Mountain Biking in Europe: A Road Trip
In the summer 2005 we travelled through western
Europe by car looking for singletrack.
Our bicycle trip to California 2004 had convinced us that we would
and better singletrack if we drove to the
instead of spending days cycling along busy roads between places with
fine singletrack. So we stuffed the car
with our bikes, tent,
stove, clothes, and set off in mid-July heading for Wales and Scotland via Denmark, Holland, Belgium and France.
White Cliffs of Dover
In the UK we first went to Coed
y Brenin in Wales. Then to the Sevenstanes in Scotland. The riding
was splendid, the
weather was horrid. So we soon longed for a
sunnier climate. We did a loop sightseeing in
Nothern Scotland before turning south. First we
headed for Chamonix,
where it was also raining heavily.
After a good ride on the Balcon Petite Nord we drove
on to Portes
du Soleil a down hill paradise. We tried lift
supported riding for the first time. Then, we continued down to Sospel
on the French Riviera driving over a lot of passes, as we went via
Martigny and the Great Sankt Bernhard Pass to Aosta, on over the small
Sankt Bernhard Pass back to France and on along the Route
des Grandes Alpes to the Maritime Alps.
de La Bonnette
We spent some days in Sospel riding.
Now, we felt strongly for sea and
sunshine and decided to head for Andalusia in Spain. We did go up into
the Sierra Nevadas but found no riding. Instead we went sightseeing,
enjoying a local fiesta and the Andalusian beaches, etc.
Cap Agde a lovely French beach
Africa is in the far distance
We soon longed for moutains and cycling and returned to France and
Italy, where we stopped for a while in Riva at Lago di Garda
before going on to
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