During the cold and wintry days, it’s tempting to look forward to the summer and day-dream about a holiday. Why not skip the plane for once and go on a voyage of discovery on your trusty bicycle?
Experience expert Elke from “Mobiel 21” gives you five tips for successfully discovering Europe by bike.
1. Choose the right destination
Choose the destination that suits your bike. Are you going with beginners, children or out-of-practice cyclists? Dutch cycling routes (flat!) or the German Mosel or Eiffel areas offer stunning cycling areas which don’t take too long to complete.
Also in Europe, you could try cycling in the Alps or Pyrenees, around Lake Constance, in the Dolomites or Majorca.
2. Make sure you have the right kit
Good preparation is half the battle and that certainly applies to a cycling holiday. A decent bicycle and sports clothing is fine for a short holiday.
If you’re going for longer, or with children? Then your packing list will be slightly longer. Here, you can create a list on the basis of a few categories. Check your destination too, in relation to cycling legislation.
3. Children? Bring them too!
Irrespective of the age of the children, this will be an unforgettable experience; close to you and at the centre of nature, discovering things together.
Take the kids in a bicycle trailer. You’ll have to pedal harder but they can eat and drink as they go, and entertain themselves with a few toys. They are also tucked up nice and dry and protected from the wind.
4. Opt for electric
The cycling holiday has had a genuine boost thanks to the e-bike. Hills or a lack of fitness can’t hold you back any more.
Important advice for an e-bike holiday is to play your journey according to the battery life of your bike. Check for charging points along the route too.