on day rides we encountered more touring cyclists of all ages and styles than I ever imagined. Clear signage marks long distance bike routes and points out distances and services along the way. One day Kyle and I hopped on the Friday and rode from Nyon to Lausanne and back. On much of our 80km ride we were blown away by the fully separated bike paths keeping cyclists happy and away from traffic on the major road that circles Lake Geneva. Where the separated path ended, bike lanes began almost uninterrupted for the entire ride. After our tour of Bali we were thankful for the personal space and safety.
Where we stayed in Nyon is right on a bike route runs through Switzerland to France and beyond. In addition to these regional routes there are EuroVelo routes developed by the European Cyclists’ Federation that offer cross-europe itineraries. The criteria for being a EuroVelo route is that the route must:
§ have no gradient above 6%
§ be wide enough for two cyclists
§ have an average of no more than 1,000 motorized vehicles a day
§ be sealed for 80% of its length
§ be open 365 days a year, have provision points every 30 km (19 mi), accommodation every 50 km (31 mi), and public transport every 150 km (93 mi).
Right now we are researching our coming tour on Route 6 which we will meet up with in Budapest and hopefully take all the way to the Black Sea.